Director of Development

By: The River Food Pantry

Job Summary:

The Director of Development will work closely with the Executive Director, an experienced leadership team, and an engaged Board of Directors to ensure that the organization has enough resources to carry out its mission and advance its vision.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Prepare and implement an annual development plan to achieve the charitable giving objectives and strategic plan goals of the organization.
  • Steward a multi-channel approach to individual giving, including corporate gifts, major donors, individual donors and planned giving.
  • Organize and implement an ongoing major and planned giving program to include engaging the Executive Director, key staff and Board members in the solicitation process and securing major gifts from a portfolio of top prospects.
  • Oversee grant solicitations and foundation relations.
  • Establish and oversee policies and procedures needed to conduct an effective fund development program and campaign infrastructure.
  • Develop and manage timelines for direct mail campaigns, written appeals and all ongoing cultivation campaigns.
  • Serve as the principal architect for comprehensive campaign efforts.
  • Manage and oversee the budget for the development program.
  • Work with the Executive Director and other organizational leaders in planning for the successful future of the organization.
  • Authentically reflect and portray the mission and core values of The River.
  • Develop a comprehensive communication plan with the Communications Manager to promote The River to its donors, volunteers, and external partners.
  • Ensure timely appropriate donor acknowledgment occurs.
  • Provide direct supervision and direction to the Development staff.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of three years of effective fundraising experience and development leadership, preferably with organizations involved in substantial growth.
  • History of success in soliciting and securing major gifts is required, with preference given to candidates with experience in planning and managing comprehensive and/or capital campaigns.
  • Local travel, some evenings and weekends, and participation in a variety of constituent events is expected.

How to Apply:

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • Demonstrated knowledge of all areas of development, including annual, major, and planned gifts, donor relations, development services, and communications
  • Persuasive oral and written communication skills
  • High level of personal and professional integrity
  • Passion for the mission of The River

Salary and benefits
Salary DOE, paid time off, health, dental, vision and life insurance; retirement savings.

How to apply
Send a cover letter, current resume and three references to You will be contacted if your resume is selected for an interview.

The River Food Pantry is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. The River values diversity and is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment as defined by federal, state and local law.