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Development Director

Savannah, GA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
$51,000 to $60,000 per year

Published on 26 Aug 2022

Expires on 26 Aug 2022

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Development Director

Position Description


Development Director


Resource Development

Reports To

Vice President, Resource Development


This position implements strategies focused on generating revenue within assigned areas as well as the management of assigned programs. The team member provides ongoing leadership and supervisory direction to United Way ambassadors (temporary staff), Business Champions (loaned executives), executive volunteers, and key projects that enhance department and organizational goals. Responsible for managing matters of significance and demonstrating sound business judgment in overseeing development strategies.

Employee Expectations

UWCE is synonymous with charitable service and strives to positively impact the issues people care most about in our community.  All UWCE employees are critical to our work and expected to present the best image or our organization as they represent the United Way in our community. All employees are expected to accept their responsibilities, adhere to acceptable principles in matters of personal conduct and exhibit a high degree of personal integrity at all times.

Position Requirements & Qualifications

  • Five (5) years demonstrated history of sales and/or community outreach success with at least three (3) years in nonprofit fundraising.
  • Bachelor’s Degree strongly preferred; comparable experience considered.
  • Experience working with executive level volunteers required.
  • CRM database experience required. 
  • Microsoft Office suite proficiency required. Microsoft 365 & SharePoint, preferred.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and have use of an insured motor vehicle.
  • Available to work a schedule that may extend over 40 hours per week and sometimes includes early morning and evening activities.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Fundraising & Data Management

  • Manage a portfolio of workplace, individual, and direct mail accounts to increase participation, average giving, leadership giving and overall year-round engagement with United Way.
  • Individually responsible for assigned industries and other key accounts.
  • Manage all aspects of assigned accounts, including account creation, organization, and recording of relevant notes in CRM.
  • Provide guidance and direction to operations manager on direct mail projects related to assigned accounts.
  • Define reporting needs and work with internal team on content, formatting, timeline and delivery.
  • Utilize reports and data to inform decisions and strategy.
  • Develop annual curriculum for United Way Ambassador and Business Champion Program; actively contribute in the promotion and recruitment of new participants.
  • Serve as lead project manager for Caring Club program.
  • Maintain accurate record keeping and account data management for areas of responsibility; utilize available data to drive decisions and evaluate success.

Donor Stewardship and Business Development

  • In collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, identify opportunities to partner with new prospects related to assigned accounts and areas of responsibility.
  • Inform current and potential partners about investment impact and organizational progress towards community goals.
  • Meet annual goals for personal contact with donors and prospects, with a strong emphasis on face-to-face meetings, but also includes phone, e-mail, and other unique donor engagement opportunities.

Volunteer Management

  • Identify, recruit, train and manage influential campaign volunteers in areas of responsibility.
  • Direct volunteer teams in establishing an aggressive goal with strategies to meet those goals.
  • Monitor all activity in assigned areas to ensure adherence to timelines and reporting by tracking progress toward goals.
  • Manage a team of volunteers and ambassadors in meeting and completing deadlines on all campaign-related items.
  • Manage a team of volunteers and ambassadors until all campaign dollars are audited based on projections and goals.

Fundraising Strategies & Implementation

  • Contribute to departmental planning and executing of fundraising strategies for broadening donor base and increasing giving among current donors.
  • Provide staff support where needed, leadership to assigned volunteers and committees, and assist with special functions as necessary throughout the year.
  • Volunteer and actively participate in United Way projects, special events, and cross-functional teams or workgroups that support the entire organization.

Other duties as assigned to advance the goals of Resource Development and the mission of United Way of the Coastal Empire.

Traits & Distinguishing Characteristics

  • Maintains exceptionally high standards of integrity and confidentiality.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication to diverse audiences.
  • Communicates in a compelling, persuasive, and concise way with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong problem solving and time management skills.
  • Excellent technical ability; experience analyzing data to inform strategy with attention to detail and the ability to multi-task.
  • Takes ownership of work and demonstrates willingness to accept responsibility for decisions and actions.
  • Seeks and receives feedback graciously and with a dedication to continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrates commitment to quality in every task performed.

United Way Core Competencies for All Staff

  • Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This drives their performance and professional motivations.
  • Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
  • Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
  • Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
  • Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Much of the work of this position is completed while sitting at a desk, using a computer and phone. Requires talking, hearing and visual acuity sufficient to perform these major functions.
  • Occasionally must travel to special events and meetings, often transporting supplies and materials in personal vehicle requiring bending, lifting and carrying 25 pounds.
  • Occasionally includes reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting up to 25 pounds for office equipment, supplies and materials.


Salary $55,000-$65,000

Exempt (Salaried)