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Senior Director of Special Events and Projects Full-time

at The New York Botanical Garden New York in New York (Published at 23-08-2022)

The Senior Director of Special Events and Projects leads event and program management related to the New York Botanical Garden?s annual giving program and plays a vital role in the cultivation, engagement, and stewardship of the Board of Trustees. The Senior Director will maintain or support key relationships with Garden donors, staff (full-time and temporary), contractors, and vendors, while managing a team of three to four fulltime fundraising and event professionals. This role is a member of the Garden?s Advancement Leadership Committee and will be a senior staff member in the department.

As a member of the Garden?s Institutional Advancement department, one of the main objectives of this position is to create, design, produce, and solicit for the Garden?s in-person and virtual touchpoints (events, social media, communications). The Senior Director will develop, lead, and measure campaign- and appeal-based fundraising efforts through special events and projects that generate a gross yield greater than $2.5 million yearly. Additionally, the Senior Director will carry an individual giving portfolio that annually drives a minimum of $500,000 in gifts through special events and projects.

Partnership will be vital to this position?s success. As such, the Senior Director is expected to be a collaborative and strategic member of the Institutional Advancement department and the Special Events and Projects team. Additionally, this position supports, through actions and conduct, the Garden?s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) initiatives and actively helps to build and maintain an inclusive organizational culture through demonstrated values of teamwork, integrity, accountability, and respect.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leads all aspects of a special events and projects portfolio (in-person and virtual), generating an attendance ranging, on average, between 10 and 300 participants.
  • Recruit, coach, retain, and mentor members of the Special Events and Projects team.
  • Identify, research, solicit, and engage prospective and historical special events donors.
  • Manage and maintain a portfolio of 25+ donors.
  • Manage event budgets, project tracking, event payment, processes.
  • Oversee the design and production of Garden events and projects led by other team members.
  • Participate as a thought leader and producer in the Advancement Leadership Committee and other Garden-wide manager/senior manager initiatives, meetings, and trainings.
  • Serve as the Institutional Advancement department?s lead contributor to the Garden?s institutional events calendar, with particular attention to special events, donor engagement, and special projects under the oversight of an Institutional Advancement team.
  • Assist the Chief Advancement Officer with special projects relating to donor engagement or Board of Trustee support, inclusive of institutional event openings, stewardship activities, Garden tours, individualized gifts, and record upkeep through the Advancement database or paper files.


  • Bachelor?s Degree
  • 8 years of experience in special events management, fundraising, or donor stewardship events, preferably in a comparable cultural institution or non-profit setting.
  • Team management and individual contributor experience.
  • Excellent project and time management, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong persuasive writing, proofreading, and editing skills.
  • Interest and capacity to work with a multi-generational and diverse identity environment, inclusive of clients, donors, members, Board members and their families, staff, consultants, and volunteers.
  • Propriety, thoughtfulness, sound judgment, and discretion.
  • Interest and capacity to maintain self-motivation in a high production environment.
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings/ weekends for events and donor visits.
  • Driver?s license required.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of Raiser?s Edge, SiriusWare, and/or Luminate software preferred.

Please be advised, as a term and condition of accepting a job offer the candidate for employment must submit proof of full vaccination. Candidates for employment unable to submit proof of full vaccination at the time of the offer will not be considered for employment.

This policy is subject to the reasonable accommodation provisions of Title VII and the American for Disabilities Act (ADA) and other EEO consideration. If you believe that because of a disability or a sincerely held religious belief that you may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation or exemption to this policy please contact HR.

If you require an accommodation for any part of the application process, please notify the Human Resources department.

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