Job Summary

Citymeals on Wheels provides a continuous lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to homebound elderly New Yorkers in need, helping them to live with dignity in their own familiar homes and communities. The Manager of Major Gifts helps to support this mission by managing the Major Gifts department and a portfolio of individual donors and planned giving.


  • Manage the operations of the Major Gifts Department to ensure the timely submission of foundation, corporate and individual requests required to generate budgeted goals.
  • Supervise, mentor and coach two major gifts associates, and provide professional development and growth opportunities.
  • Manage relationships for a portfolio of individual major donors capable of giving five-, six- and seven-figure gifts; ensure the timely submission of annual solicitations, reports and other stewardship materials. Work closely with the VP of Development to develop individual strategies for major donors focused on cultivation and upgrades, including prompts for calls and communications from the Executive Director and board members.
  • Mine Raisers Edge to identify prospective major donors and planned gifts prospects. Research, cultivate and solicit prospects with the goal of increasing the Major Gifts and Planned Giving pipelines.
  • Work with Events Department to plan and execute annual receptions for major donors and planned giving society members for cultivation and recognition.
  • Submit written proposals, reports, case statements, letters and other written materials; write other materials as needed.
  • Work with the VP of Development on launching a new planned giving program, including the development and execution of marketing, recognition and annual events.
  • Lead the cleanup of coding and the implementation of moves management in Raiser's Edge for the Major Gifts Department. Run regular analytic reports; provide training and assistance to staff.

External Interactions

This position interacts with the Board of Directors, executive staff and high net worth individuals, corporate and foundation donors, estate attorneys, vendors, volunteers.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position directly supervises two Major Gift Associates.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) plus five years of fundraising experience, or two years fundraising plus five years of nonprofit management-level experience.
  • Five years of supervisory experience required, with experience in operations and events planning.
  • Excellent, demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships with clients with strong customer service orientation; excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills; highly motivated, creative thinker with proven ability to take a project from conceptualization to completion.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite programs and Raiser's Edge, with ability to develop queries, run reports and lists.
  • Must be able to work some nights and weekends.

To Apply

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter, describing their qualifications and interest in the position, to