Director of Development

Position: Director of Development Reporting to the CEO 

Location: New York City 

About Red Door Community (RDC) 

Formerly known as Gilda’s Club NYC, RDC provides a welcoming community of FREE cancer support to bring knowledge, hope, and empowerment to anyone and everyone impacted by any type of cancer. Our innovative program is an essential complement to cancer care, providing support groups, educational lectures, healthy lifestyle workshops, and social activities. Over 13,000 individuals are reached annually – adults, teens, and children. Since 1995, when our iconic Red Door opened, we have been providing free cancer support in the spirit, courage and humor of our original namesake, Gilda Radner, the talented comedian and first cast member of Saturday Night Live, who passed away in 1989 from ovarian cancer. RDC is committed to expanding our program and broadening our reach to meet the growing needs of individuals living with cancer in more places and in more ways than ever before. 

This Position: 

The Director of Development will be responsible for all fundraising activities, including planning, budget development, management, and implementation of fundraising initiatives with a primary focus on securing major gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations and government support; planned giving; and cause-related marketing; direct mail and electronic mail; social media and marketing communications. Researching, building, and maintaining prospects, donors, and corporate and foundation grants with a strong understanding of and commitment to Red Door Community’s mission will be a priority. In addition, the Director of Development will supervise a small development team.


1. Work closely with the CEO and Board to set high standards of philanthropy. 

2. Monitor philanthropic trends and develop short and long-term fundraising strategies aimed at maximizing contributed income from individuals, foundations, and corporations. 

3. Develop, implement, and monitor the following fundraising programs including:

  • Individual giving, including major gifts & planned giving 
  • Government, foundation, and corporate giving 
  • Annual Appeals 
  • Special Events 
  • Cause-Related Marketing 
  • Marketing Communications and Social Media 

4. Work closely with the CEO and program to assess fundraising needs as determined by three-year business plan goals, operating needs, and annual plan priorities. 

5. Develop annual fundraising budgets, and prepare and monitor income projections, progress reports, and long-range/business plan forecasts. 

6. Maintain and develop new contacts with funders, both individuals and organizations and build the involvement of CEO and Board members in the solicitation and donor stewardship processes

7. Direct, coordinate, and support ancillary activities of the fundraising plan, including prospect research, development of proposals and bi-annual appeals, and donor acknowledgments. 

8. Oversee the implementation of data management systems and fundraising records. 

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

DOD will supervise development staff of two people and be a liaison for the Associate Board (young professional volunteers) and their fundraising activities. 


  • Ten+ years experience in diversified fundraising in the healthcare space and specifically cancer-related; demonstrated experience in major gifts solicitation and planned giving, strategic philanthropy, event management, marketing, and social media. 
  • A proven track record in securing major gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations; development and building of a planned giving portfolio. 
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills; ability to create and sustain strong working relationships with donors, board members, and staff. 
  • Ability to serve as an articulate and compelling spokesperson for the organization. 
  • Passionate about the organization’s mission. 
  • Entrepreneurial; ability to recognize and proactively pursue opportunities; not scared to think out of the box. 
  • A team player 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and particularly comfortable with financial reporting and budgets. A finance background/P&L responsibility is a plus. 
  • Exceptional organizational skills. 
  • Advanced degree in business, non-profit or public administration a plus. Experience in both the private sector and healthcare is a plus. 

Job Category: Development
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: New York

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