Assistant directors of development collaborate with directors of development to develop and execute strategic fundraising efforts, manage departmental staff when necessary, and work with CEOs, COOs, Vice Presidents, and program directors to understand program needs. They also plan and develop special fundraising events, budget oversight included, and work with the director to cultivate and solicit donors, plan and implement stewardship events, manage mail/online/email communications with donors, and secure sponsorships. The assistant director will also manage prospect research, donor databases and tracking, and all grant writing initiatives, and coordinate donor recognition activities such as receptions, dedications, and ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
The key responsibility of the assistant director of development is to create key relations which expand funding bases and ensure that the targets of the organization are met. Responsibilities also include database/record management and supervising/coordinating those who maintain records, electronically or on paper, of all the organization's functions.
Basic functions necessary for the position include: the ability to read reports, gather and analyze data, and compile information for written reports; prepare written memorandums and documents and compile the numerous forms needed in the daily operation of management; and communicate effectively, both orally and written. Non-essential job responsibilities include using various types of office equipment such as computers, calculators, and copiers.
Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree, a minimum of four to six years of professional fundraising experience with proven success in cultivating and soliciting charitable gifts, and a demonstrated ability to manage committees and volunteers.
Assistant Director of Development Tasks
Document information about donors, campaigns and fundraising goals.
Plan, schedule and execute outreach campaigns and fundraising events.
Analyze data, confirm results, and brainstorm new campaigns.
Develop and cultivate relationships with community members and potential donors.
Assist with fiscal reporting and presentations.