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Development Director

at Alzheimer's Association

Posted: 2/1/2019
Job Reference #: 2994

Job Description


The Director of Development will provide leadership, oversight and administration of a comprehensive development plan with measureable goals and benchmarks that are aligned with the Alzheimer's Association's mission and strategic plan.

The Director will create and implement an annual development plan focused on facilitating and increasing the organization's year-over-year revenue growth by:  identifying, recruiting, and stewarding high-ranking volunteer leadership for mass market events and special events to achieve financial goals, as well as volunteers who will serve in other distinguished chapter fundraising, programs, and advocacy roles; building a broad base of current and prospective individual donors at intermediate giving levels; and, cultivating new and expanded partnerships with corporate funders.  

This is a full-time position located in Portland, Oregon, and reports to the Executive Director


* In coordination with the Executive Director and Walk Director, play a significant role in increasing volunteer engagement around the organization’s mission and priorities.  Recruit influential, high-level volunteer leadership to ensure active participation in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s (WTEA) and The Longest Day (TLD) events, as well as the formation and stewardship of event committee structures.  In addition, focus on identifying and soliciting other community volunteers to serve in key leadership roles.  Cultivate more prominent volunteers from corporations, as well as significant leaders and donors in the philanthropic community, healthcare, senior industries, and other untapped volunteer sources.

* Work collaboratively with the Director of Walks and WTEA/TLD volunteer leadership to mutually identify, solicit and expand volunteer/committee participation in mass market events and special events to ensure delivery of fundraising goals; provide leadership to drive best practices in volunteer engagement.

* Develop an intermediate gifts program comprised of a robust pipeline steeped in annual fundraising growth potential.  Identify, cultivate and build a personal portfolio of donors to meet face-to-face to increase annual giving, as well as deepen a commitment to the work of the Alzheimer’s Association.  In addition, develop a moves management donor and recognition plan to steward gifts to higher levels of annual giving, including major gifts.  Work with the National direct marketing/intermediate gifts, major gifts and corporate development staff to build, cultivate, and steward an ongoing pipeline of potential and current donors.  

* In coordination with the Executive Director and the National corporate development staff, identify and expand relationships with companies that have the potential to have a larger organizational footprint.  Spearhead new and current corporate giving relationships to generate increased sponsorships, cause marketing programs and workplace giving to underwrite mass market, special events, and identified chapter initiatives.  Support the WTEA and TLD staff and teams by also identifying corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations and third-party funders.

* Work directly with the Board of Director’s to provide oversight of a Development Workgroup, partnering with the chapter’s Director of Walks to design customized fundraising plans for members, as well as volunteer engagement opportunities.  In addition, provide joint-leadership support for Board-hosted donor events, parlor meetings, and other community engagement activities.

* Participate in the creation and implementation of the chapter's annual Strategic Implementation Plan and budget, developing annual fundraising goals and systems to track and forecast revenue throughout the year.

* Ensure compliance with all National Association policies, procedures, standards, and applicable regulatory requirements.

* Represent the chapter at appropriate community meetings, chambers of commerce events, corporate networking functions, and health care/senior trade industry gatherings.

* Perform any additional duties deemed necessary by the Executive Director.


* Bachelor’s degree in non-profit field or sales/marketing preferred.
* 5 years proven leadership experience in professional fundraising directing diversified programs at all levels of giving.
* 3 years of Mass Market event experience desired
* Strong track record in mobilizing community volunteers to engage in fundraising efforts, as well as other leadership activities to move an organization’s mission forward.
* Demonstrated ability to develop, foster, and build donor and corporate relationships; proven experience with sustained year-over-year fundraising growth.  Capacity to initiate and implement new and innovative development projects.
* Solid project management skills.
* Ability to effectively analyze and utilize data to increase productivity and results.
* Strong critical thinking, research, and analytical skills.
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
* Experience with strategic implementation planning, budget development, and management. 
* Ability to work independently, as well as part of a collaborative team.
* Passion for the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission and work.
* Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
* Proficiency with Internet and database/fundraising applications.
* Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, early mornings and occasional weekends; ability to travel if required.
* Willingness and ability to represent Chapter at meetings and special events.
* Valid driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance, and access to reliable personal vehicle to meet travel requirements.

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