New York Road Runners was founded in 1958 when a small group of passionate runners vowed to bring running to the people and has grown from a local running club to the world’s premier community running organization. NYRR’s mission is to empower everyone, of all ages and abilities—beginners and competitive athletes, the young and the elderly, adult professionals and underserved schoolchildren—to improve their health and well-being through the power of running and fitness.
NYRR’s races, community events, instruction and training resources, and youth programs give hundreds of thousands of people each year the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to start running and keep running for life. NYRR’s premier event, the famed TCS New York City Marathon, attracts the world’s top pro runners and committed amateurs alike while also raising millions of dollars annually for charity and driving economic impact for the City. But NYRR is equally committed to the runners of tomorrow, passionately providing youth fitness programs that educate and inspire more than 100,000 kids in underserved communities in New York City, all 50 states, and around the world.
Headquartered in New York City, NYRR implements a unique nonprofit model that teams contributed and earned income to make all its efforts possible. To learn more, please visit www.nyrr.org.
New York Road Runners is an Equal Opportunity Employer
About the Department
NYRR’s Development & Philanthropy department is responsible for the creation and execution of NYRR’s annual plan to secure financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations. The department is responsible for expanding and diversifying the organization’s funder base, furthering the potential for future fundraising efforts, and the retention of the growing base of donors who share NYRR’s passion and commitment of helping and inspiring all people through running.
In addition to individual and institutional giving, the Development & Philanthropy Department is also responsible for NYRR Team for Kids, a team of adult runners who add meaning to their miles by raising funds for NYRR’s youth and community programs, and NYRR’s membership program, which is designed to enhance runner’s engagement with the running community and their experience at NYRR events.
The department closely collaborates with NYRR’s Youth & Community Programs Department, whose primary role is growing NYRR’s impact and reach through free programs serving the communities of New York City, and young runners across the country. The Youth & Community Programs Department is responsible for the planning, execution and promotion of Rising New York Road Runners, NYRR Run for the Future, NYRR Open Run, NYRR Striders, NYRR Youth Ambassadors and resources for athletes with disabilities.
About the Position
Reporting to the VP of Development and Philanthropy, the Director of Individual Giving is responsible for all aspects of individual giving program to support NYRR’s mission. This role also oversees the Assistant Manager of Individual Giving. Part of a growing team, we are looking for an individual with an entrepreneurial spirit, strong work ethic, outstanding writing and communications skills, and is a self-starter.
Job Responsibilities (primary and secondary duties):
- Lead the development and execution of a comprehensive individual giving strategy to discover, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual donors, including messaging and a financial budget to achieve yearly goals and growth annually
- Work with the VP of Development to build and maintain a pipeline of individual donors
- Manage a portfolio of annual individual donors in the $2,500 – $50,000 range, and larger gifts as applicable
- Oversee the Assistant Manager, Individual Giving to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to grow the Philanthropic Membership program
- Partner with the marketing and communications team to create collateral to support the individual giving strategy including, but not limited to appeals, cultivation event invitations, and stewardship pieces
- Partner with VP of Development to solicit individual donors for NYRR’s signature annual event, Night of Champions
- Collaborate with the Senior Manager, Development Administration to oversee the organization and integrity of our donor database
- Assist with the creation, coordination and staffing of donor cultivation and fundraising events
- 5-7 years’ of development and fundraising experience
- 5 years’ related experience cultivating relationships internally and externally
- Proven experience soliciting five figure gifts
Skills and Attributes:
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational, verbal and written communication skills required
- Strong attention to detail
- Ability to research information and compile into a briefing for presentation to key stakeholders
- Strong interest in running and ability to articulate NYRR’s mission and its case for support
- Strong project management skills and ability to coordinate a variety of tasks simultaneously and consistently follow up on details
- Must be able to function independently and in close cooperation with others