A development manager of a non-profit organization is primarily responsible for creating, administering, and implementing the organization's long-term development plan. This generally entails developing and implementing a growth strategy for the future, organizing outreach efforts, and managing relationships with the organization's new and existing donors. The role often necessitates working closely with other departments in the organization. For example, a development manager will frequently consult with the finance department to prepare budgets, monitor costs, and apply for state and federal grant assistance; he or she may also work with marketing staff to develop communication and engagement strategies.
A development manager for a non-profit organization typically works in an indoor office setting, although they may also attend some outdoor outreach and fundraising events. A typical day consists of communicating with existing and prospective donors, completing and submitting grant applications, planning events, and consulting with both subordinates and supervisors to ensure that the development plan is carried out.
Development managers of non-profit organizations are usually under direct supervision of the president or chief executive officer (CEO) and are expected to work closely with executive leadership to ensure that the organization's key goals are carried out. As a result, skills such as leadership, communication, time management, and teamwork are needed. A bachelor's degree or more is usually required, along with several years of professional non-profit work experience. They may also be expected to demonstrate knowledge of the organization's area of work, such as healthcare or the environment.
Development Manager, Non-Profit Organization Tasks
Plan, direct, or coordinate fund-raising activities of public or private sector non profit organizations.
Main function includes growing relationships with existing clients and creating relationships with new ones.