Associate Director of Fundraising

Associate Director of Fundraising
Organization Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
Location New York City, New York, United States
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline May 31, 2022

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation seeks a full-time, exempt Associate Director of Fundraising to join a highly successful Advancement Team. The Associate Director will take a leadership role with a small but growing fundraising team and an illustrious Board, overseeing fundraising staff. The role, along with the Director of Public Affairs, reports to the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO). 

The non-profit Foundation, one of the most successful public-private partnerships in the country, is embarking on a new chapter. The Foundation, which partners with the National Park Service, has fundraised and overseen the restoration of Lady Liberty, the creation of the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, the establishment of the free 65-million-record Passenger Search database, and the construction of the new Statue of Liberty Museum. With new leadership following the retirement of its founding CEO, the Foundation seeks to build on its track record of success. 



  • Oversee Fundraising Department, in partnership with CAO 
    • Supervise and mentor three staff  
    • Work with CAO to prepare and track departmental fundraising plans and annual budget  
    • Help identify and plan new fundraising strategies. 
    • Provide strategic counsel and support to direct response and online marketing efforts.  
    • Oversee seamless internal operations and outsourced caging vendor. Assure prompt, high-quality service for donors and customers of the Foundation, including inscribers on the American Immigrant Wall of Honor.  
    • Oversee expanded grant/foundation relations and fundraising/cultivation event efforts (e.g., Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Awards). 
  • Partner with IT and consultants on the transition of existing proprietary CRM to Salesforce ecosystem and oversee effort to scrub donor data. 
  • Collaborate with the Director of Public Affairs to assure alignment of messages between direct response, earned and owned media. 
  • Support the CAO and CEO in upcoming capital campaign, as needed.


Skills and Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required. 
  • 5-7 years of fundraising experience, including at least 2 years of supervisory experience. Experience with direct response marketing, database conversions, fundraising events, preferred. 
  • Skilled with MS Excel and fundraising databases (especially Salesforce). Experience with ad platforms, report/query writing, and email marketing tools preferred.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Results-driven, collaborative, detail-oriented, positive, and calm under pressure. 
  • Passionate about the Foundation’s mission and the areas of immigration, historic preservation, genealogy, and parks. 



  • This is a full-time position with generous benefits. 
  • The work hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, but flexibility is required for occasional evening or weekend hours. 
  • This position will generally work from the Foundation’s offices, though 1-2 days/week of remote work may be possible. 
  • New hires must be in-compliance with the Foundation’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy as of their first day of work. This policy requires employees to have received the COVID-19 vaccination (including boosters, when recommended), unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.


Application process 

  • Please email one-page cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line. Each file name should begin with the applicant’s last name. 
  • No phone calls, please.


About The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation ( 

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is a non-profit that collaborates with the National Park Service in one of America’s most successful public-private partnerships. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan asked Lee Iacocca to raise private funds for the historic restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The Foundation has since created the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, developed the free 65-million-record Ellis Island Passenger Database, constructed the Statue of Liberty Museum, maintained museum exhibits, and funded over 200 additional projects on the islands. Follow the Foundation @StatueEllisFdn    

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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