Director of Fundraising and Development for an innovative mental health care organization in New York with Singula Institute

Currently seeking a part-time (20 hrs/week) Director of Development and Fundraising for a 12-month renewable contract to work with a mental health care startup located in Manhattan, NY. For any interview request, please send a CV/CV and a cover letter to Leandra Merola at

About the Singula Institute:

Founded in 2018, Singula Institute is a technology-enhanced precision medicine mental health research clinic, transforming the lives of people with anxiety and depression through our integrated biopsychosocial approach. The innovative model of the Singula Institute is composed of our clinical approachwhich is based on an integration of psychological and biological models of depression;
our clinical research which leverages state-of-the-art technology analyzing clinical treatment progress within a closed-loop scientific method to individualize clinical treatment; and our social impact community who will educate and disseminate our research findings to reduce stigma and foster a mentally healthier society. Our first large-scale initiative will be to build a bio-behavioral database achieved through enrollment in our clinical research program as well as through collaborations with academic and non-academic clinical institutions. Data obtained from these sources will be analyzed and used to directly inform clinical diagnosis and treatment. Our second initiative will be to shift mental health paradigms at a broader population level (rather than limited within our clinic) through collaborations and partnerships with community programs and local primary care practices, applying our data-driven methods to form educational programs, thus making community interventions on a larger scale. Since its creation 3 years ago,
Singula Institute made significant progress towards our strategic planning goals:

  • Creation of a board of directors and an advisory team of professionals specializing in healthcare, health systems, neuroscience, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, communications and labor law; all committed to the mission of Singula.
  • Secured initial seed funding from highly respected and valued philanthropic families
  • Established key strategic collaborations/partnerships with organizations that share the mission and vision of Singula Institute
  • Established several protocols to achieve our clinical research goals
  • Building a social impact community focused on educational programming for mass audiences by increasing our social media presence and consulting for Healthline/PsychCentral and HealthiNation, two medical education outreach organizations
  • Creation of a legal and business structure to pair the non-profit organization with the clinical care delivery entity
  • Creation of a viable business plan to implement our clinical research program and clinical care services
  • Worked with two well-established marketing firms on brand strategy and brand identity; is currently working with a web designer to revamp our website
  • Currently working with the Board and Advisors on our donor-focused messaging
  • Currently creating a panel discussion event that can spark conversation about the complexity of mental health issues and current treatments for anxiety and depression
  • Job Responsibilities:
    Reporting directly to the CEO, the Director of Development will lead a comprehensive fundraising effort on behalf of the Singula Institute. The incumbent will be responsible for planning and directing the development operations of the Institute, including our $1.5 million fundraising campaignwhich is in its early stages, in addition to identifying, cultivating and stewarding prospects with the ability to donate of any amount, with a particular focus on those who may be considering donations of
    $25,000 or more.
    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Assist in strategic planning and lead the day-to-day management of the Singula Institute fundraising campaign; This includes, but is not limited to, coordinating campaign staff and managing volunteer engagement.
    • Expand the prospecting plan for individual donors; Identify new major gift opportunities through proactive prospecting as well as continued cultivation of the Singula Institute’s current major funders
    • Cultivate and build on the submission plan for Institutional Foundation Grants; Cultivating relationships involves submitting letters of intent, door opening letters, and grant proposals with follow-up plans for each
    • Assistance in the development of fundraising events; events will range from intimate gatherings of 15-25 attendees to galas of 100-150 attendees
    • Identify and assess additional funding sources and potential grant opportunities for mental health innovation and mental health technology
    • Evaluate and conduct outreach by building relationships with private and corporate philanthropic organizations
    • Build and manage a portfolio of approximately 100 highly rated Institute prospects to strengthen their connection to the organization by discovering their interests and creating giving opportunities that match their interests with the Singula Institute.
    • Engage, coordinate, and strategize with Advisors, current donors, and the Board of Directors to best serve donors and secure donations of $100,000 or more.

    Minimum qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree required
    • 4+ years of development experience (primarily major gift fundraising) or other related senior experience in a philanthropic environment
    • Weekly virtual meetings
    • Travel as needed within the Northeast region, with minimal travel to Manhattan for meetings

    Other requirements

    • Demonstrated ability to leverage Advisor and volunteer time effectively, and demonstrated success in all phases of personal cultivation, solicitation and management of large gifts ($25,000+) from individuals
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills required
    • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
    • The ability to present complex information clearly and persuasively
    • The ability to clearly communicate the mission of Singula Institute is required
    • Strong skills in writing professional reports, grants and presentations
    • High integrity needed to handle confidential information
    • High level of computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database, social media) required
    • Creative, intuitive and dynamic in navigating mental health, health technology and fundraising spaces
    • Flexibility and demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, effectively managing multiple projects simultaneously
    • Enthusiasm for the pursuit of personalized medicine and mental health strongly desired; belief in the mission of the organization
    • Strong desire to meet and exceed goals
    • Self-motivated and able to move prospects through the donor engagement process independently

    Singula Institute is committed to hiring qualified residents in the New York metropolitan area. The compensation structure will be based on a competitive salary + progressive bonus Applications will remain open until May 27, 2022
    Contract Term:
    The duration of the contract will be 12 months This contract may be renewed at the end of the contract period

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