Full-Time Associate Director, Institutional Giving
Division: External Relations
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Reports To: Director, Institutional Giving
Status: Full-Time, Regular
StoryCorps was founded in 2003 with a mission to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Over the past 14 years, we have provided an estimated 400,000 people from across the U.S. with powerful opportunities to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and 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 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 organization from across the country to provide our interview service to their constituents. By collection, 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 $4 million comprises diverse funders including leading foundations and government agencies who provide large-scale support for our StoryBooths, Production, special initiatives, and unrestricted support as well as smaller grants for more bespoke storytelling projects that require significant time and effort to develop and to steward. The Associate Director must be adept at coordinating multiple internal stakeholders—across Program, Production, Marketing & Communications, Innovation & Technology, 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:
- 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.
- Proactive support of stewardship and cultivation to build and maintain long-running and significant funding relationships with the CPB and other major institutional supporters.
- Work with Manager, Institutional Giving to maintain development systems and tracking, build a robust prospect pipeline, and ensure transparent and regular communication with multiple internal stakeholders.
- Support front-line fundraising efforts by Director and other senior and executive staff through the creation of prospect research briefs as well as active participation in developing outreach and cultivation strategy.
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 Manager, Institutional Giving as well as wide-ranging staff in multiple departments. The Associate Director may recruit and supervise an intern to support the institutional giving function.
StoryCorps records, shares, and preserves stories from a diverse range of American voices — from our Griot Initiative to preserve stories of African Americans, to our Historias Initiative to collect the experiences of Latinos. Candidates with work experience in diverse communities and/or in organizations with diversity and social justice-oriented missions/values are strongly encouraged to apply. We also seek to recruit and develop a staff whose diversity matches the diversity of the communities we serve, and we strongly encourage applications from people of color and the LGBTQ community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Serve as a key member of the Institutional Giving team that sets, tracks, and meets or exceeds annual fundraising goals
- Collaborate with stakeholders from across the organization to develop and submit new proposals and reports as well as to ensure clear understanding of grant deliverables and reporting deadlines
- Work with Manager, Institutional Giving and Manager, Database & Donor Recognition to ensure proper tracking of gifts, report and proposal deadlines, and donor contact information as well as to build and maintain a robust prospect pipeline and ensure regular communication with stakeholders across the organization
- Coordinate and prepare senior leadership for meetings with donors and prospective donors and participate in meetings and phone calls as assigned
- Perform other duties to support the External Relations function, as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications:
- 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; experience with Salesforce a plus
- Cultural competence and the ability to work successfully with diverse groups of people
To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to email@example.com 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.