Development Director


Development Director

The Development Director plays an essential role in designing and managing SOAR’s fundraising efforts and projects in order to secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations. The Director works closely with The Executive Director and the Board of Directors in all development and fund raising endeavors to support SOAR’s mission and strategic initiatives and to develop a sustained base of annual donors.

Key Duties (more or less in order of importance)

Conceives, plans and coordinates fundraising and special events (e.g. galas, walkathons, etc.) from start to finish

Develops and maintains ongoing relationships with major donors, and identify and cultivate new corporate and community funding prospects.

Develops and executes SOAR’s annual fund program, including mailings, and annual fundraising drives.

Oversees creation of publications and marketing materials, including website, newsletters and brochures, social media, and to support fund raising activities

Collaborates with SOAR Staff and Board Members to ensure that proactive and effective public relations, branding, social media, marketing, and government partnerships etc.are planned and carried out to completion.

Coordinates grant management program including: monitor grant deadlines, reporting and submission requirements; write and submit grant proposals and related correspondence; manage ongoing grant reporting and audit process.

Recruits and oversees volunteer staff needed for special events.

Oversees fundraising and grant database and tracking systems to ensure that accurate records and databases are kept for corporate and foundation grants, donors, volunteerism, direct mail and all donations.

Stays abreast of advancements and changes that are pertinent to raising money within the community, and to the organization's mission and programs.


BA (required), MA (a plus), in business, marketing, non-profit leadership or similar discipline.

5-plus years of relevant experience managing organizational fundraising, including marketing, prospecting, business development and negotiation.

Strong business acumen and understanding of local philanthropic markets.

Must be a highly energetic individual with strong interpersonal skills and a proven track record of building donor relationships, both corporate and individual.

Proven proficiency with MS Office products, database management tools, and social media.

Must have reliable transportation as duties require local travel to donor, vendor, and event sites, sometimes on week-ends.

Must be available to make once or twice weekly visits to Wilmington, DE office.

Please apply by sending resume to Valerie Marek, SOAR, .

Job Type : Part-time
Education Level : Bachelors Degree
Experience Level : Director
Job Function : Development
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