Job Title: Director of Development

Reports To: Chief Development Officer

Department: Development and Communications

Job Type: Full-time

Salary Range: 90k-100k, plus competitive benefits 

Objective of Role: The Director, Development works within the GOSO Development and Communications Department and reports to the Chief Development Officer. This is a senior leadership role whose primary focus is raising funds to support the organization’s $8 million budget and to increase unrestricted revenue to advance strategic priorities and ensure long-term growth and sustainability. The Director, Development plays a key role in working with the GOSO team and stakeholders to manage GOSO’s growth campaign. GOSO seeks an entrepreneurial fundraiser and project manager to help lead this effort. The Director designs and implements a robust development plan that includes donor cultivation and raising revenue from a diverse mix of individual, corporate, foundation, and public funders, including the organization’s annual funding raising event. The Director, Development conceptualizes and implements all donor cultivation programs and events, including with the production, event marketing, and fundraising for the annual gala. The Director, Development manages key staff as assigned, including the Communications and Development Managers, and the Development Staff Associate.

  • Design, develop, implement and manage marketing, media, fundraising, and communications plans
  • Steward relationships to ensure that donors, partners, and funders continue their commitment to GOSO’s mission through increasing gifts.
  • Conduct research to identify high-net worth individuals and corporations to support growth campaigns and the organization’s fundraising appeals and special events
  • Cultivate relationships and build new relationships to increase GOSO’s visibility and secure financial support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government funders
  • Provide leadership to all fundraising and cultivation events
  • Manage GOSO’s website, direct marketing, and social media campaigns to raise GOSO visibility and donor engagement
  • Manage the identification of new funding and partnership opportunities and help frame the content of funding proposals and reports
  • Conceptualize and implement a corporate giving program that offers volunteer opportunities, in-kind support, corporate foundation grants, and sponsorship
  • Oversee donation processing, acknowledgement, tracking, data management, reporting, and reconciliation
  • Manage and motivate a high-performing team to exceed goals
  • Serve as an external ambassador and make direct solicitations and presentations on behalf of the organization
  • Other duties as assigned

Essential Skills:

  • Exceptional relationship management, marketing, and fundraising skills
  • Works collaboratively with others to achieve organizational goals and objectives
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Creative, strategic and critical thinker, analytical, and detail-oriented
  • Superior research and writing skills
  • Agile team player who is effective in fast-paced and changing environments and who can manage multiple projects under deadlines

Core competencies:

  • Excellent work ethic
  • Commitment to working in a mission driven organization
  • Demonstrated personal ethics and values
  • Cross-team collaboration and cooperation
  • Team-player who works well with a diverse group of people


  • Bachelor’s degree in development, marketing, business administration, or related field
  • 7+ years of development, fundraising, communications, and management experience in a non-profit or for-profit organization
  • Proven track record of relationship management, direct fundraising with individuals, corporations, government entities, and managing a funding portfolio that has grown over time
  • Ability to manage and motivate others, collaborate across an organization, work independently, take personal accountability, manage projects, and guide cross-departmental teams to successful outcomes
  • Demonstrated commitment to GOSO’s work, mission, and the population it serves
  • Experience in Board, committee, and volunteer management

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Salary commensurate with experience. GOSO offers a competitive salary and benefits package

Please send a resume with cover letter to: Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.
Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered

GOSO is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

About GOSO: Getting Out and Staying Out has a vision of a world where neither a person’s race nor their prior contact with the legal system determines their future. To work toward that vision, we partner with young people impacted by arrest or incarceration on a journey of education, employment, and emotional well-being. For many of our participants, that journey begins while they are detained or incarcerated, on Rikers Island or in youth detention centers. We work with all interested individuals, regardless of the charges that they face, engaging them in future planning through programing focused on education, employment, and emotional well-being while helping to meet their immediate needs, whether physical (warm clothing, commissary supplies), psychological (correspondence and communication to help maintain links to the outside world), or legal (coordinating with public defense attorneys on courtroom advocacy). Among the major programs that are under the GOSO umbrella are Stand Against Violence East Harlem (SAVE), GOSOWorks, and multiple education programs (including Pathways-to-Graduation, a high school equivalency program). GOSO served its participants and the Harlem community throughout the Pandemic and, in fact, expanded its budget in the past few years. We are currently building our external relations functions, including development, in order to position GOSO for continued growth and expanded impact on those at the heart of our mission.