Founded in 2012, The Acceleration Project (TAP) is a nonprofit that is laser-focused on supporting underserved small business owners and narrowing existing equity gaps based on race and gender. Our mission is to empower under-resourced small business owners and accelerate their success by providing impactful, customized strategic and tactical advice. We work one-on-one with individual businesses to provide tools and resources that create financial stability and accelerate growth. We also produce scalable programs that can be delivered through webinars, workshops and microsites. Our lean staff unlocks the power of an exceptional team of pro-bono consultants who seek to use their professional skills to make a meaningful impact. As the demand for our services continues to grow, we are expanding nationally to meet the need. TAP leverages its network of financial institutions, CDFIs, economic development agencies and corporate partners to get to scale and ensure sustainability of our work, and we also rely on fundraising to underwrite the cost of providing services and keep them accessible to all.
Position Summary: TAP seeks a Director of Development responsible for the execution of a strategic development plan to generate revenue from a variety of funding sources, including corporate, government and foundation grants and sponsorships, advisory board activities, events, and individual giving. The Director will work in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, leadership team and board members to identify and cultivate major donor and sponsor relationships and secure support for the organization. The Director will forge ties with corporate, philanthropic and family foundations to secure long term multi-year funding, building capacity as well as programming. Additionally, the Director will work with other team members to identify and execute on funding opportunities to support new and existing initiatives, including our Annual Appeal and Spring Benefit. The Director will work collaboratively with the CEO and Leadership Team to evaluate TAP’s operational strategy and goals, adjusting development initiatives as needed to support those goals. This paid position is full-time, partially remote, with an expectation of 40 hours/week, with day-to-day flexibility. This individual will also be asked to attend in-person meetings in Westchester County, New York as well as in-person meetings with potential funders.
To apply for this position: Please send your resume, cover letter and up to three work references to Molly Ardalan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with ‘Director of Development’ in the subject line. Your cover letter should explain why you believe you are best suited for this position at The Acceleration Project.
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