Associate Director – Fundraising & Constituent Engagement

February 28, 2018

Position Title: Associate Director – Fundraising & Constituent Engagement
Reports To: Director, Resource Generation (IRP+)
Location: New York, NY or Washington, DC
Team: Immigration & Refugee
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Status: Exempt

Church World Service (CWS) is a not-for-profit organization working to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. To help build and maintain a diverse team, CWS actively seeks candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, use of a guide or support animal, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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Primary Purpose:

The incumbent will work closely with a small team of Resource Generation staff based in New York on behalf of the Immigration and Refugee Program + (IRP+). Together with the AD for Annual Giving and reporting to the Director of Resource Generation, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting the fundraising goals of IRP+ and leveraging key relationships and contacts within and outside of the New York City area. The incumbent will also contribute to the long-term fundraising and marketing strategy for the New York based agency including specific orientation towards foundations, private companies and individual donors in the Northeast.

They will also work as a part of the team developing, refining and implementing the resource development strategy for the annual Benefit for Change taking place in New York City.  Additionally, this position will coordinate proposal preparation of private funding grant opportunities. The incumbent will coordinate closely with the Resource Generation unit staff members and other colleagues as necessary.

Essential Duties

  • Cultivate and nurture relationships with current and potential corporate & foundation sponsors in the NYC area for and beyond the special event
  • Help create and execute a strategy for soliciting a large sustained base of individual donors in NYC area
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations for Immigration and Refugee Programs and activities
  • Write letters of inquiry, grant proposals and necessary reports to corporate, foundation, and individual funders, and serve as a back-up for government grant writing and editing
  • Prioritize diversification and further development of private funding base for the IRP
  • Work with Resource Generation and communications staff to create content for the IRP campaign website, with special attention paid to marketing engagement to new and existing constituents
  • Attend meetings and events in New York as assigned
  • Perform other related duties and provide leadership to special projects as requested



  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field is required. Minimum five years’ experience in the nonprofit sector with a concentration in program management or funds mobilization and communications essential. 


The candidate needs a minimum of five years of nonprofit experience in the nonprofit sector with a concentration in program management or funds mobilization and/or communications. They need a high energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, with a high degree of initiative.  They need the skills of flexibility, teamwork and attention to detail.

This person needs strong verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively.  Demonstrated ability to think strategically and have a thorough understanding of strategic development.

The need a thorough understanding of all components of a diversified funding base and a demonstrated ability to prospect, cultivate, and manage current and new donors.  Familiarity and experience with standard contractual requirements in writing grants proposals is required.

Solid computer skills and knowledge of data base programs.

The experience of working with church constituencies through ecumenical structures is a plus. International experience in development programs or refugee resettlement would be considered an asset.


Communications:  Demonstrate “transparency of information” by articulating program strategies, priorities, standards, and expectations to stakeholders.  Communicate and model CWS’ mission, values, and priorities to stakeholders.  Represent CWS/IRP in varied forums, effectively interpreting its mission, values and programs and inspiring audiences to support its work.

Constituent Relationships:  Manage relationships with stakeholders to identify linkages to CWS/IRP Programs.  Identify potential constituents with whom to build relationships within the context of CWS’ mission, values and policies.  Conduct interaction with stakeholders with integrity and sensitivity, ensuring that information is clearly communicated and documented.  Resolve issues of concern to maintain effective constituent relationships. 

Job Knowledge:  Has an understanding of the faith-based nature of CWS and is able to articulate that nature to varied audiences.  Knows “broad stroke” information about CWS programs and where to find more detailed information.  Applies a depth of knowledge within geographic area of responsibility to implement assigned activities.  Uses technology in creative ways to support individual performance.  Identify learning opportunities for self and others and recommend action.  Interpret CWS’ policies and procedures for stakeholders, keeping the “human” side in sight.   Keep up to date with “best practices” and recommend procedures that balance business performance with CWS’ ministry and values.

Leadership:  Manage the implementation of assigned fund raising or marketing activity.  Accept accountability for assigned activities and adapt a work style to perform independently or within a team.  Offer creative suggestions for improving the structure of assigned fund raising activities.

 Problem Solving:  Identify problems that undermine the effectiveness of fund raising strategies.  Identify and recommend workable solutions for these problems, considering the costs, benefits and potential consequences to CWS.  Enable others to learn from the problem-solving experience by involving them in examining and resolving problems, ensuring solutions are appropriate to the scope of the problem. 

Program Planning and Management:  In collaboration with global IRP+ staff, implement and evaluate fund raising activities, establishing implementation steps and time frames.  Contribute to the development of standards and expectations for performing activities and assure the quality of work produced.  Participate in gathering and analyzing information from internal and external stakeholders.  Build consensus with colleagues, stakeholders and management in support of new initiatives.  Successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously. 

Resource Building and Stewardship:  Participate in planning budget needed for program activities.  Manage relationships with partners to assure continued support.  Develop opportunities to build support for IRP+ among new partners.   Promote CWS’ mission, programs and services and inspire people to support them.  Interpret CWS’ policies on stewardship and accountability for its resources to the public.