Director of Development

Come join a team that is committed to, not only strengthening Mind, Body and Spirit, but also our Community.
Job Description

The Development Director is responsible for all fundraising efforts conducted by the Meadowlands Area YMCA. Fundraising responsibilities include the Annual Campaign, special events, special mission-specific programs, special event sponsorships and capital projects. Key skills required including grant writing & tracking, volunteer campaigner recruitment & management, special event logistics and management, solid presentation skills and committee management.  This person must convey the mission of the Y and be engaged in the community.  This position is expected to increase contributed funds year over year and increase the number of volunteer campaigners.

  • Eight or more years of professional experience with a background in fundraising in the YMCA or another not-for-profit preferred.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Ability to relate to top community leaders.
  • Working knowledge of giving and charitable vehicles.
  • Ability to create interpretive materials to enable potential donors to understand the YMCA and how they contribute to the achievement of its mission.
  • Knowledge of the media and its use in gaining exposure for YMCA events and programs.
  • Foundation and government grant writing expertise.
  • CFRE or equivalent preferred; YMCA Organizational Leader certification preferred.
  • Physical Requirements - Sufficient strength, agility, and mobility to perform essential functions of position.
Essential Functions
  • Develops strategies to increase volunteer involvement at all levels of financial development.
  • Develops processes and is actively involved in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gift prospects. Maintains database resource file on top community leaders.
  • Prepares and coordinates proposals for grants from government sources and private foundations.
  • Develops systems and manages resources needed to carry out the fundraising plans. Establishes and monitors the financial development department budget for the YMCA.
  • Develops appropriate fundraising policies and procedures for the association.
  • Tracks all gifts and pledges by source and purpose and provides reports as needed.
  • Provides training in fundraising. Educates, motivates, and provides feedback to individuals related to best practices in the fundraising process.
  • Develops communication plans to ensure members, participants, and the community understand the case for support. May plan and direct the marketing and communication plan; may plan and oversee the association annual meeting, annual reports, newsletters, brochures and reports.
  • Represents and promotes the YMCA in the local community and develops positive working relationships with other organizations, businesses, and governmental entities.
Required Certifications

CFRE or Equivalent Preferred.

Organizational Leader Certification preferred.