Director of Development
The Robert H. Jackson Center, a nationally and internationally
recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, seeks a
growth-oriented, experienced, and driven leader as its next
Director of Development.
The mission of the Jackson Center is to promote and preserve the
legacy of Robert H. Jackson, United States Supreme Court Justice
and the Chief U.S. Prosecutor for the International Military
Tribunal at Nuremberg. We envision a world where the universal
principles of equality, fairness, and justice prevail.
We are poised to take the next steps to elevate our work, reach,
and spheres of influence. The Center needs a collaborative and
impassioned Director of Development to help us achieve our
The Center is physically located in Jamestown NY, and we
currently are celebrating our 20th anniversary. The Center is a
small organization with enormous goals, which require us to grow
rapidly and strategically. Critical to that is both the expansion
of our donor base and building new revenue streams. We currently
enjoy a 58% donor retention rate.
The Director of Development (DD), directly reporting to the
President, is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and
communicating all of our fundraising including annual fund, major
gifts, sponsorships, planned giving, special events, grants, and
capital campaigns. The DD will work closely with our President and
our Board of Directors in all development and fundraising
The DD will be accountable for the planning and execution of the
fundraising programs for the Jackson Center. In collaboration with
the President, the DD will set and implement the strategic
fundraising plan each year to reach goals agreed upon with the
President and Board.
Aspects of the Center’s fundraising program will include the
annual fund, corporate and foundation sponsorships, event
fundraising, and grant-writing. The plan will take into
consideration the revenue needed for Center operations, program
initiatives, and growth. Appropriate semi-annual and annual
milestones will be established to allow for continual evaluation
and progress monitoring.
The DD will be a member of the Center’s leadership team,
reporting to the President and collaborating with the entire Center
- Generate at least 10 percent year-over-year growth in new
commitments to support the Center’s programs, services, and
- Maintain a portfolio or pipeline of major gift prospects. We
aspire to raise our current major gift level.
- Establish and execute strategies that expand corporate and
foundation giving programs.
- Consult regularly with the Center Board, Committee Chairs,
President, and other staff to ensure that prospects are identified
and appropriate engagement conducted.
- Assess and initiate needed new strategies for the donor
acknowledgment and stewardship program.
- Continuously monitor and adjust the annual fundraising plan as
- Have the ability to create and assess events for the purposes
of raising funds. Work collaboratively with Center staff and Board
on all programs and events.
- Research and maintain a pipeline of potential grant funding
available to the Center. Establish a timeline for submission of
either LOI or grant application for each prospect. Create a
calendar and follow through on submissions as indicated.
- Work with the Board’s Development and Program Committees
through participation in monthly meetings. Conduct 1:1 weekly
meetings with President to ensure development activities are
progressing. As opportunities arise, establish volunteer committees
to assist with and drive recognition of fundraising events, such as
- Work with the President on establishing the Center’s revenue
goals and annual budget.
- Collaborate with the President on all marketing and
communications material relative to donor prospecting and donor
One-Year Portfolio and Fundraising Goals:
- Three months: Develop annual fund and corporate/foundation
pipelines with solicitation plans. Meet with current donors and
have met with 25% of created prospects; conducted individual
meetings with all board members to identify development expertise
- Six months: Researched and identified grant prospects.
Calendarized all LOI and grant submission plans. Submitted all
grant requests according to the calendar. Cultivation of the annual
fund and corporate/foundation pipelinesprospects.
- Nine months: Begin year two planning based on learnings to
- One year: Met agreed upon 1st year fundraising goal and
creation of year two goals and plan.
- Fundraising Goals:
- Increase Annual Fund base of donors by at least 10 percent net
- Increase Annual Fund dollars raised by at least 10 percent
- Increase Annual Fund major donors by at least 10 percent net
- Expand corporate sponsorship revenue support by at least 10
- Work with President to establish a nation-wide grant goal, an
area of expansion for the Center.
In addition to at least five years of fundraising experience,
the ideal candidate should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business,
Marketing, Communications, Operations, or Liberal Arts. They will
have a track record in increasing organizational fundraising,
cultivating donors, and strengthening a donor stewardship program.
Demonstrated comfort in engaging with high-net-worth individuals
and corporate executives is critical. Working with foundations and
securing gifts or grants is required. A strong sense of
accountability and metrics will be essential to demonstrate. Being
self-directed and able to work with volunteers is needed.
Exceptional oral and written presentation skills are crucial.
Remote Work Opportunity:
Although preferred, it is not necessary for this position to
be fully-located in Jamestown, NY. Remote work is an option;
it is expected the successful candidate will spend at least
one-third (1/3) of the year in Jamestown.
Salary and Benefits:
$55,000 - $65,000 and a competitive benefits package.
How to Apply:
Please submit your cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Thank