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Development Director

Moves & Grooves, Inc.
Nashville, Tennessee / Working from home
$40,000 per year + benefits
Closing date
Mar 17, 2024

Job Details

The Development Director assists in the overall operation of the Development Department. The position oversees donor stewardship (communication, recognition, and retention), and manages large-scale appeals, including direct mail and digital campaigns. Our Executive Director, a big-picture thinker, will rely on the Development Director to translate ideas into action and help determine project timelines, priorities, and required resources. The development function of the agency is complemented by a marketing contractor to assist in campaign design and execution. 

With the flexibility to work from home, the Development Director is based at the Nashville headquarters and reports to the Executive Director. Moves and Grooves operates with a small team that makes a big impact. The next Development Director will have a solid foundation from which to write the next successful chapter as we prepare to build Nashville's first Youth Arts & Innovation Center. 

We are looking for a fundraising professional driven by seeing our students succeed and our community prosper. The ideal candidate will take the initiative in managing relationships and modeling best practices in donor stewardship, retention, and acquisition. Led by a dynamic and engaged Board of Directors, Moves and Grooves is experiencing a surge in growth driven by passionate leaders who are actively engaging with their community and improving lives as a result. She or he will consider the Board their partner in driving revenue to support our uniquely successful arts-focused programming model. 

This is a full-time exempt position. Standard office hours are 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Our next Development Director must have the ability to occasionally work flexible hours depending on needs and events. 


  • Assists the Executive Director in reaching the organization’s fundraising goals. Includes planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating development projects and events. Particularly focused on giving campaigns, direct mail, and electronic and donor communication/stewardship/ retention.
  • Solicitation/Fundraising Responsibilities: 
    • Works with the Executive Director to develop and achieve the annual development plan 
    • Create and manage annual fund/direct mail campaigns (several per year)
    • Manage electronic giving: 
      • Email, text-to-give campaigns, etc.
      • Giving Tuesday
      • Big Payback
    • Provides donor scheduling and other support to the Executive Director as needed
  • Donor Stewardship/Communications:
    • Develop and execute systems to ensure donor communication/recognition/ retention 
      • Communicate with donors throughout the year
      • Create and manage donor communication (content and distribution) through newsletters, e-blasts, social media stories
      • Attend and report on special donor projects (memorials, etc.)
    • Track and increase giving from existing donors 
  • Special Events:
    • Solicit sponsors for special events
    • Provides other assistance to all special events as time permits
  • Committees: 
    • Coordinates and provides support for activities and projects.
    • Represents the Executive Director on board and staff committees as needed or serves as the department designee
  • Other: 
    • Cross trains with the Resources/Program Director to provide back-up coverage for data management and reporting
    • Manages Giving Matters page
    • Other duties as assigned 


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent real-world experience
  • Minimum of five years of experience in fundraising, preferably for a non-profit or cultural institution, with a demonstrated record of reaching goals
  • A comfort level dealing with donors and patrons, especially in making the ask
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of leadership and donors to develop relationships between them and Moves and Grooves
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, and a commitment to exceeding expectations and successful stewardship of donors at all levels
  • Demonstrated experience in maximizing results in a deadline-driven environment through efficient time management skills, multi-tasking, prioritization, and tracking of both long- and short-term timelines with minimal supervision and maximum personal accountability and self-motivation
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with all constituencies internally and externally
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment related to significant projects 
  • Discretion with financial, donor, and proprietary company information
  • Training and experience in Kindful (or comparable customer relationship management database software) 
  • Knowledge and experience with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and financial reporting protocols
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, analytical and strategic thinking skills
  • Fluency in all Office suite software, especially Excel and Word, and use of Windows-based personal computers
  • Ability, aptitude, and willingness to work as part of a team 
  • Professional attitude and appearance

Our core values reflect excellence and integrity. All employees are expected to promote and advocate for Moves and Grooves and its mission both inside and outside the organization. As artists, arts educators, and arts administrators, we share a cultural ideal and uphold values that make Moves and Grooves a uniquely satisfying place to work. Likewise, they are expected to support the following enduring values:

  • Drive for Results: The Development Manager can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is very bottom-line oriented; and steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Action Oriented: Enjoys working hard, is action-oriented and full of energy for things seen as challenging, not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning, seizes opportunities, shows initiative
  • Planning: The Development Manager accurately scopes out the length and difficulty of tasks and projects; sets objectives and goals; breaks down work into process steps; develops schedules and tasks/assignments; anticipates and adjusts for problems and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people—up down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
  • Composure: The Development Manager is cool under pressure; does not become defensive or irritated when times are tough; is considered mature; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is a settling influence in a crisis.

Compensation for the Development Director includes a competitive nonprofit base salary commensurate with experience.  Benefits Include a flexible schedule, monthly allowance for healthcare benefits, cellphone allowance, holiday pay, and vacation pay.  A background check and fingerprinting are required.

Only individuals selected for further consideration will be contacted. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to review our website at prior to submitting materials for consideration. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


Moves & Grooves is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization seeking to inspire youth to create for themselves and to discover, learn, and, grow through the Arts.  As a growing organization since 2002, Moves & Grooves is a testament to young people that using your talents to inspire others is one of the most powerful things that you can do in life and using your gifts to serve others can be most rewarding. In years to come, Moves & Grooves will continue to fulfill its mission to enhance the academic achievement of children through creative arts programs.

Our Mission is to enrich the lives of youth by empowering them to discover their potential through academic achievement and the arts. Our Vision is for Moves & Grooves to be the premier organization for arts and innovation with youth.

Company info
(615) 953-1363
301 S Perimeter Park Dr
United States

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