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Development Director

Pratt Institute

Position Summary

The Pratt Center for Community Development seeks a proven professional with fundraising experience and a background in public policy, urban planning, sustainable economic development, or environmental justice to serve as Development Director (DD). Pratt Center is a 50 year-old urban planning and policy center within Pratt Institute with a mission to create a more just, equitable and sustainable city for all New Yorkers. The DD holds a senior position, overseeing all private and government fundraising, directing external communications operations, and supporting program development in close collaboration with the Center's Executive Director and other staff. The ideal candidate is an experienced fundraiser who also has direct experience with or knowledge of Pratt Center's four programmatic areas (as described on our website,, and a passion for advancing the organization's mission. While the DD's primary focus is on fundraising and communications, the person in this position also collaborates with program staff to develop strategies for achieving programmatic and policy goals, and works with senior staff to strengthen the organization's operations. Specifically, the DD works to identify funding prospects, draft applications and assemble packages of materials necessary for three types of funding: grants from foundations; contracts with government agencies; and contracts with private clients for whom we provide consulting services that are consistent with our mission. This includes developing relationships with potential funders, maintaining relationships with existing funders, participating in development strategy discussions, and positioning the organization. The DD also develops and oversees implementation of an organizational communications strategy, maintains Pratt Center's website, develops promotional materials in conjunction with staff, provides oversight and guidance in the development of all external publications, and oversees other communications operations. Finally, the DD is the liaison between Pratt Center and the Pratt Institute department responsible for fundraising and communications for the broader university.

Position Skills Pratt Center's grant proposals and communication materials reflect its extensive experience in an issue area, and represent the latest thinking in the field. Therefore the DD position requires: Knowledge of one or more of Pratt Center's four core programmatic areas: community planning, energy efficiency, transportation equity, and urban manufacturing; Very strong writing skills; The ability to participate in the development of programs and shape program narratives including program evaluation and impact assessment; Research and policy development skills to write for and speak to potential funders about how proposed programs reflect the Center's mission and values; Strong overall communication and networking skills to participate in meetings, conferences and other events which will both promote the Center's activities, identify new funding opportunities and inform its understanding of the latest research and trends in the field; The ability to work collaboratively with program staff; and Knowledge of communications databases and desktop publishing would be helpful.

Position Duties

The DD will work closely with the Director and Deputy Director to ensure that the organization has the resources it needs to fulfill its mission. Specifically the DD will:

Oversee activities related to fund development including:

Tracking grant application deadlines and reporting requirements; Identifying new prospective funders through online searches, participation in events, networking, and other strategies; Organizing and leading meetings with prospective and current funders; Preparing briefing materials reflecting both overall issues and specific Pratt Center projects and funder objectives; Establishing and maintaining an electronic archive of all grants and funding requests; and Implementing strategies to expand and diversify an individual donor base.

Oversee the preparation of all grant proposals, including:

Developing strategies for reaching out to current and potential new funders; Drafting/editing proposal submissions to various foundations, corporations and public agencies ensuring that each application demonstrates that the proposed activities meet the needs, goals and values of the particular funder; Drafting/editing reports to meet grant and contract obligations; and Working with Pratt Center program staff and Pratt Institute faculty in the development of programmatic content to be included in proposals.

Oversee all Communications operations, including:

Developing and overseeing execution of an organizational communications strategy; Maintaining and updating Pratt Center’s website; Coordinating staff in order to align broad communication objectives with social media; Preparing external communications materials such as op-eds and presentations; Working with appropriate staff to oversee the publication of reports and release of press releases; Developing and sending all Pratt Center e-blasts; Co-supervising the Administration & Communications Coordinator; and Coordinating the messaging and communications of Pratt Center and its branded small business initiative, Made In NYC.

Conduct Contract and Grant Management, including:

Responding to all Contract and Grant funder' requests for information through the life of the Contract or Grant; Working with finance staff to supply funders with requested budget information; Working with program staff to supply funders with requested programmatic updates; Working with inter-department staff to fulfill funder requests for information; Ensuring that lobbyist filings and other government contract requirements are fulfilled in a legal and timely manner; and Working with staff to produce informational materials (e-newsletters, leave-behinds, etc.)

The DD will also:

Assist staff in the development and production of special events such as conferences, meetings, international exchanges, information seminars and exhibits; Assist in the preparation and oversight of organizational budgets; Assist with the development of Pratt Center’s internal policies; Serve as a liaison with Pratt Institute’s Institutional Advancement department; Supervise junior staff, interns and Fellows as appropriate; and Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required; a Master’s degree in public policy, urban planning, organizational development, strategic communications, writing, or a related field is preferred.

Experience: A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in fundraising, research, or policy development in one or more of the following fields: community development, economic development, housing, renewable energy and energy conservation, environmental stewardship, environmental justice.

Other: The ideal candidate is a collaborative person with serious interest in the mission and activities of Pratt Center, a talent for communicating, strong leadership capabilities, and a good sense of humor.


Job #1398
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