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Posted: 08/11/2017

Preservation League of New York State

The Preservation League of New York State invests in people and projects that champion the essential role of preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth, and the protection of our historic buildings and landscapes. We lead advocacy, economic development, and education programs all across the state.

Director of Development
Professional Opportunity
Albany, NY
$Salary commensurate with experience.



THE POSITION: The Preservation League, based in Albany, New York, is seeking an experienced, energetic, creative, staff leader to direct all aspects of the Leagues fundraising operations. The candidate will be required to effectively represent the League to potential and current donors, trustees, foundations, corporations, and the public at-large. This position requires an individual with strong fundraising and marketing experience who is a collaborative problem solver, an energetic and effective communicator, capable of quality writing under deadline, and a good fit with the Leagues staff and organizational culture. The candidate must have the ability to successfully promote the League and its programs to a diverse audience of supporters and potential donors. The position reports to the Preservation Leagues President and is supported by a full-time Development Associate. This is a full-time position located in Albany, New York and requires regular statewide travel to cultivate and solicit donors. For the right candidate, other live/work arrangements will be considered.


  • Direct all aspects of the Leagues annual $1.3M fundraising program.
  • Work with the Development Committee, the Leagues President and other key board members to create and implement the fundraising program.
  • Identify, research, cultivate and solicit individual, corporate, government, and foundation donors through personal visits and written grant proposals.
  • Coordinate and strengthen relationships with existing donors.
  • Play an important role in the Leagues marketing efforts.
  • Initiate, plan and manage all fundraising and cultivation events.
  • Manage the Leagues annual Pillar of New York Awards Gala.
  • Oversee the Development Associate.


  • Minimum 5 years experience in the development and successful implementation of overall fundraising plans.
  • Creativity and the ability to be self-starter.
  • Outstanding relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to effectively multi-task under deadline.
  • Strong public speaking skills and excellent ability to write persuasively.
  • Proven experience managing staff and effectively motivating high levels of performance.
  • Confident budgeting and financial analysis skills.
  • Strong proposal-writing skills.
  • Working knowledge of Raisers Edge fundraising software.
  • A minimum of a Bachelors Degree.

Salary commensurate with experience.  Benefits provided including medical plan, retirement program and vacation time.


This position description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. Responsibilities, tasks, and duties of this position might differ from those outlined in this position description and other duties, as assigned, might be part of the job.



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How to apply
If interested, send cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample to: Development Director Search Preservation League of New York State 44 Central Avenue Albany, New York 12206
Phone: Do not call
44 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206

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