Director of Development

Transition Resource Action Center (TRAC)
October 25, 2023
3108 Live Oak, Dallas, Texas
Job Type


Director of Development Position


Are you ready to create a meaningful difference in the lives of foster youth using your fundraising and development skills? TRAC (Transition Resource Action Center) the only non-profit in DFW helping foster youth age out of state care and transition to independence is searching for a dedicated Director of Development to lead our fundraising efforts.  This is an exciting opportunity for a current Director of Development with passion for foster children or for a “second in command” over development to take the next step to Director of Development in a growing organization.

As our Director of Development, you will identify, engage, cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts from current and prospective foundations, individual and corporate donors.  You will be responsible for the strategic creation and implementation of communication and outreach to current and prospective donors. This position will work closely with the Executive Director and collaborate with the Development team of the Board.  This individual must be able to work independently as well as work closely with the other members of TRAC’s Team.

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Executive Director and Board Development leaders to set annual fundraising goals for gifts from individuals, family and private foundations, corporations, and local business
  • Develop strategies for donor cultivation, acquisition, and retention
  • Research and identify potential funding sources which align with organizational priorities
  • Write grants by working closely with program staff to develop cases for support, ensuring proper reporting of funded proposals to managing ongoing donor stewardship and relationships
  • Manage grant deliverables and deadlines; Update and maintain the grants and contracts
  • Maintain accurate donor records and a robust donor pipeline of prospects and current donors
  • Identify major gift prospects
  • Write proposals and funding reports as well as donor-related information needed for TRAC’s publications and website
  • Responsible for the writing and editing of all fundraising communications, donor solicitations, newsletters with team members
  • Plan and execute the North Texas Giving Day and End of Year campaign strategy.
  • Plan and implement annual fundraising event
  • Participate in meetings, conferences, and other events for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform functions
  • Other duties as needed

The Transition Resource Action Center (TRAC) is a non-profit committed to supporting and empowering foster youth during their transition into adulthood. TRAC’s mission is to connect young people, aged 14-24, who are transitioning from foster care toward self-sufficiency, with individualized support, planning, and access to community services. Since 2003, TRAC has provided a “one-stop” support center in Dallas and Ft. Worth for transitional living services for youth exiting foster and juvenile care in North Texas. TRAC is the only transition center serving the 19 county North Texas Region 3 of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services that comprehensively addresses this population's needs. TRAC provides seamless, wrap-around, and transitional support services necessary for these youth to develop into self-sufficient young adults.

Key Competencies

  • Communications– Expresses ideas and thoughts concisely and persuasively in verbal and written form, exhibits good listening and comprehension, keeps others adequately informed, and selects and uses appropriate communication methods. Exceptional organizational and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Critical and Analytical Thinking– Synthesizes complex or diverse information, collects and researches data, uses intuition and experience to complement data.  Must be able to maintain discretion and confidentiality with sensitive donor information.
  • 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.
  • Initiative and Decision-Making– Proactively anticipates organization’s fundraising needs and takes initiative to respond effectively and efficiently.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in social services, English journalism, marketing, business, management, or other related area from an accredited 4-year university
  • 5 years demonstrated successful fundraising experience as Director of Development or second in command over development with non–profit organization/s


Technical Skills, Traits and Knowledge

  • High energy and passion for TRAC’s mission is essential
  • Ability to interact and influence donors, foundations, and philanthropic community leaders
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively influence both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
  • Professional, dependable, and proactive
  • 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 TRAC
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with CRM, other grant software, and database management

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary range: $75,000-$85,000 dependent upon demonstrated past success
  • Bonus potential
  • Competitive benefits

Application Instructions


Please submit via email an attachment that includes your cover letter (including salary compensation requirements) in addition to your resume to Include in the subject line “Director of Development” and {First Name & Last Name}to:

Madeline McClure, TRAC Board Member

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