A JOTW “Can't Wait” posting from Mercy Corps

*** A Can't Wait posting from Mikina Moore at Mercy Corps:


Please post this position on your website.

Thank you,

Mikina Moore

Mercy Corps

Senior Development Director, Mercy Corps, New York, NY, US.

The Senior Development Director will fill a key fund-raising role for Mercy Corps. The position offers the right person an opportunity to work with an expanding organization at a crucial time in its development.

This position will establish and advance relationships with major donors to solicit financial and other contributions to Mercy Corps. As a collaborative member of the Constituency Development Team, and working closely with the Executive Director of the Action Center to End World Hunger in the NY office and the Assistant VP for Development, the Senior Development Director will coordinate fund-raising activity including developing strategy for donor identification and cultivation, prospect donor research and major gift solicitation in order to expand Mercy Corps' donor portfolio.


Develop and implement strategies to maximize income, primarily from individuals and family foundations to meet or exceed financial goals for the Action Center, Emergencies and Global Engagement.

Supervise second development professional and development assistant for maximum fundraising impact.

Create cultivation and solicitation plan for donors which includes cultivation events and mailings geared to their interests and aspirations as donors.

Document all donor activity and maintain accurate records of all contacts.

Research and mobilize networks to identify additional major donor prospects to broaden the donor portfolio and target high net-worth individuals new to Mercy Corps; cultivate prospects in an appropriate and effective manner.

Stay abreast of key issues and trends in the international relief and development community, and communicate these to donors and prospects.

Participate in regular communication with all Mercy Corps departments via email, conference calls and presentations in order to keep staff updated and informed about local donor activity and to remain closely connected with all Mercy Corps programs.

Remain informed of major gift activity nation-wide in order to maximize relationships with donors in your portfolio.


* College degree and 10 years experience in development with a strong practicing background in major gifts fund raising.

* A track record of developing, organizing and executing a variety of successful cultivation activities, fund-raising and program events for varied audiences and purposes.

* Ability to set and meet short- and long-term benchmarks.

* Ease in working with 6- and 7-figure donors.

* Outstanding people skills and excellent communication skills – both written and oral.

* Strong collaborative experience

* Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and process.

* Ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with team.

* Comfort in “cold calling” and following-up with prospects and professional advisors.

* Sound knowledge of computer programs, Microsoft Office and Raisers Edge software or equivalent fundraising database.

APPLY AT http://www.mercycorps.org/aboutus/jobs.

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