Assistant Development Director

The Salvation Army
Washington, United States
$90,000.00 - $100,000.00
Apr 29, 2021
May 28, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

General Statement:

The Salvation Army is a branch of the Christian Church and the ultimate goal of all programs is spiritual regeneration of all people


Education and Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field such as Management, Phycology, English, or Communications
  • Eight years or more experience in non-profit fundraising or a related field is preferred


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Ability to embrace the mission of The Salvation Army
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to motivate, coach and mentor staff to achieve improved results
  • Experience working in a diverse environment
  • Ability to positively interface with all staff, board members, major donors and influential community members
  • Customer service mindset
  • Detail oriented
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Self starter
  • Team player with a collaborative style
  • Strong use of the English language in verbal and written communication
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and maintain poise under pressure
  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • General knowledge of business protocols
  • Ability and willingness to keep information confidential
  • Strong organizational skills


Software-Related Skills:

  • Strong Microsoft suite knowledge required
  • Strong Outlook knowledge required
  • Strong internet research skills required
  • Working knowledge of integrated database applications and ability to use new software programs with basic training


Scope of Position:

The Deputy Director has direct responsibilities for leading non metro fundraising campaigns, managing a caseload of 30-40 high-level donors which collectively contribute at least $300,000 per fiscal year, training officers and staff in the field on development matters, building advisory boards and councils across the division and overseeing the division’s donor database system and practices. He/she assists the Director of Development in HR matters, departmental budgets and other administrative duties as assigned. To ensure that the internal management systems and goals of the Development Department and individual Development Department staff are being clearly established and met on a day-to-day basis by providing leadership and supervision to the Development staff in the absence of and in collaboration with the Director of Development. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Mange a caseload of 30-40 high level donors. This includes setting an annual fundraising goal for each donor, maintaining impactful, personalized communications with the donor throughout the year, making at least one annual gift request of each donor with the ultimate purpose of growing the relationship and donor’s commitment to the organization’s mission.
  2. Supervise and support each approved fundraising campaign and feasibility study in the division outside of the metro area. Collaborate with the Director of Development on any metro fundraising campaigns. Work with the campaign/unit to ensure compliance with all THQ recording and reporting requirements in order to ensure successful campaigns.
  3. Develop and maintain working relationships with campaign consultants to ensure essential resources are available as needed for needs assessments, feasibility studies and fundraising campaigns.
  4. Make periodic visits to the fundraising campaign locations to meet with Corps Officers, Advisory Boards and campaign counsel.
  5. Assist units in preparing presentation material to donors, companies and foundations
  6. Train officers and staff on fundraising systems, data management process and development best practices
  7. Partner with officers and staff to help build and train Advisory Boards and Councils throughout the Division to maximize their community engagement and mission impact
  8. Assist units in resolving donor issues
  9. Work with the Development Director to identify the internal management systems and goals of the Development Department and individual Development Department staff. Assist the Director of Development in establishing the annual plan and assist in monitoring and evaluating goal achievement.
  10. Provide leadership and supervision to the Development staff in the absence of the Director. Supervise existing and new project and day to day duties, serve as a point of contact, handle necessary disciplinary issues, and approve timecards.
  11. Manage internal day-to-day development operational functions.
  12. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Development.



Supervises the Project Manager – Donor Information. Submits annual review to Human Resources as requested.  Documents and manages encouragement and any necessary disciplinary actions.  Works with employees to set goals and develop talents.


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to sit, walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel, and twist on an intermittent or continuous basis
  • Ability to grasp, push, pull objects such as files, file cabinet drawers, and reach overhead
  • Ability to operate telephone
  • Ability to operate a desktop or laptop computer
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs. (usually file boxes
  • Ability to access and produce information from a computer
  • Ability to understand written information


Qualified individuals must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without accommodation.  A qualified person with a disability may request a modification or adjustment to the job or work environment in order meet the physical requirements of the position.  The Salvation Army will attempt to satisfy requests as long as the accommodation needed is a reasonable and no undue hardship would result.


Equal Oppurtunity Employer


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