Director of Development and Philanthropic Partnerships

September 23, 2021

Since our founding by Andrew Carnegie over a century ago, we have worked to empower ethics as a way to discover common values and interests that can lead to a better future. As an independent, research-driven nonprofit, we set the global ethical agenda through our Impact Initiatives, Global Ethics Studio, Ethics Accelerator, Carnegie New Leaders (CNLs) program, and Ethics & International Affairs journal, serving as the world's catalyst for ethical action.

Carnegie Council's Director of Development and Philanthropic Partnerships will work actively with the President, Board of Directors, and the leadership team to develop and execute a donor and philanthropic partnership strategy that includes individual, corporate, and foundation funding.

The Director of Development and Philanthropic Partnerships will implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy for the organization's capital campaign.

Main responsibilities:

  • Serve as the primary architect and implementer for all fundraising initiatives.
  • Partner with and support the President, Director of Communications, and Board of Directors to advance the Council’s fundraising goals.
  • Develop and grow the pipeline of major gift donors and manage a portfolio of individual donors, including the direct solicitation of major gifts and planned giving.
  • Orient new Board members to their fundraising responsibilities and ensure that they receive the support they need to be successful volunteer fundraisers.
  • Create briefing memos, presentations, and other materials for senior leadership in preparation for donor meetings.
  • Oversee institutional giving that identifies, cultivates, and sustains multi-year foundation partnerships.
  • With the President, oversee the planning, execution, and follow-up to virtual and (eventually) in-person fundraising events.
  • Partner with the Director of Communications to identify and target new audiences for fundraising purposes.
  • Work with designated staff to leverage the Council’s owned channels (website, social media, direct mail, etc.) for annual appeals and other fundraising appeals as appropriate.
  • Track prospect and donor contacts in an internal database and determine follow-up as needed.
  • Establish development benchmarks and evaluating progress against fundraising goals.


  • A strategic thinker with a focus on improving systems and coordinating efforts to reach the Council’s fundraising goals.
  • A proven track record of success in team leadership and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated success in securing funding from diverse sources, including major donors, foundations, and corporations.
  • Ability to interact professionally with dedicated Board and staff members who have diverse backgrounds, professional skills, and perspectives.
  • Flexibility and a proven ability to innovate and find creative solutions to challenges.


  • Bachelor's Degree in the humanities or social sciences, preferably in International Relations, Political Science, Philosophy, or related disciplines.
  • Exceptional writing, communication, and analytical skills.
  • Familiar with nonprofit organizations and funders, particularly in New York City.
  • Strong follow-through and attention to detail; proven ability to set and meet deadlines and benchmarks.
  • Demonstrated experience in a development role, with a proven track record of soliciting and closing major gifts.
  • Experience in database management and administration strongly preferred.

Compensation and Benefits:

Carnegie Council offers a competitive salary; three weeks’ paid vacation per year plus additional sick and personal leave time; health, dental, and vision plans; a public transportation subsidy; and generous 401k contributions after one year of employment.

To apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter, along with a short writing sample to Melissa Semeniuk at with the subject title " Director of Development and Philanthropic Partnerships."