Director of Development

Orlando, Florida
Salary commensurate with experience.
Sep 06, 2019
Sep 16, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Dynamic opportunity to provide overall leadership to the development activities of United Arts of Central Florida, a $6.3 million nonprofit, with a 30-year established history in the four-county Metro Orlando region. Seeking an experienced fundraising professional with a minimum of seven years of direct development experience, proven fundraising skills and exceptional communication and writing skills.        

This position leads all fundraising efforts of United Arts including planned, annual and deferred giving and approaches to individuals, foundations and corporations. Provides vision for the overall promotion of the organization in order to construct and market an appropriate image, develop ties with the community and achieve membership/participation goals. Manages department budgets. Participates as a member of the senior management team to formulate and implement policies and plans to meet the organization’s short- and long-term objectives. Reports to the President and CEO, oversees two development staff and manages the Board Development Committee.



  • Develop and implement a strategic direction and annual fundraising plan that: secures funding for agency sustainability and growth; cultivates United Arts’ funding base; identifies and engages new donors and volunteer leaders; and strengthens United Arts’ fundraising capabilities. This includes individual, corporate and foundation major gifts; the annual Collaborative Campaign for the Arts; workplace giving; corporate and foundation grant writing and relations; online giving; and designing and promoting sponsorships.
  • Develop and implement an annual fundraising plan, with input from key staff members and the Board of Directors.
  • Develop and manage a volunteer development committee to assist with meeting annual fundraising goals and objectives.
  • Develop ongoing relationships with potential major individual donors. Make solicitations and other presentations to potential donors on the activities of the organization. Act as a liaison to the public in fundraising activities.
  • Grow the online fundraising campaign and online donor development.
  • Develop and build ongoing relationships with foundation and corporate contacts. Introduce the organization to corporations and foundations that are not currently funding the organization.
  • Plan and coordinate fundraising events and other projects.
  • Spearhead the collection and maintenance of donor data for statistical and programming purposes.
  • Manage the development department in a fiscally sound manner by ensuring that the appropriate systems and procedures are in place to support fundraising goals.
  • Manage projects to meet deadlines, strategies, quality and budget.
  • Provide regular and timely updates and reports on fundraising/event status, including analysis of fundraising and event performance that includes financial effectiveness and success as tied to the strategy and goals.
  • Provide analysis and reports on overall fundraising traffic, the performance of online campaign communications, and other online measures related to online fundraising.
  • Review the annual report, press releases, website, social media and other communication materials from a development standpoint to ensure that the correct sponsors, donors, etc. are recognized by name, logo inclusion, etc.
  • Determine the donor loyalty strategies that are developed and implemented.
  • Liaison to the Development Committee
  • In collaboration with Marketing Manager, develop creative strategies for promotion of the Campaign and other development initiatives.
  • In collaboration with Marketing Manager, assist with outward bound communications strategies including but not limited to press and media relations, website and social media content.


  • Take leadership role in agency; provide support, advice and counsel to president in relevant areas.
  • Supervise and mentor development staff, setting goals and standards. Train as needed and appropriate.
  • Extensive community relations outreach as agency representative.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred;
  • A minimum of seven years fundraising experience with proven history of measurable results in organizing and implementing major gift, annual fund, corporate and foundation giving, direct mail and special events;
  • Extensive knowledge and proven ability to implement online communication and fundraising techniques; exposure to new and existing online fundraising technologies;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Effective communicator;
  • Ability to engage and manage volunteers;
  • Experience managing major individual fundraising campaigns;
  • Experience with of social media, web-based marketing and public relations as fundraising tools;
  • Strategic thinker who can communicate and implement the vision/plan for growth of the organization;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills; evidence of excellent relationship-building and maintenance at all levels;
  • Proven ability to work effectively with Board of Directors and volunteers fundraising committees;
  • Three or more years of supervisory experience;
  • Creative, self-starter with strong project management skills; ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously while adhering to budget and tight timelines;
  • Strong computer skills including databases, spreadsheets, word processing and email (Outlook);
  • Raisers Edge experience.


  • Must have reliable car and current US driver's license.
  • Requires travel within the four-county region
  • Some nighttime activity required pertaining to donor cultivation and community engagement
  • Travel is at least 25% of the position
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

United Arts’ benefits include: medical, dental, life, long- and short-term disability, employee 401K, and very generous paid vacation, sick and holiday time.

Application Requirements:

Please submit:

  • cover letter
  • Resume
  • Salary requirements


Please email to:

The position will remain open until it is filled.

United Arts is a drug-free, smoke-free EOE.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, United Arts will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.