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Director of Development


Reports To: VP of Advancement

Classification: Full-time - Non-Exempt

Job Summary:

This role will play a pivotal role in developing and executing strategies to maximize annual giving contributions while also overseeing the planning and execution of fundraising events. The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in fundraising, donor engagement, and event management, along with exceptional leadership and communication skills.

Key objectives for success:

  • Increase gift revenue
  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 200 donors through each stage of the gift cycle
  • Increase community awareness of and engagement with the mission of CCO

Duties and Responsibilities:

Fundraising Strategy:

  • Develop and implement comprehensive fundraising strategies to meet organizational goals.
  • Identify new funding opportunities and partnerships to diversify revenue streams.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends and best practices in fundraising to ensure the organization remains innovative and competitive.

Donor Relations:

  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with existing donors, ensuring their continued engagement and support.
  • Identify and engage potential major donors, foundations, and corporate partners.
  • Oversee the creation of compelling materials and presentations to effectively communicate the organization's mission and impact.

Team Leadership:

  • Build, lead, and inspire a high-performing development team.
  • Provide guidance and support to team members, fostering a collaborative and results-oriented culture.
  • Conduct regular performance evaluations and professional development opportunities for team members.

Campaign Management:

  • Lead and coordinate fundraising campaigns, including annual giving, major gifts, and capital campaigns.
  • Develop and execute strategic plans for each campaign, setting ambitious but achievable fundraising targets.
  • Monitor and evaluate campaign progress, adjusting strategies as needed to ensure success.

Data Analysis and Reporting:

  • Utilize data analytics to assess the effectiveness of fundraising strategies and make data-driven decisions.
  • Prepare regular reports for senior leadership and the board, highlighting key performance metrics and fundraising outcomes.


  • Collaborate with other departments, such as program teams, to ensure alignment of fundraising efforts with organizational priorities.
  • Represent the organization at events, conferences, and other networking opportunities to enhance its visibility and donor relationships.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Communication to ensure consistent messaging and branding across all annual giving materials and event collateral.

Event Management:

  • Assist the VP of Advancement with the planning, coordination, and execution of fundraising events, including but not limited to galas, auctions, donor receptions, and virtual events.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure seamless event logistics, from venue selection to vendor management.

Budget Management:

  • Develop and manage budgets for annual giving initiatives and fundraising events, ensuring efficient allocation of resources.

Relationship Building:

  • Build and maintain relationships with community stakeholders, volunteers, and partners to enhance the organization's visibility and support base.


  • Passion for the organization's mission and a genuine commitment to making a positive impact.
  • At least 3 years of work experience directly related to communication, marketing, non-profit management or any equivalent combination of training, education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Exceptional organizational and multitasking abilities with a keen eye for detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to interact with donors, co-workers and guests from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Communication, or a related field. Master’s preferred.
  • Strong background in event management, with experience planning and executing successful fundraising events.
  • Proficiency in utilizing data and analytics for decision-making.

Physical Requirements (reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.)

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able lift up to 20 lbs at times.

Perks and Benefits:

  • Competitive salary and performance-based incentives.
  • Comprehensive health and wellness benefits package.
  • 401K matching (up to 3%)
  • Thirteen annual paid holidays and paid week-long Christmas break
  • Opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • A supportive and inclusive work environment.
  • Generous leave policy.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time, with or without notice.

Staff is expected to reflect the mission of the Council of Churches positively:

To improve the quality of life in our region through compassionate service and outreach to our most vulnerable neighbors by doing what can best be done together in the name of Jesus Christ.

Applicant must successfully complete a drug screen, background investigation, and driver record check.

The Council of Churches of the Ozarks is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, genetic information or disability status of qualified individuals.

Job Type : Full-Time
Education Level : High School
Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level
Job Function : Development, Marketing, Customer Service
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