Employment Opportunities

Position Title:          Development Director

Reports to:               Executive Director Holiday Express

Status:                       Full Time – Exempt

Holiday Express Mission: 

The Holiday Express mission is to deliver music, food, gifts, financial support and friendship to those with the greatest need for the gift of human kindness during the holiday season and throughout the year.


Position Summary: 

The Development Director will lead all revenue-generating, fundraising and development activities, and is responsible for the development, management and execution of the comprehensive organizational fundraising program and related activities to support the mission of Holiday Express. In collaboration with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees, she/he provides leadership, strategic initiative, and management of fundraising activities to build an active portfolio of prospects, identifies and secure major gifts, obtains and grows sponsorship, and secures grants and additional funding from a wide variety of individuals, foundations and corporations.



Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Develop and execute the Holiday Express fund development annual plan, including a comprehensive grants, sponsorship and individual giving strategy with targeted and measurable financial goals
  • Establish and implement strategies for the identification, qualification, cultivation, and stewardship of prospects and donors to support and sustain the Holiday Express program
  • Secure revenue and in-kind gifts through the solicitation of individual, corporate, and foundation gifts, including but not limited to funding for Holiday Express public concerts and fundraising annual events (Clambake and Golf Outing)
  • Assist with all aspects of planning and execution of special events, including promotion, marketing and logistics
  • Manage the organization’s donor database; provide comprehensive analysis of donor pool and prospects
  • Develop program for individual giving and maintain contact with donors through implementation of email marketing and social media platforms
  • Prepare major gift proposals and other materials in support of solicitation efforts
  • Conduct extensive foundation and corporation research to identify viable grant opportunities
  • Write compelling foundation and corporation grant proposals for general operating support and specific project support
  • Ensure compliance with all funder reporting requirements for grants received
  • Develop process for tracking proposals and sponsorship / gift solicitation initiatives
  • Prepare monthly report of all fundraising activities, including proposals submitted and approved, update on contacts and prospects, and all gifts received as measured against targeted fundraising goals
  • Stay abreast of philanthropic trends to ensure that all potential support prospects are fully pursued
  • Conduct thorough and appropriate follow up with potential donors attending Holiday Express fundraising events to engage them in the gift process
  • Evaluate planned giving prospective donors and coordinate proactive cultivation plans to engage individuals in innovative giving practices
  • Work collaboratively with board and staff on annual appeal, all special events and program related activities; and play a shared role in the recognition and stewardship of donors
  • Perform administrative and other duties as assigned that may not be within the scope of this position


Job Requirements and Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college or university; master’s degree a plus
  • Three to five years of fundraising and relationship building experience, including donor cultivation, grant writing, and data analysis
  • Proven experience designing strategy for major gifts and soliciting and cultivating high value individuals, corporations, and foundations for giving
  • A record of success in organizing and implementing financial goals and strategies
  • Knowledge of sound and ethical fundraising principles; able to independently identify and articulate a spectrum of philanthropic best practices
  • A superior communicator who shares information readily and concisely
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to prepare and execute compelling public presentations to a wide variety of potential funders
  • Strong leadership capabilities, excellent judgment and decision making abilities
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines, and to maintain disciplined adherence to program goals
  • A superior team player; ability to maintain collaborative and team oriented relationships with staff, volunteers, board members and constituency
  • Knowledge of and experience with fundraising databases and systems desirable
  • Some evening and weekends required. Availability during holiday season and for special fundraising events (Clambake, Golf Outing, public concerts, etc.) is obligatory and expected.

How to apply:


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