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Director of Development

Job Description

The Director of Development will collaborate with the President/CEO and the Alliance team to achieve the organization’s goal of raising unrestricted and restricted funds as determined by current projects. As a member of the team, the initiative-taking Director of Development will create a forward-thinking fundraising strategy to meet annual and long-term goals to support operations/projects, with a focus on diversifying funding sources.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Proactively develop, maintain, and deepen relationships with donors, donor prospects and past donors, including individuals, corporations, foundations, and other sources.

  • Lead and work collaboratively with the Alliance team to ensure records, solicitations, grants, and donor acknowledgements are managed efficiently.

  • In partnership with the President/CEO, set annual fundraising goals for unrestricted, restricted, and Jack O’Lantern Spectacular sponsorships.

  • Identify, cultivate, and build relationships and solicit donations from a portfolio of major and mid-level donors.

  • Work with the Alliance team on budgets, scheduling, and coordination of planned-giving initiatives, corporate sponsorships, and fundraising programs and events.

  • Assist in enhancing giving and networking with the Alliance’s Board of Directors.

  • Design and implement a comprehensive development program, and work with the Alliance team to create appropriate marketing and communication strategies.

  • Work with the Alliance team to execute yearly development and communications plan that includes clear short- and long-range goals with a particular focus on growing the base of donors, and diversifying income.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience developing and successfully implementing programs such as annual giving, capital campaigns, foundation/corporate solicitations, special events, and grant writing/sourcing.

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business, communications, finance, public relations, or a related field, or equivalent experience.

  • Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communication skills; ability to persuade individuals to support the Alliance in activities relevant to fundraising and relationship building.

  • Strong collaborative and organizational skills.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and an ability to work successfully as an individual contributor and a team player.

  • Connections with major local and regional foundations, businesses, and other funding sources.

  • Demonstrated expertise in Microsoft Office Suite and Google applications.

  • Able to work a flexible schedule, which may include working days, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

  • Strong organization skills, able to multi-task, and manage time to meet frequently changing deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently with high attention to detail, navigating changing priorities and meeting deadlines.

  • Knowledge of current trends in fundraising including individual, corporate, planned-giving, and events.

  • Experience with Bloomerang and/or Hubspot, membership campaigns, and federal grants a plus.

What We Offer:

  • Flexible hybrid work schedule

  • Competitive wages

  • 100% Employer paid health coverage options for employees (Includes medical EPO plan, dental, and vision)

  • 100% Employer paid Basic Term Life and AD&D

  • Unlimited Paid time off; observance of federal holidays in addition to the office being closed from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day

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