Director of Development

Atlanta, Georgia - Midtown
Feb 06, 2019
Mar 08, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level

POSITION TITLE:  Director of Development 

REPORTS TO: President

DEPARTMENT: Development                             

STATUS:  Full-time/Salaried/Exempt

UPDATED ON: February 6, 2019


• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning

• Minimum of five years successful fundraising or related experience

• Excellent oral and written communication skills

• Knowledge of key fundraising areas, including annual fund, capital campaigns, planned giving, corporate giving, and major gifts

• Experience with donor management software

• Knowledge of Atlanta financial resources and philanthropy preferred

• Ability to travel independently to meetings outside of office

• Experience with the blind/visually impaired community a plus


Accountability: Strong attention to details, managing multiple tasks, meeting deadlines, and exceeding expectations

Communication: Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills

Initiative: Motivated self-starter seeking challenges and growth opportunities

Adaptability: Openness, flexibility, and the ability to respond productively to procedural changes within the organization

Collaboration: Ability to lead others and encourage teamwork


• Supervise the day-to-day fundraising activities of the Center for the Visually Impaired

• Design, implement, and coordinate fundraising strategies and action plans, including annual giving campaigns, campaigns for restricted gifts, endowment campaigns, capital campaigns, and other initiatives to increase the financial resources of CVI

• Inform President and leadership team of issues related to CVI’s fundraising priorities

• Offer substantive input on the funding potential for new programs

• Provide leadership for corporate and individual volunteer programs


• Participate as a member of the CVI management team

• Participate in setting annual fundraising goals and expense budget. Track and report progress toward annual goals throughout year and devise alternative strategies, as necessary, to meet goals

• Plan and implement annual giving campaign. Design multiple solicitation opportunities within approved budget for key constituent groups, e.g. Board, individuals, corporate donors, and staff. Assist volunteers and/or make personal solicitations to donors to achieve goals

• Provide strategic oversight for special event fundraising, including “Dining in the Dark” and “Night Visions”

• Provide strategic oversight for cultivation and stewardship events, setting goals and supervising staff with day-to-day responsibilities

• Manage a portfolio of 75+ major gift prospects from identification to cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Record contact reports for all substantive prospect and donor communication

• Provide strategic oversight for donor recognition programs, including the Henderson Society and the Mary Ann and Dick Cook Society

• Coordinate capital campaigns, working with campaign counsel, President, program managers, and key volunteers to achieve goals

• Supervise Development staff, overseeing annual goal and objective setting, evaluating performances, and coaching and mentoring, as needed

• Provide lead staff support to Fundraising Committee, including setting agendas, recording meeting notes, and general oversight of committee work

• Provide support and counsel on all fundraising-related issues for the CVI Foundation Board of Trustees and the CVI Board of Trustees

• Perform additional duties, as assigned


  • Must be able to lift 20 lbs.
  • Sitting and or standing for periods of time
  • Ability to travel independently

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