Development Officer

The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) is a community development organization founded on the radically simple idea that all people deserve healthy, vibrant communities. We build award-winning, sustainable, affordable homes – but our work is not over when our buildings are complete. WHEDco believes that to be successful, affordable housing must be anchored in strong communities that residents can be proud of. WHEDco’s mission is to give the South Bronx access to all the resources that create thriving neighborhoods – from high-quality early education and after-school programs, to fresh, healthy food, cultural programming, and economic opportunity.

Job Summary:

The Development Officer is part of a team that identifies, secures and maintains funding primarily from government, foundation, and corporate sources of support. The Development Officer will have a broad understanding of WHEDco’s affordable housing, community economic development, childcare, family support, early childhood and youth education and development, small business, and arts work.

The Development Officer will be a primary developer of institutional giving opportunities for intersecting areas of WHEDco’s work, primarily: youth development and education; family support services; and arts and culture initiatives.

The Development Officer will work closely with the Youth Development, Family Support, and the Bronx Music Heritage Center teams to produce high quality proposals, reports and other communications to a portfolio of foundation and government funders, and to identify new opportunities to engage supporters for youth leadership, education, development, supportive services for residents and community members, and synergies with arts and cultural opportunities offered through the Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) and the Bronx Music Hall. This position reports to the Vice President, Development and External Affairs, and will be responsive and supportive to the Youth Development and Education, Family Support, and BMHC teams, as well as WHEDco’s communications, fiscal, and research, policy, and evaluation departments.

The Development Officer will work remotely until further notice with occasional in-person attendance expected for site visits, events, meetings, or specific in-person tasks.

Primary responsibilities of the Development Officer include:

  • Writing high quality, persuasive grant proposals and reports to communicate with corporate, foundation and government funders
  • Understanding the organizational and program budgets and developing appropriate and contextualized grant expenditure budgets and reports in concert with fiscal and program staff
  • Developing strong understanding of WHEDco’s programs, particularly those for which the Development Officer is raising funds, and building strong collaborative relationships with program leadership and staff
  • Researching, identifying, and developing appropriate and contextualized approaches to potential new funding sources
  • Cultivating and maintaining funder relationships, including setting up funder visits in coordination with Executive and Program staff
  • Tracking foundation/corporate relationships, deadlines and gifts in funding database • Developing collateral materials, as necessary

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum two years’ experience in writing and editing, with a strong preference for grant writing and management
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
  • Strong understanding of budgets and intermediate to advanced ability and experience using Excel
  • Experience coordinating projects and teams across multiple departments
  • Experience coordinating events and/or site visits
  • Good professional judgment and discretion in being of service to multiple teams and senior managers
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively in a collegial and fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Organized with strong attention to detail
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, donor management systems such as Donor Perfect Online, and Adobe Creative Suite highly desirable

Excellent benefits and competitive salary ($55,000-$75,000) based on experience.