Director Of Development

Position Title: 
Director Of Development
Organization Name: 
Community Foundation of Elkhart County

Job Description

The Director of Development is responsible for developing, cultivating, and expanding relationships with the Foundation’s donors, professional advisors, and fundholders. The Director of Development primarily manages existing fund holder relationships, providing exceptional service and ensuring their long-term collaboration with the Foundation, and secondarily develops relationships with new potential fund holders.

Reports to the Chief Development Officer.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with the development of the department’s goals and implementation of the Community Foundation’s development strategy to attract new donors, retain existing donors.
  • Cultivate relationships in Elkhart County to inspire and engage donor’s philanthropic interests and goals. Donors may include individuals, families, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Create cultivation strategies focused on growing relationships with existing fund holders.
  • Manage Elkhart County Estate Planning Council committee, activities, and workshops.
  • Assist the Legacy Society, a recognition group for those who have included the Foundation in their estate plans.
  • Oversee fund management to provide day-to-day assistance, leveraging the expertise of colleagues when needed.
  • Write and edit proposals, Fund agreements, and other correspondences.
  • Manage the compliance of fund agreement changes.
  • Assist with the development and execution of donor recognition events and/or education sessions consistent with the Foundation’s overall donor relations strategies.
  • Collaborate with appropriate Foundation staff on donor-related communications (i.e., newsletters, annual report, event marketing, special mailings, surveys, etc.).
  • Make development pitches and presentations as needed.
  • Coordinate with other departments to ensure the timely delivery of quality services to all fundholders and donors.
  • Represent the Foundation at conferences and meetings of professional associations.
  • Achieve strong proficiency in Foundation’s CRM software for development functions, including but not limited to queries, reports, upload/download capabilities, fund balances, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

Experience, Abilities & Skills

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, five years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, private wealth management, and/or related relationship management field.
  • Knowledge of fund development, planned giving, and philanthropy, and the ability to knowledgeably assist Fund holders in formulating plans, goals, and/or strategies for their philanthropic giving.
  • Network of individual and corporate contacts who can assist with the Foundation’s growth is a plus.
  • Excellent customer service commitment, interpersonal skills in working with colleagues and external constituents.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications abilities.
  • Organized and detail-oriented, with the ability to excel in a fast-paced environment.
  •  Ability to manage multiple tasks, define and set priorities and problem-solve.
  • Thoughtful, courteous, patient, takes initiative, self-motivated.
  • Aligned with Foundation values and commitment to fostering a positive office culture.
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate and coordinate with others.
  • Availability to work outside of traditional business hours, to travel locally and occasionally regionally and nationally.
  • Excellent skills and experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, working with databases and internet research.
  • Experience with CRM software a plus; ability to quickly learn and become proficient with Foundation’s donor platform required.

This list of essential responsibilities and requirements is not intended to be exhaustive. The Community Foundation of Elkhart County reserves the right to revise this job description as needed to comply with actual job requirements.

  • Status: Full-Time, Exempt
  • Salary: Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • Please submit Cover Letter and resume to 
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 22, 2021