Reporting to the Board President, the Director will serve as a member of TAP’s Executive team, overseeing all aspects of fundraising, communications, and donor relations. The ideal candidate will possess the ability to thrive in a high-energy, fast-paced and entrepreneurial organization. He/she will have a positive, "can-do" attitude; practice innovative thinking and will be flexible and team-oriented.
The position will be based at TAP’s school location in the Bronx at 3710 Barnes Ave and is a full-time role.
Developing, managing and delivering a clearly defined fundraising strategy, including short and long-term measurable key performance indicators and growth goals
Managing and cultivating a portfolio of major individual and foundation funders
Leading the creation of annual revenue pipeline and overseeing the development and implementation of new fundraising initiatives
Serving as an important communication partner to Ms. Murray in corresponding with people interested in learning more about The Arthur Project and her involvement in the program
Writing grant proposals for foundations
Designing and overseeing development systems and structures that provide both support and accountability
Manage brand awareness and marketing strategies for various audiences. Lead communications, including but not limited to email marketing, social media, website management, marketing materials, acknowledgement letters and the annual report.
Serve as a member of Senior Staff, participating in setting organizational priorities and fostering the organization’s values
All candidates should have proven leadership, communication, and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:
Passion for the mission and vision of The Arthur Project
5+ years of professional experience, including success in nonprofit development roles
Proven track record of creating and executing effective fundraising strategies for diverse revenue streams, with success in soliciting and closing gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations
Experience crafting marketing and communications strategy
Track record of building long-term, productive relationships with high-net worth individuals and philanthropic institutions
Superb relationship management, interpersonal, and communication (written and oral) skills with funders, peers, board members and supporters
Significant grant writing experience
Strong understanding of technology and information systems pertinent to the role
Ability to travel, when needed, with Ms. Murray for selected speaking engagements
Additional Salary Information: In addition, The Arthur Project offers a competitive benefits package, including health insurance and generous annual vacation.
About The Arthur Project
The Arthur Project ("TAP") was co-founded by Liz Murray and Jeff Muti in 2017. Liz is best known as the author of Breaking Night: My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, a memoir that was also made into a Lifetime film documenting her journey from homeless youth to Harvard graduate. Liz’s work at The Arthur Project is inspired by two mentors who changed her life, and her experience has greatly informed our model. Media links on Liz are below:
Oprah Show: http://bit.ly/1jRqBwK
Washington Speakers: http://bit.ly/1r2Kc9Y
The Arthur Project (www.thearthurproject.org) is redefining youth mentoring. Rather than pairing children with untrained volunteers in programs that are unstructured, The Arthur Project engages Master of Social Work graduate students who are emerging clinicians to be mentors. Where most programs offer a total of 40 hours of mentoring for students in the life of the program, our students engage in up to 500 hours of mentoring per year. We also focus exclusively on middle school, as it is too often overlooked as being one of the most pivotal time periods in the life of a young person. As such, it ...is also vastly underinvested in.
In September of 2017, TAP successfully launched a pilot program for sixth graders within two middle schools in the Bronx. The inaugural class included 24 students and 13 mentors. In September of 2018, TAP tripled the number of participants and included sixth and seventh graders in the same two schools. Starting in the 2019 school year, our program will increase further to over 150 participants. In the coming years, TAP intends to continue to expand to other public schools in New York City and is in discussions to expand its programs to other cities throughout the U.S.
TAP recently received two significant grants totally nearly $1.5 million, enabling the organization to allocate resources to support its development and communications efforts. In partnership with Ms. Murray and Mr. Muti, the Development & Communications Director will be responsible for creating and implementing TAP’s first development and communications strategy, including the launch of a donor database and structuring a year-long communications plan. The Director will also be responsible for sustaining TAP’s existing portfolio of individual and institutional funders and growing the portfolio as TAP continues to scale. The ideal candidate will have experience growing fundraising programs, crafting development strategy, and serving as a key communication source for current and prospective donors.