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Development Manager

Georgia Center for Nonprofits
Atlanta, Georgia / Hybrid
Closing date
Jun 7, 2024

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Focus Areas
Associations / Union
Job Function
Development / Fundraising
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level

Job Details

At the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, our mission is to build thriving communities by helping nonprofit succeed. Every day, we invest in the people and organizations that embody this commitment – transforming Georgia’s communities together through a shared vision of our state’s future.  GCN’s programs and projects originate in our community of partners – in the needs of nonprofit leaders on the ground, and the resources of companies and foundations with the vision to meet those needs: developing talent, sharpening strategy, equipping leaders, and building powerful networks of high-performing nonprofits.    

We are excited to announce a wonderful opportunity for an experienced development professional to continue to expand the growth trajectory of GCN’s philanthropic partnerships. We invite applications from proven leaders (nonprofit development disciplines, or seasoned professionals with backgrounds in business development, marketing, communications or public relations)  that can: help us reach our philanthropic goals; apply consultative skills to help us make a bigger mission impact with nonprofits across the state through multi-level partnership design; use relationship and project management skills to form and manage initiatives with some of Georgia’s significant corporate and philanthropic institutions around capacity strategies for grantees and prospective grantees; play a part in shaping how donors support capacity and the nonprofit sector.    

Summary Description   

The Development Manager manages a portfolio of GCN’s philanthropic partnership activities.  These activities include fundraising efforts such as foundation grant writing, corporate sponsorships, as well as philanthropic partnership programs that involve managing outsourced components of corporate philanthropic strategy and working directly with grant makers on joint projects.  

Working closely with the Development team and CEO, the Manager will implement organization-wide and department-specific development strategies to obtain philanthropic revenues to meet annual and multi-year fundraising goals.  The Manager will be a seasoned fundraiser, strong communicator able to articulate and position partnership opportunities to external audiences and serve as an ambassador for GCN’s vision with donors, partners, and the broader nonprofit community. This position requires a person who has the ability to communicate complex information clearly in writing; the motivation to network and build effective partnerships, and who has solid project management skills.  

Specific Responsibilities  

  • Research and cultivate prospects to generate the financial resources needed to advance and support the mission of GCN.  
  • Personally steward and provide leadership for a portfolio of existing programmatic partnerships with various private and corporate donors requiring coordination with multiple internal departments, external stakeholders, consultants, etc.  
  • Execute grant research and writing assignments with a high level of independence. 
  • Create strategy and aligned action plans, manage execution of plans - measuring results, providing communication and reporting, ensuring systems and processes support goals.  
  • Implement a stewardship program that retains and delights stakeholders.  
  • Follow development policies, systems, and procedures, with emphasis on ethical standards for soliciting and reporting gifts (in-kind and cash) and for meeting expectations of donors (individual, corporate, foundation, and government).   
  • Use donor software and records, ensuring donor privacy, data accuracy, and timeliness of all reporting.  

Experience & Qualifications  

  • Candidate should have at least 3-6 years’ experience in nonprofit development and hold at least a bachelor’s degree.   
  • Proven fundraising skills - superior prospect research, donor cultivation strategy development, proposal writing/editing, analysis and reporting.   
  • Demonstrated ability to independently write successful proposals.  
  • A proven track record in managing fundraising efforts such as annual giving campaigns, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, and/or similar fundraising initiatives.   
  • Experience managing complex projects, executing consulting engagements or managing intricate corporate partnerships.  
  • Ability to build, maintain and steward strong donor relationships 
  • Some background in managing small events, donor gatherings, networking events is a plus. 
  • Business acumen, ability to analyze data and financial information and present clear, data driven insight and decision making.   
  • Technical skills are a must - proficiency in Microsoft Office products especially Excel, Word and Power Point; proficiency in Sales Force or other CRM system management; comfort with email communications platforms, Monday project management and Canva a plus.  

Personal Attributes 

  • Ability to partner with, manage and lead others with enthusiasm, sense of humor, and ability to activity contribute to a positive work environment.  
  • Intellectual agility and demonstrated ability to think strategically. 
  • Excellent communication, writing, planning, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.  
  • Great attention to detail and the ability to organize and prioritize work.  
  • Authenticity and personal integrity are highly valued traits   

Job Type: Full-time (Hybrid)  

Required education:  Bachelor's (Masters preferred)  

Required experience:  

3-6 years of experience in: fundraising; business development; marketing or PR or entrepreneurial/social enterprise leadership.    


  •  GCN has a highly competitive salary and benefits package that includes:  
  • Benefits menu of health, dental, vision, and auxiliary choices that include supplemental insurance, short & long term, vision, public transport, etc.   
  • Retirement plan that includes generous employer contribution with zero employee match requirement 
  • Hybrid work, Flexible hours  
  • Paid vacation, sick, plus annual personal day allotment   

Send resume and cover letter to HR@gcn[dot]org with the subject line “Development Manager” by June 15, 2024 to be considered. No phone calls will be accepted.  

GCN is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.  



The mission of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits is to build thriving communities by helping nonprofits succeed. Through a powerful mix of advocacy, solutions for nonprofit effectiveness, and insight-building tools, GCN provides nonprofits, board members and donors with the tools they need to strengthen organizations that make a difference on important causes throughout Georgia. 

GCN provides comprehensive support to more than a thousand organizations and 5,000 professionals spanning the nonprofit world in scale and scope—from international organizations to corporate philanthropies, foundations, and community initiatives. Through exclusive access to publications, research, in-depth online content, cost-saving opportunities, and learning and networking events throughout the year, GCN Membership connects sector professionals with thought leaders, leading funders, experts and peers—proving the power of our community in sharing knowledge and building partnerships. 

Innovative year-round onsite and online programming through GCN’s Nonprofit University delivers an array of professional development opportunities to develop leadership skills and core competencies. Our Nonprofit Consulting Group provides the expert guidance to develop strategies and build capacity for organizations of all sizes, enabling them to accelerate and grow their impact.

With our annual Georgia Gives Day initiative, GCN has helped our state's nonprofits tap the potential of online fundraising—in its first four years, raising $9 million from 54,000 donations, supporting 2,4000 participating nonprofits. And Work for Good is GCN’s national job board and leading hiring and career resource for the purpose-driven community.

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