FUSE Corps is a
national nonprofit that partners with local governments to help
urban communities thrive. We work with cities and counties to
advance their most urgent priorities centered on ensuring equitable
outcomes for the residents they serve. Our projects directly
address issues such as economic development, affordable housing,
healthcare access, criminal justice reform, public safety, climate
resilience and education. Since 2012, FUSE has supported over 200
projects across 35 cities in 15 states. Our work has impacted more
than 25 million people nationwide.
FUSE’s approach is based on an executive fellowship model
designed to provide local government with the additional leadership
capacity needed to accelerate civic innovation and cross-sector
collaboration. FUSE Fellows are experienced, entrepreneurial, and
results-oriented professionals who have deep credibility in their
communities. They work to dispel longstanding mistrust and break
down barriers between the public sector and the communities they
serve, and take a human-centered design approach to engage
community members in developing solutions and policy. When
designing projects, FUSE works closely with government and
community leaders to identify clear and ambitious deliverables that
address fundamental elements of racial, social, and economic
justice and equity within a specific issue area. We then conduct a
national executive search for each unique position in order to
recruit a diverse pool of experienced professionals with the
potential to achieve transformational impact in those roles.
Our sustained growth has been fueled by a blend of
fee-for-service government contracts and philanthropic support.
Over the next several years, FUSE will continue on a strong growth
trajectory as we work to double the scale and impact of our work
nationally. We are also working to deepen our relationships with
the communities we serve and build longstanding partnerships that
continue to strengthen our ability to ensure equitable
outcomes. Ultimately, our efforts will enable communities to
work more effectively, collaboratively, and resiliently in response
to established and emerging challenges.
FUSE is seeking its first Director of Development
who can help us continue to cultivate a strong base of national and
regional philanthropic supporters over the next several
years. This individual will be coming to FUSE during a
phase of extraordinary growth, joining a 20+ person national team
and reporting to FUSE’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
& Development. The position is available immediately and
can be based from a home office anywhere in the continental United
Roles and Responsibilities
The Director of Development is a new role that will help
solidify FUSE’s ability to continue to serve in our partner
communities long-term. FUSE is seeking a self-directed and
goal-driven fundraising professional who will serve as a core
member of the Strategic Partnerships and Development Team and lead
the full spectrum of the organization’s development effort. The
Director of Development will be tasked with prospecting, outreach,
cultivation, proposal writing, relationship management, report
writing, and moves management tracking on behalf of the
organization. It is anticipated that there will be an
opportunity to hire 1-2 support staff in 2022, who will support the
organization’s development efforts and report directly to the
Director of Development.
In addition to these core responsibilities, the Director
of Development will lead the following for FUSE:
- PLANNING: Build on existing pipeline of 250 donors and
prospects to develop an overall fundraising strategy that
identifies opportunities to pursue and establish new relationships.
Work closely with the leadership team, board members, and FUSE
alumni to incorporate various perspectives on the proposed targets
for the coming year.
- SECURING MAJOR GIFTS: Execute on a strategy that ensures
FUSE can secure the national funding needed each year to cover our
operating costs and invest in our future sustainability. Initially,
help secure at least $5M-$8M through renewal funding and securing
additional six-to-seven figure gifts from new donor prospects.
- REGIONAL SUPPORT/PROJECT UNDERWRITING: FUSE has
historically relied on our government partners to directly cover
the costs of projects, but we also seek to help subsidize costs
when needed. Regionally-focused philanthropic groups are a key
partner in our success, and we seek to build engagements that can
lead to an additional $2M-$3M each year to subsidize specific
- CONTENT DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING: In collaboration
with the Director of Marketing and the Communications team, develop
creative and impactful pitch decks and marketing materials that
share FUSE’s value proposition in a compelling way.
- SUPPORT OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND
INCLUSION: Ensure equity is at the center of everything that
FUSE does, including the way we shape new funding or project
opportunities, report on outcomes, etc. Proactively
contribute to internal conversations around DEI.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Comfortable with prospect/donor research and moves
- Experience in Salesforce or other CRM software required.
- Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills, with an
understanding of how to adjust messaging for a variety of audiences
and the composure to act as the first point of contact for
significant individual and institutional donors.
- Highly developed emotional intelligence and interpersonal
skills, including the ability to establish trust and engage with a
wide array of stakeholders ranging from community members and
nonprofit partners to foundation executives and government
- Ability to be a proactive and independent worker and manage
multiple projects with competing deadlines within a dynamic
- Passion for and commitment to the mission of FUSE Corps and a
belief in the power of cross-sector collaboration and civic
innovation to positively impact society’s biggest challenges.
- 7-10 years of development, fundraising, sales, non-profit
management, marketing, or similar field.
- A proven ability to develop and execute winning fundraising
strategies and techniques, particularly through private grant
- Ability to travel to meet donors. Travel time may average up to
10% with flexible dates to accommodate various schedules of
- CFRE Certification preferred.
FUSE Corps is an equal opportunity employer with a core
value of incorporating diverse perspectives into our work at every
level. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for