Guiding Eyes for the Blind is known for embracing every person connected with the school as a family member and for the collective spirit of its staff. We offer challenging and fulfilling career paths for those who are passionate about our work and mission. We offer a comprehensive benefits package and a dog-friendly work environment.
To apply for an open position, please send a cover letter and resume to:
Director of Human Resources
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
611 Granite Springs Rd.
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Email (preferred method): firstname.lastname@example.org
Equal Opportunity Employer
1) Development Associate
Position overview: Database entry, gift acknowledgements, special event support, credit card processing, souvenirs. Liaison with the Accounting Department on specialized donor record-keeping.
- Produce accurate and timely records and acknowledgements for donor gifts and event participants. Create and execute customized acknowledgements. Process credit cards.
- Provide timely reports and maintain schedules needed to support Development Department and Accounting Department reconciliation of donor and event participant gifts.
- Prepare and track invitations, solicitations and event materials. Coordinate with Director of Marketing on speeches and promotional materials as well as publicity for fundraising events.
- Handle the Guiding Eyes merchandising program: work with vendors to fulfill inventory, maintain inventory, organize online offerings and assist with on-site sales, including monthly graduations.
- Organize and oversee Volunteers for graduation store support, special events, mailings and other department activities.
- Provide support for special events including travel arrangements. Work effectively with event Management Companies; coordinate needs of internal staff and external vendors for successful event execution.
- Represent Guiding Eyes for the Blind and the Development Department at third party events; accept gifts and recognition on behalf of the organization; make presentations to educate the public.
- Train other support staff in the effective use of Donor Perfect and other Development Department procedures and processes. Provide assistance to others with complex donor record-keeping relationships.
- Minimum of 5 years of administrative experience. Development/non-profit experience preferred.
- Strong computer skills with intermediate Microsoft Office, Donor Perfect or Salesforce experience preferred. Meticulous record-keeping skills.
- Detail oriented with a demonstrated ability to set priorities and multi task effectively.
- Excellent grasp of correct English usage, including spelling, punctuation and grammar.
- Exceptional interpersonal and problem solving skills. Able to interact with poise, tact and diplomacy with board members, staff, volunteers, clients and the general public. Proven track record of maintaining strict confidentiality.
- Able to determine when to follow specific directions and when to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Professional demeanor and appearance.
- Must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends.
- Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and lift and carry up to 10 pounds.
- Must be comfortable around large, active dogs.
2) Development Officer
Reports to: Vice President of Development
Position overview: The Director of Development will be responsible for creating and executing fundraising strategies and initiatives for Individual Gifts, Corporate gifts and sponsorship, Foundation gifts, Grants, Board Giving and Special Events. This position works closely with the Directors of Special Gifts and Planned Giving to expand the organization’s revenue streams.
- As a key member of the Development team will steward and cultivate a portfolio of current donors with an emphasis on increasing the donor level of involvement through appropriate engagement, timely solicitation and relevant stewardship.
- Work closely with the President and CEO, VP Development and in cooperation with all Development staff members as well as the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and key staff and volunteers to support a cohesive team based approach to fundraising.
- Prepare and manage a budget and meet targeted fundraising goals.
- Conduct face to face meetings with donors, reach new and current donors through cultivation events, webcasts, on site functions and presentations.
- Assist with and participate in the management of major fundraising events, donor recognition events and smaller, volunteer –led fundraising events.
- Collaborate with the Marketing Director to produce consistent and effective donor engagement pieces.
- Gain and demonstrate a passion for the Guiding Eyes mission and a deep understanding of the organization’s culture and services
- A minimum of five years of progressive, professional experience in a major not-for-profit organization with a demonstrated track record of achieving established fundraising goals.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent business experience required; advanced degree desirable
- Must adhere to the highest ethical standards with the ability to act with discretion, self-assurance and diplomacy. Sound judgement in maintaining strict confidentiality of donor information
- Highly developed written and verbal communications skills with the ability to work collaboratively in a flexible team environment to ensure the maximization of all giving opportunities.
- Available to travel by air, car and rail for up to a week at a time
- Willingness and desire to attend evening and weekend program activities in order to cultivate and steward donors and prospects.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office and database systems (Donor Perfect, Salesforce, etc.) with particular emphasis on maintaining meticulous donor and prospect records in the database following each contact.
- Must love and be comfortable around large, active dogs