Jan 10, 2023

Development Officer, Individual Giving

$74,000 - $92,500 yearly
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Remote (New York, NY, USA)
Full-Time Administration/Operations Fundraising/Development Writing/Editing

Job Description

LISC is seeking a talented individual for Development Officer. The successful candidate, working closely with Director of Private Philanthropy and the national development team, will support LISC in implementing our fundraising plan, with a focus on identifying, qualifying and cultivating high-capacity donors and private foundations.

The Development Officer will be responsible for managing and growing a pipeline of prospective high-capacity donors and private foundation funders. They will help develop and execute individualized engagement strategies for donors and private foundations within the overall portfolio. They will support the Director of Private Philanthropy in leading on LISC’s individual giving strategy and will be instrumental in supporting the national Development’s team overall fundraising goals.

The candidate will be a self-starter, creative, collaborate well with a passionate team, and have a deep commitment to building inclusive communities across the United States.  You must have strong communications skills, particularly writing, with the proven ability to simplify complex subject matter in original, compelling ways for a range of funders. The candidate should demonstrate a propensity for learning and improving skills.

The Development Officer will lead on some relationships and provide support on others. This includes funder research, preparation for meetings and pitches, and grant writing and reporting. The candidate must be able to work with a wide variety of staff in addition to the national development team, including programmatic teams and leadership.


You may have a mix of professional experience from roles such as:

  • Development Manager, Associate, Assistant, or Coordinator
  • Nonprofit Manager, or Program Associate or Assistant
  • Direct Sales, Customer Service Representative or Account Manager

The Development Officer reports to the Director of Private Philanthropy and will preferably be based in the NYC area.


The following are an indication of the position’s core responsibilities; these are intended to illustrate the scope of responsibilities and are not exclusive of other duties that may be required.

Planning: Assist in the development of a strategy to create a base of support from high-net worth individuals with a goal of raising significant new resources for the organization.   

Prospect Development: Support major donor prospecting and research to build a pipeline of prospective individual major donors to the prospect list and determine best individual strategies.  This includes research and follow-up support for individuals and assisting in creating management processes for donors. Maintain prospect files and records, regularly researching and finding new opportunities.

Concepts, Proposals and Reports: Write, prepare, and submit concepts, grant proposals, presentations, budgets and reports, including responsibility for programmatic grants from foundations and donors. Maintain private foundation and major donor information in our files and Salesforce.

Communications: Coordinate and deliver donor-centered communications. Oversee the successful planning, creation, and implementation of collateral and coordinate online fundraising campaigns.

Fundraising and Relationship Building: Prepare and provide strategic guidance on donor solicitations and engagements. Support the development and execution of a strategy to cultivate, steward our annual giving pool, and systematically increase year-over-year revenue.

Cultivation and Events: Support the development of cultivation activities including communications, meetings, and in-person events.  

Hiring Organization

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent education and experience.
  • Minimum of five years of progressive experience in non-profit or foundation fundraising, with an emphasis on major gifts.
  • Strong research and analytical skills to identify prospective donors and develop successful cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship engagement strategies.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Proven track record in grant writing and reporting.
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and highly organized; at ease working with tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated success working to promote diversity, equity and inclusion and working with remote teams.
  • Good understanding of technology, including Zoom or similar meeting platforms, Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce, and other online databases like iWave, Foundation Center, and others to generate donor reports.
  • Periodically travel for peer learning, site visits, training and national LISC activities, about 10% - 20% estimated annually

Industry/Service Area

Community/Capacity Building


Mid-Senior level

Application Instructions

Apply online for application instructions: https://boards.greenhouse.io/lisc/jobs/4179843005 

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