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Police Athletic League Chief Advancement Officer in New York, New York

The Police Athletic League (PAL) is the largest independent youth organization in New York City that provides educational and recreational activities for children and young adults. PAL Inc. and The New York City Police Department work in partnership to provide communities with summer and after-school recreational and educational activities.

We are looking for a Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) who will be a member of PAL’s Executive Leadership Team and head of all fundraising and marketing activities. The CAO works with the Executive Director, peers in the executive team, Advancement staff, Board of Directors, and other key stakeholders to create and execute an advancement strategy. The CAO directly oversees all government grants and non-government source fundraising activities including donor stewardship, annual appeals, sponsorships, foundation grants, communications, capital campaigns, and special events. In addition, the CAO ensures excellence in prospecting, writing, compliance, reporting, and invoicing requirements for all grants. The ideal candidate is a seasoned and dynamic professional, an ambitious self-starter with a record of achievement in leadership and fundraising. The CAO must be an innovator who can confidently engage prospects and leverage the community’s passion for PAL’s mission to secure the resources necessary to achieve its ambitious goals.

This position will follow a hybrid work schedule (in-office and remote).

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Designs, implements, and manages all fundraising activities including annual giving, endowment, and capital campaigns, special projects, and other solicitations

  • Manages all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations

  • Maintains contact with and develops grant proposals for foundations and corporations

  • Develops a comprehensive planned-giving program as needed

  • Works with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director to develop strategies to initiate and achieve aggressive fundraising goals

  • Develops fundraising training for the Board and other leadership volunteers

  • Assumes responsibility for all Development reports to the Board and other agencies; attends all Board meetings

  • Assists the Board with recommending and researching potential new members

  • Creates office systems to support all Development projects and operations

  • Oversees the management of donor databases and gift record-keeping and processing

  • Manages pledge reminders and acknowledgment programs

  • Coordinates development research activities

  • Works closely with the Board and Executive Director to develop a public relations and outreach plan

  • Designs and oversees the production of all major publications, including the PAL newsletter, Annual Report, and website to promote the organization’s fundraising goals and activities

  • Creates and implements communication and promotional plan for future capital campaigns

  • Develops and implements strategies to promote PAL’s mission to both the internal constituencies of the Agency and the community at large

    Skills & Knowledge/General Comments

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in development with demonstrated success meeting annual fundraising goals

  • Experience cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding six and seven-figure gifts

  • Experience with planning and implementing capital campaigns

  • Extensive knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, including major gifts, corporate sponsorship, special events, foundation and government grants, annual fund, and capital campaigns

  • Adept in fostering relationships with high-net-worth donors and staff at all levels

  • Strong interpersonal skills coupled with the ability to influence others to act

  • Successful track-record leading teams and developing strategy

  • Able to motivate and work effectively and diplomatically across diverse teams within an organization

  • Extensive knowledge of Raisers Edge and database management

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to inspire trust and confidence with a wide range of stakeholders within and outside of the organization

  • Passion for PAL’s mission, and familiarity with New York philanthropic community

The Police Athletic League seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at PAL are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

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