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Managing Director of Resource Development

Company: Walkway Over the Hudson
Date Posted: July 6, 2016

The Organization:

Walkway Over the Hudson, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group, works to support and improve Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park by raising funds to improve amenities and provide long-term stewardship to the Park. Our mission depends upon engaging partners, donors, members, and volunteers who share our vision. With 500,000 people visiting annually, half from outside the region, the Park is a powerful economic engine, bringing new revenue, jobs, and taxes into the Mid-Hudson Region. Our supporters are given an opportunity to make a difference in the region.

Position Description:

The Managing Director of Resource Development (MDRD) is responsible for the design, implementation, and management of a comprehensive, development plan focused on expanding and enhancing corporate, individual, and organization donor participation.  Specifically, the MDRD is expected to:

Lead the development and implementation of the Walkway's various fundraising programs, sponsorships, and campaigns.

Establish an energetic, enthusiastic and engaging giving environment.

Develop, maintain, and strengthen collaborative partnerships, inside or outside the organization.

Be accountable for overall fundraising results and engage directly in researching, identifying, prospecting, cultivating, soliciting and closing financial commitments directly.

Ensure the Executive Director, Board Members and Committee Members are strategically engaged and deployed in the development process.

Evaluate the ROI for Walkway hosted events in terms of advancing development goals.

Manage staff and outside consultants engaged in fundraising activities.

Perform other duties and participate in projects as assigned by the Executive Director.

Candidate Requirements:

Bachelor's Degree required. Master Degree preferred.

Ten years of fundraising and development experience, with demonstrated success in cultivating, soliciting and closing gifts from a variety of constituents.

Prior experience designing and implementing comprehensive multi-year development plans, which included multiple fundraising sources (individual, corporate, foundation and other organizations), various giving opportunities (annual giving, periodic giving, event-centered efforts, capital campaigns, sponsorships, etc.) and gift variety (cash, in-kind, planned, etc.).

Major gift and capital campaign and direct experience soliciting gifts of $25,000 or more.

Well-developed research and analytic skills; comfort with preparing and presenting proposals and supporting materials to various stakeholders.

Demonstrated success managing multiple projects, comfort with re-prioritization, and operating with purpose, urgency, and accuracy in a fast-paced environment.

Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; effective public communication style; sense of humor a plus.

Personal Characteristics:

Self-confident person who engenders confidence and trust in those around them.

Keen sense for how to shake things up to keep it fresh while keeping its sufficiently familiar.

Highly collegial; equally comfortable as a team leader or team member.

Action-oriented, with the ability to build momentum around ideas and initiatives.

Ability to think creatively and strategically about the big picture, while remaining focused on the detail-oriented work.

Comfort assuming a share of event functions that require all hands on deck.

Work Context and ADA Specifications:

Indoor workspace: typical office setting.

Telephone: must be able to be on the phone multiple times throughout the day.

Will be in contact with others via face-to-face, email and telephone.

Must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time.

Clean driving record and access to a reliable car.

Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.

Will require walking up and down stairs frequently.

Willingness to work weekends and weeknights as needed.

Ability to work outdoors.

Application process:

Email cover letter and resume to

Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Walkway Over the Hudson is committed to equal opportunity.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, genetics or any other characteristic protected by law.