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Career Opportunity: Development Director

Title: Development Director (full-time exempt position)

Salary Range: $75,000-85,000 commensurate with experience

Education Level: Bachelor's Degree (Sales/Marketing or related field)

Reports to: Director of Administration


Position Description

In this key leadership position, you will work closely with cross-functional leadership and the Board development and finance committees building ambitious and comprehensive development strategies and goals that align with NVI’s strategic plan and deliver measurable results.


This Role is Right for You if:

You are an enthusiastic and active member of the community, utilizing your engaging networking skills to build long-term corporate and community partnerships to achieve organizational revenue goals.


You have a vision for building a comprehensive development strategy that produces appropriate revenue growth. You are able to drive success and provide positive engagement with staff and volunteers through coaching, recognition, and mutual accountability.


You are known as a uniter and have successfully built a positive, healthy, and inclusive team environment.


Your experience in providing inspirational leadership, oversight and implementation of fundraising programs has resulted in meeting or exceeding revenue goals around events, corporate sponsorship and other corporate gifts, pipeline development for major and planned gifts and other areas of development.


Principal Job Functions

Development Planning and implementation: Develop and execute annual fundraising plans to secure financial support from individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies. Responsible for implementing special events, annual campaigns, major donor strategies, and helping to grow our donor base through sourcing new prospects, cultivation and stewardship.


Fundraising: Oversee several fundraising events throughout the year including the Annual Gala, patron events, and major donor receptions. Develop and oversee the Annual Appeal Campaigns. Develop and oversee all special events related to cultivation and fundraising.


Communications: Develop and implement solicitation tracks and strategies for prospects and donors, ensuring regular and systematic contact through all means of communication. Oversee and grow a portfolio of prospects and solicit financial contributions. Assure accurate record keeping and oversee the acknowledgement process for all donors. Oversee preparation and production of all promotional mailings, printed pieces, and web communications, as related to fundraising.


Database/recordkeeping: Oversee the record keeping system(s) and other files for tracking donor participation, identification and cultivation of prospects.


Grants: Assist if requested by the Director of Administration with grant research, preparation and execution of grant and sponsorship proposals.


Board Communications: Assist with Board communications, development, and fundraising initiatives.


Perform other duties as commensurate with responsibilities of position. Serve on ad hoc committees as defined by organizational priorities and Executive Director.


Position Requirements

  • Passion for NVI’s mission and the population served

  • Bachelor’s degree in sales/marketing or related field

  • 5+ years proven leadership experience in peer-to-peer, fundraising, and other diversified fundraising programs

  • Coordination, management and scheduling of in-person or virtual donor meetings with appropriate staff members, board and Executive Director a must

  • Strong organizational, management and administrative skills including the ability to multi-task

  • Ability to establish and maintain strong, positive and effective working relationships with NVI staff, Board, volunteers, donors, community groups and partners

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with a high attention to detail (Writing sample required following first interview)

  • Proven experience in planning large scale fundraising events

  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, early morning and occasional weekends

  • Proficiency with applications for Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and PowerPoint), Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides), Constant Contact, Eventbrite and Raiser’s Edge required and teleconferencing software, such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams

  • Skilled knowledge and use of social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram a must

About NVI

The Nonviolence Institute (NVI) was founded in 2001 after 15-year-old Jennifer Rivera, the state’s key eyewitness in a murder trial, was gunned down in front of her house.


NVI seeks to teach by word and example the principles and practices of nonviolence and to foster a community that addresses potentially violent situations with nonviolent solutions. The Institute’s goal is to prevent violence, and particularly youth gang violence. NVI intervenes on an immediate basis in violent situations and works with youth to introduce nonviolence as an alternative. NVI provides a continuum of care for clients and families to educate, sustain, console, and celebrate with them along their journey a nonviolent lifestyle.


If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Sue Gibbs, Director of Administration, at sue@nonviolenceinstitute.org or by mail addressed to 265 Oxford St. Providence, RI 02905.


Nonviolence Institute is an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.