Development Director

Garrison Institute
Posted: July 14, 2017
Location: New York, United States
Position: Executive, Fundraising
Field: Arts, Education, Environment, Religion
Salary: Competitive
Application Deadline: August 15, 2017
Category: Corporate and foundation relations, Donor relations, Executive, Major gifts, Other fundraising, Special events
Employment Level: Full-time

Founded in 2003, The Garrison Institute applies the transformative power of contemplation to today's pressing social and environmental concerns, helping to build a more compassionate, resilient future. Since its founding, the Institute has made the case for the relevance of contemplative-based approaches to social and environmental change and demonstrating that they can be applied in practical, evidence-based ways while providing measurable, pragmatic results.  The Institute has a team of over 25 permanent staff with an annual operating budget of approximately $4 million. The Institute is housed in a beautifully renovated former monastery on 90 acres overlooking the Hudson River an hour north of New York City.  To learn more, please visit

 The Garrison Institute is seeking a Director of Development to implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy that will expand and diversify the Institute’s revenue streams and donor support, build greater public awareness of the Institute’s mission, and strengthen the impact of programs through innovative approaches to networking and knowledge dissemination.  Our ideal candidate will be a creative and entrepreneurial thinker, leader and communicator, with a passion for the Institute’s programs. Our strong preference is for someone with a proven track record of cultivating new institutional donor relationships.  The Director is a member of the senior management team, works closely with our Board of Directors and reports to the President.

 Primary responsibilities will include:  identifying and cultivating donors and prospects; managing fundraising goals and institutional giving to include securing grants and major gifts, overseeing appeals and special events; working closely with the Board and President to build networks and identify funding.  The position will also oversee an annual budget, attend various events within and outside the Institute and oversee a full time development coordinator.

Successful candidates will have a minimum of 10+ years of development experience in increasingly responsible positions in not-for-profit organizations with a Bachelor’s degree in a related field; demonstrated success in managing and growing development operations; possess exceptional relationship-building skills and comfort in proactively and effectively building relationships with major donors and foundations; expertise in developing and implementing major gift campaigns, annual appeals, and other fundraising tactics; outstanding written and oral communication skills and proven experience in building and/or improving the systems that lead to fundraising results.    Ideally, our new Director will make creative use of new media technologies to generate interest, support, and participation in the institute’s fundraising goals. 

 Personal attributes for this key position include excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to inspire, and coach support staff and collaborate with colleagues; ability to prioritize and meet deadlines while staying focused and flexible; highly motivated, creative problem solver who is confident yet humble in style.  An adaptable entrepreneurial style leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.  In addition, we are looking for someone with an authentic commitment to the mission and values of the Garrison Institute.

Compensation & How to Apply:

 This is a full-time, salaried position offering a generous benefits package including retirement plan, health benefits, spiritual retreats, paid vacation and more. The annual salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. We also offer an energized and motivated team of colleagues and a warm and collegial atmosphere.

 To apply send a letter of interest, a resume, two writing samples, and the names and

contact information of three professional references to: HR Director, via email All submissions will be received in confidence.


The Garrison Institute is an equal employment opportunity employer. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.