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Posted: 01/16/2018

Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, Inc.

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, in partnership with the National Park Service, collaborates with communities and organizations to preserve and interpret the nationally significant heritage of New York’s canal system, provide world-class recreational and educational opportunities, foster economic revitalization, and improve the quality of life in Corridor communities. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor encompasses the full expanse of upstate New York and includes the communities that border the present day canal system and its historic alignments. Please visit www.eriecanalway.org/ for current activities and background information. The Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation, with an IRS 501(c)(3) determination, that works in partnership with a federal Commission to raise, manage and deploy resources for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Development and Communications Manager
Professional Opportunity
Waterford, NY
Open Until
Until Filled

Duties and Responsibilities 

The Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, Inc. seeks to expand its impact by hiring a talented individual to carry out fundraising/development and communications activities. The individual will assist with integration of fundraising/development and communications functions, where appropriate, while also helping to maximize the reach and effectiveness of both.

Fundraising & Development Management

Coordinate and administer a comprehensive culture of philanthropy utilizing high quality techniques and best practices to identify and meet fundraising and development needs.

Ensure that appropriate systems and procedures are in place to support sponsorship and fundraising goals, including tracking systems to acknowledge all donations in timely and appropriate manner; ensure appropriate donor recognition and regular donor communication

Develop and manage individual and corporate appeal letters, direct mailings, solicitation materials, case statements, and other resource development materials

Manage mailings for resource development, annual reports, and other efforts (also see database management)

Manage State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) campaign and any other workplace giving initiatives

Seek and secure grants, donations and sponsorships for various programs and initiatives from businesses, corporations and foundations

Provide support to a Major Donor Initiative

Provide support for private foundation and public sector grants managed by other staff

Serve as lead staff person to Development and Fundraising Committee; coordinate and manage all committee efforts

Event Planning and Management

 Plan and implement special events, including friend-raisers, fundraisers and an annual event.

 Help identify event opportunities

Coordinate all event logistics

Seek event sponsors; cultivate and manage relationships

Coordinate all follow-up

Manage annual Heritage Award of Excellence program


Communications & Outreach Support

Work closely with Director of Communications & Outreach to accurately and effectively build and reach targeted audiences.

Gather content and write articles for newsletters and reports

Compile donor and supporter lists for electronic and printed uses

Prepare content for social media

Assist with web site(s) administration and maintenance

Assist with electronic communications database management


How to apply
Qualified candidates should send a resume and thoughtful cover letter to: Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, Inc. Re: Development & Communications Manager PO Box 219 Waterford, NY 12188 Interviews will begin in January 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is March 2018. The Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status.

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