Reports To: Chief Executive Officer
Department: Development and Communications
Job Type: Salary Exempt — Full-time
Salary Range: 130K – 140k, plus competitive benefits

Objective of Role: We are seeking a dedicated Vice President of Development to play a pivotal role in shaping the future and ensuring the enduring success of our organization. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the VP of Development will collaborate with the senior management team, governing board, and staff to define the organization’s vision and strategic direction. This position will be responsible for devising and executing strategies to secure donors and contributions, providing oversight of the fund development program, monitoring development activities, and addressing any obstacles that may impede growth and success. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record as a fundraising and organizational development specialist, coupled with extensive management experience in the nonprofit sector or a similar environment. We seek a motivated individual with a talent to solve complex problems, and a genuine passion for philanthropy.


  • Collaborate with the CEO, staff, and governing board to facilitate the development and implementation of both short and long-term strategic plans.
  • Foster a culture of philanthropy and ensure that fund development efforts align with the organization’s values, vision, and mission.
  • Nurture relationships to guarantee sustained commitment from donors, partners, and funders, fostering increased support for GOSO’s mission.
  • Conduct research to identify high-net worth individuals and corporations to support growth campaigns and the organization’s fundraising appeals and special events.
  • Establish a diverse portfolio of donor sources and fundraising programs designed to attract and retain donors and engage fundraising volunteers effectively.
  • Develop and implement performance metrics, continually monitoring the results to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the fund development program.
  • Devise and execute 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 processes.
  • Manage the operations development function efficiently, and oversee development activities in coordination with staff.
  • Serve as an external ambassador and make direct solicitations and presentations on behalf of the organization
  • Identify and proactively resolve development issues that may impact the well-being and efficacy of the organization.
  • Maintain accountability and ensure compliance with all regulations and laws, as well as the code of ethics for fundraising professionals.
  • Provide leadership to all fundraising and cultivation events
  • 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 required.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • 8+ 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:

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.