Assistant Director of Individual Giving and Special Events

POSITION: Assistant Director of Individual Giving and Special Events

LOCATION: Remote and NYC

DETAILS: Full-time

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth has presented more than fifty thousand stories, told live and without notes, by people from all walks of life to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. [To really understand The Moth, we encourage you to listen to a few stories here:]


The Moth’s Department of Development cultivates a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization that allows The Moth to sustain itself financially while remaining mission-driven. The team includes The Moth’s Executive Director (ED), Director of Development (DoD), Assistant Director of Institutional Giving, Manager of Membership Programs and Annual Giving, Development Coordinator, plus a thirteen-member Development Committee composed of Board Members and major donors. The Department raises approximately 30% of The Moth’s annual operating budget annually. In 2023, the team will raise around $3M through foundation support and government grants, major gifts, memberships & individual donations, and special events such as The Moth’s annual spring gala, The Moth Ball.


Reporting to the Director of Development, the Assistant Director of Individual Giving and Special Events is an integral part of the Development Team and works collaboratively with all members of the department in ensuring that the organization has the funds needed to sustain its storytelling work around the world. In this new role, the Assistant Director of Individual Giving and Special Events will help launch the institution into its next era of fundraising through our curated individual giving programs that deeply engage donors in our mission and by providing top tier special event experiences that advance the institution in fundraising and brand positioning. Their duties include: 

  • Planning and executing all logistics associated with The Moth’s spring gala, The Moth Ball; 

  • Reaching fundraising goals associated with this annual event including identifying prospects for table/ticket sales related to The Moth Ball, and working with Board and Event Leadership to solicit their prospective table/ticket buyers; 

  • Spearheading the logistics associated with additional cultivation events for donors and prospects in order to further their attachment to The Moth and its mission; 

  • Maintaining a budget for all special event related activities including income/expense monitoring while ensuring that all activities fall within the allocated budget; 

  • Developing cost-efficient, creative, and effective ways of increasing net revenue while monitoring progress toward projected goals and providing regular assessment/analysis and troubleshooting as needed; 

  • Working with the Director of Development to actively convert event attendees into Moth supporters; 

  • Growing and cultivating The Moth’s mid-level donor groups, the Director’s Circle and Porchlight Society and meeting yearly income goals associated with these patron groups; 

  • Maintaining a specific portfolio of donors throughout the year including creating a proactive relationship-based stewardship plan for folks within this portfolio; 

  • Working to secure in-kind sponsorship opportunities to help cut cost for fundraising and cultivation events throughout the year; 

  • Overseeing data collection and input to ensure all records related to their portfolio are accurately accounted for in The Moth’s Salesforce database.


The ideal candidate will have 7+ years of experience in fundraising, with an emphasis on individual giving and special events. They are a skilled event planner and natural relationship-builder, with demonstrated success in working with donors and organizational leaders to advance donor engagement in nonprofit organizations. Ideal qualifications and skills include:

  • A passion for storytelling and a belief that stories are a vital tool in creating a world sustained by empathy, understanding and community; 

  • An appreciation and understanding of how fundraising is critical to nonprofit success; 

  • Strong interpersonal skills that enable relationship and partnership-building with organizational leaders, donors, and colleagues at all levels;

  • Experience being a front-line fundraiser and actively soliciting donors for gifts of four and five figures; 

  • Demonstrated critical thinking and problem-solving skills; 

  • Proven ability in creating strategies to cultivate prospects and channel donor engagement leading to greater charitable support; 

  • Excellent verbal communication skills, in order to respond effectively and diplomatically with donors, volunteers, community leaders, and the general public; 

  • High level of proficiency with prospect management data systems, prior experience with Salesforce a plus;  

  • Familiarity with email and mobile giving systems; 

  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic and changing work environment; 

  • Strong project management skills with the ability to juggle various projects and deadlines; 

  • Experience managing complicated budgets and expense lines; 

  • Proven ability to work independently, take initiative, anticipate challenges, solve problems, and work under pressure; 

  • Availability for work on evenings and weekends as needed. 

Salary: $77,000-$87,000/year. The salary range for this position is dependent on a variety of factors including relevant experience, organization needs, and internal pay equity. This salary is a part of a competitive total rewards structure inclusive of medical, dental, and vision coverage, generous PTO, sick leave, and a retirement savings plan after one year of service.

Commitment to Diversity

The Moth is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally vibrant team and strongly encourages applications from people of diverse backgrounds. The Moth seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at The Moth are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. The Moth brings storytelling opportunities to people from a variety of communities. Candidates with a commitment to supporting diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Please apply through this link by July 15.