24 Sep 2018

Full-Time Associate Director, Institutional Giving

StoryCorps – Posted by StoryCorpsHRNew York, United States

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Job Description


StoryCorps was founded in 2003 with a mission to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and to create a more just and compassionate world. Over the past 15 years, we have provided more than 400,000 people from across the U.S. with powerful opportunities to record interviews about their lives, to pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and to leave a legacy for future generations in our archive at the Library of Congress. Select interviews are edited for weekly broadcast on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and/or inclusion in our animations and podcasts. Together, these stories reach a broad national audience of tens of millions on public and digital media.

All StoryCorps activities, from the delivery of our interview service, to our archive, to the creation and distribution of our produced content, are carried out with an unwavering commitment to excellence and the inclusion of underrepresented populations.

Over the years, we have partnered with thousands of community organizations from across the country to provide our interview service to their constituents. By collecting, preserving, and broadly disseminating authentic voices from diverse participants across the U.S., StoryCorps promotes a deeper understanding–both historic and contemporary–of the many communities that constitute our nation.

Our work has been widely recognized with several George Foster Peabody Awards, a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the 2015 TED Prize, and a 2016 Emmy award for our animation, “Traffic Stop.”


StoryCorps seeks an ambitious, energetic, and creative individual to fill the role of Associate Director, Institutional Giving. StoryCorps’ annual institutional portfolio of over $5 million comprises diverse funders, including leading foundations and government agencies who provide large-scale support for our recording booths, journalists, special initiatives, and unrestricted support as well as smaller grants for more bespoke storytelling projects that require significant time and effort to develop and steward.

The Associate Director must be adept at coordinating multiple internal stakeholders— across Program, Production, Marketing & Communications, Digital, and others—to develop, fundraise for, and steward multi-faceted projects to collect, preserve, and share stories from diverse communities and in different geographic locations. This position requires prior grant writing experience and strong knowledge of program design as well as a proactive, flexible, and entrepreneurial mindset suited to a young and dynamic organization that is experiencing rapid growth and transformation.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  1. Collaborate with multiple stakeholders from across the organization to develop and submit grant proposals and reports to wide-ranging donors to support new and existing programs.
  2. Proactive support of stewardship and cultivation to build and maintain long-running and significant funding relationships with representatives of major institutional supporters and with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
  3. Work with, and support supervision of, the Development Associate to maintain development systems and tracking, build a robust prospect pipeline, and ensure transparent and regular communication with multiple internal stakeholders.
  4. Support front-line fundraising efforts by the Director, Chief Development Officer, and other senior and executive staff by actively participating in developing outreach and cultivation strategy, overseeing prospect research, creating or supervising the creation of prospect research briefs, and participating in donor and prospect meetings as appropriate.

The Associate Director, Institutional Giving’s success depends upon the individual’s ability to: develop a strong understanding of the multi-faceted ways in which StoryCorps can and does realize our mission-driven work; and spearhead teamwork and communication among diverse staff members across multiple departments. The Associate Director, Institutional Giving reports directly to the Director, Institutional Giving and works closely with the Development Associate as well as wide-ranging staff in multiple departments. The Associate Director may recruit and supervise an intern to support the institutional giving function.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5-7 years demonstrated experience in development and institutional giving, preferably in the fields of arts and culture and/or human rights
  • Proven ability to organize, expedite, and manage multiple complex projects simultaneously, working within and across diverse groups and teams
  • Strong collaborative and teamwork skills including: effective written and oral communication; ability to deal with different personalities and work styles; and positive outlook and sense of humor
  • Proactive and creative problem-solver with the ability to be flexible and adaptive to different personalities and work styles and a growing, changing organization
  • Extraordinary attention to detail, time management skills, and critical thinking abilities
  • Experience writing grants and reports, including those for new programs and initiatives, with a proven track record of success; experience with public funding processes and 6-figure gifts a plus
  • Prospect research experience and familiarity with Foundation Center Directory and other online research tools
  • Excellent computer skills: proficiency with MS Word and Excel and Google Docs; experience with Salesforce a plus
  • Cultural competence and the ability to work successfully with diverse groups of people


StoryCorps will offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience along with health insurance–excellent medical, dental, and vision plans–and flexible spending accounts. Plus:

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan and employer match
  • Employee Assistance Plan (free counseling, financial, and legal advice)
  • Pre-tax transit benefits
  • Generous paid time off (full-time regular staff get more than 40 days per year of vacation, sick leave, personal days, Summer Fridays, and holidays, including a day off in honor of oral historian Studs Terkel’s birthday)

Our team is exceptional. We hire great people to do great things. At StoryCorps you will work with top talent from a variety of fields—including technologists, designers, and archivists, to program managers, audio producers, and interview facilitators.

Our headquarters are in Fort Greene, Brooklyn—near almost every subway line and the LIRR at Atlantic Center, and a short walk to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Fort Greene Park, local shops, and a thriving restaurant scene.

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to StoryCorps’ Recruiter Susan Osnos at susanosnos@earthlink.net and include your last name and the position title in the subject line: for example, “Jones – Associate Director, Institutional Giving.” Include your cover letter and resume as attachments titled “YourNameLetter” and “YourNameResume.” In your cover letter, please tell us how you found out about this opportunity and whether you have applied for a position at StoryCorps in the past. StoryCorps seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at StoryCorps are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

Job Categories: Fundraising
Job Types: Full-Time

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