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Development Director

Darien, CT, USA | YMCA

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Business Development
    General Management
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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Under the direction of the CEO, this position supports the work of the Darien YMCA, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Development Director at the Darien YMCA provides strategic leadership in financial development, volunteerism, marketing and communication to advance the YMCAs mission through annual giving, grants, special events, endowment bequests and gifts, and capital campaigns. The Development Director is responsible for developing and implementing the Darien YMCAs fundraising strategies and initiatives and will lead the growth of annual contribution goals established by the Board and the CEO.


Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent.

YMCA Team Leader certification preferred.

Six or more years of professional experience with a background in fundraising in the YMCA or another non-profit preferred.

Ability to relate to top community leaders and diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.

Working knowledge of giving and charitable vehicles.

Ability to create interpretive materials to enable potential donors to understand the YMCA and how they contribute to the achievement of its mission.

Foundation and government grant writing expertise.

Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, volunteers, senior leaders, and the general public.

Essential Functions

Develops organizational fundraising goals with the CEO and drives the fundraising plan, strategy, policies and procedures.

Works closely with the CEO and the Board’s Financial Development committee to identify new initiatives and opportunities designed to increase the donor base.

Directs and coordinates the annual campaign, special events, capital campaigns and endowment programs.

Develops systems and manages resources needed to carry out the fundraising plans. Establishes and monitors the financial development department budget for the YMCA.

Prepares and coordinates proposals for grants from private foundations and government sources.

Actively identifies, cultivates, and solicits major gift prospects.

Ensures all gifts and pledges are recorded properly by source and purpose.

Oversees training in fundraising. Educates, motivates and provides feedback to volunteers and staff related to best practices in the fundraising process.

Oversees donor database, database standard operating processes, donor recognition, gift processing, gift acceptance, online giving, and donor stewardship activities.

Develops communication plans in conjunction with the regional marketing director to ensure members, participants, and the community understand the case for support.

Perform other duties assigned.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies



Communication and Influence


Program/Project Management

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