Director, Fundraising Special Events – American Red Cross

Company Name: American Red Cross
Location: Greenwich, CT
Type: Full Time

By joining the American Red Cross  you will touch millions of lives every year and experience the greatness of the human spirit at its best.  Are you ready to be part of  the world’s largest humanitarian network?
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Job Description:

The American Red Cross depends heavily on the support of our generous donor population. We participate in many donor-focused fundraising activities including identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding of top corporate and foundation partners, as well as with individual donors.  The American Red Cross depends heavily on the support of our generous donor population. We participate in many donor-focused fundraising activities including identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding of top corporate and foundation partners, as well as with individual donors across the country. The funds we receive provide unrestricted support to our Chapters, helping us fulfill our mission to provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare, and respond to emergencies in our communities.

The American Red Cross is seeking a Director, Fundraising Special Events to support our Greater New York Region.

Job Summary: 

The Fundraising Event Director is responsible for the overall success of the Regions fundraising events. They will plan, coordinate, and implement events in collaboration with staff and volunteer leadership.  Events are designed to raise funds for and promote community awareness of Red Cross services.  Also develops and executes plans to identify, cultivate, solicit, and recognize event underwriters/sponsors and other event participants and provision of staff support for relevant committees.  The Greater New York Region raises approximately 2.5 million dollars in events each year.


1. Event planning project development:  Creates and collaborates with other development staff on special events project plans & participates in budget development. Monitors event outcomes including revenue and expenses and results to increase special event program growth.  Manages implementation, and production of all fundraising events including vendor relationships, budgets, and event logistics. Coordinates activities and formulates strategies related to event program. Assesses outcome of each event and makes recommendations for improvements. Responsible for meeting Special Events revenue goals.

2. Leadership/ Management: Provides leadership and guidance to assigned event chairs and committees. Directs the activities of and serves as the primary staff liaison to the volunteer committees for assigned chapter special events. Provides staff support and leadership to event chairs and related committees formed to help secure sponsors and participants.

 3. Relationship development:  Develops effective working relationships with donors, volunteers, government, and foundation representatives to nurture their connections to ARC.  May oversee collaboration with internal communications and marketing groups for strategies and materials.

4. Research and donor development:  Researches, identifies, cultivates, and solicits new and existing donors for monetary and/or in-kind gifts to support chapter special events. Recognizes potential for increased donor involvement and capitalizes on opportunities to grow existing relationships. Identifies event sponsors for potential enhanced or increased partnership opportunities with the chapter. Creates a seamless, balanced, and enjoyable experience for potential donors through effective leadership and recognition techniques.

5. Events Material Development:  Collaborates with Communications and Marketing to develop materials related to events including media releases and photo sessions.  Also handles interviews.

6. Provides volunteer or staff work direction:  Directs the work of development volunteers or staff regarding administrative support duties including recording and tracking donor invoices, acknowledgement correspondence, mass mailings, thank you letters, support at the event, etc.   May hire, train, coach, counsel and evaluate performance of volunteers or give significant recommendations as to those supervisory actions.


Education:  Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree is highly desirable.

Experience:   Minimum 7 years of major gifts leadership experience. Proactive development leader with an established track record of increasing philanthropic revenue from diverse constituencies.

Experience in the development and implementation of a broad-based fundraising program including personally opening doors, cultivation and successfully closing major gifts.    Corporate and/or Business-to-Business sales leadership experience may be substituted for fundraising experience.  Significant expertise with the area’s funding community highly desirable.  Progressive experience in successful development programs and knowledge of “best practices” in development. 

Management Experience:  Minimum 3 years supervisory experience.

Skills and Abilities: Ability to relate well and work effectively with multiple constituencies and audiences.  Excellent verbal and written skills.  Knowledge of office systems: MS-Office preferred and fundraising database systems (e.g., Raiser’s Edge,  A team player committed to developing and working within a collaborative environment and to ensuring the highest customer service orientation.

Travel:  Requires frequent travel within the Region. The amount will vary depending upon size and geography of region. May include sitting for long periods of time, driving a vehicle and working under challenging conditions.  A current valid driver’s license and good driving record is required.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

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The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.