Director of Development
The Director of Development (DOD) leads Freedom School Partners’ (FSP) vision of philanthropy, secures charitable contributions, and supports FSP’s mission. This position will lead FSP’s fundraising effort to implement a creative, successful, well-organized, and diversified fundraising program that brings in a minimum of $2.5 million in contributed revenue each year through gifts from individuals, faith and community groups, corporations, and foundations. The Director of Development is responsible for leading a team that manages and executes individual and major giving strategies, strengthens and expands FSP’s marketing and communications efforts, and deepens volunteer engagement efforts. This position serves as a key team member at Freedom School Partners, working collaboratively to address short-term issues and reach long-term strategic goals for the organization. The Director of Development must succeed in working in an environment with collaborative work processes and shared accountability, while maintaining a deep commitment to FSP’s mission.
• Responsible for creating and executing a long-range and short-term development plan (Annual Development Plan required).
• Oversee annual fundraising calendar, including deadlines for grants, fundraising events, solicitations, and reports due to funders.
• Ensure relationships with corporations, foundations, faith, and community groups, and individuals are adequately maintained and stewarded.
• Direct prospect research and ongoing maintenance of donor database.
• Oversee and provide strategic input into grant writing and research, and reporting to funders.
• Maintain accountability standards to donors and ensure compliance with code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fund development.
• Serve as staff liaison to Development Committee of the Board.
• Manage Development Team, including Donor Systems and Volunteer Manager, Individual Giving and Donor Stewardship Manager, Marketing and Communications Manager, and a contract Grant Writer, by providing guidance, training, and professional development opportunities.
• Oversee planning and implementation of annual fundraising events.
• Secure event sponsorships and donations to meet financial goals.
• Work with Development Team to support additional donor-focused events, such as Scholar Society Reception.
Communications and Marketing
• Lead efforts to develop and implement an effective communication and marketing plan.
• Serve as a spokesperson and advocate for the organization.
• Identify opportunities to promote FSP throughout the community.
• Work with the Marketing and Communications Manager on the following:
• Oversee the creation of solicitation and donor engagement materials, including annual reports and summer impact reports.
• Oversee the FSP website to ensure accurate information is maintained on-site and it effectively and clearly communicates FSP’s mission and impact.
• Write and distribute press releases and pitch feature stories to media contacts.
• Manage FSP’s collection of stories, photographs, and videos.
• Create and oversee implementation of social networking strategy, including e-newsletter, social media postings, and website.
• Share prospective volunteer opportunities with donors with an emphasis on corporate partners.
• Work with Donor Systems and Volunteer Manager to develop opportunities for meaningful volunteer engagement throughout the year.
• Support the development and growth of a Young Affiliates group.
• Ensure Development Team has resources to fulfill their responsibilities.
• Attend Board meetings if requested.
• Possess a thorough knowledge of the founding, history, and major accomplishments of FSP.
• Remain current with Charlotte news related to partners and constituencies, and share information with staff as appropriate (i.e., read newspapers, business journals, etc.).
• Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of development-related experience, with progressive leadership opportunities and management experience
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Focus on accuracy and attention to detail
• Working knowledge of Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
• Experience with a Cloud-based platform, i.e. SharePoint or OneDrive
• Prior experience with The Raiser’s Edge preferred
• Professional demeanor and team player
• Highly motivated and willing to support organizational needs beyond primary responsibilities
• Commitment to CDF Freedom Schools®
• Valid ID and reliable transportation
• Satisfactory drug test and satisfactory background check for criminal and child protective findings
Compensation and benefits:
• Competitive Salary ($65,000-$70,000)
• Full-Time (40 hrs./wk.; position may include occasional evenings and weekends)
• 10 vacation days earned after 90 days of successful employment (prorated to start of calendar year); additional days earned after 2 years of employment
• 9 paid holidays (defined annually) and 2 floating holidays
• 10 sick or personal leave days per calendar year
• Individual health, life, and AD&D insurance coverage through organization’s policies, premiums paid in full
• Option to participate in flex benefit plans (FSA and DCA)
• Option to participate in SIMPLE IRA plan, in which FSP matches employee contributions up to 3%