Development Manager

The Warren Center
August 24, 2023
320 Custer Road, Richardson, Texas
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The Warren Center advocates, serves and empowers the children and families impacted by developmental delays and disabilities.


The Development Manager’s role is an integral part of the Advancement Team, reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer the Development Manager assists in developing and implementing The Warren Center’s comprehensive fundraising strategy. You will be charged with helping support the agency’s financial well-being by managing the grant process and securing donations to meet goals and requirements of the agency and its programs. In addition, you will directly supervise two staff Advancement team staff members (Marketing & Development Coordinator and Annual Fund & Special Events Coordinator).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the following satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Strategic Leadership (50%)

  • In partnership with the Chief Advancement Officer, develop and execute a strategy that annually secures more than $3 million in support from individuals, foundations and special events.
  • Collaborate with Chief Advancement Officer to create an annual plan to meet the revenue needs of The Warren Center and its programs. Oversee successful execution of annual solicitation and stewardship strategies.
  • Support the execution of large-scale mailings and communications and develop written collateral to support our impact narrative.
  • Develop and manage programs that directly connect funders with agency level impact.
  • Provide managerial oversight for development events in collaboration with Annual Fund and Special Events Coordinator.
  • Lead effective analysis of givers in the donor database--reengaging lapsed donors or encouraging current donors to give larger gifts through relationship management and intentional stewardship actions
  • In collaboration with Annual Fund and Special Events Coordinator conduct cultivation, solicitation and stewardship visits

Grant Oversight, Progress Management, and Reporting (50%)

  • Under the supervision of the Chief Advancement Officer, identifies organization-wide funding needs. Builds strong relationships at all levels of the organization to ensure complete understanding of The Warren Center programs.
  • Develops and maintains a thorough understanding of all current and past grant relationships.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with foundations and other organizational funders and serves as primary manager
  • Oversees grant writers and assists in writing letters of intent and corporate, foundation, and government grant proposals
  • Prepares supporting documents in response to requests for proposals; adapts existing proposals as necessary; and ensures delivery of all submissions ahead of deadlines.
  • Ensures up-to-date files and grants in database for the tracking of grant renewals, deadlines, reporting and execution.
  • In conjunction with the programs team and other key staff, maintains accuracy, uniformity, and consistent messaging in the submission all grant documents.
  • Builds in realistic timelines and turnaround times for content that meets the needs of all relevant staff members providing content.
  • Completes special development or organizational writing projects as needed.
  • Ensures all grants and funder communications is grammatically correct, written English that is reliably free of typos, emphasizes clarity and readability, and requires minimal copy editing from others.
  • Follows up on all grant denials to determine the cause, and if re-submission is an option, map out the steps to building a stronger proposal/relationship for the next round and execute those steps.
  • Works closely with the program and finance teams to develop standard reporting templates, and a reporting calendar for all report submissions
  • In collaboration with the Marketing and Development Coordinator, identify new funding opportunities
  • Make appointments for Chief Advancement Officer and Chief Executive Officer with foundation officers and other prospects, arrange for onsite tours for supporters (foundation officers, etc.)

Key Competencies

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate:

  • Analytical Thinking – Synthesizes complex or diverse information, collects and researches data, uses intuition and experience to complement data, identifies data relationships and dependencies, and designs workflows and procedures. Must be able to maintain discretion and confidentiality with sensitive donor information.
  • Communications – Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally and in written form, exhibits good listening and comprehension, keeps others adequately informed, and selects and uses appropriate communication methods. Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, and written and verbal communications skills.
  • Influencing and Relationship Building – Inspires action and execution of vision and strategy with board members, funders, and community leaders. Builds trust and positive relations with all internal and external audiences - managers, colleagues, direct reports, board members, volunteers, community partners and leaders.
  • Initiative and Decision-Making – Proactively anticipates organization’s fundraising needs and takes initiative to respond effectively and efficiently.  Ability to make executive level decisions and quickly address issues/concerns with leadership.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in social services, marketing, business management, or other related area from an accredited 4-year university
  • 5 years’ demonstrated successful fundraising experience in with non–profit organization/s
  • 2 years or more supervisory experience strongly preferred
  • CFRE preferred, but not required

Additional Technical Skills, Traits and Knowledge

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each qualification satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • High energy and passion for The Warren Center’s mission is essential
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.
  • Professional, dependable, and proactive
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside The Warren Center
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite: including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, and Teams. Prior experience in database management a plus (The Warren Center utilizes Bloomerang)


The physical requirements and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Occasional standing of lifting and/or moving of at least 5 pounds
  • Must be able to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear and see
  • Long periods of sitting
  • Moderate to high stress level
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Warren Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we believe in an inclusive culture for all. The Warren Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Application Instructions

To Apply
Please submit via email one PDF attachment that includes your cover letter (including salary compensation requirements) in addition to your resume to Include in the subject line “Development Manager” and {First Name & Last Name}.

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