Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY), an innovative, non-profit college offering a powerful model of workplace-embedded education known as Purpose-Centered Education, seeks a seasoned fundraiser to work with the President and the Board of Trustees to help us move the needle on racial and economic equity by expanding MCNY’s capacity to support its students in realizing their academic and professional goals.
MCNY’s academic and social justice mission aims to prepare adult students for professional success and empower them to deliver positive change to their communities and workplaces. MCNY serves the most vulnerable populations of college students in New York City—we educate among the highest percentages of adult students and Pell-eligible (economically disadvantaged) students in the City. Most MCNY students are Black or Latinx, and 70% are women; many care for children and other family members in addition to full-time work and pursuing their degrees. Purpose-Centered Education prepares our students to lead constructive change in our communities; their educational and economic success is critical to advancing social justice and equity throughout New York City.
The successful candidate, who will come with demonstrated success in a higher education or other non-profit development setting, will work collaboratively to develop and successfully execute plans to secure increasing levels of individual and grant support; provide leadership for major gifts, planned giving, annual giving, donor relations, prospect research, and alumni involvement; and communicate the power and promise of the mission and goals of Metropolitan College of New York to external and internal constituencies. The Chief Development Officer, reporting directly to the President, will also be responsible for recruiting and developing additional team members as fundraising capacity grows.
This position presents a unique opportunity for a mission-driven and successful fundraising professional.
Candidate Profile and Requirements
The ideal candidate for this position will have at least seven years of broad-based experience in a college, university or other non-profit development office with established annual fund, major gift, grants, and alumni affairs programs. The candidate will have demonstrated success at gift solicitation and other fundraising in a non-profit environment. Ideally, the candidate will possess relevant knowledge regarding establishing a planned giving program. We are looking for professional who is a self- starter, enjoys developing new and existing external relationships, and is goals driven, entrepreneurial, and creative. This candidate should be comfortable reaching out to alumni, donors and new prospects. The candidate must be committed to advancing diversity, anti-racism, and inclusion.
Knowledge and Education
The candidate should possess, or quickly develop, an excellent understanding of the goals and objectives of a private non-profit college. A master’s degree is desired; a bachelor’s degree is required.
Leadership and Management Responsibilities
- Work with the President and development team in planning long and short-term strategies to develop relationships and secure major, planned and annual gifts from individuals, foundation and government entities.
- Collaborate with the President and Board to develop aspirational and achievable principal fundraising goals and measurable strategic objectives while following widely accepted best practices.
- Work with the President and Board to identify, cultivate and manage a portfolio of prospects generating 5-10 prospect visits per month, leading to growth in the number of completed solicitations.
- With the senior grant writer and the director of development operations, prepare written proposals, informational materials, endowment agreements and other documents required in the process of securing commitments from donors.
- With the development team, plan, execute and track the effectiveness of donor prospecting events, including an annual gala.
- With the Director of Communication and Marketing and the Coordinator of Alumni and Community Engagement, establish and build an effective alumni and volunteer program and work with alumni leaders and volunteers to effectively direct their efforts to advance the goals of the college.
- Implement an alumni and donor relations and stewardship program to effectively demonstrate meaningful appreciation to donors at all levels of giving.
- Utilize best practices to set direction, manage and report on all development-related activities.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
MCNY is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. Students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and submit proof. Individuals who qualify may request a medical or religious exemption. Questions regarding an exemption should be emailed to JSantiago@mcny.edu. Individuals granted an exemption will need to provide a weekly negative test for Covid-19.
Interested, qualified candidates should submit letter of application and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Department of Human Resources, Metropolitan College of New York, 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006.
For more information about MCNY please visit the College’s website at www.mcny.edu
MCNY is an Equal Opportunity Employer.