We are seeking an individual to join our dynamic and growing nonprofit organization based in Boulder, CO as the Director of Development. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director, you will conceive, plan and execute development initiatives with a goal of expanding the reach and impact of our well-regarded national organization.
The Development Director’s wide variety of responsibilities will range from being aspirational to requiring a keen focus on detail and analysis. In this role, no two weeks will look the same, as you will be integrally involved in many facets of the Davis Phinney Foundation, from strategic to operational. To this end, a successful candidate will be self-motivated, innovative and flexible. You should be able to effortlessly switch from working behind a desk to envision and lay the groundwork for a corporate sponsorship program to traveling across the country to meet with partners and donors. You will be planning a fundraising event one day and the next you will be immersed in data analysis and decision-making. When you aren’t networking, you might be researching grant funding for Parkinson’s disease and community building or leading the board’s development committee – and everything in between.
As a member of this small, passionate and driven team, you’ll find yourself devoted to our cause, laughing at work, pushing yourself to explore new territories and challenges, and meeting incredible people who will inspire you daily.
If you would thrive in this environment and you are interested in making a difference in the lives of people affected by Parkinson’s, consider applying for this opportunity by writing and telling us about an innovative development initiative that you designed and why it made a difference for your organization. Please limit your story to 300 words and send directly to Polly Dawkins, Executive Director of the Davis Phinney Foundation at email@example.com.
The Davis Phinney Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and seeks a diverse applicant pool.
- Provide strong leadership to the design and successful execution of the Foundation’s annual fundraising goals;
- Conceive, coordinate and implement a creative and comprehensive development program, focusing on individual, corporate and foundation support. Plan and implement annual development strategy;
- Work strategically to build development capacity through major gifts, planned giving, grants, sponsorships, endowments, direct mail and events;
- Train staff, board members, student interns and other volunteers to assist in development efforts when appropriate;
- Develop and manage board fundraising strategy. Provide leadership for development committees of the board;
- Supervise donor information, acknowledgement process, and tracking systems; perform donor database analysis for the development of strategic goals;
- Write grant proposals and reports to corporate and foundation funders;
- Cultivate and nurture relationships with current and potential corporate and foundation sponsors and individual donors; and
- Represent the Davis Phinney Foundation at public speaking engagements and external events.
- A BA or BS degree and/or equivalent experience;
- A minimum of three to five years’ experience directing successful development efforts including major sponsorships for a nonprofit organization (or sales efforts in the private sector). Experience with healthcare organizations and knowledge of Parkinson’s disease are highly desirable;
- Proven track record in achieving over $1M in annual revenue including major gifts, corporate sponsorships and grants.
- Experience with planned giving and individual donor development preferred.
- Ability to prospect, cultivate and manage donor relationships;
- Excellent verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly, persuasively and accurately;
- Willingness to abide by basic professional fundraising ethics and principles, as defined by the Association of Professional Fundraisers;
- Proficiency with Blackbaud Sphere and/or other donor databases;
- Ability to travel up to 20% of the time.