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  • Director of Development

    Posted: 05/28/2021

    In connection to Dress for Success's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we encourage people from underrepresented communities with diverse abilities, ages, gender identities, nationalities, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations to apply.

    Dress for Success Austin values women. We serve women from diverse backgrounds and circumstances, including women from many racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as well as women of all abilities and strengths, women that are experiencing homelessness, mental illness, were formerly incarcerated, are non-English speakers and from the LGBTQ+ community. We meet women where they are, and we want our clients to see themselves represented in every aspect of who we are – staffing, volunteers, board members and all affiliate organizations.

    Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development (DOD) is a key member of the senior management team and plays a crucial role in Dress for Success Austin’s (DFSA) success through fund development. The DOD oversees, plans, coordinates and ensures implementation of fundraising strategies in support of the organization, including targeted strategies to secure donations from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government sources. The DOD fosters a culture of philanthropy within the organization and secures the development and maintenance of appropriate systems for fund development including, but not limited to, donor management, research and cultivation, grant writing and reporting, and gift processing and stewardship.


    • Participates with the Executive Director, staff and Board of Directors to define the organization’s mission and strategic direction
    • Create, implement, and monitor comprehensive development plans to establish and achieve fundraising goals for DFSA and each of its programs
    • Oversees the organization’s fund development activities including: major gifts, planned giving, grants, annual giving, special events, communications, and donor stewardship
    • Complete foundation and corporate grant applications including research and writing, and ensure appropriate reporting and stewardship of existing grants
    • Handles the day-to-day operations of development including donor research, prospecting and cultivation, gift solicitation, gift recognition and reporting
    • Supports staff and Board role in fundraising through planning, coaching, reporting and motivating
    • Designs and implements cost-effective fund development programs, while maintaining an acceptable level of quality and solid return on investment
    • Plans and oversees fundraising events to make sure all donor needs are met and fundraising goals are achieved
    • Collaborates extensively with the Communications Manager to implement strategies to attract and sustain supporters
    • Manages a small team including the Development Intern and special event volunteers
    • Establish and maintain positive relationships with Board members and donors across the state
    • Along with the Executive Director, identify prospective donors and supporters and cultivate effective donor communications and relationships
    • Plan and coordinate development visits for/with the Executive Director and Board Members
    • Coordinate and direct annual, endowment, and other fundraising campaigns, including mailings, digital communication, and online giving platforms
    • Manage the development database and other tracking systems


    Comprehensive management skills and experience are required: short and long-term strategic planning, directing and motivating staff, excellent oral and written communication, marketing and financial management, organizational behavior and development, and governance.

    • Proven success in cultivating donors, prospects and managing a development program
    • Demonstrated success in generating increased funds from individual donors, including securing major gifts
    • Favorable experience leading and managing a staff. Readily delegates, coaches, and empowers the team as an effective team leader and team player
    • Understanding of the principles and practices of fundraising coordination and grant application administration and reporting. Candidate should have demonstrated experience implementing a successful, scaled, comprehensive fundraising program to achieve or exceed goals
    • Knowledge and experience in the following areas is required: the nature and dimensions of philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving and volunteering, research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, special events, telephone solicitation, and direct mail, and, development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting.


    • Education: minimum of a bachelor’s degree; a graduate degree is desirable. CFRE certification is a plus.
    • Experience: at least five years of professional fundraising experience with a nonprofit organization; solid understanding of funding and budget challenges
    • Proven fundraising/development skills are essential; candidates should have a successful track record in identifying, cultivating, and stewarding donors (individuals, corporations, and foundations) in a range of development activities (major gifts, annual campaign, planned giving, endowment building, etc.)
    • Proficient in using technology for communication, reporting and data management
    • Excellent communications skills (oral, written, and presentation) are essential


    Dress for Success Austin is searching for an innovative self-starter who approaches challenges with creativity and strategy. This candidate should have excellent relationship building skills to grow and steward to a diverse donor base. They should be an excellent communicator who can effectively present the organization’s goals and collaborate with others in DFSA. Applicants should make every effort to work with integrity and commitment to the Dress for Success Austin mission on a daily basis.

    The mission of Dress for Success Austin is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.


    • Full time, flexible between the hours of 8 am – 5 pm with occasional evenings & weekends
    • Salary: $59,000 to $63,000 / year, based on experience
    • Work for an organization that values and works to empower women every day
    • Health insurance provided beginning January of 2022
    • Two weeks of PTO beginning year one

    TO APPLY: send cover letter and resume to Mia Johns, mia@dressforsuccessaustin.org, by June 30th

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