Director of Development

Performance Description:

This Director of Development will assist the Executive Director in creating and implementing a strategic development plan for the Durham Literacy Center, with a focus on diversifying our funding base.

Position Details:

This newly created role is a full-time salaried position. Work will be performed in our Durham office, with local travel. The Development Director reports to with the Executive Director and will also work closely with the Board of Directors.

Essential Job Functions:

Set development goals and strategies as well as create an annual development plan in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

Build on the base of existing donors (individual, corporate, foundation and others) and focus on the identification of new donors; continue to grow and improve the major gifts programs and develop planned giving programs.

Assist in planning and execution of fundraising events, including solicitation of in-kind donations.

Create and implement gift processing and donor acknowledgement plan.

Build out/maintain Salesforce Donor Database/CRM.

Determine appropriate reports regarding development plan metrics.

Leads corporate/governmental/foundation grant writing and reporting process with input from Executive Director and program staff.

Attend Board of Director Meetings and provide staff support at Development Committee Meetings.

Represent agency at community events in coordination with Executive Director.

Provide or secure fundraising training as needed for the Board or other volunteers.

Work closely with the Executive Director and engaged board of directors on a plan of action to meet communication and marketing needs to build awareness in the community and to strengthen fundraising efforts.

Ensure that all communications and marketing materials (written, verbal, web or e-based) have a unified and consistent message and look (including fundraising materials, acknowledgements to donors, annual reports, newsletters, website, proposals, etc.).

Required skills, experience and credentials:

Bachelor’s degree required.
Minimum three years’ experience in fundraising/development.
High degree of professionalism and excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to juggle competing priorities, excel at organizational skills, and have a high attention to detail and follow-through.
Experience in donor management/CRM software required (i.e. Salesforce, preferred).
Ability to work independently and take initiative to proactively identify resources and resolve problems.
Ability to conceptualize, execute, monitor and evaluate new and/or current donor initiatives.
Proficiency in computer programs including Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to DLC mission of providing free quality literacy services.

Salary: $50,000-$60,000 depending on experience and track record of accomplishments (plus full health and dental benefits)

Experience: Non-profit fundraising: 3 years (Required)
Education: Bachelor's (Required)
Work authorization: United States (Required)

Our Organization
Durham Literacy Center (DLC) is a 30-year-old non-profit based out of Durham that provides free literacy services to adults, out-of-school youth and speakers of other languages, helping them attain high school equivalency diplomas.

The DLC is located in the heart of Durham in Lakewood and near local hot spots like Cocoa Cinnamon, the Scrap Exchange and more.

Mission Statement
The mission of DLC is to empower Durham County residents who want to improve their lives and the lives of their families by improving their literacy skills.

Organization Name: 
Durham Literacy Center
Career Level: 
Salary range: 
$50,000-$60,000 a year
Job Type: 
Full Time
Triangle Area NC
Durham County
Organization Type: 
How to Apply: 

Please email a resume, cover letter and salary requirements with the subject line “[Your Name] - Director of Development” to The cover letter should explicitly state how your experience and accomplishments fit with this position's requirements.

No phone calls please. Initial screening for this position will begin on January 2, 2019. The position will be open until filled.

Salary and Benefits: 

$50,000-$60,000 a year depending on experience, plus full health and dental insurance offered.
Perks for the position include autonomy and flexibility; an engaged board of directors; and the DLC's main office is in the heart of Durham in Lakewood near local hot spots like Cocoa Cinnamon, the Scrap Exchange and more.