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Director, Strategic Initiatives, Resource Development

New York, NY

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Published on 16 Mar 2021

Expires on 31 May 2021

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Director, Strategic Initiatives, Resource Development

Position:            Director, Strategic Initiatives, Resource Development

Reports to:        Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Resource Development

Organization Summary: United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is a nonprofit mobilizing people and organizations to eradicate barriers and create opportunities that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers.   Part of the United Way Worldwide system, one of the world's most recognized charitable brands, we envision caring communities in which all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives.  We strive to model our values in all our relationships, both internal and external: Collaboration, Compassion, Integrity, Accountability, and Superior Performance.

Position Overview:  The Director, Strategic Initiatives reports to the Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. This role is primarily responsible for foundation and government giving, providing project management to advance UWNYC’s strategic fundraising priorities, and obtaining catalytic revenue for new impact initiatives from new partnerships, foundation relationships, and business development opportunities.


The Director, Strategic Initiatives will be responsible for drafting thoughtful, compelling grant proposals for major institutional and government opportunities, working collaboratively with Resource Development staff in crafting corporate foundation proposals, and working collaboratively with program staff to obtain data and monitor the impact of programs. S/he will also be responsible for tracking deadlines, entering data, and reporting results for all institutional giving, as well as identifying and researching new prospective funders including individuals as appropriate. S/he will assist the President’s Office and Resource Development team in the development of external-facing proposals and materials and is responsible for overseeing project management for the President’s Office strategic fundraising initiatives. This role works specifically with leaders and team members cross-departmentally and relies on expert and consistent communication to execute cross-functional proposals and projects in a timely manner.


The successful candidate will be a strong project manager and writer, who is extremely organized and highly motivated. S/he must be comfortable and confident working with external organizations and donors. S/he should be connected to United Way’s mission and inspired to enhance one of the country’s best-known nonprofit brands. S/he must be passionate about racial equity and social justice and motivated to break down racial inequities and barriers for low-income communities of color across NYC.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Working across the organization, own the tracking and project management of all strategic fundraising initiatives to ensure that resources are secured to achieve growth targets for programmatic products.
  • Develop and maintain feedback mechanisms to ensure that the President’s Office and relevant staff are kept current regarding all strategic fundraising initiatives.
  • Assist the AVP in supporting the creation and execution of a fundraising strategy for all new impact initiatives.  
  • Oversee a portfolio of foundation, government, and other key partners, and conduct stewardship and cultivation activities that build, maintain, and strengthen relationships.
  • Write letters of inquiry, grant proposals, reports, and acknowledgment letters.
  • Ensure compliance with all funder requirements.
  • Identify and research new prospective funders in collaboration with the Manager, Prospect Research.
  • Collaborate with program staff to inform proposals and reports.
  • Collaborate with the Finance department to develop budgets and other financial reporting.
  • Collaborate with Administration and Compliance staff to manage necessary database records, files, reports, and source materials pertinent to foundation and government activities. 
  • Collaborate with Marketing & Communication to develop and share impact content.
  • Maintain a grants calendar that ensures all institutional funding deadlines are met with sufficient time for input, develop quarterly internal reports, and facilitate regular outreach to funders.
  • Other duties as required.


Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required; Master’s degree preferred. 
  • 5-7 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, grant-writing and/or project management; programmatic experience in education, hunger, health equity, criminal justice, and/or economic mobility.
  • A sense of energy, ownership, and personal connection to the work of UWNYC, the communities we serve, and our staff.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to write structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.  
  • Adept at translating programmatic products and outcomes in order to communicate UWNYC’s value in the community and build a case for support.
  • Possess, and be motivated to continuously develop, a learning, network, and equity mindset.
  • Innovative thinker with a track record for translating strategy into action plans and results.
  • Astute listener and able to understand and incorporate stakeholder’s needs and interests.
  • Presence and confidence to project credibility to donors and peers.
  • Effective at engaging with top level executives.
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills and practice sound business ethics.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and quickly “change gears” as needed.
  • Excellent time management skills, with the ability to handle multiple projects with high attention to detail. 
  • Familiarity with database and CRM tools and knowledge of online prospect research resources (Foundation Center, Foundation Search, LexisNexis, 990s).
  • Possess positive, “can do” attitude.


Key Competencies:

  • Drives Revenue
  • Strategic Relationship Building
  • Effective and Engaging Communicator
  • Embracing and Managing Change
  • Entrepreneurial and Innovative


United Way of New York City is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer