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The Paley Center for Media maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment.  It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations.

OPEN POSITIONS

Director, Major Gifts

 

Title: Director, Major Gifts
Location: New York, NY
Reports To: VP, Development

Position Overview:

The Director of Major Gifts will be responsible for the creation and implementation of The Paley Center for Media’s major gifts program. The Director will personally fundraise, develop and execute the strategy for a major gifts program to meet and exceed the overall revenue goals for the institution with locations in New York and LA. This position will be located in New York with travel to Los Angeles.

As a senior leader on the Development team, the Director of Major Gifts will develop and grow a portfolio to meet and exceed the overall budget of $10 million through personalized cultivation/stewardship plans and gift requests from prospective donors for individual major gifts, corporate gifts, planned and estate giving and campaigns.

The Director will leverage their own network and relationships and identify the highest potential prospects and appropriate cultivation strategies to deliver results. The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial, results-driven, senior development professional with success in closing six and seven figure gifts. This is an exciting opportunity to serve as a senior leader working closely with senior management and the CEO/President of the Paley Center. The Director will partner with leaders across the organization in order to deliver effective strategies for donors, leveraging Paley’s existing donor strategies and events to maximize major giving.

Key Functions:

  • Leverage existing rolodex and expand a portfolio of major donors and demonstrate an ability to generate results quickly.
  • Secure major gift commitments by maintaining a portfolio of major gift prospects and facilitate the movement of these through the donor continuum including the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of such prospects.
  • Develop appropriate strategies by leveraging existing programs and creating new programs; organize all stewardship activities and recognition programs.
  • Proactively engage donors and serve as a recognized active leader for Paley and the development team.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Institutional & Capital Support to develop and implement strategy for any needed capital resources.
  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards and fundraising best practices, reflect optimistic and positive attitude, and convey sensitivity to the needs of donors.
  • Build strong, supportive relationships with Paley’s senior management team and Board of Directors when appropriate.
  • Prepare annual recap reports for each donor and identify impact of their contribution/giving.
  • Prepare and present information to Paley’s CEO/President and other key stakeholders by developing and implementing performance metrics and status reports as required.

Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Proven track record of building portfolio that includes major gifts with evidence of increased responsibility in developing and implementing fundraising strategies for six and seven figure gifts, totaling $10 million with evidence of results.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of the New York and Los Angeles fundraising community, including institutions, municipalities, and high net worth individuals.
  • Strong network of personal contacts and ability to extend this network.
  • Highly organized strategic thinker. Experience in establishing clear direction, operating against objectives, and meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent and proven knowledge of major gift fundraising methodology including prospect research, proposal preparation and the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major donors.
  • High level of executive presence.
  • Superior communications skills at all levels throughout the organization and engaging personality.
  • Energetic, proactive and capable of positively working in a team.
  • Demonstrated financial acumen and skill in budget preparation and presentation to a high profile board.
  • Excellent skills in managing record keeping and fulfillment.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in fundraising.
  • Undergraduate university degree required.

To apply: Please submit letter of interest, resume, and samples of work to humanresources@paleycenter.org with a subject line of “Director, Major Gifts."

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The Paley Center for Media  maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment.  It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.  Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations.

About The Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center for Media seeks to preserve the past, illuminate the present, and envision the future through the lens of media. With the nation's foremost public archive of television, radio, and internet programming, the Paley Center produces programs and forums for the public, industry professionals, thought leaders, and the creative community to explore the evolving ways in which we create, consume, and share news and entertainment. In an era of unprecedented change, the Paley Center advances the understanding of media and its impact on our lives. The Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit www.paleycenter.org.

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