Development Manager

  • Full Time
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Salary Range: $58,177.60 To 87,152.00 Annually

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Posting Deadline: End of Business Day, 01/16/2023


The Development Manager is responsible for front-line fundraising, including identification, cultivation and stewardship of annual giving and select major giving donors. This position will also be assigned special projects in conjunction with fundraising efforts, such as qualifying planned giving prospects, and will be tasked with special event fundraising including management of the event committee. They will also supervise the Development Assistant, assist in preparing and reviewing grants, and work closely with the Development Director to support lead generation, prospect discovery and manage donor relationships.


  • Manages portfolio and serves as gift officer for annual gifts, event donors and select major gift prospects.
    Develops face-to-face cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for annual donors identified through annual giving pipeline.
  • Serves as primary fundraiser for annual fundraising event and primary liaison to event committee including creation and implementation of strategic and proactive fundraising materials, communications, etc.
    Supports donor journey from cultivation through stewardship and again including responsibility for donor reports when necessary and supporting the Donor Relations team’s stewardship efforts.
  • Assists in the execution of fundraising and stewardship events and assists in preparing, mailing and tracking all correspondence, invitations and solicitations. Supports these events as necessary including primary ownership as well as tactical support. Communicates details to internal and external customers.
  • Responsible for donor communication and correspondence including proposal for leadership and major gifts and in some cases, website, social media and newsletters.
  • Supports production and distribution of donor newsletters, annual reports, event invitations and other mailings.
  • Maintains contact reports and action items and ensures accuracy for contact updates for their portfolio work and any such items assigned by the Development Director.
  • Serves as back-up to accurately input confidential gift information into Raiser’s Edge software during busy giving seasons.
  • Supervises Development Assistant by setting individual performance measurements, reinforcing individual accountability.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned including serving on task forces, committees, etc.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university required.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in fundraising, development, sales or similar experience; experience as a front-line fundraiser preferred.
  • Experience with grant writing, event management and administration a plus.
  • Strong organization and analytical skills. Coordinates and manages multiple tasks, anticipates needs and gives attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to tailor communications with volunteers, donors, Library customers, community, colleagues, and diverse audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to interface professionally, build effective working relationships, relate well and build appropriate rapport, and ability to navigate challenging situations and conversations.
  • Time management skills; able to work independently with initiative.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality when working with sensitive information.
  • Ability to operate library technology including personal computer, email, software programs (i.e. Windows/Microsoft Office) and other job-related equipment and systems.
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge fundraising database is highly preferred.
  • Ability to utilize reliable transportation to promptly report to job assignment and other locations, per job requirements.


The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, libraries, and residences or commercial vehicles (e.g., use of safe workplace practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals, and/or working in moderate outdoor weather conditions).

Work requires minimal demand for physical effort


Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

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