Director of Development

DEPARTMENT: Development
SUPERVISOR: Executive Director
Posted August 2, 2017

FYI’S Annual Operating Budget of $2.4m is comprised of 19% foundation grants, 11% private/individual gifts, and 70% government funding. Our endowment is $130,000. Our Board of Directors consists of 14 Trustees who meet six times annually and in five committees, as scheduled. Expanding FYI’s portfolio of foundation, corporate and individual gifts is a current priority.

THE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT is a member of the Senior Management Team and works closely with Trustees and the Development/Fundraising Committee of the Board. FYI currently employs: 20 full-time staffers; 27 regular part-time staff; and various consultants.

POSITION PURPOSE: The Director of Development is responsible for meeting annual revenue, campaign, and fund raising goals, aligning these efforts with FYI’s mission, and working closely with the Board of Directors, and Executive Director. FYI is building its revenue streams in order to: extend services to youth from kindergarten through college persistence; increase the quality of services offered at every developmental stage; and effectively include school personnel and parents in these efforts. The Director of Development works closely with the Executive Director in developing an effective case for support, and will be relied upon and valued for providing feedback, direction, and strategy.


  • Develop and execute annual fundraising plan
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations
  • Manage fundraising software
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Create and execute a strategy for building a sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Plan and manage special cultivation and fundraising events
  • Research, generate, and track proposals and reports
  • Develop high-yield social media campaigns (e.g., Crowdfunding), when feasible
  • Ensure effective donor cultivation through strong communications including newsletters,annual report, and website


  • BA plus relevant professional training
  • A proven track record of five or more years of success at a nonprofit of similar size or larger at meeting fundraising goals from individuals as well as private and public funders
  • Demonstrated success in raising foundation, government, and corporate funds
  • Experienced fundraising generalist with understanding of annual appeal campaigns, major gifts, events, and cultivation
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, research, and outreach skills
  • Knowledge of fundraising software
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Motivated, energetic self-starter with strong interpersonal and team skills

COMPENSATION: Highly competitive salary; excellent benefits including health, twenty-one
day’s vacation per annum with third year increase to 24 days per annum, and a flexible
schedule with the opportunity to work remotely.

CONTACT: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Eileen Lyons,
Executive Director, at

START DATE: Flexible -- Mid-September to Mid-October, 2017

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