ORGANIZATION: The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)
The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to advancing science and technology since 1817. With 20,000+ members in 140 countries, the Academy has one of the world’s most elite networks of experts and partner organizations. Twenty-seven Nobel Prize winners and numerous academic and industry executives sit on its President’s Council and Board of Governors. It participates in alliances with 40 universities and academic medical centers, as well as scores of multinational companies and NGOs. The Academy uses these networks to catalyze path-breaking initiatives for scientific, social, and economic benefit, both locally, in New York, and globally, in developed economies and emerging markets.
The Academy’s core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals at large. It achieves its mission through innovative programs in life sciences—including expanding initiatives in nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease; physical sciences—including programs in energy and environmental science; and critical areas of science policy and education. In addition, it plays a major role in providing advice and assistance to government leaders who are hoping to better use their science-and-technology talent base to drive innovation for economic and social betterment. Clients have included the prime minister of Malaysia, the ruler of Qatar, the president of Russia, and the mayor of Mexico City.
In essence, the Academy facilitates communications among scientists, physicians, students, educators, executives, policy makers, government officials, and journalists from around the globe through its interdisciplinary conferences, meetings, workshops, and diverse electronic and print publications. The Academy employs 85 professional and support staff and has an annual operating budget of over $18 million.
The New York Academy of Sciences is located at 7 World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. More information can be found on the NYAS website: www.nyas.org
As a 501(c) (3) charity organization, the Academy seeks philanthropic support to carry out its mission and ensure that the institution has the resources, talent, and ability to deliver its innovative programs. The Academy is seeking a Major Gifts Officer (MGO) to complement the team of Development professionals responsible for meeting fundraising and campaign goals.
The MGO will be responsible for developing and managing strong relationships with current and new donors, Board members, partner organizations, and other stakeholders to create a portfolio of top fundraising prospects and donors. For each individual in the portfolio, the MGO will create an innovative marketing plan, to include discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and closure strategies. To ensure the success of these plans, the MGO will work collaboratively with the President/CEO and EVP/Chief Operating Officer (COO) and engage participation from Academy leadership and other stakeholders, as required.
The MGO will have a matrixed reporting relationship to both the President/CEO and the EVP/COO.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Develop an extensive understanding of the Academy, its mission, strategy and programs, and Development’s strategic plan and other fundraising priorities.
- Create and implement a plan for major gifts fundraising that is aligned with the Academy’s annual goals; continuously expand the portfolio of high-net-worth individuals and foundations capable of making significant gifts; assist in closure of current opportunities with high-net-worth donors and foundations.
- Independently manage the major gifts fundraising process for individual donors he/she develops, to include: research, discovery, engagement, selling, and closing. Set up solicitation meetings with executive and scientific leadership, as required. Ensure that all deadlines are met and follow-up actions are carried out.
- Establish strong working relationships with Academy leadership, Board and Council members, representatives of partner organizations, Development colleagues, and especially those Academy staff members who are experts in the areas that donors will want to fund, such as education; strategies for capacity building and innovation, and the biomedical and physical sciences; partner with them in the solicitation/closure process, where appropriate.
- Keep the President/CEO, EVP/COO and Academy leadership up to date on progress against goals, outlining potential issues and opportunities through regular and clear communication.