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Job Opening:

Director of Institutional Giving


For over two centuries, Mission has been dedicated to eradicating multigenerational poverty by unlocking the potential of New York City's most underserved families. We intertwine academic enrichment, career readiness, and college access programs to create transformative educational experiences for low-income communities. Since our establishment in 1812, we have provided life-changing opportunities to over 6.5 million New Yorkers. The right candidate will have the opportunity to work with one of the nation’s oldest social service organizations and have a direct impact on the students and communities we serve.


The Mission Society is seeking an accomplished Director of Institutional Giving who will sustain and grow support to benefit the organization’s Level Up and Power Academy programs. As part of the External Affairs team, the Director of Institutional Giving will lead and manage foundation, government, and corporate funding strategies at the Mission Society of New York City. This pivotal role involves extensive prospect research, identifying new funding sources, reviewing RFPs, cultivating relationships with institutional funders, and overseeing the end-to-end grant application process.

Title: Director of Institutional Giving

Reports to: Senior Vice President of External Affairs

Principal Responsibilities

  • Strategic Planning: Lead a comprehensive, multi-year institutional strategy that positions the organization in growing the annual budget of $12M.

  • Relationship Management: Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with institutional funders, including foundations, government entities, and corporations.

  • Prospect Identification: Identify and evaluate potential institutional partners and grant opportunities to align with the Mission Society's mission and goals.

  • Narrative Development: Research and draft Letters of Intent (LOIs), proposals, and reports in collaboration with program staff, ensuring alignment with the organization's strategic objectives.

  • Communication and Correspondence: Maintain regular communication with key funding representatives, support strategic funder outreach, and manage ongoing correspondence.

  • Data Management: Implement and maintain systems to track all corporate, government, and foundation donor activities, including grant submission deadlines, communications, and acknowledgments.

  • Event Planning: Assist in the planning of special events designed for corporate and foundation program officers to enhance engagement and partnership opportunities.

  • Budget Preparation: Collaborate with program and finance teams to develop accurate and compelling proposal/application budgets in accordance with funding requests.

  • Collaborative Stewardship: Work collaboratively with the entire fundraising team to develop and execute strategic stewardship plans for institutional donors.

  • Team Collaboration: Work closely with Mission Society staff to team members to shape programs that appeal to funders and support organizational goals and our central mission.

  • Adaptability: Perform all other duties as required in a dynamic and evolving environment.


  • Passion for Mission: Demonstrated passion for education equality, youth development, and the overarching goal of ending poverty.

  • Professional Experience: Minimum of five years of professional development experience, with demonstrated experience in researching and writing successful proposals.

  • Creativity: A flair for creative thinking, particularly applied to fundraising opportunities.

  • Database Management: Experience with prospect research and the ability to set up, manage, and track foundation giving and deadlines through a database.

  • Communication Skills: Excellent writing skills, attention to detail, and organizational skills are essential.

  • Project Management: Ability to manage multiple priorities and complete projects successfully as planned.

  • Technical Skills: Excellent computer skills; familiarity with EveryAction is a plus.

  • Team Player: Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

General Requirements

Staff is expected to be committed to the mission, vision, and values of Mission Society.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range is $110,100-$119,000 based on experience, qualifications and fit. Comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, life, long term disability insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 5% employer contribution, TransitChek, Employee Wellness Program, Municipal Credit Union membership, voluntary supplemental insurance options.


Interested and qualified individuals should forward their resumes with cover letter to or fax to 212-979-5764.

Subject: Re: Director of Institutional Giving. 


Note: We are unable to accept phone calls. Applicants must meet qualifications stated above. Only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Mission Society of New York City is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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