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Senior Director of Development

The SDOD will be an ambassador for the organization, deepening engagement with constituency groups and driving broader awareness and philanthropic support for the organization. This position is based in CVB’s New York City office. This individual will be responsible for growing CVB’s philanthropic revenue significantly over the next several years. A key initiative will be expanding and diversifying the organization’s funder base. The right candidate will have proven success in growing and managing a high-performing development operation. In particular, s/he will have experience in successful major donor engagement and funding strategies and working with partners to support the efforts of a comprehensive development effort.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain deep philanthropic relationships with a portfolio of high-net-worth individual and institutional prospects.
  • Work with the Executive Vice President and others on CVB Leadership to build a strong donor pipeline that focuses on institutional and high-net-worth individuals; will independently identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit donors, and close and steward gifts.
  • Develop plans for and oversees implementation of fundraising events aimed at high-net-worth individuals to ensure fundraising goals are met and build on new relationships established through events with an effective plan to convert prospects into donors.
  • Conduct research on foundations, corporations, and individual donors and prospects to proactively identify new high-level prospects. Review lists of funders from various sources, and develop individual strategies to engage, cultivate and solicit donor prospects for new gifts.
  • Prepare letters of inquiry to prospective funders, and design and execute fundraising proposals around key programs, in close collaboration with organizational peers.
  • Research and write briefings to prepare for effective meetings with major gift prospects.
  • Manage follow-up correspondence and objectives resulting from donor interactions.
  • Develop strong and collaborative working relationships with members of the organization to best understand CVB’s mission and programs, and effectively articulate this information to potential donors.
  • Report regular progress against goals, including key donor engagement, solicitation, and closed gifts metrics, and moves management progress.
  • Identify emerging trends and opportunities in philanthropy that are relevant to the mission and programs of CVB.
  • Oversee administrative functions and requirements relating to fundraising, including internal and external reporting.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, is required.
  • At least 10 years of development experience with progressively increasing responsibility, including at least 5 years of leadership and management experience
  • 5-7 years of frontline major gift experience with demonstrated ability to grow a donor prospect base and successfully close five and six-figure individual and institutional gifts
  • Proven experience developing and managing successful fundraising events aimed at high-net-worth individuals.

Required Skills:

  • Experience building and sustaining relationships among high-net-worth individuals, foundations, and corporations
  • A strong understanding of and ability to communicate the mission and programs of CVB
  • Success in supporting and managing organizational leadership in donor cultivation and solicitation
  • Ability to conceptualize and describe funding needs in a way that is compelling to prospects, donors, Board members, and other stakeholders
  • Knowledge of communications and marketing with excellent communications skills
  • Ability to initiate, develop and oversee successful fundraising events
  • Results-oriented self-starter with an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit
  • Passion for CVB’s mission and the ability to serve as an ambassador for the organization
  • Experience working in academic medical or complex research institutions preferred
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. required; based out of the New York City Office preferred · Must be able to travel approximately 25% of the time, including overnight.

Position Location:

This position is based in Manhattan, New York, with an expectation of 3 days per week in the office. Authorization to work in the U.S. is required.


We offer a highly competitive salary commensurate with experience and a full benefits package. Salary Range: $150,000-190,000/year

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About Cohen Veteran’s Bioscience (CVB)

Cohen Veterans Bioscience is a non-profit 501(c)(3) biomedical research and technology organization dedicated to advancing brain health by fast-tracking precision diagnostics and tailored therapeutics.

CVB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.