Senior Development Director - Northeast

Reports to: Regional Director
Position Status: Full-Time, Exempt
Location: Telecommute – New York/New Jersey


The Parkinson's Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson's community.

The Senior Development Director is responsible for the development and management of a portfolio of current and potential individual donors, as well as key programmatic initiatives and their fundraising strategy. This includes working with fundraising staff to build the fundraising strategy while building and leveraging key relationships and contacts within and outside of the organization’s network. The Senior Development Director will be a key contributor to the development team and will be essential to the achievement of the organization’s fundraising goals.

It is essential that the Senior Director demonstrates and upholds the Foundation values of collaboration, dedication, excellence, integrity, positivity, responsiveness, and teamwork.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Work with the Regional Director to drive strategy for the expansion of the Northeast Region, with focus on the New York/NJ Chapter
  • Directly manage fundraising staff to lead them to success
  • Develop high level volunteer relationships that will advance individual and organizational involvement with prospective and existing donors that result in large philanthropic and revenue generating partnerships in the Northeast region.
  • Identify, qualify, solicit, and steward a portfolio of 80+ new and existing donor prospects with the capability of making mid-level donations ($1,000 to $15,000)
  • Focus on securing high-level gifts for the Foundation’s key initiatives – especially with regards to the Reach Further Campaign. Oversee, develop, and manage volunteer committees, plan campaign-specific donor engagement events aimed at fundraising and engaging campaign volunteers.
  • Lead the regional foundation/grant application efforts by researching foundations, writing grants, overseeing the progress of objectives, and working with the national institutional giving team.
  • Assist in the management of the local advisory boards.
  • Collaborate with the major giving officer to identify, solicit, cultivate, and steward donors and secure gifts $10,000+.
  • Understand the many new ways a donor can give through non-cash assets, legacy giving, and individual giving to provide high-quality, personalized experiences for donors
  • Work with the programs and development team to secure new and renew previous chapter and regional corporate partnerships.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge database to document moves management and provide accurate relationship details for all portfolio members.
  • Oversee the use of Raiser's Edge in the region and assist in list pulling, analytics, and general management of donors and financials.
  • Lead the individual giving efforts for the Northeast team by being a resource for stewarding, cultivating, and soliciting donors. This includes but is not limited to building and managing donor portfolios for the regional team, leveraging key relationships and contacts to expand reach, supervising staff with regard to individual giving, and overseeing all individual giving goals.
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills to compel donors to support key programs and projects. Serve as an active member of the development team by supporting short-and long-term objectives, attend staff meetings, serve on special task forces, participate in cross-departmental meetings, and contribute to the Parkinson’s Foundation strategic plan and overall mission.
  • Attend regional, peer-to-peer events to support staff as needed. Travel to donor visits and other events in the region. Travel throughout the region up to 25%.
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned.

Experience/Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 5-7 years of experience in fundraising, preferably within a non-profit organization.
  • Proven experience with a giving portfolio.
  • Capable of building and sustaining relationships with a variety of individuals and organizations.
  • Ability to close face-to-face sales and sponsorships.
  • Ability to provide a high level of customer service to external constituents.
  • Strong volunteer recruitment and management skills.
  • Proven and significant skills in planning, budgeting, and volunteer development.
  • Outgoing, energetic, with strong written, verbal, and problem-solving skills.
  • Organized, detail-oriented, able to adhere to timelines and prioritize.
  • Strong computer skills, proficient with MS Office suite.
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge is a plus.
  • Ability to work a variety of hours including days, nights, and weekends.
  • Must be able to lift at least 20 lbs. from the ground to waist level with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to travel throughout the Northeast Region. Travel up to 25%


Compensation for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to Applicant review will continue until the position is filled. Please indicate the job title in the subject line. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls please.

The Parkinson’s Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our culture and in our work on behalf of people with Parkinson's disease.

All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, subject to any legally required accommodations.

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