How to write a Development Director job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Development Director job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Development Director job titles

    Development Director
    Senior Development Director
    Development Director (10+ Years’ Experience)
    Director of Development

Development Director job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Development Director job summary

Our organization is currently seeking a Development Director to oversee our donor relations program and manage our fundraising initiatives. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing our non-profit’s fundraising campaigns, communicating with current and prospective donors, and building a stronger development team for our organization. This position involves managing individual and corporate gifts as well as planned and annual giving campaigns. If you have a strong background in non-profit fundraising and development, we encourage you to apply.

Development Director responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Development Director responsibilities

    Develop and oversee our annual fundraising program
    Identify prospective individual and corporate donors and develop strategies to cultivate those relationships
    Maintain ongoing communications with private and corporate donors
    Research donor relation programs at local, state and federal art institutions
    Ensure timely and accurate report deliveries to funders
    Collaborate with staff on the management and planning of fundraising events and donor receptions
    Develop print marketing collateral related to fundraising in collaboration with our advertising department

Development Director qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Development Director skills

    Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Communications or related field
    8+ years’ fundraising experience
    Foundation relationship and grant writing experience
    Familiarity with Razor’s Edge
    Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
    Excellent written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills

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