Director of Donor Relations and Communications

Website Westchester Community Foundation

The Westchester Community Foundation connects generous people to the causes they care about and invests in transformative ideas and organizations to improve lives and strengthen our community.

The Westchester Community Foundation seeks a Director of Donor Relations and Communications. Reporting to the Executive Director, this person will be responsible for donor relations, donor engagement, fundraising, and communications. S/he will support the Executive Director in outreach efforts to build new philanthropic relationships between the Foundation and individuals, corporations, and the professional advisor community, and to raise the visibility of the foundation in the community.

The Director of Donor Relations and Communications will work closely with the Executive Director to implement the effective identification, cultivation and stewardship of donors and prospects. He/she will partner with colleagues across the organization on donor stewardship and lead generation. He/she will also proactively connect with existing donors and prospects to extend the reach and awareness of the Foundation and ensure donor satisfaction with the highest level of customer service.

S/he will implement a communications and media relations plan that increases the awareness of the value of giving through WCF and ensures that the Foundation communicates effectively with donors, potential donors, and professional advisors.

About the Westchester Community Foundation
The Westchester Community Foundation works to enhance the well-being of the people and communities of Westchester County, New York. It does so by developing, managing, and distributing philanthropic funds in a way that is highly responsive to community needs and donor interests. It is an affiliate of The New York Community Trust (the Trust) which was established in 1924 and currently holds more than $3 billion in assets. The Trust established the Foundation in 1975 to provide Westchester donors with a locally focused philanthropic vehicle. The Foundation has more than 200 charitable funds including donor-advised and permanent funds.

Employees of the Westchester Community Foundation are employees of The Trust. The staff of the Foundation consists of the Executive Director, two program officers, and a grants and scholarship administrator/office manager. A Board of Advisors oversees the Foundation’s strategic direction and assists in its growth. A Professional Advisory Council consists of legal, financial management, accounting, and other professionals who work with the Foundation to meet their client’s philanthropy goals.

The Director of Donor Relations and Communications will report to the Foundation’s Executive Director and work alongside staff at the WCF, the Trust, and Long Island Community Foundation, the Trust’s Long Island affiliate. The ideal candidate will have experience in donor relations, development, and communications. S/he must be comfortable working in a small team and executing multiple functions.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Develop, implement, and manage strategies for a planned and major gifts giving program focused on securing major philanthropic support from individuals, family foundations, and corporations in order to build the Foundation’s Permanent and Donor-Advised Funds.
• Respond to inquiries from prospective donors, effectively articulating the Foundation’s offerings and converting cold prospects into warm leads.
• Partner with the executive director to develop, implement, and manage a portfolio of prospects in all aspects of the giving cycle, including initiation of contacts with potential major gift donors and development of appropriate cultivation strategies.
• Implement a strategy to expand the Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council that showcases the Foundation.
• Build relationships and work with professional advisors such as attorneys, tax planners and wealth experts to facilitate their clients’ charitable goals utilizing the Foundation’s services and offerings.
• Identify and promote best practices for donor stewardship and engagement, especially working with individuals, corporations, multi-generation family donors, and giving circles.
• Plan, manage and arrange meetings and events that advance donor cultivation and stewardship.
• Seek new opportunities to promote the Foundation to prospective donors or professional advisors, including arranging and/or presenting at speaking engagements.
• Implement a communications strategy in partnership with The Trust, including website, newsletters, informational brochures, marketing materials, and social media.
• Oversees media relations, including press releases for grants, events, and other activities

QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS
The strongest candidates will have strong interpersonal, communications, computer, and organizational skills. S/he will demonstrate an energetic, optimistic, and positive approach and outlook and a genuine concern for social impact. The ideal candidate will also have experience or familiarity with community foundations and/or or philanthropic advising.

• Bachelor’s degree or higher.
• Five to ten years of professional experience in development with progressive responsibility. Prior experience in frontline development, donor relations, and/or stewardship required. Planned giving experience preferred.
• Strong donor-relations and/or customer relations skills, providing prompt, professional responses to all prospect inquiries.
• Ability to educate and inform prospective and existing donors about appropriate giving vehicles.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Salesforce.
• Must be tech savvy and open to learning new fundraising/CRM systems and wealth screening tools.
• Must be self-motivated and able to manage and meet internal and external deadlines while balancing competing priorities.
• Ability to participate as a team member, working collaboratively and managing projects across diverse groups, with a commitment to following and enforcing processes and procedures. A sense of humor is essential.
• Demonstrated effort to maintain and grow knowledge in relevant areas.
• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
• Entrepreneurial spirit, leading to innovative ideas to create new outreach efforts.
• Knowledge of community foundations preferred.

SALARY & BENEFITS
Excellent benefits; salary commensurate with experience. Please submit your resume and cover letter to Laura Rossi, Executive Director, Westchester Community Foundation, at lrossi@wcf-ny.org. No calls please. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 28, 2022.

The Westchester Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexuality or gender identity, status as a veteran, or disability or on any other federal, state, or local protected class.

Laura Rossi, Esq.
Executive Director
Westchester Community Foundation
210 North Central Park Avenue, Suite 310
Hartsdale, New York 10530
www.wcf-ny.org

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