The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives
and promote the rights of refugee and internally displaced women,
children, and young people. As an advocacy organization, WRC is
dedicated to bringing about systemic change that leads to greater
respect for the rights and needs of uprooted women, children, and
young people. The organization strives to effect policy and
programmatic change with broad, worldwide impact.
SCOPE OF WORK:
Reporting to the Executive Director, the director of major gifts
and individual giving will be a senior member of WRC’s development
team and will play a key role in the organization’s fundraising
activities ($12+ million annual budget).
The director will oversee WRC’s individual fundraising
operations, including the cultivation, solicitation, and stewarding
of all donors and prospects, and fundraising events.
They will build on a strong base of support from individuals and
private foundations. They will be accountable for unrestricted
fundraising results; strengthening the collective efforts of the
development team; and working with senior management and board
members to increase revenues.
They will supervise the development manager, who provides
essential support for the development department, including
database management, gift processing, and assisting with donor
cultivation and fundraising events.
They will develop bold giving ideas through a collaborative
process with colleagues and senior leadership, based on research
and experiences with donors.
The successful candidate will exhibit sophisticated management
skills and a strong orientation toward teamwork, collaboration,
problem solving, strategy, and accountability.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- In close collaboration with the executive director, provides
vision and leadership for development of an organization-wide
individual fundraising strategy. Ensures goals are met or
- Oversees the growth of a major gifts program to increase
unrestricted gifting from high-net-worth individuals, including
sophisticated prospect research, identification, cultivation,
solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
- Oversees the sustainability and growth of the donor base
through direct mail appeals, online fundraising, and targeted
campaigns, special events, and planned giving.
- Works closely with the executive director and vice president of
finance and others to monitor the annual development budget.
- Collaborates closely with the director of institutional giving
on strategic approaches to corporations, family foundations, and
private wealth managers in DAF and other funds.
- Ensures that donor and gift records are recorded and maintained
- Represents the organization in meetings with potential funding
- Shares regular updates on progress towards goals with senior
management, the board, and the development team.
- Oversees fundraising for WRC’s annual Voices of Courage Awards
Luncheon, which is the organization's major fundraising event. In
partnership with the communications team, manages event
consultants, budgets, event committees, timelines, and
- Identifies and/or strengthens corporate partnerships,
particularly sponsorship for the annual luncheon.
- Coordinates the board external relations committee (fundraising
and communications committee) and develops and manages Board
cultivation strategies to increase board members’ fundraising
participation in events.
- Oversees gift tracking, prospect research schedule, and
- Determines and analyzes necessary reports for development and
organizational purposes in database.
- Manages the Relationship Data Initiative in Raiser’s Edge and
leads necessary staff training in database management.
- Works with the development team on prospecting projects and
helps prioritize proactive database research.
- Develops and carries out cultivation and solicitation
strategies to grow the WRC’s donor base.
- Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree a plus.
- Minimum of 6 to 8 years of demonstrated development and event
experience, with management experience.
- Demonstrated success record in key aspects of individual
fundraising, including major gifts, direct response, and event
- Experience with digital fundraising preferred
- Passion for WRC’s mission and strong commitment to
- Solid computer skills: proficient with MS Office (Word, Excel,
- Excellent writing, communication, and budgeting skills.
- Demonstrated ability to lead and maintain positive,
collaborative, productive relationships with staff at multiple
- Ability to adapt quickly, plan for, prioritize, and manage
multiple projects while working in a fast-paced environment both as
part of a team and independently.
- Effective organizational and time-management skills.
- Sound judgment in maintaining confidentiality of donor
- Strong knowledge of and ability to develop and manage
operational development systems, such as data management, gift
acknowledgement, gift processing, and list generation.
All employees must abide by the WRC Humanitarian Accountability
Location/Region: New York, NY (10018)