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Director of Development and Donor Engagement

Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS)
Maryland, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jun 11, 2024

The Director of Development and Donor Engagement at PGCMLS is responsible for managing all aspects of fundraising to support the development and enhancement of Library services that meet the needs and interests of Prince George’s County residents.  The Director’s main role involves fostering strategic partnerships, cultivating innovative financial resources to support new Library services and executing fundraising strategies and initiatives that may include annual fund drives, planned giving, major gifts, endowment planning, grant solicitation. The Director of Development and Donor Engagement reports to the Library’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).


Essential Functions:

  1. Oversee the Library’s fundraising efforts and serve as liaison to the Library’s Foundation and Friends.
  2. Create and execute strategies to raise sustainable funds that allow the Foundation to achieve its mission and growth objectives.
  3. Provide direct support in achieving fundraising goals, as defined by the CEO, and assist with determining fiscal requirements for development activities.
  4. Identify and actively cultivate partnerships and collaborative opportunities, consistent with identified funding priorities.
  5. Develop plans to support and implement major gifts campaigns for long-term needs identified by the Library.  
  6. Raise funds from individuals, foundations and corporations to increase the Library’s ability to offer excellent programming.
  7. Develop fundraising campaigns and build donor relationships based on best practices.
  8. Actively engage with library staff and administrators to ensure an ongoing understanding of funding needs and opportunities for enhancement.
  9. Collaborate with the Library’s Public Relations and Marketing staff on designing and developing campaign related materials and generating clear and consistent communications to promote development efforts.
  10. Communicate and maintain good working relations with the Library’s CEO, Board of Trustees, Director of Finance, Library staff, county agencies, etc.
  11. Oversee grant proposals and reports to foundations. 
  12. Respond to media inquiries and represent Library in fund development efforts.
  13. Research new funding opportunities.
  14. Organize and implement special events.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business management, public administrations, marketing, communications, or related field required.
  • 7+ years fundraising, development, and grant writing experience
  • Experience developing funding proposals and securing gifts and grants in excess of $50,000.
  • Certified Fundraising Executive credential preferred.
  • Membership in fundraising professional associations preferred.
  • Bilingual in English and a second language preferred.
  • Proven ability to develop cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies that expand a donor base and increase revenue.
  • Knowledge of board governance and skill in cultivating board engagement.
  • Experience with fundraising and donor/funding opportunity research for individual, corporate, and foundation giving. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage grant writing and write successful grants and funding proposals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of non-profit fundraising techniques.
  • Proven strategic planning and project management skills.
  • Exceptional written and communication skills, networking and presentation skills.
  • Strong organizational and attention to detail. 
  • Excellent research skills.

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