Senior Development Officer, Private Sector

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Senior Development Officer, Private Sector

Job description

Reporting to the Director of Individual & Corporate Philanthropy, and based in the New York office, the Senior Development Officer is charged with developing and implementing strategies for securing financial support from a portfolio of corporate and individual donors making gifts of $25,000+. The candidate must possess the ability to convert relationships into financial gifts that will ensure Crisis Group’s annual fundraising goals are met or exceeded.


Key responsibilities:

  • Steward current portfolio of donors at the $25,000 level and above, with particular attention to growing participation in the International Advisory Council;

  • Work closely with the Private Sector Team colleagues to increase the donor base through identifying and acquiring new donors and manage a pipeline of prospects by successfully converting them to long-term Crisis Group supporters;

  • Design and implement strategies to broaden the cultivation of major donors with particular emphasis on upgrading existing donors to higher levels of giving;

  • Routinely engage current Crisis Group supporters, board members and organization executives in peer-prospect identification, visits, and solicitations;

  • Assist the Event Coordinator to devise strategy related to fundraising events;

  • Work with the team to guide the development of compelling donor communications, particularly to Crisis Group’s International Advisory Council and President’s Council, including drafting regular updates to keep members engaged and attract new participation;

  • Work with the Head of Private Sector Development, based in London, to bring on board and steward corporate donors with a transatlantic presence;

  • Support the management of Council benefits program (including but not limited to event participation, Crisis Calls, Council field trips and member attendance at Board meetings) and help team members generate creative ideas for these and other Council activities;

  • On-board new contributors in the Development Officer’s portfolio, facilitating timely membership renewals and maintaining up-to-date and accurate donor/prospect records;

  • Regularly liaise with other development staff and the finance team to ensure proper reporting of incoming funds;

  • Supervise development interns, and handle other duties as assigned.

Candidates who are interested in the role should apply before 31 January 2019.


  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in a related field;

  • At least 6 years of experience in development with a proven track record in successful major gift or corporate fundraising, specifically with face-to-face solicitations;

  • Good understanding of effective strategies for organizational growth;

  • Demonstrated knowledge of or familiarity with international affairs and key stakeholders in the New York area;

  • Knowledge and experience using fundraising software such as Raiser's Edge;

  • Ability to clearly articulate Crisis Group’s mission, culture, values, programs, financials and history to key stakeholders;

  • Prior success developing and implementing innovative and creative fundraising strategies, including event planning experience;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

  • Organized, detail-oriented and self-motivated with the ability to work well independently as well as part of a team;

  • Commitment and passion for Crisis Group’s mission;

  • Authorisation to work in the United States, available for international travel.