Development Director

The Director of Development will be responsible for leading the Chapter’s development and fundraising efforts to raise money through events, donor programs and direct marketing. The individual in this role will direct the operations of the development department, supervise staff and volunteers, and will report to the Executive Director/President.

Individuals working in Development require a high level of energy, strong communication skills, an attention to detail, and the ability to set priorities and to coordinate multiple activities and tasks among staff and constituencies including: volunteers, donors, prospects, participants, and corporate partners

We are seeking an individual with experience in mass market campaign and fund development; event planning, organizing and managing; and team cultivation and participation. We are seeking an individual with the ability to not only deepen relationships with existing constituents, but also eager to recruit new constituents with a level of enthusiasm that will drive funding levels upward by providing outstanding customer service.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the chapter’s fundraising and development efforts to drive participation and funding levels upward.
  • Provide overall event leadership, direction and management to achieve chapter goals.
  • Establish and maintain successful relationships with volunteers, clients and corporate and community leaders while managing multiple priorities with tact and diplomacy.
  • Train and continue the professional development of staff.
  • Develop, cultivate and build rapport with event participants, top fundraisers, donors, leadership volunteers, and others in the community.
  • Analyze internal and external trends, demographics, and competition for use in development of event plans and strategies for current and potential fundraising campaigns.
  • In conjunction with the Chapter President, develop strategic plans to address strategic financial needs on a long-term basis.
  • Develop and monitor budgets, placing an emphasis on growing revenue, while reducing expenses.
  • Direct the planning, budgeting, organizing and coordination of campaign workflow.
  • Conceptualize and create original materials to inform constituents about Epilepsy.

Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (preferred)
  • Three to five years of experience in mass market campaign and fund development; event planning, organizing and managing; corporate giving, individual giving, and/or donor cultivation; all with proven abilities to generate/increase funds.
  • Experience working with a non-profit organization, association or agency (preferred).
  • Proven abilities in successfully managing staff, both at hand and at a distance.
  • Experience in volunteer recruiting, training, management and development.
  • Skilled in building relationships with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated skill in budgeting – creating, analyzing, monitoring.
  • Proven abilities in multi-tasking, dealing with ambiguity, and problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated abilities in creativity, interpersonal savvy, public speaking, writing and project planning.
  • An attention to detail, the ability to generate enthusiasm and to influence others is paramount.
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills with a focus on providing excellent customer service.
  • Must be a team player and maintain a high level of confidentiality of information in a small office environment
  • Computer literate with proficiency in office software systems and database management – Microsoft Office suite, word and desk-top publishing.
  • Flexibility in scheduling to attend meetings, programs, and events in the evenings and on weekends.
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to lift and carry supplies and materials.