Director of Development, National Winter Activity Center

Location: New York City region, preferred
Director of Development
National Winter Activity Center

About National Winter Activity Center
The National Winter Activity Center (NWAC) improves the lives, health and fitness of youth throughout the nation by providing access to winter sports activities. Launched in 2014, NWAC has served more 2,200 youth in Elev8 programs, ultimately increasing youth physical activity, imparting new sports skills and increasing confidence and self-esteem.  NWAC is based in Vernon Township, NJ at a state-of-the-art, newly-designed complex.  More information can be found at
Position Summary
NWAC is seeking a Director of Development (Director) to build, lead, and grow the development department.  The Director will work collaboratively with the CEO and other senior staff to drive revenue across individuals, foundations, corporate donors, and events while contributing to the passionate, positive, and action-oriented culture.  The ideal candidate cares deeply about winter sports, has a successful track record of raising funds from a variety of sources, and is highly entrepreneurial.
This position reports to the CEO and works closely with the senior team.  While there is a preference for the Director to be based near NWAC, candidates who would work remotely with travel to the Center will be considered.  
The Director will have responsibility for the NWAC fundraising strategy, operations, and managing key relationships.  Additional responsibilities include the following:
  • Assess past and current activity and design a fundraising plan that will drive growth in revenue
  • Provide leadership of resource development programs, including: major gifts, foundation grants, corporate and institutional giving, special events, online giving, and donor stewardship
  • Research opportunities, monitor, and lead grant writing efforts for NWAC, ensuring grants are high quality, timely, and representative of NWAC
  • Identify and cultivate new donors and opportunities, and establish long-term relationships to advance the mission of NWAC
  • Design and build a development infrastructure to support team efforts
  • Monitor philanthropic and giving trends and develop short and long-term fundraising plans aimed at maximizing revenue
  • In close collaboration with the CEO, keep the Board of Directors informed of fundraising strategies and actively engaged in the implementation
  • Authentic passion for the mission of NWAC and a record of collaborative, positive, and inclusive teamwork
  • Bachelor’s Degree required and a minimum of 3 years professional experience in fundraising, sales, partnerships, or related roles
  • Track record of success in strong relationship management
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to recognize opportunities and proactively pursue them
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills
  • Superb written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in and contribute to an entrepreneurial environment
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