Director of Development

  • Full Time
  • Columbus
  • Salary Range (Optional but highly recommended to increase equity in the workplace): From $65,000

Website New Directions Career Center


New Directions Career Center seeks a mission-oriented Development Director to effectively grow, implement, and manage the organization’s fund development goals and strategies. The role is a unique opportunity to build and execute an organizational fund development plan and raise awareness of the critical and impactful work that New Directions does in the Central Ohio community.

The successful candidate will have strong marketing, relationship management, and fund development experience. The Development Director will report to the Executive Director and will continuously enhance the organization’s ability to meet the strategic objective of achieving financial sustainability.


The Development Director has responsibility for:

Developing, implementing, and measuring/evaluating a long-term fund development plan that achieves the organization’s strategic objective of increasing financial sustainability
Managing and coordinating agency special events
Managing the organization’s donor and volunteer engagement strategy with an inclusion lens to expand the pool of donors/volunteers
Overseeing the marketing, communications, and brand management for New Directions to extend our reach in supporting women and increasing support for NDCC

Fund Development Plan

Drives the development, implementation and evaluation of an organizational fund development plan that includes strategies for grants, sponsorships, solicitation of major gifts, planned giving, events, giving campaigns, endowment fund, and prospective donors
Conducts data-driven analysis and reporting of fund development plan performance
Event Management

Manages and coordinates special events, including the annual Women of Promise event
Organizes and facilitates event committees by working closely with the Chair, monitoring action items and engaging committee members to ensure successful event outcomes
Assists in preparation of budgets for events
Tracks and reports on event outcomes including net revenue and cost/benefit analysis
Coordinates contracts with event vendors and in-kind donors
Manages organization event compliance
Donor and Volunteer Engagement and Tracking

Develops and cultivates positive and inclusive relationships with diverse community, civic and corporate leaders
Builds and maintains effective relationships with staff, stakeholders, and members of the Board of Directors
Utilizes and manages agency’s fundraising technology platforms including Bloomerang, Classy, Constant Contact, and website in order to maximize donor relations
Provides reporting and analysis from agency’s CRM

Marketing and Communications

Coordinates all marketing and communications needs related to the fund development plan including event marketing, outcome publications, and donor outreach materials
Manages contractors and volunteers who support marketing and communications
Recruits volunteers (non-board members) to assist with marketing and fundraising activities and committees
Promotes deep appreciation for and sensitivity to diverse stakeholders’ cultures in all communications activities
Ensures compliance with brand guidelines within web, social media, and digital fundraising/marketing platforms


Professional Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience; Marketing or Communication degree preferred
Demonstrated experience leading fundraising activities with a record of strong performance meeting and exceeding targets
Three or more years’ of experience in non-profit fund development
Exceptional interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills
Strong passion for the Mission and support for Core Values of New Directions, including a deep commitment to New Directions’ equity and inclusion focus
Ability to successfully manage multiple priorities and deadlines
Must work well in a small, fast-paced organization – both independently and as part of a cohesive diverse team
Demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships with diverse stakeholders
Brand management experience
Strong technology skills – proficiency working within CRM/donor management platforms, Windows 10, Microsoft applications, Google applications, remote meeting platforms
Personal Characteristics

You thrive in a creative, inventive, and collaborative environment with people who are passionate about their work and mission
You are an advocate for a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment
You are focused on relationship development and rapport building with stakeholders
You take a strengths-based, data-driven, and results-oriented approach to your work
You are a forward-looking catalyst for positive social change
You are a resourceful thinker
You are an effective communicator with strong oral and written skills
You are tech savvy and can troubleshoot tech challenges in a supportive way
You stand behind our mission, believing that individuals, particularly women, from any community have the capacity to achieve their goals and access well-paying and valuable career positions

New Directions Career Center practices what we teach in our career development, wellness-based programs. We believe our staff is the heart and soul of the organization and are positive agents of change for a more equitable and inclusive community. Our workplace culture celebrates diversity and is challenging, supportive, collaborative and mission-driven. We take a genuine interest in career paths and work-life balance.

You’ll enjoy a welcoming and casual professional environment with self-development opportunities and supportive leadership. New Directions provides health, vision, dental, and life insurance and short term disability in addition to generous paid time off benefits. If you want to work in a small and mighty progressive organization, where you can build something meaningful and have fun while doing it, we would love to hear from you.

About New Directions:

New Directions Career Center is in its 42nd year of providing high quality career counseling, education, and supportive services to help thousands of women achieve affirming and satisfying career paths. We accomplish our mission of uplifting and empowering women to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency by offering a holistic suite of career development programs, workshops, and individualized services including career counseling, employment readiness and placement services, mediation services, and support services.

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