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Development Director (Fund Raising, Grant Writer) (203 views)

Chelsea, Michigan
January 24, 2019

General Summary: The Development Director supports the St Louis Center’s capital, operational fundraising efforts, and Legacy campaign (endowment and construction) in pursuant to the mission of the Center. The Saint Louis Center’s mission is to serve individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities in an intentional, faith-based community while spreading the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. The Development Director is responsible for developing SLC’s fundraising campaigns, personally communicating with current and prospective donors, and building a stronger development team including data and process infrastructure. This position involves managing individual and corporate gifts as well as planned gifts and annual giving campaigns.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Donor Cultivation, Solicitation and Stewardship – Major Gifts (80%)
    1. Spends the majority of his/her time face-to-face with donor prospects. Conducts 100+ in-person identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship meetings with donors and prospects each year.
    2. Develops, implements and analyzes annual fundraising plans including major gifts, corporate sponsorships, grants, planned giving, and endowment activities. Builds and manages a broad base of individual, corporate and foundation donors.
    3. Works with CEO and CAC Development Committee members to develop and implement individualized strategies for major gift donors and prospects. Sets and manages in-person meeting goals to engage key volunteers with major gift activity.
    4. Oversees prospect research and develops a strategic major gift approach for the organization’s top donors and prospects.
    5. Participates in community events and public functions to represent the organization and actively engage donors, prospects and key stakeholders, including community partners.
  • Management and Team Leadership (20%)
    1. Develops strategies and prioritizes development team efforts in donor communication practices, donor and foundation relationship management, fundraising events, and prospect research.
    2. Supervise others in the Development Department.
    3. Performs other duties as assigned by the CEO.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to effectively interact with a diverse variety of stakeholders and constituents
  • Strong external networking, relationship and customer service skills
  • Requires initiative, self-motivation, and ability to work successfully with others.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a valued team member.
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized.
  • Ability to give and receive feedback, and a commitment to performance and quality improvement.
  • Ability to keep sensitive and critical information confidential.
  • Proficient computer and database skills including fundraising software, Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Requires excellent dependability and flexibility in work hours. Ability to travel as part of responsibilities.
  • Must be comfortable with faith-based approaches to management and services.
  • Ability to pass a drug test and physical.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check, drug test and physical.

      Education and Experience:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in English, business or related field required.
  2. Prefer a minimum of 5 to 6 years of fundraising experience
  3. Understanding and appreciation of persons with differing abilities.
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