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Associate Vice President, Individual Major Gifts

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$160,000.00 Salary/year

Associate Vice President, Individual Major Gifts

Associate Vice President, Individual Major Gifts

The Associate Vice President of Individual Major Gifts is responsible for executing a major gift fundraising strategy that supports both current-use and strategic growth fundraising objectives, while integrating planned giving and annual support strategies. The successful candidate will have experience securing significant philanthropic gifts. The position requires a leadership style that will motivate team members and coordinate effectively with key stakeholders across Graham to achieve the shared programmatic and philanthropic objectives of our mission and strategic plan. This position also requires strong interpersonal, communication, writing, and analytical skills. The successful candidate will be able to collaborate in discussions around new thoughts and fresh ideas, think innovatively, and maintain an inquisitive mindset throughout their work. In addition, the candidate should be detail oriented and able to manage multiple, simultaneous, and deadline-driven tasks.

Responsibilities include:

  • Secure 6 and 7-figure philanthropic gifts and manage a portfolio of 100-150 major gift donors and prospects while achieving annual growth targets.
  • Grow and lead a team of frontline major gift fundraisers. Includes mentorship, supporting professional development, onboarding, ongoing training and education in best practices, developing, deploying and monitoring performance metrics for team members. Oversight includes leadership annual support ($1,000+), major gift ($25,000+) and planned gifts.
  • Work effectively with senior management and board members in identifying and growing individual major gift donor base. Prepare briefings and coordinate and/or attend major donor solicitation activities.
  • Lead regular in-depth prospect strategy sessions, ensuring that philanthropic potential is enhanced through moves management.
  • Provide regular reports to the Chief Development Officer on staff performance, fundraising progress and progress against goals.
  • Possess a strong commitment to the mission of Graham alumni and possess the ability to identify major gift prospects through a lens of inclusion.


  • Major gift fundraising experience, success in securing 6 and 7-figure philanthropic gifts, and management experiences.
  • Bachelor's degree, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Applicants should possess a solid track record with 8-10 years of pertinent experience in fundraising roles.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills
  • Collaborative problem solver that brings an entrepreneurial approach to the development of engagement strategies
  • Innovative, self-motivated, able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Goal oriented with a strong work ethic.

Position Type:  Full time


Salary/Compensation:  $160,000 + Potential to Earn Performance Based Merit Award for Eligible Staff + Comprehensive Benefits + Professional Development Opportunities

Location:  Based in our Brooklyn Heights Office (One Pierrepont Plaza – Brooklyn, NY 11210).


Graham Windham offers eligible employees a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental & vision coverage, paid time off, holiday pay, retirement savings plans (defined contribution pension and 403 (b) thrift), and much more…

  • Legacy Compensation for Years of Service
  • Paid vacation, sick, personal days and holidays
  • Retirement Savings (i.e. Pension & 403b) with employer contribution
  • Basic Term Life Insurance
  • Short & Long Term Disability
  • Voluntary Term Life Insurance
  • Dependent Care FSA - Transit/Commuter Benefit
  • Employee Discount Programs
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Employee Appreciation Programs
  • Scholarship Assistance Program
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Cell Phone Reimbursement
  • Loaner Laptop for Work
  • Interest Group Activities
  • Hybrid Work Arrangement

Graham Windham’s Mission Statement

In full partnership with families and communities, Graham Windham strives to make a life-altering difference with children, youth and families who are overcoming some of life’s most difficult challenges and obstacles, by helping to build a strong foundation for life: a safe, loving, permanent family and the opportunity and preparation to thrive in school and in the world.