Director of Development (Small Organization)

Summary

This sample job description shares how one small nonprofit organization configured its director of development role.
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In this small and emerging organization, the director of development is responsible for building and executing the development plan, and implementing the information technology systems to support the function. S/he also is responsible for running special events.  

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Sample Position Description

Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director (ED), the Development Director (Director) will spearhead development efforts as XYZ Nonprofit continues to grow. A new position in the organization, the Director will have the opportunity to build the development function.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute XYZ Nonprofit's annual fundraising plan
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Manage the implementation of Raiser's Edge and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Creating and executing a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Overseeing organization of special events
  • Developing and tracking proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising

Qualifications

  • BA (required), MA (a plus)
  • 5-plus years experience in development
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Knowledge of Raiser's Edge

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