Career Opportunity

Position: Development Director (FT/Contract)

Position Description:

The Development Director is responsible for establishing a fundraising plan that provides strategic direction for both the North Carolina Black Alliance, a 501(c)(3), and Advance North Carolina, a 501(c)(4), to meet their annual fundraising goals. The Development Director leads the overall fundraising efforts and works closely with the Admin Team for implementation of the prescribed plan.  This position involves administrative work, fundraising activity, and maintaining ongoing relationships and communicating with institutional and individual donors as well as future prospects. The Development Director has responsibility for the lifecycle of each grant and donor opportunity, from the initial conversation through to completing the final report.

This is a full-time, contract position with an opportunity to become an employee.

Key Responsibilities:

Donor and Funder Management

  • Develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan that incorporates various revenue streams
  • Identify funding opportunities based on the overall programming goals and outcomes for both organizations
  • Participate in outreach efforts and funder calls along with Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, Board of Directors, and staff as required
  • Communicate organizational strategies and program goals to potential donors and funders to secure funding to support programming and operating expenses
  • Prepare initial and final drafts of grant reports, reporting requirements, and deliverables
  • Prepare acknowledgments and other communications and ensure quality and accuracy
  • Effectively track grant deliverables working with the team to accurately track metrics and outcomes based on funder commitments
  • Communicate with donors regarding financial transaction management
  • Schedule and produce multi-channel fundraising campaigns including email marketing, social media, website updates for special fundraising days, year-end appeals and other special projects. This work requires collaboration with the Communications/Marketing team
  • Coordinate the direct mail solicitation process

Individual Donor and Grants Database Management 

  • Establish and implement the monthly Sustaining Donor program Serve as in-house donor database expert, develop consistent systems and share responsibility with other organizational teams for database content and outputs; troubleshoot technical questions
  • Establish a structure for effective fundraising including special events, direct mail campaigns, grants, sustaining donors, corporate sponsors, etc.
  • Routinely and accurately enter gift and other data; develop and maintain best practices to ensure consistency in all areas of database  management and data accuracy
  • Prepare responses to queries, reports and materials for staff and board/committee meetings
  • Manage information from online giving systems, assuring that donor gifts are properly acknowledged
  • Maintain donor records and accurate information regarding communications with donors
  • Develop a guide for departmental practices and policies relating to database use; provide ongoing updates
  • Keep records of all grants, reporting requirements, and deliverables. Coordinate ongoing data collection with the Data Associate to ensure timely tracking and compliance with grant agreements.
  • Prepare initial and final drafts of grant reports, engaging programmatic staff as needed, and ensure that reports are submitted to funders on time.
  • Identify new institutional donors and prospective funding opportunities that align with our current work.

Administrative Support

  • Establish communication channels with the Communication Team and the press, including preparation of the annual report, newsletter, website, and donor databases.
  • Maintain donor records and accurate information manage information from online giving systems
  • The position combines donor communication and coordination with the operational requirements of an electronic fundraising database.
  • Maintain the donor database in Contact Contact

Education & Qualifications:

  • BA\BS Degree in communications or human service field
  • Minimum 2 years of nonprofit (c3) and/or c(4) fundraising or related experience
  • Experience communicating with diverse stakeholders in a variety of formats (written, email, face-to-face).
  • Competency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Drive, and social media channels (required)
  • Clear understanding of 501c(3)s and 501c(4)s organizations

Skills & Attributes

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and high-level attention to detail
  • Ability to self-motivate, work with both close direction and independently, function well as a team member, and know when to seek guidance or get help
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, and respect rules, policies and practices
  • Ability to communicate effectively about the organization’s mission, vision, priorities, and issues
  • Deep commitment to participatory democracy and racial, social, and economic justice

Expectations & Compensation:

  • Salary Range: $75,000 to $95,000
  • This is a full-time contract position with compensation commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

Email résumé, writing sample and cover letter to

North Carolina Black Alliance is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.

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