Director of Development

Job Description

Position: Director of Development and Communications

Employee Classification: Exempt

Department: Development

Reports To: CEO

Job Statement: Full-time position; Director of Development is responsible for establishing and implementing a development plan to raise funds necessary for agency operations and achieve engagement and outreach objectives through a broad range of fund development and communications strategies



  • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business administration, or related field
  • 3 – 5 years progressive development experience including cultivation, solicitation, major giving, foundation, and corporate fundraising
  • Strong research skills and knowledge of fundraising information sources
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; particularly strong writing/editing ability is required
  • Ability to cultivate meaningful relationships with a broad range of funders and supporters
  • Capacity to take initiative, build consensus, and to work effectively cross- departmentally
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously and wok well on deadline Ability to work independently without significant supervision
  • Experience in all Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher
  • Enthusiasm for John 3:16 Mission vision and mission
  • Strong ability to self-manage with significant strength in time management
  • Stellar attention-to-detail and organization skills
  • Flexibility in work schedule; occasional evening and weekend hours
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, personal transportation, and good driving record Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)



  • Director of Development will work with CEO, and oversee all fundraising initiatives including capital campaign, contributions, employee giving, all appeals, mission-focused fundraisers, planned giving, special events, and sponsorships
  • Work with the CEO, Board, and relevant staff to develop annual fundraising goals and create and implement a strategic development plan in coordination with agency objectives and goals
  • Manage development budget in consultation with Chief Financial Officer & CEO Conduct extensive research and report on prospective opportunities to approach foundations, corporations, and individual donors for funding of programs and specific projects and execute planned opportunities
  • Nurture and cultivate relationships with donors and prospects including recognition and other activities as appropriate
  • Responsible for execution and implementation of direct mail campaign including annual report with coordinating appeal and end-of-year campaigns
  • Develop and carry out a planned giving program, including cultivation of current donors and prospects to encourage gifts of assets through planned giving
  • Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors
  • Encourage internal (staff) culture of philanthropy
  • Implement, maintain, and manage strategic internal and external communication efforts with a focus on fund development to build and sustain agency engagement and outreach
  • Serve as agency representative for various public speaking engagements or engage appropriate staff and facilitate representation
  • Conduct on-site facility tours for community partners, funders, and Create and cultivate media relationships and serve as agency media coordinator
  • Maintain agency brand
  • Work with the CEO to coordinate the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, and website
  • Work effectively and persuasively with other staff members, training them as needed, and utilizing their knowledge and talent for content development and sharing
  • Oversee all aspects of website development and maintenance to optimize its effectiveness in reaching target audiences
  • In tandem with development staff, build and execute ongoing social media strategy to support organization goals
  • Director of Development will work with the development staff to communicate goals, objectives, and deadlines to the team; assesses individual and team performance, recruit and hire development team members as needed
  • Participate in professional associations and activities as necessary and appropriate
  • Work effectively with board and committees to achieve development objectives
  • Support all department fundraising events and campaigns
  • Serve as engaged and involved team member, supportive of the varied experiences and perspectives of internal and external constituents
  • Operates with the highest level of integrity and ensures compliance with generally accepted fundraising and development standards and guidelines


Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, Life insurance, Paid time off, 401k matching 5% Schedule: 8 hour shift Monday to Friday

Position Location:
The Refuge

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