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Director of Development, Communities In Schools of Atlanta

Communities In Schools of Atlanta
Georgia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Nov 4, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Programs, Grant Administration, Grant Making
Community Foundations, Philanthropic Advisors, Social Services, United Way, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Development, of Communities In Schools of Atlanta, will have ownership of all fundraising and development activities for the organization. This role will be responsible for the implementation of long and short-term plans for identifying and cultivating new revenue sources, along with maintaining relationships with current sources in the public and private sectors. The Director of Development will increase the awareness of the Communities In Schools (CIS) of Atlanta brand and values with key stakeholders and the general public.


Duties of the Director of Development include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop annual and long-term fundraising plans based on targets established in the organization’s strategic plan
  • Develop and sustain relationships with existing foundation, corporate, individual and government donors to maintain and increase their support for CIS programs
  • Identify, secure, and communicate with new donors, sponsors, and service partners
  • Develop and execute a strategic marketing plan, with a view toward increasing our exposure and expanding our relationships with corporations
  • Compile and submit grant proposals and reports as necessary
  • Provide staff support for the Board of Directors’ Resource Development Committee
  • Manage special sponsorship events designed primarily to raise funds for or increase awareness of CIS
  • Manage the donor database to develop profiles, track contacts and correspondence, and record contributions received
  • Ensure that data is accurately collected and reported timely to assess the volume and value of all donated services, volunteer hours and other in-kind resources
  • Manage all employees, interns or volunteers assigned to the Development department
  • Oversee the work of department consultants and own vendor relationships for department
  • Collaborate with appropriate program staff on community relations, marketing, grants management, stewardship, and donor cultivation
  • Oversee planning, successful execution and follow up of CISA’s annual gala, “Choose Success,” and work to gradually increase the size of and revenue generated by the event
  • Represent CIS of Atlanta at agency and community meetings as requested
  • Attend Executive Team meetings and take an active role in development of organizational strategies
  • Carry out other duties as determined for the successful operation of the program



  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree preferred) in nonprofit management or a related field required
  • CFRE certification preferred
  • Minimum seven (7) years of proven success in development, with significant experience managing major gifts relationships, including a proven track record of soliciting and closing large individual gifts
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising, stewardship and marketing targeted individuals, foundations and corporations and thorough knowledge of development best practices
  • Ability to provide leadership, think strategically and participate in high-level development discussions
  • Hands on experience with foundation, corporate and government grant processes, and grant writing
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and written skills
  • Experience with event planning
  • Detail-oriented and able to analyze data and make projections
  • Able to work independently, meet multiple deadlines, be resourceful and function as an effective team member
  • Demonstrate strong commitment to CIS mission (previous experience with Communities In Schools preferred but not required)
  • Prefer candidates with individual, corporate and foundation contacts
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