Common Sense (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/) is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology.
Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Netflix, Comcast, DirecTV, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 100,000 member schools across the country use our ratings and free curricula and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, legislators, and a grassroots community of concerned parents and teachers to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.
The New York regional director is responsible for driving a comprehensive effort to build Common Sense Media's presence, philanthropic base, and strategic partnerships in the New York metropolitan area. The New York regional director is a frontline ambassador and fundraiser who cultivates, solicits, and manages high-profile relationships with local foundations, major donors, and civic, business, and community partners. S/he supports Common Sense local education, business, and media partnerships by providing strategic input and helping to identify and structure partnerships in the region.
LOCATION: New York, NY
WHAT YOU'LL DO:
- Build, guide, and maximize the efforts of the New York Advisory Council to expand organizational presence, funding base, and regional visibility.
- Identify, cultivate, and recruit new council members, with a focus on individuals with young children.
- Plan agendas and speakers, and hold three Advisory Council meetings per year.
- Ensure that all Advisory Council members are actively engaged with meaningful assignments that strengthen their commitment to Common Sense's mission.
- Design and drive a comprehensive New York fundraising program that raises $1M+ in annual philanthropic support from a combination of major gifts, local family foundations, and high-impact events, including:
- Design, plan, and execute major donor cultivation, fundraising, and stewardship events.
- Manage a portfolio of 75+ major gift prospects and donors capable of making gifts at the $5K–$100K level.
- Lead New York solicitation and stewardship of annual giving campaign.
- Build and manage long-term relationships with donors and prospects, identifying, cultivating, and stewarding their interests.
- Support executive leadership team in identifying and cultivating potential leadership gift donors (>$100K gifts).
Partnerships & Presence Building
- Identify opportunities for partnerships with organizations, media, civic agencies, and companies aligned with organizational priorities by leveraging Advisory Council (and other) connections/networks.
- Provide strategic input to program teams (e.g., business development) in structuring partnerships and helping to establish and maintain relationships.
- Attend key regional events to network and raise awareness about the organization.
- Act as media spokesperson as appropriate.
Independent School Program
- Oversee program staff in building strong relationships with key stakeholders in private and public schools in the region.
- Develop and execute strategy for leveraging these relationships to reach and cultivate new audience capable of supporting the organization.
WHAT WE NEED TO SEE ON YOUR RÉSUMÉ:
- Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree strongly preferred.
- Minimum of five years working in a senior management role in at least one of the following sectors: nonprofit, media and technology, education.
- Five to seven years of successful experience in fundraising (particularly in a field related to education, families, and children) through board, major volunteer, or operating role.
- Background in major gifts solicitation (five-to-seven-figure gifts) and campaign experience.
- Corporate sponsorship experience highly desirable.
- Deep understanding of the New York educational, nonprofit, business, and philanthropic landscapes.
- Willing to travel and spend several days in San Francisco each quarter.
- Outstanding oral and written communication skills; public speaking experience required.
- Creative and high level of energy and productivity.
- Execution-focused and able to convert strategy into action and results.
- Self-motivated and flexible; must work well independently.
- Ability to prioritize, organize, follow through, and multitask in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.
WHAT WE OFFER:
- The chance to work with talented, passionate professionals
- Very competitive salary based on experience
- Competitive health and welfare benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and a matching 401(k)
- An organization that offers work/life balance
- The opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of kids and families!
Common Sense Media values the diversity of its employees and is an equal opportunity employer.
Minimum Education Required