Director of Development, New York Region

Facing History & Ourselves


Director of Development, New York Region


Facing History & Ourselves


New York, NY


Facing History and Ourselves is a global education non-profit organization that challenges teachers and students to use lessons of history to stand up to bigotry and hate. Facing History transforms required lessons in history into inspired lessons in humanity. Facing History is creating the next generation of leaders who will build a world based on knowledge and compassion, the foundation for more democratic, equitable, and just societies. Through their partnership with over 400,000 educators around the world, Facing History and Ourselves reaches millions of students in thousands of classrooms every year. In New York, Facing History supports over 15,000 educators to annually reach more than 1 million students. To learn more about the organization and its values, please visit the Facing History and Ourselves website.


The New York region of Facing History and Ourselves is seeking a motivated and collaborative Director of Development, New York (Director) to build upon and leverage the success of the past 26 years in the region. Joining a worldwide development team of over 30 people in nine regions, the Director reports to the Executive Director of the New York office and will work to strategically grow the regional development effort to meet and exceed their ambitious fundraising goals, currently set at $5M.

The Director will lead and manage a small team of development professionals with a focus primarily on major gifts work. The Director will have personal responsibility for managing a portfolio of high-net-worth donors and prospects. In addition, they will work to cultivate and steward a pipeline of donors, of all types and at all levels, and advance Facing History’s visibility and profile in the region.

This role will collaborate on best practices with the broader Facing History network and embrace a culture of learning and growth. The Director is an integral part of the Facing History team, ready to roll up their sleeves to work towards what is good and what is right for the organization.

Key Responsibilities include:

Fundraising Strategy and Execution

  • Lead all Regional Development efforts.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to generate and execute regional fundraising goals to fulfill the organization-wide strategic plan.
  • Serve as primary manager for a portfolio of current and potential individual major donors and support the Executive Director with management of her portfolio.
  • Grow and manage a local and regional institutional donor and family foundation portfolio.
  • Participate as part of a local and national/international team to carry out Facing History’s fundraising strategy and achieve revenue goals for the region.
  • Engage targeted constituencies through additional programs and activities that deepen donor engagement and revenue growth, including new private individual and corporate events.
  • Oversee and grow leadership and revenue for annual benefit dinner (~April 2023).

Internal Management and Partnerships

  • Work with the regional Advisory Board, in close partnership with the Executive Director, communicating Facing History’s financial model, building board development strategies, providing stewardship and support to Board members, identifying and cultivating new members, and overseeing sub-committee activities.
  • Manage all aspects of the New York development team.
  • Serve as a collaborative colleague holding up the values of Facing History throughout their work.
  • Support the culture of a learning organization by encouraging feedback, exploring new ideas, and continuously challenging oneself to grow along with the Facing History mission.


The Director will be a seasoned fundraiser with deep expertise in major gifts as well as a thoughtful people manager and relationship builder. The successful candidate will also be able to set strategy and execute while understanding their impact within the grander Facing History ecosystem.

The Director will be:

  • A confident leader with at least eight years of nonprofit development experience or relationship management experience. Demonstrated success in major gifts work, including closing high-level gifts and knowledge of moves-management fundraising required.
  • An engaging relationship-builder with excellent interpersonal skills and strong oral and written communication skills; experience building relationships with Board members preferred.
  • Familiar with the New York regional philanthropic and educational communities.
  • Creative and flexible self-starter able to work both individually and as a member of consensus-seeking teams.
  • Organized and effective project manager, with the ability to manage multiple needs and assignments in a fast-paced nonprofit setting.
  • An experienced staff leader and manager who can inspire and manage a team with humility toward a common goal.
  • Genuinely committed to the mission of Facing History and Ourselves and able to articulate the importance of the organization’s work to a variety of audiences.
  • A life-long learner, ready to ask questions and seek guidance when necessary.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google office suite; experience with Salesforce or other fundraising databases required.

Facing History understands that restrictive job requirements may exclude historically marginalized groups from applying to jobs for which they are qualified. We take an equitable and holistic screening approach. If you feel you have demonstrated experience and expertise relevant to perform this role, please don’t hesitate to apply!

EDUCATION: BA/BS degree or equivalent experience.

COMPENSATION: The Director of Development role is a full-time position with a competitive salary of $140K-$160K commensurate with experience.

BENEFITS:  In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, Facing History provides an excellent and competitive compensation and benefits package including medical with a health reimbursement account, dental, vision, life & AD&D, long-term & short-term disability insurance, 403(B) retirement plan with a discretionary organizational contribution, generous paid time off, an employee assistance program, travel assistance plan, pre-tax commuter spending accounts, flexible spending accounts, voluntary Colonial Life group plans, robust wellness programs through Welnys TV, aHealthyMe & weekly virtual yoga and meditation, WellCents 403(B) advisement, and a friendly work environment.

Facing History values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Facing History’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. At Facing History, we honor and value the uniqueness of each and every human being. Our strength as an organization that provides and distributes educational content and pedagogy to teachers across the globe is directly tied to our diversity of staff, leadership, educators, students, scholars, and volunteers. Our commitment is to treat individuals with dignity and to build and maintain a community of full participation, inclusive of the voices, needs, and contributions of all. As an organization, we are deeply aware of the legacies of injustices that persist in society and in the workplace, and we value and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in their association with excellence.