Director of Development

The Director of Development provides strategic leadership in financial development to advance the YMCAs mission through annual giving.
Job Description

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Director of Development serves on the CEO’s Senior Leadership Team and provides strategic leadership in financial development to advance the YMCAs mission through annual giving, government and foundation grants, individual gifts, corporate gifts, special events and capital campaigns. The Director of Development positions the YMCA as a “charity of choice” for the investment of donations with the local community.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Five or more years of professional development experience with a background in fundraising in the YMCA or another non-profit preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in working as a team member and developing relationships with staff, board, volunteers, and donors.
  • Strong written and verbal communication required. Must have exceptional interpersonal communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with top community leaders and diverse groups of people from all segments of the community.
  • Working knowledge of giving and charitable vehicles.
  • Foundation and grant writing expertise highly desired.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a background check with fingerprinting prior to employment.
  • CFRE or equivalent preferred
Essential Functions
  • Develops organizational goals and strategic plans for fundraising, balancing long-term direction and short-term requirements. Develops systems, manages resources and implements appropriate fundraising policies and procedures for the association.
  • Develops processes and is actively involved in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gift prospects and donors.
  • Research potential donors and funders and build strong relationships with current and prospective partners.
  • Manages an organized system of communications internally and externally to provide stewardship to donors regarding awards. Monitors funders’ requirements for recognition.
  • Prepares and coordinates high-quality proposals for grants from government sources and private foundations.
  • Serves as the primary staff liaison to the Development Committee.
  • Provides training in fundraising. Educates, motivates, and provides feedback to individuals related to best practices in the fundraising process.
  • Manage pledge and payment processing, donor acknowledgment, and billing to ensure accurate and timely donation payments and recognition.
  • Develops, manages, and monitors donation budget and expenditures.
  • Supervises the Marketing Manager and Associate Directors overseeing the Annual Campaign and government grants.
  • Positively represents the association in the community to ensure the mission and the organization are seen as relevant stakeholders.