Organization: Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Location: New York, NY

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About Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice:

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea) is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. Astraea supports brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. Their community of diverse stakeholders and deep relationships has allowed them to support grassroots organizations in over 90 countries and 40 states. Astraea works for racial, economic, social, and gender justice, because all people deserve to live their lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.

In pursuing their mission, Astraea raises and disburses funds to programs and initiatives that directly benefit or serve their diverse constituencies; expand the community of individuals and institutions that support lesbian and trans issues; promote community-building, capacity building, and movement-building; and educate individuals about money, philanthropic giving, and the role of grantmaking in achieving common goals.

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2017, the Astraea mission is based is on an enduring commitment to feminism, progressive social change, and an end to all forms of exploitation and discrimination. Astraea supports programs and policies that strive to eliminate oppression based on race, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic exploitation, physical and mental ability, anti-Semitism, and other such factors.

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The Opportunity:

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice seeks an experienced Director of Development to lead the Foundation’s fundraising strategy and initiatives that support the global rights of LGBTQI movements for social justice.

This senior fundraising professional will lead a five-person development team in securing $10M in annual support through a combination of individual and institutional relationships, special events, and government funding. The Director will bring her/his expertise and experience to support the Board of Directors, manage a portfolio of major donors, act as a leader and mentor to staff, and partner with the Executive Director in fundraising activities. This position reports to the Executive Director, J. Bob Alotta, and serves as a member of Astraea’s Senior Management Team.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Lead the Development Team in implementing a robust fundraising plan in partnership with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Development Committee to raise $10 million in annual support, with additional fundraising expected to increase reserve and endowment funds
  • Drive the components of Astraea’s 40th Anniversary Celebration in 2017 and beyond to extend Astraea’s engagement with individual and institutional donors
  • Lead high-level prospecting, solicitation, and stewardship of major donors, institutional partners, and government funders; support the Executive Director, Board, and Development Committee’s involvement in prospecting and solicitation
  • Act as liaison and point-of-contact for donors and donor-advised fund representatives
  • Monitor the annual fundraising plan, budget, and cash flow, as well as other operational components, making strategic adjustments as needed
  • Work with the Communications Team to produce written and online fundraising collateral; maintain the integrity of Astraea’s messaging and case for support
  • Serve as an active member of Astraea’s Senior Management Team, working cooperatively with other senior staff on organization-wide management issues

Candidate Profile:

Successful team members at Astraea deeply believe in the core mission and values of the Foundation and often have previous experience working in LGBTQI rights, social justice activism, or gender equity organizations. Demonstrated commitment to the Astraea mission – either professionally or personally – is key. Astraea team members live these values in their work and day-to-day lives, and invite professionals who share in a commitment to challenging oppression for all people. Passion, a sense of humor, a strong work ethic, and deep open-mindedness are central characteristics held by each person at Astraea, and are critical for this role.

The Director of Development will work well in multicultural, multigenerational teams, as well as in a gender-fluid environment, and s/he will have experience working with diverse constituencies. S/he will be self-motivated and enthusiastic to work collaboratively with others at all levels throughout the organization. With a firm grasp of planning and managing complex and changing priorities, the Director of Development will enjoy serving as the lead resource and expert on the functions and processes of the Development team and development responsibilities of the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

Skills and Experiences

  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising with a proven track record of achieving revenue targets and raising over $5M annually, including success soliciting and managing major gifts (at least $25K), annual fund programs, and institutional fundraising; previous campaign experience and knowledge of planned giving are beneficial
  • Experience developing, leading, and evaluating multi-million-dollar fundraising plans and budgets, and managing multiple restricted revenue streams simultaneously
  • Understanding of the LGBTQI funding landscape and community activism; previous relationships with LGBTQI and/or international funders is a significant plus
  • Knowledge of the public foundation landscape, including donor-advised funds, field of interest funds, designated funds, reserve and endowment funds, etc.
  • At least five years of experience effectively supervising staff, including remote staff; experience serving as a resource and guide to staff and volunteer fundraisers in successfully cultivating prospects and closing gifts
  • Strong partnership-building and special event planning skills (Astraea will have two large 40th Anniversary events in 2017 and small cultivation events across the U.S.)
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer-literate with a strong understanding of fundraising databases; working knowledge of The Raiser’s Edge a plus
  • Must be based in the New York City office and have the ability to travel


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, with an attractive benefits package including retirement benefits.


Melissa Madzel of Koya Leadership Partners has been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role, please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Astraea’s policy is to select, place, train, and promote the best qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude, and experience so as to provide equal opportunity for all of our employees in compliance with applicable local, state and federal law, and without regard to non-work related factors such as sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, economic status, personal appearance including height and weight, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other status protected by applicable law. This policy applies to all activities, including but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, transfers, promotions, and benefits. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit