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Director of Development

Job Summary:

The Director of Development plays a pivotal role in advancing the mission and goals of Lifelong by leading fundraising efforts, cultivating donor relationships, and overseeing strategic fundraising initiatives. The role requires a dynamic and experienced individual with a proven track record in non-profit fundraising, team leadership, and donor engagement. The Director of Development reports to the Lifelong CEO and collaborates closely with the board of directors, executive team and other senior staff members. This role has three direct reports: Annual Giving Officer; Corporate Engagement Officer; Grants Coordinator.

 

Essential Duties:

  1. Fundraising Strategy Development:
    • Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy aligned with the organization's mission, vision and strategic goals.
    • Identify and prioritize funding opportunities: grants, major gifts, corporate sponsorships, individual donations and fundraising events.
    • Analyze market fundraising trends and pivot strategies accordingly to maximize revenue generation.
  2. Donor Cultivation and Stewardship:
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with personal portfolio of current and potential donors, ensuring effective communication and engagement.
    • Support the CEO in management of their personal portfolio of major donors and stewardship activities.
    • Develop personalized cultivation and stewardship plans for major donors and corporate partners.
    • Oversee donor recognition and appreciation programs to foster long-term commitment.
  3. Grant Writing and Research:
    • In partnership with the Business Development team, provide oversight of the Grants Coordinator and private foundation function, including maintaining a healthy pipeline of grant opportunities, grant proposals, and ensuring timely submissions and reporting.
  4. Fundraising Events:
    • Oversee the planning, organizing and execution of current fundraising events, Gay Bingo, and any future Dining Out For Life and/or Gala events as well as all donor cultivation events. Oversee event coordinator/contractor.
  5. Team Leadership and Collaboration:
    • Supervise and mentor philanthropy team members by providing guidance and support for professional growth.
    • Collaborate with other departments to ensure alignment of  fundraising efforts and organizational goals.
    • Participate in board meetings and provide regular reports on fundraising progress and initiatives.
  6. Financial Analysis and Reporting:
    • Analyze fundraising data and financial metrics to assess the effectiveness of different fundraising strategies.
    • Generate regular reports for the executive team and board to track progress of fundraising goals.
  7. Collaboration with Marketing and Communications:
    • Work closely with the marketing and communications consultants to develop strategies that effectively promote fundraising initiatives and engage donors.
    • Ensure consistent messaging and branding across all development materials.

 

Core Competencies:

  • Strong understanding of philanthropic trends and best practices in fundraising.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including grant writing and public speaking.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience managing a team.
  • Proficiency in using fundraising software, donor databases, and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with donors, board members, and other stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Passion for the Lifelong's mission and a commitment to ethical fundraising practices.

 

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field preferred; Master's degree is a plus.
  • Minimum of seven years of proven experience in nonprofit fundraising, with a track record of securing six and seven figure major gifts and grants.

 

Work Environment:

  • All staff are currently required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to hiring. The use of personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to COVID-19 may be required in the future should exposure warrant it.

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About Lifelong:

Lifelong is a community health organization committed to removing barriers to health with relentless compassion so that no one faces illness and injustice alone.

We lead with heart. Our respect for people drives our mission. For 40 years, Lifelong has fought health inequities so that everyone can have the opportunity to thrive. Our comprehensive services include food and nutrition, healthcare navigation, aging and disability support, and connection to housing and other vital resources.

We are looking for passionate, dedicated people to join our talented team and make real, meaningful changes in the daily lives of those living with chronic and life-threatening illnesses in their community. Lifelong offers exceptional benefits, including paid time off, medical and dental coverage in addition to a balanced work-life integration.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Lifelong, we are dedicated to building a diverse, equitable, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

EEO Statement:

Lifelong is committed to creating an accessible, supportive environment and experience that recognizes diversity and cultural competence as integral components of what we do.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and as such, we do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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DISCLAIMER: INTENT AND FUNCTION OF JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.

Job descriptions assist organizations in ensuring that the hiring process is fairly administered and that qualified employees are selected. They are an integral part of a compensation system, effective performance review system, related promotion, transfer, layoff, etc. decisions.

All descriptions have been reviewed to illustrate the job functions and basic duties, in addition to peripheral tasks or that could generally be considered as other duties as assigned.

In no instance, however, should the duties, responsibilities and requirements be interpreted as all-inclusive. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. Requirements, skills and abilities included have been determined to illustrate the minimal standards required to successfully perform the positions.

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