Assistant Director, East Coast – Resource Development

Location: New York
Deadline: April 12, 2017

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) plays a crucial global role in the 21st century. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, the Foundation supports governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environmental issues, and regional cooperation in Asia. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation seeks a dynamic Assistant Director, East Coast to develop and implement the Foundation’s donor engagement strategy in New York and on the East Coast in support of the Foundation programs and general operations. The Assistant Director, East Coast is responsible for raising funds through the management, execution, growth, and analysis of at least 150 existing and prospective individual and institutional donors, including some New York-based corporations and foundations.

The Assistant Director, East Coast cultivates and manages the Lotus Circle, a community of individuals, including Board Members, and organizations committed to empowering women and girls across Asia through their support to the Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program. The Lotus Circle is made up of Lotus Circle Advisors, Lotus Circle Members, and Young Lotus Circle, who host an annual gala in support of the Women’s Empowerment Program. The Assistant Director, East Coast ensures the successful planning and oversight of the gala and of other Lotus Circle cultivation events with some remote support from the Events and Stewardships Associate and an event planner.

The successful candidate will also: support legacy giving, the President’s Leadership Council and the Innovation Fund; coordinate private fundraising campaign activity with the Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO); and collaborate on activities that engage major donors. S/he will develop, manage, and cultivate existing and prospective relationships with individual donors and institutions whose interests intersect with the Foundation’s programmatic work.

The Assistant Director, East Coast is responsible for day-to-day management of the Lotus Circle and all other donor communications, including direct oral and written solicitations, and donor stewardship and proposal/reports in his/her donor portfolio. S/he will produce high-quality written proposals to current and prospective major donors and will manage donor tracking, including the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of the donors in her/his portfolio with some support from the Individual Giving/Campaign Associate.

S/he reports to the CPO and works closely with the Director, Women’s Empowerment and Director of Resource Development. Working with the Foundation’s Office of the President and other senior leadership, program, and country office staff, s/he will develop fundraising initiatives directed toward new major donors for unrestricted and program support. An ability to work with program staff in Asia and the U.S. and clearly communicate the organization’s mission with donors is critical.

Finally, the Assistant Director, East Coast represents the Foundation at external meetings and events and attends conferences and events as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Five to seven years of non-profit experience (programs, public affairs, communications, or fundraising), at least three years of which should be in major or planned gift fundraising. Comparable experience could include business development, corporate marketing, or public relations;
  • Proven experience making major gift asks, up to $50,000;
  • Goal-oriented and desire to hit stretch targets;
  • Strong verbal and written communication, organizational, writing skills, and budgeting skills;
  • Familiarity with the production of proposals and marketing materials for external audiences;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage multiple tasks at a time;
  • Proven project management skills;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to understand the needs of the organization and the donor to develop relationships between them;
  • Ability to work easily with and develop the trust of individuals of a high professional, institutional, and civic stature;
  • A hardworking, team player who can multi-task and work independently in a fast-paced environment, often under tight deadlines and across departments;
  • Knowledge of database management/fundraising software (Raiser’s Edge preferred); and
  • Ability to travel as required.


  • Masters degree;
  • Knowledge of individuals and organizations concerned with Asia;
  • Knowledge of principles and practices that contribute to women’s empowerment and gender equality;
  • Knowledge of international development programs and organizations;
  • Work experience in Asia or at an international organization working in Asia; and
  • Knowledge of corporate social responsibility trends and philanthropic initiatives in the private sector.
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The Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

No phone calls please.