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Job Opportunity The Authors Guild Foundation Director of Development

Director of Development, The Authors Guild Foundation

The Authors Guild Foundation seeks a proven professional fundraiser with experience in major
gifts, special events, and direct mail to lead its fundraising program. Working closely with the
Executive Director and an active Board, the Director of Development will lead and actively
participate in all forms of fundraising to achieve ambitious goals.

Fundraising and long-term donor cultivation is the key responsibility of the Foundation, and the
Director of Development will lead the development and execution of a multi-year fundraising
plan that effectively engages Guild members, authors, board members, advisory board members,
and other volunteers in fundraising efforts. The Director of Development will personally solicit
funds, with board members and other senior staff, and will be responsible for orchestrating and
overseeing all solicitation efforts by professional staff, board members, and other volunteers.

Specifically, the Director of Development will marshal the attributes, resources, and networks of
the Authors Guild Foundation to raise annual, endowment, and special project funds through:

An annual half-million dollar gala, including finding honorees, presenters, hosts, sponsors,
and guests, and overseeing entire event, with an auction

  • Major gifts from individuals, foundations, and businesses with an abiding interest in
  • intellectual property rights, freedom of speech, and empowering U.S. authors
  • Grants from local and national foundations and government sources
  • Contributions associated with an annual gala and authors’ special events and projects
  • Restricted giving campaigns
  • Planned giving (the Authors Legacy Bequest Campaign)
  • Matching and in-kind gifts
  • Mass, direct mail, and web-based giving that also builds mass awareness and support for the work of Authors Guild Foundation

Graceful communication, an ability to understand the needs and motives of donor-investors, and
experience in structuring agreements that simultaneously fulfill the requirements of the Authors
Guild Foundation and donors are key elements of this position. Preferably, the candidate will
have some knowledge of the literary world or be an avid reader.

Candidate should have the following qualifications and experience:
Major gifts:

  • Comfortable with and experienced in face-to- face solicitation, both alone and with
  • board members and Executive Director
  • Ability to train board members in face-to- face solicitation
  • Resourceful donor research
  • Excellent personal and phone manner

Special events:

  • Oversee fundraising events and trips
  • Work with board members and committees to plan events

Direct mail:

  • Excellent, creative writer
  • Experience parsing donor lists and customizing letters
  • Creativity in designing campaigns

Data management:

  • Extensive experience with CRM software such as DonorView, DonorPerfect, or

Raisers Edge

  • Dedication to maintaining an up-to- date, clean, and robust list


  • Experience with government and foundation grant applications
  • Knowledge of organizations and agencies that provide funding for the arts

Financial management:

  • Experience creating periodic analytical reports on fundraising progress
  • Ability to understand financial reports and translate them into budgets to use for fundraising purposes

Other qualifications:

  • Minimum seven years’ experience in progressively responsible positions in fundraising
  • Self-starter
  • Largely self-sufficient, needing minimal secretarial/assistant support
  • Knowledge of NYC and/or literary funding community
  • Proven record of meeting budgets
  • Ability to manage-up to enlist senior staff and board in fundraising
  • Highly organized
  • College degree required

Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Sandy Long at

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