Director of Development

Location:  Austin

Position Summary:

The director of development reports to the Vice President for Development and will bring five to seven years of proven professional fundraising experience to this position. He/she will lead the agency’s work in two primary areas: direct mail and donor stewardship.  Additionally, this position is responsible for oversight of additional fundraising and volunteer programs through direct supervision of these positions: Coordinator of Foundation Grants; Data Base Manager; Volunteer Coordinator; and Receptionist. The Director of Development must have the ability to travel on a regular basis to meet the agency’s needs.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Ability to travel to meet the agency’s needs includes attending Board of Trustee Development Committee meetings, co-leading development staff trainings and orientations, speaking at presbytery meetings and hosting foundation site visits.
  • Plan and execute the agency’s year-round direct mail campaign, including the writing of all print and electronic appeals and thank-you letters.
  • Oversee aspects of the agency’s four annual fundraising luncheons, such as vendor contracts (location, food, and audio/video) and the preparation of various luncheon speakers.
  • Supervise and become familiar with the agency’s foundation, stewardship, and volunteer programs.
  • Attend the weekly development officer’s meeting and the volunteer team meeting and chair the weekly Central Development Office team meetings.
  • Demonstrate effective collaboration across departmental lines.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions:

Development activities are carried out in a variety of settings. Some functions are performed in an office environment while others occur in a donor’s home, church or place of business.  Some travel is required (trainings, luncheons, etc…) which may include weekends.  There is a need to lift, move or transport boxes of development materials on occasion that may weigh up to 40 lbs. or more-

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Work experience and skills in the areas of direct mail, foundation grants and major donor development is highly valued.
  • Work experience and skills in volunteers and church relations is highly valued.
  • Additional leadership experience within a non-profit social service organization is desired, experience in pastoral leadership will also be considered.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Certification as a professional fund-raiser, such as CFRE, is desirable, but not required.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of direct mail strategies, stewardship practices, and foundation grant writing are all valued.
  • Flexibility in interpersonal style in order to accommodate working with various constituencies.
  • Knowledge of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and ECO Presbyterian Church is welcomed.

Christian Commitment:

Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services is an independent social service organization governed by its own Board of Trustees. It holds a Covenant Relationship with the Presbyterian Church USA’s Synod of the Sun and a Mission Partnership with the ECO Presbyterian Church’s Presbytery of Texas and Louisiana.  It prefers to employ individuals who are Christians and who possess a Christian commitment to, as well as a concern for, children and families in need.