Director of Development

Friends of Children and Families, Inc.
Desmond Taylor
(407)-273-8444 ext 208
Posting Date:
Reports to:         Executive Director
Position Type:    Full- Time, Exempt
Salary Range:  $55,000 -$62,000
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Position Objective: 
Reporting to Executive Director, the Director of Development will spearhead development and constituent support (agencies, organizations, partners, funding sources, and citizens) efforts as Friends of Children and Families, Inc. continue to grow.  A new and key position in the organization, the Director of Development must identify and secure constituency support and build strong partnership relationships to build an effective business development function.
KEY ROLES (Essential Job Responsibilities):
Create and implement annual development plan and strategy for fund raising with the board of directors.
Major Gift/Donor- Produce major donor, board and special category solicitations/support materials with the intent to retain donors.  Cultivates donors and volunteers by producing specialized correspondences, preparing letters of acknowledgement, scheduling and attending person visits. 
Meet with individual donors, corporations, foundations, and community leaders, to share the Friends of Children and Families, Inc. message and articulate the need for funding support. Actively represent the organization in the local area to include speaking engagements, attendance at community events and membership in appropriate organizations.
Research grant prospect, writing and proposal development.
Maintains files and records on prospects/donors on approved donor software.
Internal:  Maintains close, daily contact with the executive director, donors and other supervisors to receive/provide information, discuss issues, explain guidelines/ instructions; instruct; and advise/counsel.  Maintain close relationships with administrative personnel.
External:  Maintains contact with external community groups, foundations, donors, community leaders and Board Members. 
Four year degree required.  Degree in Non-profit Management or Business preferred.
5 or more years plus experience in the area of development and  fundraising.
Strongly prefer a candidate residing in county where position is located with knowledge of the donor base in that region.
Documented history of successful fundraising and Board development.  Experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors.
Knowledge of current trends in charitable giving, particularly in the areas of major gifts, capital campaigns, and planned giving. 
Experience with the Benevon Model and event management preferred.
Ability to conceptualize the agency philosophy and to communicate the concept to others with passion and with desired results.   Ability to motivate and inspire others to believe in the organization mission.
Excellent written and verbal skills and the ability to facilitate large and small group presentations.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and knowledge of donor management databases.
Excellent organizational and analytical skills and the ability to multi-task and meet aggressive deadlines.
Ability to travel in assigned geographic area and attend functions with flexible hours.