Food & Water Watch is looking for a Manager of Individual Philanthropy to join our Philanthropy team and help raise funds to protect our food, water, and climate. The Manager of Individual Philanthropy will work closely with donors and other staff at Food & Water Watch. This position is a Union position covered under a contract between Food & Water Watch and the Non-profit Professional Employees Union (NPEU).

About Food & Water Watch:
Food & Water Watch is working to create a healthy future for all people and generations to come—a world where everyone has food they can trust, clean drinking water and a livable climate. Making this happen requires involving people in the pressing issues of our time at the local, state, and federal level, building on one win after another, as we develop a larger movement that has the political power to make our democratic process work.

About the position:
The Manager of Individual Philanthropy will report to the Senior Manager of Philanthropy Events, and will work closely with the Managing Director of Philanthropy. The Manager of Individual Philanthropy plays a key role on our national major giving team, and is responsible for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major donors giving $2,500 annually, including through the planning and execution of virtual and in-person major donor engagement events.

Salary: $70,000-$77,000

Location: This is a fully remote (work-from-home) position. However, the candidate must be based in or near New York, with the ability to travel regularly to meet donors across the country.

Responsibilities :

  • Manage Food & Water Watch’s major gifts program in collaboration with fellow major gifts team members.
  • Cultivate, solicit, and steward donors making annual gifts of $2,500 and above.
  • Use moves management practices to secure major gifts, strengthen the current pipeline, and secure annual and multi-year commitments
  • Prepare written materials for individual donors, including correspondence, solicitation materials, acknowledgements, and reports as part of the stewardship program.
  • Identify prospects and perform baseline prospect research to qualify potential major donors as necessary.
  • Consider planned giving options for donors in assigned portfolio, and manage relationships with current planned gift donors.
  • Plan and execute regular virtual and in-person cultivation and stewardship events (dinners, hosting virtual briefings, etc) for prospective and current major donors, in collaboration with fellow major gifts team members and the Senior Manager of Philanthropy Events.
  • Collaborate with members of the communications and graphics team to draft and distribute event invitations, in both digital and print form.
  • Provide support for Food & Water Watch’s annual fundraising benefit, including recruiting sponsorship gifts from major donors and assisting with event logistics.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of Food & Water Watch national campaign priorities, with specific attention paid to efforts in areas of high relevance to portfolio donors.
  • Travel to donor meetings (local, regional, and national) and assigned regional events to provide on-site support (up to 50%)
  • Carry out other projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least 3-5 years of full-time fundraising experience, consisting of major donor management and event planning experience – or an equivalent combination of full-time and volunteer experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective fundraising strategies and coordinate in-person and virtual donor engagement events.
  • Commitment to Food & Water Watch’s core values of justice, human dignity, fair treatment, and equity.
  • Ability to work effectively with people of diverse racial, ethnic, class, age, gender, and sexual orientation backgrounds.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills and ability to balance multiple projects.
  • Ability to work remotely using basic online programs, including email, Zoom, Slack, and Google Drive.
  • Willingness to travel.

Desired but not required skills and experience:

  • Experience with political fundraising for a 501C4 and/or Political Action Committee

Compensation: Salary dependent upon experience and location.

Food & Water Watch provides an excellent benefits package for full-time employees. This includes 100% employer-paid health, dental and vision plans for staff; 403b retirement plans with employer contribution after 1 year; 12 weeks paid parental leave; 3 weeks vacation for new employees; 12 sick days and 5 personal days; paid federal holidays and winter break (December 24 – January 1).

Please include as one combined document your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to be considered. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

We will review your application and if we feel that your knowledge, skills, and abilities are potentially a good match for our organization, we will be in contact with you.

Food and Water Watch is an equal opportunity employer who encourages applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and other members of underrepresented groups.

Food & Water Watch (FWW) is committed to the health and safety of its staff members. Moreover, FWW, as an organization, promotes science-based policy. Science clearly shows that unvaccinated populations drive the spread of the coronavirus and the emergence of new variants, and that unvaccinated people are more likely to contract COVID and experience severe symptoms. Effective immediately, prospective new staff members are required to provide proof of vaccination or request a waiver as a condition of their offer of employment