Director of Development

Desired Location: 
Charlotte Area
Organization Type: 
Executive Director/CEO

Lead, manage, develop, and expand fundraising programs that build and strengthen connections with prospective and existing volunteers and donors to increase the Chapter’s revenue. Work in partnership with the Executive Director, Chapter staff and senior volunteer leadership to increase the revenue of assigned fundraising activities.  Ensure that the fundraising and non-fundraising priorities of JDRF grow through increased corporate, family, volunteer, and other consistent involvement.  Organize and manage appropriate committees with volunteers to expand fundraising and non-fundraising programs.


Support and maintain the vision, mission, priorities, strategic direction and guiding principles of JDRF

Formulate, implement, and lead strategies and tactics for chapter fundraising and Development activities to sustain continued growth, maximum penetration of core market areas and opportunities for expansion

Provide strategic direction and active leadership for specific fundraising activities including, but not limited to, corporate sponsorships for Chapter fundraising events and outreach programs, volunteer leadership pipeline, event leadership pipeline and major gifts (in coordination with the Executive Director and Regional Director for Major Gifts)

Maintain an active portfolio of prospective and current donors, primarily corporate but also including individual supporters, as determined in coordination with the Executive Director

Recruit, lead and manage the Corporate Development Committee

Provide support to the Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC communities for corporate development as needed

Oversee and ensure fulfillment of sponsorship benefits and stewardship activities for corporate

Actively participates in the National Stewardship Plan

Consistently and regularly utilizes constituent database (CRM) to track stewardship and donor activity

Establish a network and represent the organization in professional societies/organizations

Identify and cultivate board members, including  making recommendations for Board nominations

Develop an annual plan for each assigned priority including financial goals and objectives.

Assist in identifying and cultivating major donors

Establish and maintain departmental and organization wide policies and procedures.  Plan, schedule, prioritize, abide by and monitor all activities and procedures related to the department.

Develop timelines and budgets, and ensure that tasks are completed on time and within budget.  Meet or exceed income goals and achieve “at or under” expense budget.

Maintain a basic understanding of JDRF’s mission and research cure therapeutics.

Ensure the confidentiality and security of proprietary information.

Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.


Bachelor’s Degree Required. Master’s Degree and/or CFRE a plus.

8 or more years of relevant fundraising/business experience required or equivalent combination of
education and experience.  2 or more years in a supervisory capacity preferred. 

Volunteer and Committee management experience preferred.

Understanding of computer systems and databases.  Proficient in Microsoft Office.

Able to effectively multi-task, establish priorities, and work in a fast-paced, ever-changing

Team player that has the ability to interface with all levels of staff and volunteers.

Exceptional management, leadership, and team-building skills.

Detail-oriented and strong organizational skills.

Excellent written, oral, and communication skills.

Superior active listening, observation, analytical, and problem recognition and solving skills. 

Ability to work and make judgments independently and take initiative.

Ability to travel locally required. Occasional overnight travel as needed.  Occasional evening and weekend work required as needed.

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How to Apply: 

If you’d like to join our team, please submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to JDRF by clicking the job URL

No Phone Calls Please. Only those candidates who meet our qualifications will be contacted. No staffing agencies please. 

JDRF is an Equal Opportunity Employer