Director of Individual Giving

National Eating Disorders Association | Flexible, New York


For the past 16 years, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) has been a force in the field of eating disorders because of its primary focus on supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders, as well as its efforts to catalyze prevention and access to care. It has taken on major roles in advocacy, research, educational content, support for individuals and families, local engagement, and national partnerships.

NEDA is in the midst of a strategic planning process and aims to grow its budget from $4.2 million to $7.6 million and staff from 21 to 37 full time employees. While NEDA will maintain and grow services to current constituencies, NEDA aims to broaden its support to a wider population and address the stereotype that eating disorders impacts only a narrow group. One of NEDA’s main strategic goals is to make services accessible to people affected by eating disorders in every zip code across the United States and design services for underserved groups.

Job Summary

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the leading non-profit in the field of eating disorders, seeks a full-time Director of Individual Giving. Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Director of Individual Giving will supervise a Development Team of three people and will help shape development strategy during an exciting and pivotal period in NEDA’s strategic growth. 

A central element of the Director of Individual Giving role will be creatively strategizing with Senior Director of Development to reach the financial goals that will allow NEDA to serve this larger group of constituents. The Director of Individual Giving will effectively engage and partner with key internal and external stakeholders with integrity, tact, and enthusiasm for NEDA’s new strategic direction. The Director of Individual Giving will manage and monitor financial goals with the Development Team, as well as collaborate with the Finance and Communications departments as appropriate. This role will work to foster lasting relationships with new and existing major donors through cultivation events and individual meetings. 

Reports To

the Senior Director of Development


Staff Management

  • Working under and reporting to the Senior Director of Development;
  • Supervise and mentor the National Walks Manager, National Walks Associate and the Special Events Associate
  • Manage and monitor the goals and objectives of reporting staff and continually review their performance 
  • Make recommendations to increase revenue and results.

 Strategy Development

  • Design and implement a comprehensive annual fund strategy with measurable financial goals and objectives that meet NEDA’s annual requirements
  • Develop a strategy to continue groundwork for increasing revenue in subsequent years with a special emphasis on increasing support from individuals via peer to peer fundraising, special events and direct mail.

 Individual Giving

  • Build and manage a portfolio of 50 major donors and work weekly to build a relationship via calls, emails and in person meetings in order to increase revenue.
  • Assist with prospecting and researching donors to ensure a robust pipeline of mid-level and major donors
  • Assume full responsibility to guide the next generation in their desire to work on behalf of NEDA
  • Develop creative ways for the next generation to fundraise on behalf of NEDA

 Special Events & Walks

  • Supervise the Special Events Associate
  • Handle all senior-related duties for the Dinner, cultivation events and newly developed fundraising events
  • Manage the honoree selection and negotiation of venue contract for the Dinner
  • Work with Special Events Associate to manage corporate co-chairs, dinner chair and benefit committee
  • Help create and produce a series of house parties and major donor cultivation events annually
  • Provide guidance to Walk Manager and Associate
  • Work with Walks Manager to grow the program

 Direct Mail and Web Solicitations

  • Work with the Director of Communications in order to develop four direct mail  and email solicitation packages annually that grow revenue.

 Financial Management

  • Support the Senior Director of Development’s efforts to track and analyze annual revenue on a bi-weekly basis
  • Obtain operating budget revenue and expense reports for this purpose
  • Work with Senior Director of Development to monitor financial performance against budget and make changes in development activity as necessary.

 Board Relations/Communications/Marketing Liaison

  • Support the Senior Director of Development and CEO in their efforts to motivate and strengthen the Board in its fundraising role.
  • Work with the Director of Communications to execute the annual report and related projects
  • Develop website fundraising strategy and cause related marketing programs to benefit NEDA.


Candidates must demonstrate the following key attributes and qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree;
  • A passion for NEDA’s mission and new strategic directions;
  • At least 3 years of major gift fundraising experience with a demonstrated track record of closing gifts of $10,000 and above;
  • Demonstrated success in in developing cultivation and solicitation strategies;
  • An open, cooperative, and highly communicative leadership style;
  • At least 3 years of experience in managing staff;
  • At least 5 years of experience in a development department;
  • Experience delivering high profile engagement events and meetings;
  • Understanding of walks development and logistics;
  • Experience managing print and electronic direct mail campaigns;
  • Experience managing fundraising gala’s raising upwards of $1,000,000;
  • Ability to interface with trustees and to handle complex situations with tact and poise;
  • Experience with fundraising databases and Microsoft Office;
  • Willingness to travel


  • Compensation commensurate with experience.
  • Generous Vacation Package
  • Health, dental, and vision benefits. Retirement Savings Plan.

How to Apply


Send your resume and cover letter to When applying via email, please make sure to put "Director of Individual Giving" in the subject line.

National Eating Disorders Association