Development Director

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Job Description

Summary: The Development Director builds loyalty and resources for the shelter by coordinating and implementing fundraising efforts in areas of annual giving, special events, major gifts, grants, sponsorships, and other areas as assigned. While the Executive Director is actively involved in fundraising (especially in the area of major gifts), the Development Director coordinates all fundraising activities and structures the shelter’s development program. This full-time position is a key player in the overall fundraising efforts of the Shelter and devotes time outside the office visiting with and building relationships with current donors, donor prospects, and community leaders.


  • Dedication to the mission of the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter
  • Bachelor’s degree with two years’ experience in fundraising required; proven experience with grants preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Goal- and detail-oriented
  • Able to work without supervision, but also able to work in collaboration with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and staff
  • Able to demonstrate empathy and tolerance of people of different lifestyles, beliefs, races, and temperaments
  • Able to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evening and weekend activities
  • No prior felony convictions. Background checks and drug testing is conducted.

Job Description:

  • Develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive, strategic development plan and formalized giving program
  • Coordinate and monitor the activities of the Board of Directors’ Development Committee
  • Assist Executive Director and Board of Directors in developing short- and long-range fundraising and development goals for the organization as well as writing objectives and evaluating the organization’s success in meeting those objectives
  • Identify, research, cultivate, and solicit prospective donors
  • Serve as contact and develop grant proposals for corporations, foundations, and other funding entities
  • Work in collaboration with Office Manager to ensure proper receipting of gifts and acknowledgement of gifts, as well as maintenance of donor records in donor database
  • Prepare solicitation materials, presentations, reports, and other documentation as needed.
  • Work in coordination with Executive Director, Assistant Director, and Director of Outreach to develop public relations materials appropriate for community outreach, client programs, or other informational materials (such as the organization’s newsletter)
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with other organizations and agencies that enhance the operations and image of NWAWS
  • Attend professional development training and continuing education workshops, including active participation in professional organizations such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Grant Professionals Association (GPA)
  • Represent NWAWS at donation presentations or community activities
  • Maintain a flexible schedule that allows for occasional evening or weekend activities related to NWAWS events
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Type: Full-time

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