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Director of Donor Advising

Director of Donor Advising




Job Title: Director of Donor Advising


Location: Remote but in USA


Department:  Development


Supervisor’s Title:  Chief Development Officer


Position Purpose:  The primary purpose of the Director of Donor Advising will include the development and stewardship of existing and new individual donors, corporate partners, and foundations with an emphasis on building a new pipeline of supporters.


Job Summary:  The Director will be responsible for establishing a successful development program focused on major and transformational gifts, corporate partners, and foundations to help realize the Foundation’s mission. The successful candidate will provide strategic leadership, creating and executing fundraising strategies and annual plans and will be accountable for managing and stewarding a portfolio of individuals, corporate and foundations. The Director of Donor Advising reports to the Chief Development Officer and works closely with the programs, marketing and communications, and accounting teams.


Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Donor Cultivation and Advising (45%):
    • Identify potential donors with interest in supporting our mission, develop relationships and seek contributions aligned with mutual interest between donors and the Foundation.
    • Maintain proficiency with CRM and other systems and identify and recommend opportunities to improve.
    • Manage fundraising dashboards, donor stewardship and tracking.
    • Oversee creation of fundraising collateral and other communication materials.
    • Work closely with the Development Operations Manager to manage donation database entries and analyze trends and data.


  • Board of Directors support (5%):
    • Provide staff support for Board of Directors’ fundraising efforts, including preparing Board members for donor visits.
    • Assist with providing training for Board members on fundraising and communications.


  • Grants (public and private) (20%):
    • Manage our current portfolio of grants from both public and private sources to include:
      • Tracking report dates, preparing, and submitting reports as needed, developing relationships with program staff.
    • Cultivate new grant opportunities and create a recommended strategy of grants to pursue.
    • Serve as lead on new grant applications.


  • Communications (15%):
  • Work with the Communications and Marketing staff, program staff and vendors to develop communications as needed, such as donor materials, year-end campaign, e-newsletters, website updates, social media and annual impact reports.


  • Support other development team activities (10%):
  • Stewardship events, Annual meeting, etc.
  • Other donor cultivation and community outreach events as needed.


  • Strategy (5%):
  • Partner with Chief Development Officer and other staff to guide the fundraising strategy, including staying informed of current industry best practices.



  • Bachelor's Degree (BA) from four-year college or university.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience with closing 5 and 6 figure gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations and with a track record of meeting fundraising goals.
  • Knowledge of development principles, fund raising techniques and ethics, and donor and prospect strategies.
  • Experience with donor databases (Raiser’s Edge preferred).
  • Experience with biomedical research organizations a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to develop relationships with a wide range of individuals.
  • Self-motivated and driven to make a positive impact on the community.
  • Strong written, verbal, telephone, and interpersonal skills. Active and thoughtful listener.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Ability to travel as needed, including overnight.

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