Position summary The Director of Development will drive the development efforts for REACH Riverside, KCC, and the Warehouse. The Director of Development is responsible for leading a major fundraising campaign and creating, implementing and managing all fundraising and donor relationship activities. Strong experience in developing strategic fundraising plans, in addition to the ability to plan and manage resources is required. Reporting to the Chief Financial Strategist (CFS), this position will develop and oversee a comprehensive cultivation and stewardship strategy using a broad array of fundraising and relationship development tactics. The Director of Development will also work to ensure consistency in marketing efforts and brand communications to all stakeholders.
Essential duties and functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Prepare a comprehensive development plan to support the short- and long-term philanthropic needs of the organizations. This targeted development plan and calendar will provide concrete metrics and goals for fundraising, outlining regularly scheduled donor communication and opportunities for cultivation and stewardship.
Function as a major and planned gifts officer by ensuring that the external cultivation and stewardship of donors meets or exceeds the goals set forth in the development plan.
Oversee the execution of a campaign effort in order to meet revenue goals, working in conjunction with campaign counsel, CEO, volunteers and partner organizations.
Research and recommend grant opportunities, oversee the grant writing process, craft a compelling case for support, and assist the CFS with the development of budgets.
Create and implement policies and procedures to support major gift fundraising and tracking. Present these policies/procedures to the CEO and Board of Directors.
Assist the CFS with the management of organizational resources (human and financial) in a way that efficiently produces optimal results and achieves stated financial objectives for revenue and expense management.
Oversee and effectively manage areas including (but not limited to): annual fund, planned giving, capital fundraising, campaign fundraising, grant writing and reporting, volunteer management, gift processing, donor database management, special events, and marketing efforts tied to fundraising activities, as appropriate.
Ensure that accurate and thorough records are maintained, including timely gift processing, donor records, mailing lists, contact and call reports, giving history, biographical data, etc.
Prepare and present monthly and annual summaries which include fundraising highlights and results.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Candidate must have the ability to:
Effectively utilize Microsoft Office suite and donor databases.
Communicate and present effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Manage multiple projects with strong attention to detail and effective time management skills.
Be a team player, adapt to change, and demonstrate flexibility.
Use strong interpersonal skills to work with staff across and within the organizations to accomplish goals.
Develop and manage budgets.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position, and general hours of work and days are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; however, this position regularly requires after-hours and weekend work.
Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected.
This position may have supervisory responsibilities.
Education and Experience
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in the field of nonprofit management or related fields such as communications, public relations, marketing or business ORcandidates may substitute a minimum of 10 years successful experience to meet the education requirement.
A minimum of five years successful experience in fundraising, specifically the management of major fundraising campaigns, personally soliciting funds, and motivating others to solicit funds.
Thorough knowledge of area and national funding sources, as well as laws and regulations governing the conduct of fundraising by nonprofit organizations in Delaware.
Successful experience in working with volunteers, boards and committees.
Conditions of Hire:
A satisfactory criminal background and reference check, a valid driver’s license, and an acceptable driving record are required at time of appointment and throughout employment in this position.
About REACH Riverside
REACH Riverside serves as the coordinating organization to support and leverage efforts and resources to create pathways out of poverty for residents of the Riverside neighborhood, located in northeast Wilmington, Delaware. As a member of the Purpose Built Communities network and in partnership with key stakeholders in the community, REACH Riverside will develop and implement a comprehensive community revitalization strategy. The revitalization will focus on the three Purpose Built pillars: redevelopment, including high-quality, mixed-income housing, a cradle to college education pipeline, and community health and wellness initiatives. Through a shared services agreement, REACH Riverside provides leadership to two partner organizations: Kingswood Community Center (KCC) and the Warehouse, an innovative partnership with more than 50 teen-serving organizations providing services focused on recreation, education, arts, career exploration, and health.