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Director of Development

Director of Development

About the Role

As the Director of Development, you will play a crucial role in the growth and sustainability of the Phoenix Center by overseeing and implementing strategic fundraising initiatives. Your primary responsibility will be to develop and execute comprehensive fundraising strategies to secure financial support from various sources, including individual donors, foundations, and corporations. Through your leadership, you will drive donor engagement, cultivate relationships, and work closely with the CEO. Some nights and weekends are required.

Key Responsibilities 

Fundraising Strategy Development: Collaborate with the CEO to create and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan aligned with the organization's mission, vision, and strategic goals. Identify opportunities for diversifying funding sources and design strategies to maximize revenue generation.

Donor Cultivation and Stewardship: Build and maintain relationships with current and prospective individual donors, foundations, and corporations. Develop and execute cultivation strategies to engage donors, including personalized communications, stewardship events, and recognition programs. Ensure timely and appropriate acknowledgment of donations and maintain donor database records.

Assist CEO with Grant Management: Track the grant application schedule and reporting deadlines. Collaborate with program managers and other staff to gather qualitative and outcomes data for grant reports.

Work closely with Communications Director and CEO to develop a comprehensive communications plan for the purpose of donor cultivation, retention, acquisition, and acknowledgement. Work closely with program staff to gather relevant stories for communications such as newsletters and appeals. Work with Communications Director to create relevant campaigns.

Maintains strict turnaround timeframe for donor acknowledgment.

Major Gift Solicitation: Identify and cultivate major gift prospects, both individuals and institutions, to secure significant donations for the organization. Develop and implement strategies for major gift solicitation, including personal meetings, proposals, and customized stewardship plans. Work closely with the CEO and board members to engage high-level donors.

Fundraising Event Planning: Oversee the planning and execution of fundraising events. Coordinate event logistics, secure sponsorships, and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure successful and impactful events.

Financial Oversight:  With the CEO, develop the annual development budget. Track and analyze fundraising metrics, financial projections, and progress towards fundraising goals. Prepare regular reports for the CEO and the board of directors.

Community Engagement: Act as an ambassador for the organization in the community by attending networking events, speaking engagements, and other public forums. Build strategic partnerships with community leaders, local businesses, and other nonprofit organizations to expand the organization's reach and visibility.


Bachelor's degree in a related field (such as nonprofit management, business administration, or communications) with 2 or more years of fundraising is preferred, but proven record of successful experience in the nonprofit sector will be strongly considered.

Proven track record of successful fundraising and donor relations in the nonprofit sector, including experience in major gift solicitation, grant writing, and individual giving.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and engage with a wide range of stakeholders, including donors, board members, volunteers, and community partners.

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to craft compelling proposals, reports, and donor communications.

Strategic thinking and the ability to develop and implement innovative fundraising strategies.

Knowledge of fundraising best practices, trends, and legal requirements in the nonprofit sector.

Proficiency in using donor management systems, fundraising software, and Microsoft Office suite.


This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the position and is not exhaustive. Other duties may be assigned as needed to support the organization's overall goals and objectives.


  • Competitive pay and comprehensive PTO including, 10 holidays, 80 hours vacation, and monthly accruing sick time.
  • Medical and dental insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Application Instructions

Please email your resume and cover letter in PDF format to:

Please include 2 samples of your writing:

  • Acknowledgement letter
  • Appeal or Newsletter

Please include 3 professional references

No phone calls please.  Please allow up to two business weeks for our reply. 

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Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

Job Function : Development

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