Fight against poverty

Development Director

Classification:  Exempt

Department:    Administration

Supervisor:     Executive Director


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimal Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree from accredited college or university in business, Public Administration, Communications, Public Relations, or related field. Master

Experience: 2 years in professional fund raising/ business development leadership role. Public or media related experience required. Direct experience with identifying and developing new relationships, securing funding from public, not for profit, and private resources preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of a formal degree. Master’s Degree is preferred

Skills and Abilities:

  • Oral Communication – Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word. Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations. Obtains clarification; responds well to questions.
  • Written Communication – Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely. Edits work. Varies style to meet needs of audience. Able to read, comprehend and interpret written information.
  • Creative – Ability to think in such a way as to produce a new concept or idea.
  • Customer Oriented – Ability to take care of the customers’ needs while following company procedures. Manages difficult or emotional customer situations. Responds promptly to customer needs, requests for service and assistance. Solicits customer feedback to improve services. Meets commitments.
  • Ethics – Ability to demonstrate conduct conforming to a set of values and accepted standards. Employee is guided by accepted principles of moral conduct. Responds to individuals and situations with integrity and respect. Upholds organizational values.
  • Initiative – Ability to make decisions or take actions to solve a problem or reach a goal. Volunteers readily. Undertakes self-development opportunities. Seeks increased responsibilities. Takes independent actions and calculated risks. Asks for and offers help when needed. Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities.
  • Interpersonal Skills – Ability to get along well with a variety of personalities and individuals. Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming. Maintains confidentiality. Listens to others without interrupting. Keeps emotions under control. Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new approaches.
  • Judgment – The ability to formulate a sound decision using the available information. Willing to accept responsibility for making accurate business decisions. Supports and explains reasoning behind opinions. Includes appropriate people in decision-making process. Makes timely decisions.
  • Public Information Techniques – Practices the principles of communications through a variety of different mediums including print, Internet, E-Newsletters, television, radio, PowerPoint. Works with graphic design software. Exhibits strong problem solving and relationship building abilities and techniques.
  • Reliability – The trait of being dependable and trustworthy. Follows instructions, responds to management direction. Takes responsibility for own actions. Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals. Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Professionalism/Tolerance – Ability to work successfully with a variety of people without making judgments. Approaches others in a tactful manner. Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position. Accepts responsibility for own actions.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Donor Development, Fund Raising and Grant writing

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive written annual resource development plan with strategies for donors and prospects in each constituent group including:  individuals, faith groups, organizations, corporations.
  • Provide monthly reports to the Chief Executive Officer which measure progress towards achieving the plan.
  • Broaden WAGES’ fundraising by developing approaches such as major gifts, annual campaign, special projects, endowment programs, and planned giving opportunities.
  • Develop and submit grant proposals for funds from private foundations, corporations and government agencies. Research public and private grant agencies and foundations to identify potential sources of funding for community service or other projects.

  • Identify potential donors to fund special projects and ongoing operations through examination of contributor history and knowledge of community. Inform contributors of special needs of WAGES. Establish various methods for contributions through endowments, bequests, gifts, etc.

  • Develop and maintain donor data base. Organize direct mail campaigns to reach potential contributors. Organize solicitation drives for pledges of ongoing support from various sectors, i.e., individuals, corporations and foundations. Develop a donor recognition program.

  • Plan and coordinate benefit events and fund drives for special projects.


  • Responsible for the development of a strategic communications plan to support the organization’s mission, goals and objectives, both internal and external dissemination.

  • Assist in developing, implementing and managing internal and external communication efforts. Identifies opportunities to promote organizational initiatives.

  • Build and foster collaborative relationships with other departments within the organization to stay informed and abreast of new initiatives. Develop working relationships with various groups including media, public affairs, advocacy groups and other community organizations, etc.

  • Develop and maintain agency’s media related communication tools such as the web site, video, photo opportunities; ensuring data is accurate and updated regularly. Oversee coordination of special media events including elected officials briefing, donor parties, press events, etc.

  • Prepare, develop, edit and publish agency’s written communication materials such as the annual report, agency newsletter, news releases, fact sheets, etc. Write news releases, news materials, fact sheets, talking points for publicity of the organization’s programs. Provide all media (print, TV, radio, internet) with notices of upcoming or newsworthy events.

Public Relations

  • Plan and foster advertising and promotional activities including print, online, electronic media, and direct mail. Establish and maintain a consistent corporate image throughout all promotional materials and events. Identify opportunities to support organizational initiatives and develop communications materials to publicize the activities.

  • Develop and maintain public relations data base. Build and maintain working relationships with various public and private groups of importance including media, key members of the community and strategic partners and influencers.

  • Develop public relations materials to enhance WAGES’ image and reputation and to promote fund raising programs. Monitor development, production and distribution of promotional and collateral materials.

  • Establish and oversee departmental system for maintaining and archiving press clippings.

  • Serves as liaison with outside agencies on ongoing promotional campaigns, building relationships through joint initiatives and jointly-sponsored communication campaigns and programs.

  • Manage acquisition of transcripts, videotape, dubs, etc. Produce special video projects and oversee production of materials produced by outside vendors. Coordinate photo shoots and photo displays.


  • Prepare and administer departmental budget.

  • Ensure effective control of public relations and development results. Take corrective action to guarantee that achievement of objectives falls within budget.

  • Prepare communication or development activity reports and present to executive management.

  • Conduct surveys of customers, boards, employees and community to determine level of satisfaction with current services, identify new provider concepts and provide feedback to executive management.

  • Investigate vendor communications services and manage relationships with those vendors.

  • Performs related duties as assigned by the Chief Executive Officer.

Performance Dimensions:

  • Maintains program and fiscal integrity
  • Develops positive working relationships with team members and staff
  • Demonstrates productivity and efficiency
  • Interacts with vendors and staff in a professional, friendly and hospitable manner

Physical, Mental and/or Visual Demands

 Physical Requirements: Low physical effort required to sit or stand using keyboard and monitor. Ability to communicate verbally both in person and via telephone or internet. Limited requirement for bending, stooping, lifting or walking. Maximum unassisted lift is 20 lbs. Mental and visual concentration required for preparing and analyzing data using a computer.

Equipment Used: Computer, telephone, scanner, copy machine, printer, fax and other general office equipment.Acknowledgment:

This position is an exempt position.

The first 90 days of employment are considered an introductory, or orientation period for employees. During this time an employee may resign with or without cause. Likewise, an employee may be released with or without cause during the 90-day period considered the Introductory Period.

Employment is “at will” both during and after the orientation period.

This position description describes the general nature and level of work performed by the individual assigned to this position and should not be interpreted as all inclusive.  It does not state or imply these are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to the position.  The employee may be required to perform other job-related duties.  All requirements are subject to change and to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.

The position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.

WAGES, Inc. has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the employee’s ability to perform the position described. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This document does not represent a contract of employment, and WAGES reserves the right to change this job description and/or assign tasks for the employee to perform, as the agency may deem appropriate.

Compensation $60,000-$70,000 (entry)

601 Royall Ave.
Goldsboro, NC 27534