Near East Foundation is hiring a
Title: Philanthropy Officer
Reports to: Director of Partnerships & Philanthropy
Location: Syracuse, NY
Travel: Occasional (10-15%)
The Near East Foundation (NEF) is on a mission to do development differently through community-led, people-powered action across the Middle East, Africa, and the Caucasus. To achieve this, we work alongside people impacted by conflict, injustice, and poverty and collaboratively create opportunities for people to cultivate new skills and access the resources and tools needed to shape their own future.
To fuel our mission, we are seeking experienced candidates for an open Philanthropy Officer to join our growing Philanthropy & Partnerships team. At a pivotal moment in NEF’s history, join us to take our fundraising to the next level. We are building a team fueled by passion, ambition, creativity, and experience to lead this new chapter of growth. We have a bold strategy to reach more communities than ever over the next decade and you can help make it possible.
Summary of role
As Philanthropy Officer, you will be responsible for supporting the Philanthropy team in raising critical funds to broaden our impact and support an exciting phase of growth at NEF. Reporting to the Director of Partnerships & Philanthropy and closely collaborating with the Major Gift Manager, your primary responsibilities include: (1) prospect research to build a robust pipeline of new major donors (individuals, corporations, foundations etc.), (2) monitoring a portfolio of prospective donors to steward new funding opportunities, (3) supporting the cultivation and stewardship of existing annual donors to increase overall retention and giving levels, and (4) maintaining donor database and other donor engagement tools.
The Philanthropy Officer will also be responsible for taking a lead role in campaigns and formalizing and growing the organization’s first planned giving program. To make a step change in our income profile, you will mainly focus on supporting the Philanthropy Team in qualifying four to six figure prospective major donors and developing lasting relationships with current mid-level donors.
Joining our small but growing team, you will work closely with the Director of Partnerships & Philanthropy, Major Gifts Manager, and senior volunteers (i.e., NEF Development Committee of the Board, forthcoming Development Board).
What you will do
Identifying New Donors
Helping to Secure Donations
We encourage all individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to succeed within this position and thrive at NEF to apply for this role, even if you do not meet 100% of the qualifications.
Skills and competencies
We are looking for a values-driven, confident, and determined fundraiser who thrives in a people oriented, target driven role.
Summary of NEF
NEF is a non-profit international development organization that has supported livelihoods recovery and community-based economic development in the Middle East, Africa, and Caucasus since 1915. Through inclusive, innovative and adaptive programs, our aim is sustainable impact that contributes to long-term resilience and community empowerment. Drawing on 100+ years of experience, we combine local expertise with pioneering solutions to bring stability and prosperity to people, now – and for generations to come.
Working through a network of country offices and local partners, NEF currently has operations in eight countries: Armenia, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Sudan, South Sudan, and Syria. Support offices are based between Syracuse, NY, Washington, DC, London, UK, and Brussels, Be.
NEF will accept rolling applications until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin on November 7, 2022. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Please apply by submitting the following documents:
Applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Near East Foundation by visiting the NEF website at www.neareast.org.
The Near East Foundation promotes Equal Employment Opportunities for all applicants seeking employment.
Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
NEF offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes: 20 PTO days plus 12 Company Holidays; generous medical, dental and, vision coverage; HRA and FSA benefits; employer paid short and long-term disability; employer paid life insurance; TIAA-CREF retirement plan with 8% employer contribution, paid family leave, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and more!
NEF's strength is its people. Our team is our fuel to achieving the innovation, quality programming, community focus, mutual trust, sustainability, and learning needed to realize our mission. To help our team thrive, we support a working structure that prioritizes flexibility, personal commitments, and staff well-being while promoting a work culture of teamwork, collaboration, respect, integrity, and excellence.
As an international organization, we value a truly diverse workforce and prioritize a culture of inclusivity and belonging. We strive to create a high-achieving work environment informed by different cultures, perspectives, and experiences. With a commitment to diversity, equality, equity, and inclusion in all we do, our aim is to ensure that people feel heard, protected, and empowered to contribute to NEF's mission from day one.
Covid-19 Vaccine Policy for Employees
The Near East Foundation has determined that, in an effort to protect the health, safety, and well-being of all Near East Foundation, all employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including boosters as recommended by the CDC, regardless of prior COVID-19 infection status. This policy is necessary to ensure not only the safety of our workforce, but the ongoing functionality of the organization.
This policy will be revised as needed to comply with federal, state, and local requirements, and to respond to changing guidance from public health authorities.
Team members that travel are expected to comply with host-country requirements, including vaccinations. Failure to comply may impact your employment. Proof of vaccination or exemption must be provided.