Director of Development- The Family Place

The Family Place
March 10, 2023
PO Box 7999, Dallas, Texas
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Position Summary: 

The Family Place seeks a highly motivated, proven leader who has authentic funding and community relationships, an impeccable reputation, leads with integrity and accountability, brings a repertoire of donors – including corporate partners, and is strategic, creative, and knows how to develop and engage a team.


Partnering closely with the Chief Development Officer, the main objective of the Director of Development is to strategically increase the overall capacity of the Agency’s fundraising with a focus on growing event revenue and building a corporate partnerships program that will generate $500k in its first year.  The ideal candidate leads an in-person, fast-paced, highly engaged, and accountable team.


Key Responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the Chief Development Officer, provides leadership, guidance, support, training and direct supervision to the Development Manager, Development Associate and Volunteer and In-Kind Donations Manager.
  • Oversees, alongside the Development Manager, ReuNight and Trailblazers Awards Luncheon by recruiting chairs and committee members, sponsorships and underwriting and the coordination of all logistics.
  • Designs, implements, and manages a comprehensive proactive development plan focused on expanding and enhancing corporate monetary and in-kind support for The Family Place’s operations and strategic planning initiatives.
  • Identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards relationships with corporations; conducts related research to determine funding interest and donation potential.
  • Develops profiles on the top businesses with a documented plan to secure their involvement; completes company goal setting worksheets and prioritizes companies by their potential.
  • Oversees, alongside the Volunteer and In-Kind Donations Manager, the Adopt A Family holiday program, Back to School Drive, and additional year-round donation drives that supplement the agency’s needs for clients.
  • Engages and maintains professional relationships with donors, grant funders, key program constituents and auxiliaries to maintain involvement.
  • Through mentorship and management works in partnership with the Development Associate in the management and revenue generation of The Family Place Young Partners group and their annual Sneaker Soiree event.
  • Provides guidance and support in the areas of other special events, community awareness events, volunteer recruitment and training, event logistics, year-round planning, cultivation, and sponsorship.
  • Assists the Chief Development Officer in preparation of budgets, statistical reports, proposals, board presentations, other materials as required.
  • Prepares prospect lists, work plans, and monthly achievement reports for submission to the VP of Development and the board of Directors.
  • Acts as organizational representative for local community events.
  • Attends weekly department staff meetings, on-going agency meetings and trainings, as necessary.



Other Duties: Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


Expected Results:

  • The department is efficient, effective and focused on team goals and objectives.
  • Revenue grows to meet the needs of the agency and the strategic plan.
  • A consistent message is delivered to current and prospective donors, funders, and partners on their impact and opportunities to support the agency’s mission.
  • Event experiences are well organized, mission-driven, and successful.
  • Board engagement and efforts are well structured and board member’s time will be utilized appropriately.


Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in business or marketing and at least five to seven years of work experience in development and/or fundraising events with non-profit organization(s),or luxury sales experience, to include budget preparation and management.


Licenses and Certifications:

Valid Texas Driver’s License


Knowledge and Skills and Abilities:

  • Ideal candidate is creative, resourceful, detail-oriented, and flexible, possessing a positive attitude, tact, good judgment, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to work well as a team member with employees, community professionals, and volunteers.
  • This person ensures accuracy and confidentiality in all work and embodies trust in all interactions.
  • Must embody The Family Place’s core values REACH: Respect, Empathy, Accountability, Communication, and Humor.
  • Lead with a Servant’s Heart and instill trust through every interaction.
  • Proven success with email marketing, creative design, and content management.
  • Proven track record of fostering an environment where ideas have moved the organization to new territories.
  • A thoughtful and influential leader with proven experience of building and growing high-achieving teams.
  • Is a high energy, results-oriented leader with entrepreneurial spirit and innovative drive; creative and willing to try new ideas.
  • Has a flexible and adaptable style. Able to lead transformation and manage a team through changes in process.
  • Possesses business savviness with the ability to engage, influence and assess risk, issues, and priorities.
  • Proven ability to build and lead a team to success and foster a culture of accountability, inclusiveness, teamwork, and collaboration with others; experience implementing and managing performance measurements to achieve success.
  • Strong communication skills, administration, and organizational and follow through skills that cultivate both internal and external relationships.
  • Knowledge of The Raiser’s Edge and Virtuous platforms is a plus.
  • Knowledge of event planning, sales cycle, marketing, public relations and promotions.
  • Knowledge of the Dallas Metroplex philanthropic community.


Mental and Physical Abilities: Duties are usually performed seated with occasional periods of standing or walking. Some physical effort is required associated with lifting and carrying objects (at least 50 lbs.)


Working Conditions: Work may be performed but is not limited to an office environment.  Available for weekend and evenings events. Ability to drive personal vehicle for meetings and attending events.


Essential Functions: This job description should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.  It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this position.  The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this job description.

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