Director of Development

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is a Memorial to President Franklin Roosevelt built on Roosevelt Island, in New York City.  The Memorial was designed by Louis Kahn and opened to the public in October of 2012.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park is operated by the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation under a Cooperative Agreement.  In addition to funding, operating and maintaining the Park, the Conservancy’s mission is to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of FDR and the Four Freedoms through educational initiatives and public programming.

Job Description

The Director of Development (Director) will be responsible for the ongoing creation, management, and execution of all aspects of the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy’s fundraising initiatives including corporate, public, foundation, and individual giving.  The Director will organize and implement all fundraising solicitations including membership, annual appeal, planned giving, capital campaigns, and special events.  The Director will prepare, write, and manage grants and develop a fundraising calendar.

In collaboration with the President & CEO, Board Chair, Board of Directors, and Development Committee, the Director is expected personally to solicit and arrange for solicitation of gifts in support of the Park.  The Director will provide leadership in executing long-term fundraising strategies, coordinating with all solicitors.

As steward of a newly opened public space, the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy must build effective development capacity and a broader constituency of loyal donors.  This position is a unique opportunity to lead, build, and grow this young organization in support of the new memorial, designed by Louis Kahn, honoring President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms.  The Director must be committed to, and have a genuine belief in, the mission and values of President Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms.  The Conservancy retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Create, implement, and expand all development initiatives and campaigns across corporate, public, foundation, and individual giving, including, but not limited to, membership, annual appeal, planned giving, capital campaigns, corporate campaigns, and special events.
  • Identify and solicit prospective donors, sponsors, foundations, and organizational partners.
  • Prepare, write, and manage public and private grants.
  • Manage a portfolio of current, dormant, and prospective donors with the goal of moving current donors up in class of giving, reactivating dormant donors, and securing first time gifts.
  • Develop a corporate donor program including preparation of proposals, sponsorship opportunities, reports, and communications with institutional prospects.
  • Oversee management of donor database system, maintain donor information and accurate recordkeeping, and manage correspondence.
  • Manage and coordinate solicitors in management and the Board of Directors.
  • Organize and maintain a fundraising timeline including campaigns, fundraising events, public and private grant deadlines, and donor reports.
  • Establish clear, specific, and measurable goals and programs and conduct the evaluation and reporting of progress on goals, adjusting strategies when necessary.

Event Planning

  • Coordinate fundraising and friend-raising events on all levels, including managing event committees, invitations, RSVP’s, donations, corporate sponsorships, vendors, day of set up, check in, and reporting.


  • Strategize, draft, and develop digital fundraising solicitations, including emails and content for development-specific social media campaigns.
  • Maintain and update the website, in collaboration with Director of Communications & Marketing, as it relates to development, ensuring all information is accurate, up-to-date, and in line with current digital fundraising strategies and legal requirements.
  • Strategize and implement onsite fundraising campaigns.


  • Exceptionally skilled fundraising strategist with a proven record of success in engaging prospective donors and closing gifts.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in planning, implementing, and managing non-profit development.
  • Dynamic and engaging, possessing exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, including superior and persuasive writing and research skills.
  • Strong leadership abilities, demonstrating effectiveness in conducting meetings.
  • Focused and highly motivated self-starter, able to work independently and as part of a team, collaborating with colleagues, solicitors, and vendors.
  • Able to accomplish all aspects of the development function from basic administrative tasks to high-level strategy.
  • Comfortable working for a small organization with minimal support staff.
  • Previous development database experience required.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel.
  • Familiarity with CMS (Squarespace or other), HTML, and MailChimp preferred.

To Apply

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Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls please.

The Four Freedoms Park Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Information
  • New York, New York, 10022, United States
  • 27132618
  • February 29, 2016
  • Director of Development
  • Four Freedoms Park Conservancy
  • Development/Membership
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 5-7 Years
  • None