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Manager/Associate Director of Development, Individual Giving

JOB TITLE: Manager/Associate Director of Development, Individual Giving

DEPARTMENT: Development

REPORTS TO: SVP, Advancement


Responsible for all aspects of the Academy’s individual fundraising efforts, including low- to mid-level individual gifts, annual giving, major gift strategy, and prospecting.


  • Actively manage a portfolio of prospective individual donors across the donor life-cycle, through in-person meetings, telephone, and written contact
  • Manage relationships between NYAS program staff, President, and donors
  • Assist with the development of fundraising strategies to cultivate and solicit prospects; and suggest improvements to Academy programs
  • Oversee stewardship and engagement efforts with all current donors; work with Academy donors, members, and others to cultivate new gifts and partnerships
  • Create informative proposals and reports for donors in portfolio, plus acknowledgment letters
  • Manage the NYAS annual fund appeal
  • Work with the SVP of Advancement and Development Coordinator to design and coordinate fundraising events
  • Prepare development communications materials such as annual reports, social media posts, briefings, brochures, and other collateral
  • Develop and implement an online giving program


  • Work closely with the SVP of Advancement, AVP of Advancement, and Director of Development to manage other projects related to the growth of unrestricted gifts.
  • Represent the Academy and Department at meetings, conferences, and other events to advance Development’s work
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned, including the general obligations of the team
  • Participate in building a culture of collaboration, high performance, and creativity in the team and organization-wide.




  • A high degree of integrity, drive, and persuasiveness
  • Self-starter who leads by example and measures success by results
  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, marketing, science, engineering, or equivalent. Master’s Degree preferred
  • Five years of demonstrated experience in major gift/individual giving, securing five, six, and seven-figure gifts
  • Superior writing, oral communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Understanding of philanthropy and trends in fundraising/individual giving
  • Strong background or demonstrated interest in science or the mission of the Academy
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or other similar donor or customer relationship databases
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software
  • Advanced skills in project management and budget
  • Ability to think creatively and to innovate
  • Excellent flexibility and adaptability skills with a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate large responsibility and multiple priorities
  • Ability to work within a team framework and interact with varying levels of leadership, donors, staff, and Academy members
  • Ability to develop strong presence in the community through effective networking, planning, and execution of fundraising strategies.


The Academy operates during standard business hours Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. Standard work week is 35 hours, unless otherwise noted.

Academy employees will be offered an option to work remotely, however employees must be based in New York.

This is a largely sedentary role.


The New York Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer, adhering to the laws which prohibit discrimination in the terms, conditions and privileges of employment.  Academy policy expressly prohibits discrimination in employment because of any legally impermissible classification, including but not limited to actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.


The salary range for the roles are: Manager Level: up to $70,000 annually/ Associate Director Level: Up to $90,000 annually. This is Full-time, exempt position.

In addition to salary commensurate with experience, the Academy offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes affordable health insurance, retirement plan with matching employer contribution, personal & career development stipend as well as liberal paid time off policies.


Applications must include a resume, cover letter and desired salary.