Director, Field Development
Autism Speaks - Columbus, OH

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Columbus, OH

Autism Speaks is the largest autism science and advocacy organization in the country, dedicated to funding biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatment and cure for autism, and developing innovative new resources and services that enrich the lives of individuals with autism and their families.

We currently have a challenging and rewarding career opportunity available for an experienced Director, Field Development in Columbus, OH to raise money for Autism Speaks by organizing volunteers, soliciting corporate sponsors and donors, creating awareness, and implementing Walk Now for Autism events in Columbus and Cincinnati. This is a fundraising position.

The Director will have the following responsibilities:

  • Work with Senior Director to establish and implement planning timelines, income goals, and expense budgets
  • Execute Walk Now for Autism Speaks in partnership with volunteer leadership, specifically managing Walk Committee recruitment and retention.
  • Work to achieve the Walk goals with regard to sponsorship, team recruitment and retention, media outreach, and a yearlong communications plan.
  • Locally implement global campaigns of Autism Speaks such as advocacy, national walk extensions, community outreach
  • Manage the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event including event logistics, data entry, acknowledgments, and materials management.
  • Manage and provide administrative support to volunteer committees.
  • Make presentations to businesses, organizations and community groups to recruit teams of walkers, and solicit sponsors/donations
  • Integrate social marketing initiatives; email blasts to volunteers, constituents and local community, creating fundraising websites to target potential walkers, donors, constituents who will support the revenue goals

Position Requirements:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience and a minimum 4 years fundraising experience; 2 years of management experience and execution of special events; and 2 years management experience. Requires minimal supervision, ability to work independently and recruit volunteers, and implement fundraising development plans. Proficiency with MS Office, included Excel and Outlook; database knowledge (Raiser's Edge and/or Kintera preferred). Must have strong oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills, be highly organized and detail-oriented, and possess solid administrative skills. Flexibility to work nights and weekends pre-and-post Walk season/special events; flexibility to travel as needed, including evening and weekends.


Autism Speaks offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, and the opportunity to help create a brighter future for children with autism and their families. Candidate must be able to successfully pass a background check consisting of: credit, civil/criminal, salary and education verification, motor vehicle, references and drug screen.

Qualified applicants may click "Apply" to submit their resume now.

No phone calls, please. Only those applicants who meet the hiring criteria will be considered and contacted by Human Resources. Autism Speaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.