Director of Development

Department: Development
FLSA Status: Full-time Exempt
Job Location: The Attic Youth Center
Reports to: Interim Executive Director
Direct Reports: None
Base Salary: $80000

Last Revised: July 11, 2022


Director of Development is responsible for working with individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies to incubate revenue sources and develop revenue streams that further the growth of the organization.

The Director of Development will advance and execute a strategic fundraising plan that is developed in collaboration with the Interim Executive Director, supervises a full-time Development Associate, and receives administrative support from the Office Manager.

The ideal candidate possesses strong leadership and communication skills, deep understanding of LGBTQ youth and intersectionality, works well independently and collaboratively, and is committed to lifelong personal growth. 

Essential Accountabilities: The Director of Development cultivates and maintains relationships with major donors and key stakeholders by working in tandem with the Interim Executive Director and in collaboration with other Attic Staff.

  • Organize and actualize the work of the development department including long-term, annual, and day-to-day planning, prioritizing, and management of The Attic’s strategic fundraising plan. Collaborate with leadership, staff, and board to identify and pursue opportunities.
  • Manage the Attic’s giving program, developing the strategies, materials/messages, and stewardship programs required to attract and retain gifts from individuals. Work with The Attic’s Interim Executive Director, Board, and Development Associate to find, cultivate, and solicit new major donors. Prepare the Interim Executive Director and board/staff for donor meetings.
  • Maintain and expand our grants program, draft and edit grant proposals and/or work in collaboration with the Development Associate to develop proposals, prepare timely grant reports, steward relationships with existing foundation donors and corporate partners. Manage grant tracking and record keeping.
  • Work in collaboration with the Interim Executive Director and Board to organize fundraising events that would enhance and broaden our donor base. Supervise and develop content for fundraising campaigns and newsletters (direct mail, social media, and email). Supervise the development of The Attic’s online and social media presence as well as the regular updating of print materials.
  • Ensure ongoing communication with donors, timely gift acknowledgement, accurate record keeping in contact management system, and tracking and reporting.
  • Supervise a full-time Development Associate.
  • Partner effectively with The Attic’s Board to raise funds for the organization. Participate in the Board fundraising committee and other Board committees as needed.
  • Serve as external facing ambassador for The Attic with existing supporters and the community of potential future supporters.  
  • Other development functions as needed.

General Responsibilities:

  • Effectively plan and meet all deadlines and coordinate the involvement of others.
  • Maintain high standards of ethics, integrity, and professionalism, including handling sensitive donor and salary information.

Teamwork and Collaboration:

Attic Youth Center Values


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher and a
  • Minimum five (5) years of relevant experience in a nonprofit fundraising environment, including at least three (3) years of previous grant writing experience.
  • Familiarity with regional and local funders a plus.
  • Proven track record of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major individual and institutional donors in traditional and creative ways.
  • Excellent writer and communicator- ability to make The Attic’s work come alive through written materials, stories, and talking points.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency with donor management databases.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team-building skills.  Must be able to build and cultivate interpersonal relationships.
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Passionate about The Attic’s mission to create opportunities for LGBTQ youth
  • Dedicated commitment to youth development and social justice
  • A strong and demonstrated commitment to racial equity


These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the Director of Development job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the Director of Development job.

  • Able to regularly work on-site 2-3 days per week. 
  • The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl on occasion.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Often uses a computer, tablet, or other office technology such as a calculator, copy machine, and printer.
  • Able to move boxes and materials weighing up to 20 pounds in all directions.
  • Occasionally works in outdoor weather conditions, especially during Spring/Summer months.

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