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Development and Communications Manager

Development Director 

Position: Development and Communications Manager

Location: New York, NY

The Development and Communications Manager plays a critical role in developing strategy and executing plans for growing individual giving and donor stewardship.  The position reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for managing one staff member.


Maintain and increase funding from individual donors through effective identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship;

  • Manage a portfolio of individual prospects and donors;
  • Support management of the Heritage Circle patron membership program, including soliciting and securing gifts, drafting correspondence, designing and implementing engagement activities, and creating acquisition, renewal, and upgrade strategies;
  • Develop and oversee special programs and tours for Heritage Circle members;
  • Track and report on revenue goals;
  • Manage budgets for the Heritage Circle program and for other fundraising activities;
  • Oversee annual fund appeals, special events, and planned giving;
  • Manage volunteer fundraising and event committees;
  • Assist in the planning and production of important Royal Oak donor communications, including the website and social media, newsletter, and annual report;
  • Support other aspects of fundraising and communications, as needed.


The ideal candidate for this position must possess the following:

  • Four or more years of development experience interacting with high-level donors;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • The ability to operate with a high level of discretion, maturity, and sensitivity;
  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of art history and historic preservation preferred.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to

Position: Development Director
Location: New York, NY

Reports to: Executive Director & CEO
Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Development Director (DD) serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting The Royal Oak Foundation. In partnership with the ED, this position is responsible for all fundraising and development activities, and will also play a role in executing communications strategies for Royal Oak. The successful candidate will strengthen and expand relationships with existing donors while also identifying and developing new donors to build Royal Oak’s financial resources. The DD will also design and implement a comprehensive plan for cultivating philanthropic support.
The Development Director will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure and fundraising capacities needed to grow funding through the solicitation of individual major gifts, patron membership support, planned gifts, special events, and corporate and foundation support. He/she will expand and diversify the organization’s donor base and work closely with other team members at Royal Oak and the National Trust to secure funding for special campaigns and initiatives. In addition, the DD will work closely with the National Trust and will support Royal Oak board members in their fundraising activities.
Support and partner with the ED on all major fundraising initiatives, including major gifts, patron membership, planned giving, annual appeals and special campaigns, grants and sponsorships, and all fundraising events, cultivation activities, and donor tour programs

  • Work actively with the ED and staff to develop and implement a comprehensive, long-term fundraising growth strategy
  • Manage an active portfolio of individual major gift donor prospects
  • Engage the Board Development Committee, other Board members and friends of the Organization in volunteer leadership to actively support fundraising plans and events
  • Cultivate Heritage Circle membership at all levels
  • Oversee the development and execution of all funding proposals and reports
  • Maintain robust stewardship activities, and grow Royal Oak’s planned giving program, including Legacy Circle and special endowment programs
  • Provide leadership and manage budgets for all fundraising programs and activities
  • Develop and maintain dynamic analytical reports that aid in the management and assessment of fundraising strategies; contribute to the effective management of the donor database and prospect research
  • Work in close collaboration with the CFO, membership and program staff to achieve key revenue and visibility goals for Royal Oak
  • Manage, develop, and mentor the development staff of two professionals
  • Identify opportunities for major market volunteers to support membership and patron expansion and engagement
  • Provide oversight, with ED, for all Royal Oak external communications


  • 10 years or more of development experience and a demonstrated track record of success in fundraising strategy and execution
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and move members to donors
  • Experience with member engagement, including designing successful annual funds and capital campaigns
  • Proven track record in closing $5,000 gifts and higher
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also as a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside Royal Oak and the National Trust
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
  • Strong organizational skills and experience managing and motivating staff and volunteers
  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree and/or CFRE preferred
  • High energy and passion for The Royal Oak Foundation’s mission is essential
  • Knowledge and demonstrated passion for preservation, conservation of open space and British culture a plus.

Salary commensurate with experience; a comprehensive benefits plan applies.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to

Review will begin immediately with a start date as soon as a qualified candidate is identified.

About the Royal Oak Foundation

The Royal Oak Foundation’s mission seeks to raise awareness of and advance the work of the
National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland by inspiring support from the United
States for the Trust’s efforts to preserve and protect historic places and spaces—for ever, for
everyone. Located in New York City, Royal Oak is a nonprofit organization established in 1973
as the membership and fundraising affiliate of the National Trust. The Royal Oak Foundation
fulfills its mission by organizing fundraising initiatives and membership programs, encouraging
visits to National Trust properties, and presenting events and activities designed to build
awareness and engage a broad community of individuals across the United States. For more
information, please visit
The Royal Oak Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.