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Development Director

Beth-El Center, Inc.
Connecticut, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 11, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Special Events, Programs, Community Outreach, Grant Administration, Other Programs, Administrative, Office Administration, Other Administrative, Public Relations and Communications
Advocacy, Community Development, Community Foundations, Public Broadcasting, Research, Social Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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SUPERVISOR: Executive Director

JOB TYPE: Full-time

STATUS: Exempt


Beth-El Center (BEC) is growing and refining its organizational structure to support future initiatives as defined in the Center’s strategic plan. This newly created position offers a unique opportunity for a Development Director interested in serving as a key member of BEC’s leadership team and supporting its growth and development.  BEC has a staff of 30 (full, part-time, and per diem) augmented by a corps of 80+ volunteers.


The Center enjoys wide community visibility and support in the region as evidenced by its recent election as Nonprofit of the Year by the membership of the Greater Milford Chamber of Commerce.


The Beth-El Center is a 501c3 organization that provides support services and advocacy to those experiencing homelessness and hunger within the Greater Milford community. Through our 34-bed homeless shelter, permanent supportive housing, food service programs, diversion services, and outreach and engagement efforts, we offer individuals, families, and veterans long-term solutions to help them reclaim their lives.


SUMMARY: The Development Director is primarily responsible for planning and implementing Beth-El Center’s fundraising activities and increasing public awareness of Beth-El Center and its mission to end homelessness and hunger in the Greater Milford community. The Development Director reports to the Executive Director.



  • Developing and guiding the implementation of an annual fundraising plan and developing an annual schedule of fundraising activities
  • Coordinating annual fundraising drives, coordinating individual fundraising, direct mail, and other appeals
  • Promoting and organizing business and corporate fundraising
  • Developing and implementing strategies for soliciting major and new donors
  • Developing fundraising background information
  • Engaging in research and outreach to increase the number of donors and size of donations
  • Soliciting gifts/sponsorships / other support for annual special initiatives (Annual Gala, Annual Appeal, Etc.)
  • Supervising the recordkeeping and acknowledgment of gifts to Beth-El Center
  • Researching new fundraising strategies and special fundraising projects
  • Working with Beth-El Center’s Board Development Committee members to establish and reach development goals
  • Managing the fundraising software system (currently Little Green Light)

Community Relations

  • Communicating with new and existing donors through Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, and other social media postings and contributing to monthly electronic newsletters
  • Coordinating with Marketing and Communications consultant on developing and implementing Beth-El’s social media strategies and website updates.
  • Collaborating with Marketing and Communications consultant on press releases and other informational and promotional materials, as needed.
  • Coordinating displays, preparing and revising brochures and other Beth-El materials
  • Serving as agency spokesperson, in the absence of the Executive Director
  • Representing Beth-El Center at various meetings
  • Supporting the Capital Campaign, as needed.


  • Attending Board Meetings, as required
  • Staffing the Board of Directors’ Development Committee meetings and supporting the Committee’s agreed-upon actions
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications; establishing professional and community networks. 
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 35lbs
  • Performing other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least five years’ fundraising experience
  • Interpersonal skills, familiarity with fund development, donor software, and social media, good verbal and written communications skills, comfortable working with diverse funding base and diverse groups.



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