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Director of Development

Jolt Action
Houston, TX
  • Posted: March 18, 2023
  • $75,000 to $90,000 Yearly
  • Full-Time


Jolt seeks an experienced Development Director to help the organization grow its development program with a combined budget of $4 million. This is an exciting opportunity to elevate Jolt's fundraising program to raise the funds necessary to transform Texas. In partnership with the Executive Director, the Development Director will be responsible for executing an annual fundraising plan with a focus on foundation and individual donor recruitment, cultivation, and stewardship.


The essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Collaborate with Jolt's leadership team and Board of Directors to create and implement a 5 year fundraising plan to include critical timelines, data benchmarks, and development tasks
  • Responsible for five focus areas include cultivation and stewardship of donors, tracking gifts and data analysis, grant writing and reporting, board engagement, and executing comprehensive fundraising campaign
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward new and lapsed donors for general operating, capital gifts, and the annual fundraising event
  • Work with the Executive Director and executive leadership to create any fundraising materials, pitch decks, or prepare for upcoming funder meetings
  • Provide regular updates to the Board Chair and Board of Directors regarding fundraising progress, goals, and next steps
  • Oversee donor database via EveryAction to keep accurate donation records and ensure donors are promptly and appropriately recognized for their support
  • Seek opportunities to diversify our revenue sources and continue achieving organizational goals aligned with Jolt's vision and mission
  • Develop and successfully execute an annual digital fundraising campaign
  • Design and manage the individual donor program to identify, cultivate, upgrade, and sustain donors at all giving levels
  • Send correspondence, tax letters, and thank you letters to all donors as needed
  • Develop and successfully execute a plan of 100% board member participation in annual giving
  • Collaborate with board members to identify additional ways to support Jolt's fundraising and potential donors networks
  • Write and guide development associates with LOIs and grant applications for existing funders and those identified as potential prospects
  • Supervise Development Associates to research, write, manage, and report on all foundation and donor table grants

  • 7+ years of experience in non-profit fundraising, networking or development experience with demonstrated history of success or related professional experience in a development position and managing budgets of at least $2.5 million
  • Experience managing and working with high-performing staff and diverse communities
  • Experience designing, maintaining, and improving a goal oriented accountability structure without compromising staff autonomy or innovation
  • A track record of effective major donor fundraising for nonprofits focused on youth leadership development and civic engagement, preferably in Texas
  • Bachelor's degree or higher education degree
  • Familiarity with Google Drive and Microsoft Office Suite
  • CFRE preferred
  • Experience with Every Action preferred

  • A demonstrated commitment to Jolt's mission of civic engagement to expand civic education and voter mobilization for Latinos in Texas
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including excellent listening skills possessing the ability to articulate complex information with influence
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously and to work calmly under pressure of goals and deadlines
  • Systems thinking with the ability to synthesize information and communicate effectively
  • Diplomatic, mature approach to problem-solving and the ability to think independently and creatively
  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality with a variety of prospects, donors, and leadership volunteers
  • Experience working effectively and respectfully with high-level leadership team, board members and other high-level stakeholders
  • A valid Texas driver license and good driving record must be maintained as a requirement of the position
  • Travel is required as needed (including overnight stays, weekends and evenings) with the ability to visit donors in offices, residences or other agreed locations of the position



This position is located in Austin or Houston, Texas. This position reports to the Deputy Director.


Salary ranges from $75,000 to $90,000 per year. Salary commensurates with education and experience. Jolt's benefit package includes full employer-covered health care, employer match retirement contribution up to 4%, employer-provided life insurance policy, monthly cell phone reimbursement, and 18 paid holidays, vacation, personal time off, sick leave, plus additional benefits. Standard operating office hours apply to this position and will discuss with selected candidates during the interview. .

Jolt Initiative 501(c)3 and Jolt Action 501(c)4 are equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, and disability, or other legally protected status.

Jolt Action


Houston, TX
77299 USA


Non Profit

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