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April 27, 2016

Job description
Position: Development Director
Classification: Fulltime-Salaried
Reports to: Executive Director

About NYAD:
NYAD's mission is to increase organ and tissue donation in New York State through collaborative advocacy, education, promotion and research. NYAD's vision is to ensure every New Yorker waiting for a lifesaving transplant receives one. Our organization is comprised of the four organ procurement organizations, state licensed eye and tissue banks and/or processors, and affiliates including dedicated donation and transplantation professionals.

Facts about Organ Donation:
New York is facing a public health crisis where the need for life saving and life enhancing organ and tissue donations for transplant surgeries far exceeds the supply. Today, more than 10,000 men, women and children in New York are listed on the national transplant waiting list overseen by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). New York residents make up approximately 10 percent of the patients on the waiting list. The average waiting time for someone to receive a kidney transplant in New York is approximately 5 years; the average waiting time for a life-saving liver transplant is more than two years. Every 16 hours, one New Yorker dies because of the lack of organs available for transplant; more than 500 died last year because an organ did not become available in time to save their life. An individual who makes the decision to give an anatomical gift has the power to save up to 8 lives. Thousands more can benefit from receiving a cornea or tissue transplant.

Job Summary:
The State Director of Development is a new position for NYAD. The professional serving in this position will be responsible for working with the Executive Director to grow income streams and ensure NYAD's financial well-being in order to support the organization's lifesaving mission of increasing organ, eye and tissue donations. As a newly created functional area, the State Director of Development will establish a development program, create processes and procedures, and draft a comprehensive annual plan (with agreed upon financial goals) for increasing and diversifying financial resources to support NYAD's programs and services.

Works with Executive Director to create annual development budget
Responsible for short and long term goals for funding sources
Identify, develop cultivation strategy, and solicit corporate sponsorships
Establish benefit strategy for corporate sponsors and affiliate membership
Research, identify, and solicit from public and private grant sources (agencies, corporations and foundations)
Responsible for timely submission and completion of grant reports and applications
Manage all data and fundraising reporting requirements


  • Experience with all aspects of development, i.e. annual campaigns, capital campaigns, solicitations to corporations, foundations and individuals, donor cultivation, and grant writing
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (Master's Degree preferred) and/or equivalent prior experience
  • Successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals
  • Proven track record in achieving development goals and objects
  • At least 5 years of nonprofit fundraising/development experience, preferably with significant foundation and high donor fundraising experience
  • Excellent written communication, research and organizational skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Board of Directors, staff, community members, and other related agencies

Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:

or by postal mail:
Search Committee, c/o Brittani Sawchuk
New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD)
185 Jordan Road
Troy, NY 12180
Office: (518) 326-3237
Fax: (518) 326-3240