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Director, Development

Best Buddies Int. Inc
Baltimore, MD
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy, and communication skills, and feel valued by society.

Job Title: Director, Development

Department: State Operations and Programs

Reports to: State Director

# of direct reports: varies

Position Overview: The Director, Development is responsible for developing and implementing state events, securing foundation and/or grant opportunities and the managing of local advisory boards and associated committees.

Job Requirements – Qualified applicants must have:

Bachelor’s degree and at least 3-5 years’ relevant experience in fundraising including a record of success in expanding a donor base through cultivation and stewardship, grant writing, event planning/implementation, and/or board management

  • Superior persuasive writing and presentation skills with the ability to exert influence, inspire others, and articulate the mission, goals, and activities of Best Buddies with passion and enthusiasm
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, and familiarity/comfort with database management systems (i.e. Kintera, Auction Pay, Raisers Edge)
  • Superior project management skills - including planning, analysis, decision making, and problem solving - and willingness to multitask
  • Superior initiative, drive for results, and self-assessment skills, and ability to lead individuals and teams in setting and achieving challenging goals
  • Must be comfortable engaging with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)
  • Must travel, use personal cell phone, and work evenings and weekends as necessary in order to accomplish job responsibilities
  • Access to an automobile with applicable insurance

Job Duties include, but are not limited to:

Fund Development

  • Develops and implements comprehensive statewide strategy for securing sustainable funding and works with advisory boards and volunteers on its implementation

  • Assumes overall operational management responsibility for all fundraising activities statewide, including, but not limited to, foundation and corporate giving, individual giving, major gifts, special events, annual giving, and alumni/parent relations

  • Develops and implements major fundraising events to meet revenue goals–must utilize local event committees and follow BBI event committee benchmarks/structure, working with their Director, State Director.

  • Researches grant opportunities, develops proposals to foundations, maintains accurate records and submits reports as required by funders with support from their Grant Writer, State Development

  • Manages government grants/contracts, including reporting, maintaining relationships with key agency officials and testifying if necessary

  • Manages local and/or statewide advisory board(s), including recruitment, training, and retention of committee and board members in keeping with BBI Advisory Board guidelines

  • Identifies, cultivates, and develops volunteers capable of making personal commitments and becoming directly involved in the solicitation process on behalf of Best Buddies - develops and manages stewardship process of all donors, including processing gifts and thank you letters


  • Develops a comprehensive statewide public awareness strategy, and works with volunteers on its implementation

  • Creates a strong presence for Best Buddies in the local area through public speaking, community involvement, public service announcements, social media, special events, news releases, and other media initiatives

  • Develops relationships with local graphic artists, public relations professionals, and advertising agencies to support local needs

  • Contributes to the organization of content and images for updates on expansion state website and utilizes Kintera database appropriately to communicate with participants and the community

  • Contributes to the creation and distribution of statewide and local newsletters/annual reports and Kintera e-newsletters


  • Maintains communication with the Director, State Director with timely reports and other information as directed

  • Uses the online reimbursement system to effectively track and manage reimbursement requests

  • Develops, monitors and balances the expansion state development budget, including reviewing monthly financial statements, tracking all expenses and revenue, and adjusting spending/fundraising plans as needed

  • Oversees timely and accurate processing of all revenue and invoices, and maintains accurate records of all donations and donor information through Raiser’s Edge

    Best Buddies® is an affirmative action employer, in addition to an EOE and M/F/V/PWD/PV employer. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are foundational to Best Buddies International’s core values and help the organization continue to achieve its mission. Here at Best Buddies, our goal is to lead and advocate for a more inclusive world.

    Best Buddies offers a comprehensive and generous benefits programs that include financial security, health and wellness and time off.

Best Buddies Int. Inc


Baltimore, MD
21224 USA


Non Profit

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