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Development Director, Columbus House, Inc.

Company: Columbus House, Inc.
Date Posted: April 8, 2017

Columbus House, Inc.
Full Time, FLSA Exempt Development Director

VEVRAA Federal Contractor: Priority Referrals of Protected Veterans Requested


The Development Director conducts all facets of donor relations with existing individual donors as well as prospective and existing organizational donors in a dynamic and fast-paced non-profit Donor Development Department.

Duties and Responsibilities

Manages the Development team in the creation and implementation of the Development plan which includes the creation and oversight of direct mail appeals, fundraising events, community fundraising activities, grant requests, external communications, volunteer management and community/media relations. Creates written content for direct mail appeals, corporate sponsorship materials, donor reply devices and special event invitations. Develops and writes content in conjunction with the Communications Specialist for all external communications including: E-communications, web-site donation pages, annual reports, newsletters, event invitations, etc. Develops strategies and implements plans to increase the number of community-based fundraising initiatives (grass roots fundraisers.) Manages all aspects of Columbus House special events including pre and post event donor cultivation, sponsorship identification and solicitation and volunteer committee recruitment with a goal of increasing total net revenue. Implements “moves management” strategies to convert volunteers, new event attendees and in-kind donors to financial donors. Identifies current donors who may be ready for major and planned gift CDO and/or CEO. Conducts donor research among existing and prospective donors. Serves as contact with donors, donor prospects, and community members. Working with Development Associate, generates donor reports from Donor Perfect. Trains and supervises Development Interns. Increases corporate matching gift donations, workplace giving campaigns and contributions through the Neighborhood Assistance Act. Promotes monthly giving options while increasing number of monthly donors. Other activities as assigned by the CDO. Some evening and weekend work is required

Qualifications & Abilities

Minimum of 7+ years of progressively responsible experience in a non-profit Development office. Outstanding facility with computerized database systems and electronic communications. Self-starting and deadline oriented; capable of seamlessly managing multiple assignments and priorities and experienced managing a dynamic development department. Strong organizational and collaborative skills. Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, as well as good judgment and a strong sense of confidentiality. Able to clearly articulate the agency mission and is comfortable maintaining relationships with staff, managers, directors, board members and all other Columbus House stakeholders. Outstanding skills in the utilization of MS Office programs. A 4 year degree from an accredited college requires along with a demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development. Valid US driver’s license with good driving record. Must understand the goals and plans of the Development Department in order to work collaboratively and independently to achieve those goals. With the Development Associate, serves as database administrator; drafts, revises and develops data base protocols following approval by the CDO via Donor Perfect.

Supervised by: Chief Development Officer
Supervises: Development Associate, Volunteer Specialist, Communications Specialist, Grant Writer and department interns.
Salary: Negotiable based on education and experience plus excellent benefits
Schedule: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with some flexibility

Please send your resume and a cover letter to Chief Human Resources Officer, Columbus House Inc., 586 Ella Grasso Boulevard P.O. Box 7093, New Haven CT. 06519 or fax to 203-773-1430 or email to or apply at

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorties/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.  Post Date: 2/17/2017