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JOB TITLE:                Development Director

REPORT TO:            Executive Director

TIME REQUIREMENT:   40 hours a week


SYNOPSIS:    This position is responsible for the coordination, planning and implementation of all fundraising, marketing, public relations, grants management, and donor cultivation activities, as well as overseeing volunteer activities and outcomes.  This role is a senior leadership position in the organization. As such, it requires the ability to work strategically and operationally.  It requires excellent judgment, planning, and management skills.  It requires complete commitment to and understanding of the organization’s mission, vision, and operating philosophy.  It requires close working relationships with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, peers, and volunteers.




·         Identify program development opportunities in accordance with organizational mission, operating philosophy, strategic plan, and best practices.

·         Prevent, identify, and remove discriminatory barriers in services provided.

·         Provide program reports as requested in a comprehensive and timely fashion.

·         Ensure all grant-related data are collected and reported for program management and grant reporting in an accurate, comprehensive, and timely fashion.

·         Monitor and manage program budgets.



Work with Board of Directors and the Executive Director to plan and implement activities to ensure income through contributions from individuals and organizations.  These activities include but are not limited to: researching donor prospects, cultivating donors, soliciting by mail and/or in person. This may include developing and implementing direct mail solicitations (generally two per year), capital or major gifts campaigns, and planned giving.



Work with Board of Directors and volunteers to coordinate internally and externally initiated special events.  These activities may include but are not limited to: coordinating and/or participating in sponsorship solicitation, handling correspondence, creating promotional materials, public relations, coordinating use of mailing list, and assisting at events in any way required.  TESSA has at least one major special event per year, plus numerous small events.



·         Work with local and regional media to raise community awareness.  Responsible for developing and distributing press releases and other media materials, developing partnerships with media organizations, tracking and reporting media contacts and content.

·         Develop and implement a plan for raising domestic violence and sexual assault community awareness.

·         Develop multicultural services, programming, and outreach.

·         Deliver programs and services in a manner that is respectful and sensitive to the client, donor, and volunteer’s cultural experience. 

·         Oversee the newsletter content development, production, and distribution.

·         Oversee the website development/management.

·         Oversee the Speakers Bureau.

·         Public speaking with small and large groups.



Oversee the volunteer & community engagement coordinator and volunteer program to include recruitment, training, development and retention of volunteers.  Must be able to work effectively with many different types of volunteers, from board members to special events committee members to those who work with clients directly.



Secure funds from public and private sources for operating support, new programs, and special projects.  Oversee the researching, statistical tracking and reporting of all grants.  Writing and submitting new and existing grant applications is also required.



·         Set an example and be a role model for others.

·         Take responsibility for action of self and team.

·         Use critical thinking to analyze and build solutions for problem areas while assessing global implications. 

·         Create and maintain a team environment where employees/volunteers can speak openly, share ideas, and challenge each other.

·         Encourage/lead team in challenging the ‘system’; look for new ways to provide services, question why we do things, and seek ways to improve policies & procedures. 

·         Identifies and develops employee/volunteer potential to its fullest.

·         Set challenging yet attainable performance objectives.

·         Be mission oriented in perspective and performance.



·         Recognize that we hold attitudes and beliefs that can detrimentally influence our perceptions of and interactions with individuals who are diverse from ourselves. 

·         Recognize the importance of multicultural sensitivity, responsiveness to, knowledge of, and understanding about diversity.

·         Apply the principles of multiculturalism and diversity in training and staff development.

·         Apply culturally appropriate skills in all interactions with clients, co-workers, volunteers, partner agencies, and other community members.

·         Use organizational change processes to support culturally informed organizational policies & procedures.




·         Ensure staff and volunteer/intern training and orientation to policies and procedures for Resource Development department is completed.

·         Establish and communicate performance expectations.

·         Provide direct, ongoing supervision and support to staff, volunteers, and interns of the Resource Development department.

·         Provide direction, motivate, delegate, and be actively involved in the development of staff and volunteers.  This includes listening, giving feedback, supporting their efforts, and recognizing and rewarding performance.

·         Complete 90-day and yearly employee performance evaluations on all direct reports in a comprehensive and timely fashion.

·         Employ and dismiss departmental staff, volunteers, and interns in accordance with agency personnel policies and program needs.

·         Prevent, identify and/or remove discriminatory barriers in T·E·S·S·A’s recruitment, hiring, training, retention, career development, promotion, benefits, and pay policies and practices.

·         Champion cultural inclusivity principles and efforts within the organization and its partnerships.


·         Supervise donor database maintenance; generate and analyze donor and/or contribution reports.

·         Assist in the United Way campaign as required.

·         Commit to T·E·S·S·A’s organizational mission, vision, and operating philosophy.

·         Develop, understand, support, and implement organizational initiatives and strategic plans.

·         Attend staff, board, management, and other relevant meetings, trainings, and in-services as assigned.

·         Other duties and projects as requested by supervisor.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

·         Degree in related field preferred; Equivalent combination of education/experience may be considered

·         Prior funds development experience required, particularly annual giving, direct mail,   corporate relations, major donor cultivation/programs 

·         Two years supervisory experience preferred.  Strong management skills.

·         Excellent project management skills, particularly multi-tasking, prioritization of outcomes

·         Excellent customer service skills (esp. the ability to work effectively with many different types of people—internal and external to the organization, paid staff and volunteers)

·         Excellent writing skills, particularly grant writing, press releases, donor communications

·         Marketing and public relations skills

·         Ability to motivate staff, Board members and other volunteers

·         Articulate, compelling, and experienced public speaker

·         Good connections and relationships with historically marginalized/diverse communities

·         Excellent organizational, communication (oral and written), problem solving, listening and interpersonal skills

·         Strong detail orientation

·         Ability to work well under stressful circumstances

·         Ability to empathize, encourage and guide

·         Knowledgeable and proficient computer skills

·         Valid driver's license and car insurance

·         Must be willing to complete background checks

·         Ability to read, write and speak English

·         Fluency in Spanish and/or ASL preferred



·         Ability to sit and concentrate for long periods of time

·         Ability to climb stairs, if necessary

·         Possesses vision sufficient to read and work on a computer

·         Possesses hearing sufficient to communicate on phone and in person

·         Ability to write legibly

·         Ability to lift 50lbs

·         Ability to work long hours, intermittently

·         Ability to tolerate all weather conditions


To apply, please contact [email protected] for more information.



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