Assistant Director of the Garden Patrons Program

New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
The Bronx, NY 10458
United States
$70,000.00 to $75,000.00 Per Year
Job Description

The Assistant Director of Garden Patrons Program cultivates, stewards, and solicits a dynamic portfolio of 200+ individual donors and prospects contributing four- and five-figure gifts annually, including but not limited to members of the Garden Patrons program and contributors to NYBG’s fundraising events. They are an enterprising frontline fundraiser and an enthusiastic advocate for NYBG’s work and mission. This role reports to the Director of the Garden Patrons Program.


Partnership is vital to this position’s success. As such, the Assistant Director is expected to be a collaborative and strategic member of the Institutional Advancement department and the Individual Giving team.


This position supports, through actions and conduct, NYBG’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility initiatives and helps to build and maintain an inclusive organization culture throughout the institution.


The New York Botanical Garden is committed to an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible work environment, and further recognizes that diversity in our workforce fosters excellence in our mission of advocating for the plants of the world. Leveraging the strong foundation of existing policies and practices, NYBG will advance inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility through a number of institutional initiatives. Our aspiration is to continue to cultivate a workforce and institution that is as diverse as the communities we serve and the audiences we engage.


  • Cultivate, solicit, and steward a dynamic portfolio of 200+ individual donors to ensure their renewed and increased support.
  • Proactively identify and cultivate new individual donors to the Garden Patrons Program, special events, and other strategic NYBG initiatives.
  • Leverage donor research and institutional lists to help develop and produce new fundraising strategies.
  • Maintain current and accurate records in database, tracking documents, and files.
  • Support the planning and production of fundraising events, appeals, and campaigns as assigned, including drafting written communications, staffing events, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.


         3 or more years of fundraising, nonprofit membership, or job-related experience.

         Exceptional time management and organizational skills, sharp attention to detail.

         Ability to plan and balance multiple projects in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. 

         Propriety, thoughtfulness, sound judgment, and discretion.

         Interest and capacity to work with a multi-generational and diverse identity environment, inclusive of donors, staff, volunteer leaders, consultants, and vendors.

         Excellent persuasive writing, editing, and proofreading skills. Writing samples will be required.

         Willingness to work occasional evenings/ weekends for events and donor visits.

         Driver’s license.

         Fluency in Microsoft Office software.

         Bachelor’s Degree.


         5 or more years of fundraising, nonprofit membership, or job-related experience, ideally at a comparable cultural institution and/or environmental, scientific, or educational non-profit.

         Experience with closing gifts of $10,000 or greater.

         Significant experience in donor/prospect research.

         Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge, SiriusWare, and/or Convio/Luminate software.


  • 15 Vacation Days
  • 13 Paid Holidays
  • 12 Sick Days
  • Health and Dental Insurance Coverage
  • 401K
  • Pension Plan


 Commensurate with experience within the following range $70,000-$75,000.


2900 Southern Boulevard
The Bronx NY 10458
United States