Development Director

  • Full Time
  • Columbus
  • Salary Range (Optional but highly recommended to increase equity in the workplace): $52,500 to $62,500

Website SKC_SCOUTS Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts Of America

Position Overview
Since 1910, Scouting has helped mold the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes and understands that helping youth puts us on a path towards a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Today’s professional Scouters are a diverse group of men and women sharing a dynamic career offering independence, achievement, and stability. This is work that makes a difference, work that calls one to continual learning and challenge, work that offers solid compensation, benefits and advancement.

The Development Director is responsible for fundraising activities for the council as they relate to foundations, United Way relationships, endowment, special events and donor relationships and cultivation.



  • Manage all Foundation relationships in the council, including prospecting to identify new foundation opportunities, prepare, and submit grant applications, communicate with key foundation contacts, and prepare and submit all outcomes reports. This involves close coordination with field staff to ensure that proposals match up with planned programming and that funded programming occurs as promised and outcomes are tracked.
  • Manage all United Way relationships in the council, including the application process and outcomes reporting. Coordinate with field staff to ensure that the United Way is kept apprised of all local programming and invited to participate where appropriate, and the council is represented at United Way meetings as required.
  • Work closely with the Director of Development and the field staff to recruit, train, inspire and staff volunteer committees for fundraising events. Guide and mentor district executives and special event chairs in the planning and execution of district special events. Directly manage the volunteer committee for one or more council-wide fundraising events.
  • Support the council Endowment Chair and Committee and promote endowment giving. Build and maintain prospect lists, cultivate prospective donors, close gifts and recognize donors with appropriate recognition annually to grow the council’s endowment funds.
  • Directly manage assigned donor relationships, ensuring that donors are appropriately stewarded throughout the year and that assigned donors are asked for their gifts in a timely manner and recognized appropriately.
  • Participate as a full member of the council team, attending full staff meetings, professional development activities, and other staff meetings as appropriate.
  • Support strategic operating plans for the council as directed. Establish coordinated goals and implements programs to meet goals, and development policies and priorities.
  • Participate in council events to cultivate relationships with donors, prospects, key volunteers, and all internal partners.
  • Pursue professional growth activities with the approval and support of the Director of Development.


  • Establish and maintain files on business and community leaders for cultivation, potential volunteer leadership and financial support.
  • Keep informed of laws, governmental regulations and legal development applicable to philanthropic giving so that the council may conform to regulatory expectations in applying for funds.
  • Maintain a strong working relationship with staff associates. Work closely with the rest of the development team and with the executive staff in the areas served to ensure proper training, support, and accountability to members of the field team.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information in dealing with donors, committees, board members and staff.
    Present a positive attitude and image at all times when representing the position and the council at Scouting and community functions.
  • Carry out additional responsibilities as assigned by the Scout Executive.



  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university required
  • Fundraising or comparable revenue-generation experience, including grant writing experience and direct cultivation of a caseload of donors.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; negotiation skills; and the ability to deal with complex concepts and ambiguity.
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaboration. The ability to work well both independently and collectively with other team members and in managing multiple projects and priorities.
  • Technical/digital competence, including data analytics and report generation.
  • Excellent and mature judgment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen and interact effectively with donors and high-level volunteers.
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time, including local and regional visits, and work evenings and occasional weekends.
  • Must be willing to accept and meet the Boy Scout of America’s leadership and membership standards and subscribe to the Scout Oath and Law. A Scouting background is helpful but not required.


  • Competitive salary, dependent upon qualifications and experience
  • Medical, dental, and life insurance
  • 403 (b) with partial employer match
  • Paid vacation

To apply for this job please visit