Director of Development

Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region
June 7, 2023
1341 W Mockingbird, Dallas, TX
Job Type


Job purpose

Communities in Schools of the Dallas Region is currently seeking a Director of Development who, under the direction of the Chief Advancement Officer, will assist in the implementation of the organization’s funds development plan. This role is responsible for two primary functions: (1) the solicitation of individual donors, both managing a current portfolio and building a pipeline for additional support; (2) oversight to the organization’s grants management, including research, prospecting, writing, submission, stewardship and reporting.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads the development and implementation of individual donation strategies through appeals, campaigns, matching gifts and support of major gift opportunities.
  • Creates materials for donation prospects, to include, but not restricted to, digital and print collateral, letters, e-newsletters, website, social media, and other print, online, and creative materials.
  • Monitors funds development progress and provides monthly updates to staff and board leadership.
  • Manages Peer to Peer, Online and Text to Give programming.
  • Builds and segments lists, cultivating prospects for fundraising success.
  • Supports systems for timely and appropriate acknowledgments of all donor gifts.
  • Supports prospect/donor correspondence (tax and thank you letters) and donor stewardship, in partnership with the organization’s Advancement Associate.
  • Leads the research and prospect phases of grants management; hosts meetings and calls to determine alignment, timing and gift range
  • Writes and submits grant proposals, working closely with the Programs, Data and Finance teams of CIS Dallas
  • Manages acceptance and reporting processes of granting partners; hosts check presentations and attends funder events for ongoing relationship building
  • Monitors ongoing grant timeliness, working internally with the CIS Programs team, providing updates to the funder and working with the CIS MarComs team to highlight program success
  • In addition to the execution of individual donor relations and grant management, the Director of Development provides support to the larger department, to ensure success across all funding strategies.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree and eight (8) years of previous fundraising experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A demonstrated understanding of funds development best practices and processes. Knowledge of the Greater Dallas community is highly desirable.
  • Superior oral/written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills and strong presentation skills required.
  • Substantial experience with online marketing, direct mail, and cross-channel marketing in for-profit or nonprofit settings is highly desirable
  • Must be a proactive and creative problem-solver, able to work both independently and with a broad range of internal and external partners to develop relationships, facilitate collaboration and achieve results.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Workspace and donor/constituent management databases (Blackbaud/Raiser’s Edge and/or Salesforce is highly desirable).
  • Must demonstrate strong organizational and time-management skills, with outstanding attention to detail and ability to uphold deadlines.
  • Strong skills in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications for fundraising. The ability to convey complex ideas via presentations, emails, and face-to-face communications.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with a team for success of program stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree and eight (8) years of previous fundraising experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Licenses and Certifications

None Required

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift, carry and otherwise move up to 15 pounds on a regular basis.
  • Ability to sit, stand, bend, kneel, reach, push, pull, or walk for various lengths of time throughout the day.
  • Ability to work within Microsoft Office suite and Google Workspace
  • Ability to work within donor management software
  • Inside work in an office environment with no exposure to weather conditions.
  • Available to work 7.5 hours per day and/or 37.5 hours per week or more as necessary to meet objectives.
  • Ability to travel for meetings, donor presentations and other miscellaneous work assignments within or outside the Greater Dallas Area. Reliable transportation is a must.
  • The above statements reflect the general duties and responsibilities considered necessary to perform the essential functions of the job. This document should not be considered a fully detailed description of all the work requirements of the position. CIS may change the specific job duties with or without prior notice based on the needs of the organization.


Application Instructions

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