The Authors Guild Foundation seeks a proven professional fundraiser with experience in major gifts, special events, and direct mail to lead its fundraising program. Working closely with the Executive Director and an active Board, the Director of Development will lead and actively participate in all forms of fundraising to achieve ambitious goals. The Foundation is a supporting organization of the Authors Guild, a professional association of writers; the Guild and Foundation have a combined operating budget of $3 million.
Fundraising and long-term donor cultivation is the key responsibility of the Foundation, and the Director of Development will lead the development and execution of a multi-year fundraising plan that effectively engages Guild members, authors, board members, advisory board members, and other volunteers in fundraising efforts. The Director of Development will personally solicit funds, with board members and other senior staff, and will be responsible for orchestrating and overseeing all solicitation efforts by professional staff, board members, and other volunteers.
Specifically, the Director of Development will marshal the attributes, resources, and networks of the Authors Guild Foundation to raise annual, endowment, and special project funds through:
An annual half-million dollar gala, including finding honorees, presenters, hosts, sponsors, and guests, and overseeing entire event, with an auction
Major gifts from individuals, foundations, and businesses with an abiding interest in intellectual property rights, freedom of speech, and empowering U.S. authors
Grants from local and national foundations and government sources
Contributions associated with an annual gala and authors’ special events and projects
Restricted giving campaigns
Planned giving (the Authors Legacy Campaign)
Matching and in-kind gifts
Mass, direct mail, and web-based giving that also builds mass awareness and support for the work of Authors Guild Foundation
Graceful communication, an ability to understand the needs and motives of donor-investors, and experience in structuring agreements that simultaneously fulfill the requirements of the Authors Guild Foundation and donors are key elements of this position. Preferably, the candidate will have some knowledge of the literary world or be an avid reader.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience.
The Authors Guild Foundation is the charitable and educational arm of the Authors Guild. It protects and supports writing as a profession, fostering a rich, diverse literary community across the United States. It does this by promoting an understanding of the value of writers, advocating for authors’ rights, litigating to protect authors’ interests, and educating authors in the business of writing.