The Development Director provides leadership in the creation and successful implementation of the agency’s fund development program. In addition to raising funds, the position includes hands-on leadership of event planning, developing appeals and is a critical part of marketing. The Development Manager will expand the agency’s development program by executing activities designed to attract annual giving such as maintaining excellent relationships with funders, volunteers and the community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Oversees planning, organizing, executing and evaluating all fundraising and special events to include major fundraising events each year, third party fundraising events and other events which advances GITC’s profile, reach, and mission.
- Develops strong networks within the Tarrant County community, cold call or develop and grow prospects for potential revenue streams and event sponsorships.
- Coordinates all logistics for donor-related events to include event timeline and ticket/revenue tracker.
- Create and distribute acknowledgments to stakeholders, board members and prospect donors.
- Create and distribute donor correspondence such as matching gift requests, tribute and memorial cards, etc.
- Track relevant data within agency’s database system
- Provide monthly reports for donor trends, corporate giving trends and table of gifts.
- Assists with functions related to the day-to-day operations.
- Prepare and monitor budget reports to analyze the cost-efficiency of assigned events.
- Select, hire, manage, and direct contractors and vendors as requested.
- Other duties as assigned.
Related Agency Activities:
- Participate in periodic assessment of own performance; develop professional goals and objectives.
- Participate in staff meetings and conferences; work collaboratively with staff to meet goals.
- Participate in fundraising and volunteer engagement events as directed.
- Engage in approved continuing education opportunities as appropriate.
- Share the duties of answering phones and greeting guests.
- Serve as an ambassador for the agency.
- Minimum 3 plus years of professional work experience in nonprofit, fundraising/development, marketing or related field.
- Bachelor’s Degree preferred
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong relationships.
- Robust knowledge of fundraising program building, donor acquisition, research, cultivation, organization, stewardship, and management.
- In-depth event planning experience.
- Ability to understand and create budgets and other financial documents.
- Creative problem solving and critical thinking skills.
- Able to work comfortably both independently and as part of a team.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to work in a small office environment.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Excellent organizational abilities; especially ability to prioritize and attention to detail.
- General understanding of fundraising standards.
- Proficient user of Microsoft Office, donor databases, and social media platforms.
- Available to work some evenings and weekends or remotely, as needed for events and projects.
- Possess reliable transportation and a valid Texas driver’s license.
Some grant writing and reporting experience.
Familiarity with donor database software systems.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
This position requires the ability to operate phones, computers, and other office equipment, and the physical ability to perform light lifting. This person must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with professionals. Work is generally performed in an office setting. This person may be required to travel to various locations throughout Tarrant County. Generally, the working conditions have little or no exposure to extremes in safety hazards or hazardous materials.