Development Director, ACHIEVEability

Posted by ACHIEVEability on March 27, 2017

ACHIEVEability is seeking a dynamic Development Director who will help us to realize our mission of breaking the generational cycle of poverty for vulnerable families. Reporting to, and in partnership with, the Executive Director (ED), the Development Director will spearhead our fundraising efforts and build out the development department. The Development Director will be the primary hub of all that relates to corporate, foundation, and individual donors. A successful candidate will feel a strong sense of commitment to ACHIEVEability’s mission and will energetically pursue forging new, sustainable relationships to build ACHIEVEability’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. The Development Director will also design and implement a critical, comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support. As a key member of the leadership team, the Development Director will participate in making strategic decisions effecting ACHIEVEability.

ACHIEVEability is entering an exciting time as we embark on a journey to uniquely position ourselves as a key provider of transformational social services to end poverty in West Philadelphia. In order to do so, we plan to substantially increase our revenue from the private sector (currently 26% of our 1.75 million budget) and individual donors (currently 21% of revenue). We have an incredible Board of Directors, group of supporters, and a growing team that will be primed to meet the challenge of significant organizational growth. We’re also embarking on a rebranding effort and you’ll play a key role in defining who we are, as well as bringing that identity to life. As our Development Director, you’ll be responsible for the present – managing Raisers Edge, cultivation and stewardship plans, and grant proposal timelines – and the future – such as donor prospecting, creation of new development strategies, and hiring and managing a full-time Marketing and Communications Associate.

Team Overview
The Development Director will supervise a team of development and communications professionals including a Marketing and Communications Associate, Grants Associate, and Events Manager. Our team at ACHIEVEability is growing as we strive to revitalize our internal structures after 35 successful years in self-sufficiency and affordable housing. At our core, we believe that poverty can be beaten.

As a department, it will be your goal to drive impact towards:
 Building out departmental goals and priorities
 Channeling the intensity of the staff’s commitment to the mission into a powerful brand
 Working between programming departments to create a thoughtful, strategic system of accountability for stewarding donors
 Inspiring stakeholders and supporters to make an investment in the future of our life-changing organization
 Departmental Systems Management
o Oversee research of funding sources and trends to help position ACHIEVEability ahead of major funding changes or trends.
o As the hub of the department, take full ownership of the planning and execution of all development tasks.
o Develop and execute ACHIEVEability’s annual fundraising plan including managing the timeline, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
o Engage the Executive Director, Board members, and key staff to create and maintain a long-term fundraising strategy.
o Oversee gift processing, including acknowledgements and reporting.
o Create reports for the Board regarding donor information and giving analyses.
 Donor Cultivation
o Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations.
o Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors.
o Create and execute a strategy to develop a large database of sustaining individual donors.
o Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors.
 Supervision
o Oversee organization of special events.
o Oversee grant proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate funders.
o Supervise and mentor the development team, and participate in hiring additional members when necessary.

 Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred
 5+ years of experience in fundraising and development and 3+ years in a nonprofit organization
 Demonstrated success in a development function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources)
 Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, verbal, and written communication skills
 Strong knowledge of Raiser’s Edge
 Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also as a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside of ACHIEVEability
 High energy and connection with ACHIEVEability’s mission
 Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic development plan
 Customer oriented
 A professional and resourceful style; the ability to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects
 Strong familiarity with the Greater Philadelphia philanthropic community

Interested applicants should forward cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to:

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