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Vice President, Advancement


New York, NY, USA



POSITION: Vice President, Advancement


REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer


STATUS: Full-Time, Exempt




The Girl Scouts of Greater New York (GSGNY) is the premier leadership organization for girls in New York City. Our vision is a New York City in which every girl feels empowered to lead in the community, the workplace and the world. GSGNY serves more than 31,000 girls ages 5 to 17 in every zip code of the New York City’s five boroughs reaching girls from every race, every background and every religion. We welcome all girls and bring them together for a shared experience.


Our organization, one of 112 local “Girl Scout Councils” located throughout the fifty states that constitute the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., offers the Girl Scout program to all girls in the five boroughs of New York City. We are guided by a powerful mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.


At Girl Scouts of Greater New York we are Go Getter’s, Innovators, Risk Takers and Leaders.


The Girl Scouts of Greater New York is growing. We are serving more girls and are building new programs while we sustain and scale several successful programs launched in the last few years like our Urban Day Camp Program, Girl Scout Robotics, Breaking the Code and our Troop 6000™ movement, which is now delivering the Girl Scout program to more than 600 girls and women living in the New York City Shelter system.



The Girl Scouts of Greater New York seeks a Vice President, Philanthropy, to lead the fund development activities that advance the mission of the Girl Scouts in New York City and that will drive and support our growth plans. The Vice President will report to the Chief Executive Officer, serve as a member of the executive leadership team and contribute to the overall management of GSGNY. She/he will lead a team of philanthropy staff members and will work closely with the Girl Scouts of Greater New York board, whose members are deeply invested and engaged in our Fundraising efforts.


The ideal candidate will be:

  • Committed to the Girl Scout mission and our values-based culture;
  • Passionate about the power of philanthropy to make the world a better place;
  • Inspired by and share our belief that girls are worthy of the highest level of support and investment;
  • Excited by the growth and positive momentum of GSGNY and with the opportunity to advance our vision to reach more of the deserving girls in New York City.



  • Provide leadership and direction for all fund development activities of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York including principle and major individual giving, annual giving, legacy giving, institutional giving and special events. GSGNY’s annual budget is $9.3 million; funding from philanthropic sources accounts for approximately 50% of the overall budget.
  • Serve on the GSGNY’s executive leadership team and contribute to the overall management and strategic vision of the Council, through the strategic planning process and the preparation of regular reports, analyses and counsel to the CEO and Board of Directors.
  • Partner with the CEO and Board Fund Development Committee on the Strategic Fund Development Plan and oversee the plan’s execution.
  • Manage the CEO’s fundraising portfolio and personally manage the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of principle-level donors and prospective donors across all fundraising areas.
  • Collaborate with GSGNY’s program and administrative leadership in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and prospects.
  • Develop the case for support and tailor to GSGNY’s diverse donor audiences.
  • Lead, manage and inspire a team of staff members on the Philanthropy team charged with Individual Giving, Institutional Giving, and Special Events.
  • Staff two committees of the board: the Fund Development Committee and the Board Development Committee charged with nominations, board development and governance.
  • Develop, oversee and manage the budgets for philanthropic funding.
  • Participates in city and nation-wide conversations on philanthropy, youth development, single gender and other relevant topics.
  • Work with the COO, and members of the program and membership teams to determine growth-expansion plans for programs including program business plans, optimization of expenses and funding availability/projections.



  • 10+ years of experience in fundraising leadership roles including experience developing strategic Fund Development Plans and experience with Capital Campaigns.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required. Master's degree is welcome.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, to work evenings and weekends is required.
  • Knowledge of the principles and best practices associated with fundraising in a dynamic non-profit or for-profit environment. Prior oversight of a transformational organizational focus upon development.
  • Hands-on experience planning and executing a comprehensive capital campaign. He/she should be comfortable working closely with senior staff colleagues and a board of director (and its development committee) to identify funding opportunities and establish campaign goals.
  • Strong technical and analytical skills, including expertise in fundraising data programs as well as MS office suite etc.
  • The highest degree of professionalism. Demonstrating leadership and gravitas to reflect the brand of GSGNY.
  • Relationship building—persuasive written and verbal skills commensurate with the various internal and external audiences. Strong attention to detail.
  • A results-oriented nature and the ability to work well with people at all levels of an organization, warmly developing relationships with diverse constituencies while simultaneously employing keen judgment.
  • Experience collaborating with board members in the cultivation and solicitation of major gifts. This includes the ability to work one-on-one with board members to leverage the assets each brings to the development effort.
  • A passion for being a part of the GSGNY community, health and wellness along with a commitment to the mission, programs, and future aspirations of the organization.
  • Effective leadership and management plus mentoring skills and a collaborative administrative style based on authenticity and trust. This should be evidenced by prior development and management of high performance teams in the field.
  • Persistence and patience—have not only a sense of accountability, but also a sense of urgency.


The Girl Scouts of Greater New York is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

This job description should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this description. Any essential function or requirement of this job will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent or applicant be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonable accommodation(s) for the specific disability will be made for the incumbent or applicant when possible.


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