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Director of Development

Company: College Success Foundation
Location: Bellevue
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:


The Director, Development is responsible for contributing to College Success Foundation's (CSF's) overall fundraising revenues through major gifts, corporate fundraising, special events, broad-based donor development and other projects consistent with the mission and values of CSF. The Director will work directly with the Executive Vice President, CSF leaders and team members to develop and coordinate development programs. The Director will work closely with programs and regional site directors to meet revenue goals for the organization. Primary responsibilities include securing major gifts; leading members of the development team; and creating, planning, implementing and measuring comprehensive fundraising strategies for the organization.


  • Manage development team to include setting department goals and objectives consistent with CSF's mission.
  • Serve as a lead on securing major gifts.
  • Secure fundraising revenue by designing, directing, implementing and managing comprehensive donor strategies with an emphasis on individual giving.
  • Manage fundraising program activities including relationship strategy development, prospect identification, solicitation and engagement, proposal development, recognition and appreciation efforts as related to current and new revenue.
  • Manage relationships with key donors.
  • Direct maintenance and tracking of major donor recognition programs and communication.
  • Work with Public Relations and communications team to create consistent, powerful and compelling messaging as it relates to major gift development efforts.
  • Develop and manage the departmental budget to accomplish the annual fundraising objectives.
  • Represent CSF in the community and, when appropriate, at regional and national meetings.
  • Create and direct a comprehensive development plan integrating and supporting local, regional and national sites and programs.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Determine and ensure adherence to department budget.
  • Serve on boards, committees and taskforces that promote education, college access, and mentoring.
  • Promote community outreach.
  • Attend Foundation, donor, and community events with or on behalf of the Executive Leadership Team.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Experience securing major gifts.
  • Experience with event management, institutional philanthropy and strategic planning.
  • Exceptional organizational, and time management skills.
  • Ability to plan strategically, think creatively, and build long-term relationships with donors.
  • Ability to work collaboratively on cross-functional teams with integrity and professionalism.
  • Demonstrated self-starter, highly motivated and detailed oriented.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in verbal and written communications, as well as knowledge of various software programs including but not limited to Raiser's Edge, Microsoft Office365, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Ability to work nonstandard hours (evenings, holidays, and weekends) as needed.
  • Strong budget and financial management skills and ability to prioritize development initiatives based on return on investment.
  • Highly proficient at establishing strong partnerships across organizations and influencing stakeholders to achieve optimal outcomes.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to quickly build and manage relationships between team members, leadership and consultants.
  • Intellectual quickness, curiosity, creativity, and resourcefulness.
  • Existing relationships in Seattle, throughout Washington State and nationally preferred.
  • Exceptional project management skills.
  • Have ability to manage in a climate of change and ambiguity.
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time. Must have a valid driver's license and proof of insurance.


  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Minimum eight (8) years of relevant professional experience including fundraising, events, institutional philanthropy, and non-profit board development.
  • Managerial experience.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; reach with hands and arms and talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee is regularly required to stand and walk. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.


During a pandemic, employees must be able to work remotely and use collaborative software in order to communicate with other and attend virtual meetings. Work environment is moderately quiet. Employees must be able to handle stress that is involved in meeting strenuous customer deadlines, working in high volume areas and be flexible and able to interact with employees at all levels.


The position may change based upon needs of the program and/or organization needs and available funding. In compliance with federal and state regulations, College Success Foundation maintains a drug free environment and all successful applicants must pass a drug screen prior to hire. Employees of College Success Foundation and its subsidiaries must be able to successfully work in and promote a multicultural and diverse work environment.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or otherwise to balance the workload.

Keywords: College Success Foundation, Bellevue , Director of Development, Other , Bellevue, Washington

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