The Shade Tree – Director of Development

The Director of Development provides leadership and management of the planning, and execution of development efforts; fundraising through special events, individual & corporate giving, major gifts, planned giving, sponsorships, non-governmental grants & other income sources utilizing the implementation of best practices (fundraising) related activities for The Shade Tree.

This includes, but is not limited to, major gift fundraising, serving as a liaison for multidisciplinary development efforts as well as supervising professional development of staff and volunteers.

  • (1) initiate contacts with potential major donors;
  • (2) develop appropriate cultivation strategies for them;
  • (3) move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure;
  • (4) make solicitations when appropriate; and
  • (5) maintain stewardship contacts with donors.
  • Prepare appropriate executive staff and board members, as needed, to cultivate and secure investments.
  • Conduct research, provide background, and determine investment level.
  • Perform additional activities related to the Development effort as requested by the Executive Director and Board.
  • Demonstrate professionalism, discretion and confidentiality in matters of donor privacy.

Basic Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of five years of major and/or principal gift fundraising experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and a track record of successfully managing current and prospective benefactors at the major gift level along with outstanding social skills, instincts, judgment and integrity.
  • An ambitious and motivated professional, who values a collaborative working environment and who will be able to establish strong, interpersonal relationships with organization leaders, donors and development office staff.
  • Comfortable with a flexible work schedule, including evening and weekend work.
  • Experience using and maintaining accurate records within a donor database.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An authentic passion for domestic violence awareness, families in crisis and commitment to the community.
  • A working understanding of a national governing body.
  • Experience with capital and/or endowment campaigns.
  • Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
  • The incumbent sets goals, helps to plan and implement a strategic multifaceted fundraising plan, proposal writing, special events, direct mail appeals and other approved means of individual, corporate and foundation giving.
  • Monitors work and evaluates department results to ensure that financial goals and operating requirements are met and are in line with the needs and mission of the organization. This includes securing sponsorship, participant recruitment, volunteer involvement, team building, marketing, budget, timelines, evaluation and logistics.

How to Apply:

To review full job description or submit resume contact sstrang@theshadetree.org.