Director of Development

December 2, 2019
New York, NY
Job Type
171 W 85th Street
Contact Name (not public)
Aelish Sullivan


Department: Development

Reports To: Chief Advancement Officer

Status: Full-time, exempt

About DOROT: DOROT, which means “generations” in Hebrew, was founded in 1976. We provide a dynamic partnership of seniors, volunteers, and professionals dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults to help them live independently as valued members of the community. Our wide array of programs – conducted on-site, in the home and in the community – are designed to combat loneliness and social isolation. Compassionate care and a commitment to excellence are hallmarks of our programs and staff.

DOROT is an innovative leader in mobilizing volunteers of all ages to improve the lives and health of the elderly and address the challenges of an aging society. DOROT brings the generations together in mutually beneficial partnerships, engaging over 7,000 volunteers a year in meaningful and impactful programming that touches the lives of seniors.

DOROT’s clients range in age from 60 to over 100, vary in physical mobility and economic status, and come from diverse backgrounds. DOROT serves the Jewish and wider community and offers a lifeline of support to older adults in our catchment area (the Upper West Side from 59th to 125th Streets, East Side from 14th to 96th Streets and Westchester County).

Position Summary: The Director of Development will oversee our donor relations program and manage major fundraising initiatives. In collaboration with the Director of Foundations and Corporate Giving and the Marketing and Communications Director, this person will lead development efforts as DOROT continues to grow.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing DOROT’s fundraising campaigns, communicating with current and prospective donors, and building a strong development team for our organization. This position involves managing individual gifts as well as the planned and annual giving campaign.

  • Develop, oversee, and execute DOROT’s annual fundraising campaign
  • Create and execute a strategy for digital fundraising
  • Solicitation of major gifts
  • Plan and execute all cultivation and fundraising events, including Annual Spring Benefit
  • Oversee Direct Mail strategy and work with consultant
  • Create and execute a strategy to identify and cultivate major donors
  • Maintain ongoing communications and relationships with donors
  • Take the lead on the management and planning of donor cultivation and fundraising events
  • Collaborate with the Director of Marketing and Communications to develop print marketing collateral related to fundraising
  • Supervise the Development Associate
  • Other duties as assigned by CAO


  • 7-10 years of experience in Development
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree (a plus)
  • Constituent relationship and cultivation experience
  • Ability to identify mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Experience with major donors a must
  • Experience with online donations, use of direct mail, and event planning are essential
  • Excellent written, interpersonal, and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills
  • Demonstrated track record of positioning an organization to achieve measurable outcomes in a competitive environment
  • Command of the fundamentals of business communication, planning, and budgeting
  • Ability to simultaneously lead multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time pressure with minimal supervision
  • Strong collaboration, time management, and organizational skills
  • Excellent judgement and creative problem solving skills
  • Familiarity with the field of aging, social isolation, volunteerism and/or intergenerational programming is a plus
  • Knowledge of Raiser's Edge
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office software is essential (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

How To Apply

If you would like to be a part of this vital community agency, please send your resume and cover letter, including salary requirements, via email to Judy Logan at and Aelish Sullivan at

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