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The Development Director is directly responsible for the overall administration, management and strategic direction of fundraising and donor development for The Settlement Home for Children (The Home). As part of the organization’s Executive Team, the Development Director will direct all fundraising efforts and provide guidance to the development and communications team to ensure the financial growth and sustainability of The Home. The Development Director will ensure overall compliance with all applicable Licensing and Contract standards, fundraising best practices, and organization policies, procedures and practices.

Essential Job Functions & Expectations

Roles and Responsibilities

· Creates and implements a comprehensive development plan that includes all revenue streams of fundraising

· Expands The Home’s fundraising efforts through donor identification and cultivation, including the growth of grant revenue and increased corporate support

· Responsible for giving guidance and direction to the communications and development team

· Alongside the Executive Director, fosters a culture of philanthropy amongst staff, executive team, Board of Directors, Community Advisory Board and Settlement Club members

· Develops and implement donor-focused marketing and communication strategies

· Responsible for The Home’s Planned Giving Program

· Reviews all received donations and monitors donor database to ensure gifts are acknowledged and that donor trends and giving are tracked

· Responsible for Garage & Estate Sale sponsor solicitation and recognition

· Researches availability of support from foundations, corporations and non-traditional forms of giving

· Assist Event Chairs with all major fundraising efforts including the Annual Garage & Estate Sale

· Represents The Home in the community through public speaking and fundraising solicitations

· Recruits, engages and manages new members from the community as key stakeholders for the Community Advisory Board

· Attends all fundraising events and represents The Settlement Home at the annual Garage & Estate Sale

· Works collaboratively with the Communication Coordinator to develop and implement donor-focused marketing and communications strategies

· Ensures all branding guidelines are followed

· Oversees fundraising training and education as necessary for the Board, Club members and staff

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

· Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of fundraising principles and techniques

· Ability to develop strategies for fundraising, cultivate community support, develop strategic partnerships and promote public awareness

· Ability to quickly problem-solve to generate effective solutions

· Effective public speaking skills; ability to effectively solicit donations in person and through email, written and oral communication methods

· Knowledge of Austin and the donor community, including foundations, corporations and the social community

· Experience with CRMs

· Demonstrated experience with effective grant writing

· Ability to interface with all levels of the organization, and engage with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders in an effective and diplomatic manner

· Good understanding of Moves Management and the intentional cultivation of major donors

· Ability to manage multiple competing priorities

· Ability to effectively use organization’s computer systems

· Ability to maintain confidentiality

· Possesses integrity and compliance – can be relied upon to act ethically

· Exhibits professional work habits, dress and grooming standards

Qualifications and Education Requirements

· Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university required.

· Must have a minimum of five (5) years of experience with fundraising, particularly major gifts and sponsorship.

· Must have a minimum of three (3) years of experience within the Austin fundraising and donor community.

· Must have a minimum of two (2) years managing a team.

· Demonstrated experience implementing development plans and strategies.

· Demonstrated experience effectively soliciting donations, meeting or exceeding fundraising goals.

· Experience organizing and motivating volunteers.

· Must meet personnel requirements as outlined by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Minimum Standards for General Residency Operations.

· Have a valid driver’s license and less than 2 moving violations and/or 1 accident within the past 3 years.

· Must have and maintain current auto liability insurance.

Preferred Qualifications and Education Requirements

· Bachelors or advanced degree in Nonprofit Management, Communications, Public Relations, or related field.

· Two (2) or more years of experience as a Development Manager/Director.

· Experience with Planned Giving and Endowments.

· Experience working with nonprofit Boards.

· CFRE certification.

Essential Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

Must be able to lift and/or exert up to 40 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently. Position frequently involves walking, standing, sitting, stooping, lifting, speaking and repetitive motion. Position may occasionally involve reaching, kneeling, crouching and crawling. Must have close visual acuity (corrected or uncorrected) so as to prepare and analyze data and figures; perform extensive reading and transcription; operate a motor vehicle. Must be able to hear so as to receive detailed information through oral communication; receive information through electronic, telephone, and/or radio frequency.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time, with or without notice.

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