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Senior Development Officer

Forestdale Inc.

Established in 1854, Forestdale is an innovative, Queens-based child welfare organization located in Forest Hills. Our mission is to ensure that all children have the fundamental assets they need to thrive: a safe and stable home life; meaningful life and career goals; communication and life skills; and health and sexuality education.

Forestdale currently seeks a dynamic, self-starter to join our Development team as a Sr. Development Officer. S/he will excel working individually and as part of a team. This individual will report directly to the Assistant Executive Director of Operations.

Primary responsibilities include:

Grant Writing and Proposals
•Research federal, state and city government grant opportunities
•Draft proposals on behalf of Forestdale

Event Planning and Fundraising
•Manage annual events such as the Spring Benefit and Fall 5K
•Lead efforts to secure In-Kind donations and Third Party Fundraising
•Organize community outreach events on behalf of Forestdale
•Coordinate internal program events and activities
•Oversee the Annual Appeal

Media Outreach
•Develop story ideas to pitch to reporters and editors, write press releases and assist Forestdale’s public relations consultants in identifying and supporting reporters who are interested in writing Forestdale-related stories
•Draft letters to the editor or other editorials for the Executive Director and work on other scripted materials for media initiatives

Corporate Partnership Programs
•Research and identify appropriate corporate partners
•Prepare corporate presentation materials and maintain and upgrade corporate sponsorship data
•Complete the online proposal portion of any corporate sponsorship opportunity

Junior Board
•Manage the development and activities of the Junior Board Campaign

Ideal candidate possesses the following:

•Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree or continuing professional education preferred
•Minimum of two years of work experience in the field of development or journalism or general administrative experience with an emphasis on writing and editing
•Possesses discretion and good judgment; willingness to interface with program departments, as requested.
•Desire and motivation to stay updated on current knowledge and trends in Development
•Understanding of and commitment to furthering the mission and vision of Forestdale

Forestdale provides a competitive salary and outstanding benefits - including 4 weeks Vacation, Health/Dental/Life/Disability insurance, Pension Plan and Tax-Deferred Medical/Dependent/Commuter Plans

TO APPLY: Please send your resume and cover letter to



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