Vice President for Development

Riverkeeper seeks a Vice President for Development to expand on our tradition of excellence in membership, major giving, foundation, event and corporate fundraising.

Established in 1966, Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.

Riverkeeper is among the nation’s oldest and most respected environmental organizations and, in recent years, has driven major achievements with national significance, including: the cleanup of one of the largest oil spills in American history; new regulations reducing impacts on marine habitat by power plants nationwide; and the fight to protect our communities from unsafe energy extraction practices. For more information, visit

Riverkeeper’s development program has experienced significant growth since 2010. The organization hired a new President; expanded its fundraising staff; and augmented its volunteer leadership by recruiting new board members and revitalizing its advisory board and junior council. As a consequence of these organizational changes and strong program accomplishments, Riverkeeper has succeeded in increasing core revenue by over one-third, since 2010.

The Vice President for Development is a key member of the Riverkeeper management team who will continue this tradition of excellence by:

– Creating fundraising plans that drive year-on-year growth in major giving, foundation, membership, event, corporate and government fundraising.

– Identifying, cultivating and soliciting major donors for annual giving and special campaign needs, independently and in tandem with board members, the President and fellow staff.

– Overseeing all aspects of Riverkeeper’s membership program, including annual planning, programs for retention and increased giving, membership mailings and special appeals, targeted mailings, workplace giving, cultivation events, etc.

– Leading all aspects of corporate, foundation and government giving by present and potential donors, and collaborating with program staff in order to provide for special project-related giving.

– Supervising fundraising, celebratory and cultivation events including Riverkeeper’s Annual Dinner Dance for 600-plus VIP guests.

– Establishing the feasibility of endowment, planned giving and/or capital campaigns, and implementing such campaigns as appropriate, etc.

– Overseeing Riverkeeper’s outreach and public awareness efforts, through a spectrum of activities that will engage members, volunteers and communities.

– Managing a can-do development staff to help them achieve both program goals and personal growth;

– Providing all needed development-related assistance to the President, the Board of Directors and other volunteer leaders, and the Riverkeeper management team.

The position of Vice President for Development at Riverkeeper is ideal for an experienced professional who cares about environmental issues, has a strong track record of achievement and seeks a high profile leadership assignment. The position is supported by an outstanding team of fundraising professionals; a President who enthusiastically embraces fundraising work; and, a prestigious and committed Board of Directors.

The successful candidate will be an energetic, inspiring and creative fundraiser with superb organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. He or she must have a proven record of success in personally cultivating and securing support from each of Riverkeeper’s donor categories and in managing special events including annual galas. The successful candidate must also be adept at working collaboratively with boards of directors, staff leaders, development teams, vendors and consultants.

Working Relationships

Reporting to Riverkeeper’s President, the Vice President for Development manages five staff members responsible for major giving, events, foundation grants, membership, community outreach and research. Support from other Riverkeeper staff members and outside consultants is also provided.


– A minimum of seven years of fundraising experience, with a proven record of success in securing contributions from major donors, foundations, members, corporations, and government sources.

– A history of planning for and meeting revenue objectives scaling to Riverkeeper’s 2020 goal of $10 million in annual revenue and 10,000 members.

– Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

– Proven management and leadership capabilities, including the ability to inspire and communicate effectively with a broad range of colleagues and supporters.

– Excellent organizational skills, including research, planning, reporting and program coordination, computer literacy and experience with fundraising databases.

– Passion for environmental issues; familiarity with Riverkeeper’s work is desirable, as well.


The Vice President for Development will work from the Riverkeeper office in Ossining, directly adjacent to Metro North and 48 minutes from Grand Central Station.


Please submit your resume, cover letter and references to

Please write: Vice President for Development in the subject line. Closes 5/24/13. Phone calls and faxes will not be accepted.

*Riverkeeper is AA/EEO employer. People of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Ossining, New York
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