Development Director

Cumming, Georgia
$36,800-$52,000 annually commensurate with credentials and experience
Jun 09, 2021
Jul 09, 2021
Focus Areas
Human Services
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
50 - 75%
Experience Level

Job Description: Director of Development


Position/Role: Director of Development

The purpose of this role is to provide a single resource to oversee the support of donors and volunteers, and the community engagement strategic priorities.  This role focuses intently on the development and implementation of the communications, fundraising, and volunteer engagement strategies of SAFFT.

Location:  SAFFT Family Life Center, Cumming and Gainesville Locations

Organization/Program: Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together, Inc./Resource Development

Hours of Operation: 10:30a – 7:30p every day

Primary duties:

  • Solicit funding, in-kind donations, and grants through verbal and written proposals, both in-person and virtually.
  • Lead the Board of Directors’ Development Committee and utilize Board members and executive team to advance fundraising efforts.
  • Develop and maintain effective communication and relationships with past, current, and potential donors and volunteers, providing personalized opportunities, invitations and communications as appropriate.
  • Provide monthly fundraising reports to the Executive Director and prepare and deliver quarterly presentations to the Board.
  • Manage preparation and recording of acknowledgement letters in DMS, track future actions, and file relevant paperwork.
  • Collaborate with the Finance Team to develop and administer long term operating and capital budgets, and ensure accurate grant allocation and timely spend-down.
  • Lead the planning, preparation, execution, and follow-up of special events.
  • Manage Development team members.
  • Develop marketing content and manage social media platforms.
  • Develop volunteer opportunities and ways to engage volunteers.
  • Lead the strategic and annual operating plans for the development function of SAFFT.
  • Lead and maintain the accreditation process for the development function.
  • Ensure continuous performance and quality improvement of the development function.
  • Clean and help maintain facilities.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Direct Contact/Reports to:  Executive Director

Pay Range: $36,800-$52,000 annually commensurate with credentials and experience

Vacation/Time-Off/Benefits: 15 days of paid time off (PTO) annually and 15 paid holidays annually.  Medical, dental and vision offered and employer pays half of the employee-only cost.  Professional development continuing education opportunities available.

FLSA Status:  Full-time/exempt

Skills and Minimum Requirements:

Candidate must have a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, Communications, Development, or a related field.  Candidate must have development, fundraising, and/or communications skills, preferably in the social sector.  Candidate must have strong creative and design skills, verbal communication, organizational skills, decision-making, and integrity. Candidate must also possess an understanding of human services.  Candidate must have a desire and passion for working with a mission-driven organization that serves children and families.  Candidate must possess strong event and project management skills, an appreciation for meeting deadlines, and the foresight and organizational wherewithal to be proactive.  Candidate must also be willing to work flexible hours and be able to travel 50% of the time.  Finally, candidate must have a driver’s license and possess a vehicle.

Preferred Qualifications:

CFRE credential and three years of proven experience in development and working with executive leadership.   


Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together (SAFFT) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect children, rebuild families, and empower caregivers. Through years of working with hundreds of children and families, SAFFT discovered that families in crisis are part of a generational cycle passed down to children causing decades of family abuse, addiction, child neglect, homelessness, unemployment, and severe poverty. Since early 2009, SAFFT has successfully developed and implemented multiple programs of support with centers located in Forsyth and Hall County. SAFFT’s leadership strongly believes change begins with the entire community, including the families in crisis, the children in foster and adoptive care, caregivers supporting the children, and organizations charged with protecting and serving the children and families.

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