Director of Development and Major Gifts

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Transforming the lives of the individuals with disabilities and other barriers through pathways to independence and the power of work.

Goodwill’s Mission:  Transforming the lives of the individuals with disabilities and other barriers through pathways to independence and the power of work.


Job Title                            Director of Development & Major Gifts

Department                     Development

Reports To                       Chief Financial Officer

Pay Grade                        Grade 9

Employment Class        Management Salary Exempt

EEO Class                        1.2-First/Mid Level Officials and Managers


Oversee development program in accordance with the objectives of Goodwill Columbus.


  • Oversee all components of Goodwill Columbus’s development program, including donor cultivation, special events, in-store giving campaigns, direct mail program, and annual fund.
  • Oversee recruitment of corporate sponsors for Extraordinary People Luncheon and serve as the team lead in  event execution.
  • Working closely with VP of Retail, support success of in-store giving campaign (Round Up).
  • Communicate to and inform donors of Goodwill’s mission and activities through Direct Mail solicitations, events, newsletters,  and individual outreach.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with new and existing donors, foundations, corporations, and community organizations.
  • Acting Major Gifts Officer; lead donor cultivation initiatives with the long-term goal of securing major gifts.
  • Oversee corporate grants program; coordinate internal efforts with People Services Grants Writer, research grants opportunities, assist in writing and submitting grant proposals for projects that require funds, as needed.
  • Serve as the liaison between Development and department  directors.
  • Develop and execute additional fundraising initiatives (example: additional anniversary events).
  • Develop, prioritize and implement short- and long-term fundraising goals.
  • Lead donor-related activities involving board members and the Development Committee.

Ancillary Job Functions

  • Ensure Goodwill Columbus maintains excellence in its accountability with funders and nonprofit associations such as The Columbus Foundation.
  • Ensure accuracy of donor database.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience – An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.

  • Seven to ten years of experience in development field.
  • Experience managing a team.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities which may be representative, but not all-inclusive of those commonly associated with this position.

  • Ability to work comfortably and professionally with donors, board members, and other funders.
  • Ability to write grants to secure funds for the organization.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or similar donor database program.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software: Word, Excel, Outlook ,and PowerPoint Skilled in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Clear verbal communication skills and ability to give and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to effectively organize and prioritize work as well as concentrate on multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently, make responsible decisions and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to use good judgment and think quickly and rationally in difficult or stressful situations.

Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.

  • General office conditions. Exposed to moderate noise levels.

Physical Abilities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.


At Goodwill, we’ll help you reach your potential while you help others reach theirs. Want to enjoy coming to work? So do we!

Our full-time benefits include:

  • Promotion and Growth Opportunities

Company paid life and long-term disability insurance

  • Health, Dental and Vision insurance the 1st of the month after 30 days
  • Voluntary life, short-term disability, accident, critical illness, and hospital indemnity coverage
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Employee Discount at all Goodwill Columbus Stores

Goodwill Columbus is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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