Director of Development (Full-time Position)

REPORTS TO:  Executive Director


Reporting to exalt’s Executive Director, the Director of Development will lead the organization’s fundraising efforts through this pivotal time by researching and actively engaging prospective individual and institutional donors, while building, expanding, and cultivating exalt’s existing circle of supporters and friends. This is an ideal opportunity for an organized, committed and impactful fundraising leader who is passionate about growing and scaling exalt’s mission. 



Vision-Setting & Execution
In partnership with the Executive Director:

  • Design and implement a broad-based development strategy to meet $1.8 million of exalt’s annual fundraising goals through major gifts, corporate, foundation and government funding, special events, and cause-related marketing
  • Lead exalt’s first scaling campaign to raise an additional $2.5 million dollars in growth capital over three years


  • Manage complete grant cycle processes for foundations: create high quality grant applications and proposals including budgets, and preparing other materials as needed (e.g., reports, letters of intent, program briefs, etc.); managing submission processes and necessary follow-ups

  • Develop a major gifts program: identify and research prospects; cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors; track and manage follow-ups for all prospects on an ongoing basis

  • Assist in identifying and cultivating corporate and government prospects

  • Work with exalt’s accountant to develop and produce financial and other related reports for all fundraising programs

  • Work collaboratively across exalt’s team to ensure everyone at the organization is well positioned to be a storyteller on behalf of the organization

  • Build and develop board capacity and goal setting in order to drive fundraising impact

  • Manage one external grant writer with potential to grow the development team in the future


  • Strategically communicate exalt’s unique story effectively to the right audiences to deepen the organization’s impact

  • Manage direct mail and online programs, seeking to increase the amount given by current donors, and growing the total base of donors

  • Manage creative content and messaging for various communications, such as e-mail solicitations, periodic newsletters, annual reports, press releases, and sponsorship decks

  • Ensure timely and accurate acknowledgement and recognition of all gifts, from all sources


To be considered for this exciting position, candidates should possess the following:

  • Palpable, well-articulated connection to exalt's mission
  • A minimum of three years of development leadership experience in the non-profit sector required
  • Track record of identifying, cultivating, and soliciting significant individual and institutional donors with success; knowledge of the New York City philanthropic community strongly preferred; knowledge of government funding a plus
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to develop and deliver successful presentations to engage key stakeholders
  • Experience liaising with a Board of Directors to drive fundraising impact


Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.


exalt is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.