Director of Development, WOMEN’S WAY

Posted by on September 30, 2013

Director of Development, WOMEN’S WAY
Posted on: September 11, 2013

Job description
Position Summary:

The Director of Development provides leadership and oversight of all of the organization’s fundraising initiatives. This position is part of the senior management team and works closely with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers to achieve significant organizational growth as stipulated by the 2013-2016 strategic plan, including growing the planned giving area.

Director of Development Responsibilities:

  • In partnership with the Executive Director, Board and fundraising committees, develop and implement detailed plans to meet fundraising goals and strategic objectives, including hands-on management of Board Giving, the Major Gifts program, Lucretia Mott Society, Annual Fund and Institutional Giving campaigns.
  • Develop strategies for major gift cultivation, solicitations and stewardship; initiate and assist the Executive Director and Board of Directors in securing major gifts.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, play a key role in developing and engaging the Board leadership of the organization’s fundraising and stewardship activities.
  • Manage and grow the organization’s planned giving program, including serving as the primary liaison for the Planned Giving Committee and Legacy Society
  • Position the organization for a major endowment campaign in preparation for the 40th anniversary in 2016-17.
  • Provide leadership in identifying and cultivating individual, corporate and foundation donors and prospects, and effectively make the case for continued and increased support.
  • Develop strategies to reactivate lapsed donors and re-energize commitment to organizational mission and activities.
  • With the support of the Development team, ensure complete records of all gifts, correspondence, and donor information in the files of key prospects.
  • With the support of the Database Manager, ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the recording, tabulation, reporting, acknowledgement and stewardship of all gifts.
  • Motivate and manage direct reports, including the Special Events Officer, Institutional Giving Associate, Database Manager, volunteers and interns, and actively foster teamwork throughout the organization.
  • Collaborate closely with the Executive Director and Senior Management Team to promote open communication and continuity across program areas.

Reporting Relationships:

Reports to Executive Director

Supervisory relationship: Manager of Database Systems

Development Officer – Special Events

Development Associate – Institutional Giving


  • Passion for women’s rights and a strong commitment to the mission and success of WOMEN’S WAY highly desired.
  • Minimum of 5-8 years of fundraising experience at the management level in a nonprofit environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish clear objectives, monitor progress and achieve fundraising goals.
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising from individuals, institutions and events.
  • Substantial experience working with Board members and fundraising volunteers.
  • Solid experience developing and implementing a successful major gifts/moves management program.
  • Knowledge of planned giving vehicles desired.
  • High energy level, strong sense of initiative, enthusiasm, diplomacy, professionalism, transparency, accountability, flexibility and discretion.
  • Team builder; creative thinker and problem solver.
  • Commitment to timely communication with donors and strong adherence to deadlines.
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, analytical and organization skills required, including the ability to effectively communicate with a broad range of internal and external constituents.
  • Ability to work independently while promoting a collaborative approach and team-driven environment.
  • Strong experience with managing and motivating staff and volunteers.
  • Knowledge of fundraising database software required, experience with The Raiser’s Edge a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Familiarity with Philadelphia region funding community desired.
  • Some evening and weekend work required.

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