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Development Director

Our innovative, community-based work relies on a diverse and layered network of support to ensure its sustainability. The Development Director is part of NKCDC's leadership team and leads planning and successful execution of NKCDC's fundraising strategies consistent with the organization's annual and long range development goals. She/he is responsible for creating strategies to support the growth and diversification of revenue sources in line with NKCDC's mission, vision and goals. The Director also works to enhance NKCDC's image, and develop and implement strategies that effectively communicate NKCDC's efforts to key target audiences. Reporting to the Executive Director, this person supervises the Communications & Development Specialist, works with all departments and staffs the Fundraising Committee of the Board of Directors.

Reports to

Executive Director

Key responsibilities

  • Manage all aspects of fundraising and resource development, including developing and implementing the organization's overall fundraising strategy and annual development plan.
  • Actively seek, cultivate and solicit new funding sources, particularly among foundation and corporations, in concert with the Executive Director.
  • Craft compelling written materials to communicate with donors and prospects, including providing leadership on grant writing and coordinating reporting to corporate, foundation and public funders, and individual donors.
  • Explore feasibility of implementing new fundraising projects including individual giving, annual appeals, special events and corporate sponsorship.
  • Oversee and maintain processes and systems to support all development efforts, including research, prospecting, cultivation, stewardship, record keeping and acknowledgements.
  • Provide leadership on all fundraising-related events, including planning and logistics for fundraising events and engagement opportunities for donors and other stakeholders.
  • Cultivate new partners and other resources to support the organization's work.
  • Regularly identify, review and research any opportunities which may support NKCDC's work; ensure opportunities align with existing programming and mission.
  • Coordinate and support Finance Department where appropriate.
  • Facilitate cross-department communication where needed to support effective grant/contract management.
  • Working with the Executive Director and Communications & Development Specialist, ensure consistent organizational brand, and assist staff with overall organizational communications with other audiences and through various publications like e-newsletters and web site.
  • Support the Executive Director in undertaking an organizational strategic planning process and developing and overseeing implementation of the strategic plan.
  • Monitor industry trends and shifts in donor behavior/preference to help best position NKCDC to take advantage of new opportunities.


  • Professional manner and good interpersonal skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to communicate with a broad range of constituents and supporters.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, prioritize work, take initiative, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Demonstrated flexibility in managing time-sensitive tasks and projects.
  • Strong track record of success in grant writing and management required, preferably for organizations with annual budget greater than $1MM.
  • Experience with government grant proposals and/or government contract management desirable.
  • Experience with capital campaign and/or targeted major donor cultivation a big plus.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Some Spanish language preferred.
  • Proficiency in various computer and internet programs including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe creative suite, CRM systems and grant management systems


Competitive salary with excellent benefits including HMO health plan, long- and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid vacation and 403 (b) retirement plan.

Application process

Send cover letter and resume to info@nkcdc.org by Wednesday, May 31, with the subject line "Development Director."

NKCDC provides Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, race, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, religion, language, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

Development Director job description
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New Kensington Community Development Corporation
2515 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125
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