Development OfficerCompany: Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Date Posted: October 9, 2015
Based in Westchester County, New York – Yorktown Heights
Management Recruiters - Mid Hudson Valley is an executive search firm focused solely on serving the
nonprofit sector. We have a national practice and the large majority of our placements are executive
leadership or senior nonprofit professionals.
Our Client is Guiding Eyes for the Blind (Guiding Eyes - https://www.guidingeyes.org). Guiding Eyes is
an internationally accredited nonprofit that provides superbly bred and trained guide dogs to men and
women who are blind or visually impaired. Dogs not suited for guide work may become service dogs for
children on the autism spectrum. All Guiding Eyes dogs expand horizons for people to achieve life’s
Guiding Eyes currently seeks a Development Officer to fill a key role in their fundraising programs.
Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Development Officer will be responsible for creating
and executing fundraising strategies and initiatives for individual gifts, corporate gifts / sponsorships,
foundation gifts, grants, board giving and special events. The successful candidate will demonstrate a
passion for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind mission and develop a deep understanding of the
organization’s culture and services. Including this position, the Development Department is a 10 person
Steward and cultivate a portfolio of current donors with an emphasis on increasing the donor level of
involvement through appropriate engagement, timely solicitation and relevant stewardship.
Work closely with the President and CEO, VP Development and in cooperation with all Development
staff members as well as the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and key staff and
volunteers to support a cohesive team based approach to fundraising.
Prepare and manage a budget and meet targeted fundraising goals.
Conduct face to face meetings with donors, reach new and current donors through cultivation events,
webcasts, on site functions and presentations.
Assist with and participate in the management of major fundraising events, donor recognition events
and smaller, volunteer –led fundraising events.
Collaborate with the Marketing Director to produce consistent and effective donor engagement
Demonstrate a passion for the Guiding Eyes mission and a deep understanding of the organization’s
culture and services.
A minimum of five years of progressive, professional experience in a major not-for-profit organization
with a demonstrated track record of achieving established goals.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent business experience required; advanced degree desirable
Must adhere to the highest ethical standards with the ability to act with discretion, self-assurance and
diplomacy. Sound judgement in maintaining strict confidentiality of donor information.
Highly developed written and verbal communications skills with the ability to work collaboratively in a
flexible team environment to ensure the maximization of all giving opportunities.
Available to travel for up to a week at a time.
Willingness and desire to attend evening and weekend program activities in order to cultivate and
steward donors and prospects.
Proficient in Microsoft Office and database systems (Donor Perfect, Salesforce, etc.) with particular
emphasis on maintaining meticulous donor and prospect records in the database following each
Must love and be comfortable around large, active dogs.
Guiding Eyes offers employer paid medical, dental, vision for the employee and family, 4 weeks of
vacation, an employer funded 403(b) plan, and a dog friendly workplace.
If you are interested in this excellent career opportunity, please email your resume and cover letter (Word
Documents only please) to:
Owner / Manager – Management Recruiters – Mid Hudson Valley
Website – www.mrmhv.com