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Development Director, New York

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) is currently seeking an unpaid volunteer to serve as the Development Director of its New York City branch.

About YPFP

YPFP is committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders and increasing NextGen voices in debates about global issues by providing its members with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships they will need to tackle critical international challenges now and over the course of their careers.

YPFP is a dynamic, global, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with 15,000+ members around the world who work in all fields of international affairs. It was established in 2004, and is headquartered in Washington, DC, with branches in Brussels, London, and New York. YPFP is supported by around 150 volunteer staff members worldwide, for whom the leadership and management of a global NGO supplements their daytime career or graduate studies.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Development Team at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy-New York (YPFP-NY) is made up of a Director (this position) and is responsible for all matters related to fundraising and donations (both financial and in-kind):

  • Represent the branch to and foster relationships with donors, funders, and other partners for increased finances and in-kind donations

  • In association with the Programming and Executive Teams, ensure smooth execution of fundraising events, including our quarterly pub trivia fundraiser and our annual gala

  • Collaborate on fundraising strategy with the Executive Team

  • Comply with financial and budgetary requirements in association with the Executive Team

  • Explore new revenue streams, including new membership arrangements

  • Attend staff meetings and regular events as often as schedule allows

  • Provide the Executive Team with regular reports on fundraising and donation activities

Skills and Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree is required; advanced degree in a field related to international affairs and/or foreign policy is desireable

  • Exceptional demonstrated leadership ability and enthusiasm for fostering partnerships and relationships with an eye toward gaining funding and donations (both financial and in-kind)

  • Exquisite attention to detail, capacity for efficient multi-tasking and focused task orientation

  • Demonstrated planning and organization skills to effectively implement strategic plans and deliver results

  • Superior verbal and written communication skills, and proven ability to persuasively deliver complex presentations to varied audiences

  • Must be located in the New York City area

  • Must be available for in-person meetings and events on evenings and weekends mostly taking place in Manhattan

  • Must be able to respond to YPFP emails promptly and consistently and be responsive on our staff instant messaging platform (Slack)

  • Proficiency with Gmail, basic web editing, PowerPoint, social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc), instant messaging (Slack), relevant Google Apps (shared documents, sites, forms, etc.) is desirable.

  • Experience with YPFP (either as a staff member or a regular member) is highly desirable

  • Demonstrated interest or experience in international affairs/foreign policy is a must

  • Experience working on a remote/distributed team and meeting deadlines on a self-directed and somewhat unstructured schedule is desirable

This position requires a time commitment of approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one year commitment to the role. We do not have a physical office space, so the ability to work remotely is important. Please note that you are not required to be a YPFP member to apply, but you will be required to confirm membership should you be selected.

How to Apply

Please e-mail your up-to-date resumé and a cover letter (1000 words maximum) detailing your qualifications for thepositions and your intentions and ideas should you be selected, to Oliver K. Hobbs (oliver.hobbs@ypfp.org) under the subject “Application - Development Director” no later than Sunday, Oct 1 at 9:00PM EDT.