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Associate Director of Development, Nonprofit Fundraising

National Center for Families Learning
Kentucky, United States
$60,000.00 - $65,000.00
Closing date
Nov 10, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Special Events
Employment Type
Full Time
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NCFL’s Associate Director of Development will lead all fundraising efforts to support the organization’s ~$9,000,000 annual budget in partnership with the Director of External Affairs. This includes both identifying, cultivating, and soliciting new NCFL prospects and stewarding the organization’s existing and/or recurring donors. NCFL’s primary donor base includes foundations, corporations, government grants, and contracts. This position will be expected to work closely and collaboratively with four External Affairs colleagues that comprise NCFL’s communications, conference, and creative teams to tell the organization’s story in meaningful and compelling ways. This position has the flexibility to be full-time remote.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Institutional Fundraising

  • Leads the identification, qualification, engagement, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospective NCFL donors, both new and existing. Works with existing donors based both in NCFL’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, as well as with regional and national donors. 
  • Provides logistical planning for donor presentations (both digital and in-person, when deemed safe).
  • Provides strategic guidance on how to increase NCFL’s visibility with donors through specific events, presentations, etc.

Grant writing

  • Manages grant application timelines and works with the Director of External Affairs and the appropriate education team members to identify, craft, and submit compelling proposals.
  • Collaborates with the Director, External Affairs and the Director, Federal Grants on federal funding opportunities and tracking.
  • Leads writing for grant proposals, working closely with the appropriate education team members to develop applications as well as grant budgets. 
  • Maintains a list of regularly occurring grant proposals and works with the External Affairs Coordinator on prospect research requests and findings.
  • Keeps apprised of new research, data, and policy information to inform all grant writing and fundraising activities.

Annual Giving

  • Creates a system of acknowledgement and recognition of NCFL’s individual and recurring donor base, including creating quarterly digital messages and updates. Collaborates with the Associate Director, Communications and the Community Manager to strategically align messaging.
  • Provides as needed support to the Director of External Affairs on board updates and major gift cultivation.
  • Manages the end-of-year giving appeal and accompanying acknowledgement process.
  • Manages employee giving recognition.

Cause-based Marketing and New Opportunities

  • Collaborates with the Director, External Affairs as well as the appropriate education team members on developing and pursuing cause-based marketing opportunities.
  • Proactively explores new funding stream opportunities and strategies.


  • Lead for sponsorship acquisition. Work with the Director of External Affairs and the Associate Director of Communications to meet sponsorship expectations.
  • Conference planning support as needed.


  • Uses Salesforce for donor and prospect communications, tracking, and cultivation planning.
  • Supports the ongoing enhancement of Salesforce functionality to support NCFL’s overall development records.
  • Maintain confidentiality and discretion when working with budget figures and donor information.


Standards of Performance

  • Is proactive with donor outreach and is comfortable operating with a fair level of autonomy.
  • Displays excellent judgement in working with both internal and external partners and handling sensitive topics in a professional and diplomatic manner.
  • Excellent communication skills - both written and verbal.
  • A commitment to confidentiality regarding specific fundraising and budgetary information.
  • Is comfortable working for extended periods at a desk but can also navigate social and external-facing meetings, events, and discussions with key stakeholders.
  • Actively participates in supervision that is regular, reflective and collaborative in nature. As appropriate, takes the initiative to seek supervisory input.
  • Accepts responsibility for the quality of job performance and makes changes as needed.
  • A commitment to upholding the organization's diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and practices.


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the fundraising cycle.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated experience with solicitations of $20,000 and more preferred. 
  • Knowledge of current issues surrounding education in the United States is preferred.
  • At least 3 years of experience working within a field that required persuasive writing, fundraising, marketing or communications preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in English.
  • Proven project management skills
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proficiency with various presentation hardware and software
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse audiences, ensuring all participants feel respected and valued
  • Ability to maintain focus under pressure and with multiple priorities

Physical and Work Environment:

  • Ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 lbs
  • Ability to travel when deemed safe to do so approximately 25% of the time, including occasional nights and weekends.

Salary Range - $60,000-65,000


NCFL is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our organization. We believe that a staff comprised of diverse people who have a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and skills will enhance the organization’s work toward its mission while driving innovation and creativity.

NCFL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with applicable ADA regulations. Applicants and employees requiring reasonable accommodation may contact Michelle Parkerson, Manager, Human Resources:  or 502-584-1133 x345.


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