The Director of Institutional Giving & Stewardship is a full-time position that reports to the Executive Director. This position works closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and other fundraising and revenue-driving staff to deepen relationships with patrons, identify new grant opportunities, prepare grant applications, solicit corporate sponsorships, organize special cultivation events, and assist with an annual gala, all toward helping to ensure the organization meets its ambitious fundraising goals. 


Individual Giving:
  • Manage the stewardship and solicitation of major donors, including drafting acknowledgements and appeals
  • Schedule and attend regular major donor meetings and calls
  • Prepare monthly donor updates, newsletters, and other materials 
  • Organize and attend major donor and Benefactor recognition and cultivation events
  • Draft the annual report published in American Poets magazine
  • Conduct prospect research
  • Assist in maintaining major donor records in database
  • Provide regular reports to executive director tracking progress toward goals
  • Coordinate planned giving mailings and advertising, including in and in American Poets
Board of Directors:
  • Assist in managing regular communications with Board members
  • Schedule Board committee and other regular meetings
  • Prepare monthly Board updates and other materials 
  • Manage annual Board appeal mailings and follow up 
  • Prepare Board meeting materials 
  • Attend Development Committee meetings and full Board meetings
  • Organize and attend Board events 
  • Manage calendar of grant proposal and report deadlines
  • Draft letters of intent, grant proposals and reports, and prepare supplementary materials 
  • Prepare regular updates for program officers
  • Conduct foundation research
Corporate Sponsorship:
  • Assist in managing corporate solicitations for annual gala, activating and coordinating with Board members
  • Prepare solicitation material as needed
  • Manage fundraising in support of corporate honorees
  • Coordinate with Advertising & Marketing Manager on other solicitations and benefit fulfillment and logistics
Special Events:
  • Help lead coordination of annual fundraising event at Lincoln Center, including assisting with securing honorees and programming the event as needed, and solicitation and stewardship of VIP donors attending the event
  • 5-10 years experience working in nonprofit fundraising 
  • Impeccable communication skills, written and oral, and attention to details 
  • Track record in working with major donors
  • Commitment to providing exceptional customer service  
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Track record in producing winning grant proposals
  • Ability to work both collaboratively, as part of a team, and independently
  • Able to balance multiple constituencies
  • Able to manage multiple projects and deadlines  
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite, Google applications, email communication platforms, Raisers Edge and CRM experience a plus 
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Familiarity with the poetry community and a passion for poetry
The Academy of American Poets is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of religion, race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Interested candidates may email a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Benka, Executive Director, at [email protected] No calls please. 

Posted June 2019