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Director - Development

Friends of Youth
Kirkland, WA
Expired: over a month ago Applications are no longer accepted.
  • $100,000 to $125,000 Yearly
  • Full-Time
Job Description

director | development

The Director of Development will have leadership responsibility for developing and implementing Friends of Youth’ comprehensive strategy to philanthropy. In this role, the Director of Development will work with the President & CEO, the Board of Directors and agency Program Directors to develop fundraising strategies including annual campaigns, major gifts, planned-giving, and endowment efforts, that support key programs. The Director of Development will be expected to work closely with the President and CEO, and the Marketing and Communication team, to develop ties with community organizations, corporations, and individual supporters, to uplift donor stewardship, acquisition, retention, and appreciation.

Essential duties

Annual Campaign:

  • Develop and execute fundraising strategies that meet annual revenue goals across campaigns, inclusive of individual giving, corporate gifts, foundations, and special events.
  • Ensure effective use of CRM systems to achieve the overall objectives of the agency’ annual campaign goal.

Board Interaction and Support:

  • Attend Board of Directors meetings and prepare monthly development reports for Board members as required.
  • Work in partnership with the President and CEO to guide the Board’s Development Committee on their chart of work.
  • Work in partnership with the President and CEO to train, motivate, and involve Board members in the development process, specifically, Donor Engagement process.
  • Work closely with the Chair of the Resource Development Committee on monthly meeting agendas, action items, etc.

Community and Civic Giving:

  • In partnership with the President and CEO, assist in the cultivation of civic and community giving to the agency.
  • In collaboration with the Marketing and Communication division, develop presentation materials for agency representatives, and key stakeholders to use in representation of the agency.

Foundation/Corporate Relations:

  • Identify, cultivate, and maintain relationships with key private foundations and corporations with vested interests in serving youth.
  • Provide ongoing stewardship and program progress to funders while developing updated information for prospective funders on programs of interest.
  • Successfully achieve the annual financial goal for corporate and foundation giving.

Grants (Private Funders):

  • Working in partnership with the Grants team, supervise all private grant communication activities to ensure quality of presentation and continuity of information and eliminate any potential duplication of efforts.
  • Working in partnership with the Grants team, lead the identification and qualification process for new sources of private grants.
  • Achieve the annual financial goal for private grants.

Major Gifts:

  • Work closely with Foundation Board, and Foundation Board Chair to develop and implement fundraising strategies consistent with the agency’ goals.
  • Working in partnership with the President and CEO, be responsible for raising donations at the major gift level for capital and operating needs to optimize fundraising success and help fulfill Friends of Youth mission and strategic objectives.
  • Work collaboratively with internal/external stakeholders and volunteers to identify prospects.
  • Develop and implement short term and long-term cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Involve and train Board members and other agency volunteers in the acquisition of major gift support.
  • Implement acknowledgement and recognition systems for special donors.
  • Develop and oversee special procedures to monitor and evaluate major gift progress.
  • Successfully achieve the annual goal for major gifts.
  • Develop and maintain key major gift donor relationships.

Planned Giving:

  • Introduce, cultivate, and steward relationships with established donors to planned-giving.
  • Coordinate planned giving efforts including bequests, trusts, and the development of gifts or securities, property, and other appreciated assets.
  • Work collaboratively with the Marketing and Communications team to develop appropriate recognition, engagement, and communication tools.

Professional Conduct:

  • Maintain a high standard of ethics, integrity, and professional practice in development activities.
  • Keep abreast of development issues by attending conferences, seminars, professional organization meetings, networking and staying current on trends in philanthropy.

Special Campaigns (Capital and Program):

  • Working in partnership with the President and CEO, develop the strategies, timeline, and structure for the implementation of special program and capital campaigns.
  • Direct the feasibility study, compose the case for support, organize special committees, organize prospect identification, and develop gift strategy phases, and assist in the solicitation process.
  • Working with the President and CEO and the Resource Development Committee, successfully raise the capital necessary to meet the annual financial goals of the organization.

Special Events:

  • Work with Board members and the President and CEO to develop key signature events.
  • Develop special cultivation events as they relate to achieving agency goals.
  • Drive increasing attendance and average gift size.
  • Achieve the annual financial goal for special events.


  • Supervise the Manager of Development and Assistant of Development.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

We require:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a human-service or business-related field. In place of a degree, minimum of 10 years of relevant experience can be substituted.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience successfully managing major gifts, donor relationships/stewardship, corporate partnerships and sponsorships, and fund development.
  • Demonstrated experience in and understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and systemic antiracism, as it relates to Development and the strategic vision of an organization.
  • Experience utilizing donor databases and online fundraising tools. Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check & TB test
  • WA Driver’s license with a safe driving record
  • Proof of COVID vaccination

We offer:

  • Generous time off including 15 vacation days per year, paid sick leave, 11 paid holidays, 2 social justice leave days per year for full-time employees
  • Health insurance package including medical, dental, vision, 24/7 access to telehealth, long term disability and life insurance
  • Retirement plan with match
  • Transgender Health Benefits

Friends of Youth is committed to equity and creating a diverse and inclusive work environment as an equal opportunity employer. We welcome, honor, and celebrate our clients, colleagues, and communities’ diverse identities and cultures. For more information, email

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Friends of Youth

Kirkland, WA
98034 USA


Non Profit

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