Japan Society seeks an innovative and hands-on Chief Development Officer to lead and expand Development efforts including: securing major gifts, maintaining productive relationships with Board members, overseeing all fundraising efforts directed toward individuals, foundations, members, corporations, and other potential funding sources. The CDO will work closely with the President of Japan Society, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Board of Directors, and Program Directors to fulfill an annual fundraising goal of $7 million.
The main areas of responsibilities include:
Board Development and Relations: Develop and grow relationships with the Board of Directors, and draw upon their talents and resources to enhance fundraising and community relations. Coordinate communications with the Board and Board sub-committees; organize and prepare materials, reports and financial briefings for regular Board Standing Committee meetings with a focus on strategies and outcomes.
Fundraising: Direct fundraising efforts, including establishing a strategic plan for fundraising and development activities, and ensure that goals are established and met. Provide hands-on oversight of Corporate, Government and Foundation, Individual Giving, and Membership functions, as well as the Society’s annual dinner and other special events. Build and cultivate a portfolio of high net-worth donor prospects, and design and implement in-person meeting plans to ensure that the President and Development staff meet with donors and potential funders on an ongoing basis.
Leadership: Oversee and supervise 11 members of the Development staff consisting of experienced professionals to entry-level. Lead, motivate, and mentor Development staff, and maintain excellent collaborative working relations with program staff and other staff across the Society. Work with the Media and Marketing team to ensure Japan Society’s public face – online and through the media – is consistent with achieving the Society’s mission and fundraising goals. Partner with the President and the Vice President of Finance and Administration, playing a significant role in overall strategic planning and policy formation for the Society.
The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate will be an active, hands-on leader and team-builder with outstanding managerial, communication and relationship-building skills. The CDO must have a proven track record in fundraising, with demonstrated success in strengthening board, corporate and donor relations, and achieving measurable results in revenues generated or funds raised. The CDO will have a highly collaborative approach to facilitate working across all internal units of Japan Society and the executive staff, commitment to the Society’s mission, knowledge of Japanese culture, and ability to serve as an ambassador of the Society.
Bachelors degree or higher, and a minimum of ten years senior-level managerial experience with expertise in strategic planning, board relations and development, fundraising, program-building, people and budget management;
Managerial experience in a non-profit institution required with experience with nonprofit corporate giving including membership and sponsorship is highly desirable;
Experience with individual giving in the art world is a plus;
Superior written and verbal communication skills;
Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills;
Knowledge and experience in all phases of development including fundraising ethics, research and prospecting, cultivation practices, capital campaigns, corporate sponsorships, large donors, foundation and government grants and reporting requirements, and fundraising administration;
Demonstrated ability to network and build external relationships;
Ability to manage staff, and collaborate effectively with a diverse range of internal and external partners;
Superior written and verbal communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills;
Willing and able to travel, and attend evening and weekend events;
Knowledge of Japanese business etiquette, customs and culture, and international issues;
Spoken Japanese language ability is a plus
About Japan Society
Founded in 1907, Japan Society in New York City presents sophisticated, topical and accessible experiences of Japanese art and culture, and facilitates the exchange of ideas, knowledge and innovation between the U.S. and Japan. More than 200 events annually encompass world-class exhibitions, dynamic classical and cutting-edge contemporary performing arts, film premieres and retrospectives, workshops and demonstrations, tastings, family activities, language classes, and a range of high-profile talks and expert panels that present open, critical dialogue on issues of vital importance to the U.S., Japan and East Asia. For more information, visit our website http://www.japansociety.org.