The Director of Development is responsible for the development and implementation of the fund raising plan as it relates to the mission of Youth Haven. She/he will systematically and effectively strengthen the organization's overall fundraising. The Director of Development will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow annual revenue through the solicitation of major gifts, grants, special events, individual giving, planned giving and corporate and foundation support.
The ideal candidate will have extensive experience and demonstrated success in fundraising and working with volunteers. This person should command superb fundraising judgment and have outstanding interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. The candidate must be an articulate, genuine and persuasive spokesperson on behalf of Youth Haven.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting Youth Haven. The successful candidate will help develop new relationships to build Youth Haven’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. The Director of Development also will design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances.
She/he will expand and diversify Youth Haven’s donor base and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives. In addition, the Director will work closely with the board of directors and support board members and the Board Development Committee in developing and growing an active fundraising role.
Lead the effort in collaboration with the ED and management team to develop, articulate and implement a comprehensive development strategy
Responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the development operations including major gifts, planned gifts, corporate giving and sponsorship, fundraising events, grants, research and donor database (Donor Perfect).
The Director will be focused on growing an existing portfolio of relationships capable of making major gifts and identifying prospective donors with the intent of cultivating, sustaining and increasing their engagement and investment.
Have primary responsibility for outcomes and deliverables of all funded grants and sponsorships with a long-term relationship building approach
Research funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position Youth Haven ahead of major funding changes or trend
Monitor all donor information; provide and present statistical analysis to Executive Director, board and management team.
Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating lasting relationships with donors
Build, lead, supervise and motivate a high performing development team
Support and partner with the Executive Director and board members on all major fundraising initiatives
5 or more years of nonprofit fundraising experience is required, with a record of successfully creating relationships with individual donors.
Responsibility for a development budget of at least $5m annually from multiple funding sources. Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated donor relationships
Experience working with donor management systems (preferably DonorPerfect)
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships
Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred
High energy and passion for Youth Haven’s mission is essential
A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time
Sense of humor
Ability to work weekends and evenings as needed
Ability to be cleared to work for Youth Haven through background screening process
All other duties as assigned
About Youth Haven, Inc
Founded in 1972, Youth Haven is fully-accredited by the nationally-recognized Council on Accreditation (COA), a member agency of the United Way of Collier County and a Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) beneficiary. Youth Haven has been in continuous operation for more than 46 years, and is a 4-star rated non-profit organization by Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading independent evaluator of charities.