New York, NY or Remote

Development Officer, Individual Philanthropy, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

The Organization

What We Do

With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families.

What We Do

With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families.

Strategies We Pursue

  • Equip talent in underinvested communities with the skills and credentials to compete successfully for quality income and wealth opportunities.
  • Invest in businesses, housing and other community infrastructure to catalyze economic, health, safety and educational mobility for individuals and communities.
  • Strengthen existing alliances while building new collaborations to increase our impact on the progress of people and places.
  • Develop leadership and the capacity of partners to advance our work together
  • Drive local, regional, and national policy and system changes that foster broadly shared prosperity and well-being.

Over the last 40 years, LISC and its affiliates have invested approximately $24 billion in businesses, affordable housing, health, educational mobility, community and recreational facilities, public safety, employment and other projects that help to revitalize and stabilize underinvested communities. Headquartered in New York City, LISC’s reach spans the country from East coast to West coast in 38 markets with offices extending from Buffalo to San Francisco and in 2,400 rural counties across 49 states and Puerto Rico. Visit us at

Position Overview

LISC is seeking a talented individual for Development Officer. The successful candidate, working closely with Director of Private Philanthropy and the national development team, will support LISC in implementing our fundraising plan, with a focus on identifying, qualifying and cultivating high-capacity donors and private foundations.

The Development Officer will be responsible for managing and growing a pipeline of prospective high-capacity donors and private foundation funders. They will help develop and execute individualized engagement strategies for donors and private foundations within the overall portfolio. They will support the Director of Private Philanthropy in leading on LISC’s individual giving strategy and will be instrumental in supporting the national Development’s team overall fundraising goals.

The candidate will be a self-starter, creative, collaborate well with a passionate team, and have a deep commitment to building inclusive communities across the United States.  You must have strong communications skills, particularly writing, with the proven ability to simplify complex subject matter in original, compelling ways for a range of funders. The candidate should demonstrate a propensity for learning and improving skills.

The Development Officer will lead on some relationships and provide support on others. This includes funder research, preparation for meetings and pitches, and grant writing and reporting. The candidate must be able to work with a wide variety of staff in addition to the national development team, including programmatic teams and leadership.

You may have a mix of professional experience from roles such as:

  • Development Manager, Associate, Assistant, or Coordinator
  • Nonprofit Manager, or Program Associate or Assistant
  • Direct Sales, Customer Service Representative or Account Manager

The Development Officer reports to the Director of Private Philanthropy and will preferably be based in the NYC area.

The following are an indication of the position’s core responsibilities; these are intended to illustrate the scope of responsibilities and are not exclusive of other duties that may be required.

Planning: Assist in the development of a strategy to create a base of support from high-net worth individuals with a goal of raising significant new resources for the organization.

Prospect Development: Support major donor prospecting and research to build a pipeline of prospective individual major donors to the prospect list and determine best individual strategies.  This includes research and follow-up support for individuals and assisting in creating management processes for donors. Maintain prospect files and records, regularly researching and finding new opportunities.

Concepts, Proposals and Reports: Write, prepare, and submit concepts, grant proposals, presentations, budgets and reports, including responsibility for programmatic grants from foundations and donors. Maintain private foundation and major donor information in our files and Salesforce.

Communications: Coordinate and deliver donor-centered communications. Oversee the successful planning, creation, and implementation of collateral and coordinate online fundraising campaigns.

Fundraising and Relationship Building: Prepare and provide strategic guidance on donor solicitations and engagements. Support the development and execution of a strategy to cultivate, steward our annual giving pool, and systematically increase year-over-year revenue.

Cultivation and Events: Support the development of cultivation activities including communications, meetings, and in-person events.  

Perform all other duties as assigned.

LISC offers a competitive salary ($74,000-$92,500, salary commensurate with experience and location) and excellent fringe benefits.

LISC is an equal opportunity employer.

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