Director of Development

The Ability Center (ACT) is a non-profit Center for Independent Living. Together, we will work to make our community the most disability friendly in the nation by increasing independence for people with disabilities, discovering true passions, and changing the community’s perception of disability.

The Director of Development, in partnership with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors, is responsible for designing and executing the overall fund development vision and strategy to provide for the current and future needs of The Ability Center.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Assists in planning an overall fund development strategy including the following: Annual Fund, Corporate Giving, Major/Capital Gifts, Planned/Endowed Gifts, and Event Sponsorship.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of a Planned Giving Program.
  • Responsible for meeting annual fundraising financial target goals, including monthly Key Performance Indicators.
  • Coordinates all cultivation, solicitation, and recognition of donors/sponsors.
  • Develops and maintains a key prospect list, with monthly prospect activity reports.
  • Build support for annual donor recognition event.
  • Responsible for the development of an innovative Corporate Partners Program.
  • Builds relationships with Board, staff members, volunteers, community partners, and donors. Develops systems to encourage board involvement in annual fund solicitation, personal giving, and donor recognition.
  • Assists in developing and underwriting new fundraising events.
  • Responsible for evaluation and leadership of third-party fundraising opportunities.
  • Attend all events and be active in relevant community initiatives.
  • Provides leadership in sharing information, such as case for support, Annual Reports, and outcomes data.
  • Promotes an internal culture and commitment to philanthropy.

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree required with 3-5 years demonstrated experience in fund development and cultivating major gifts. Must possess excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills. Must be highly organized, creative and a self-starter. Computer literate; knowledgeable of Donor Perfect (or equivalent donor software system) and Microsoft Office products such as Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Must possess skills necessary to efficiently plan and implement activities within policies and procedures; maintain positive working relationship; respect rights of others; demonstrate initiative and accept accountability; effectively manage time, communicate, and respond to inquiries in a timely manner. Should be accessible for meetings before and after normal work hours, as necessary.

Essential Physical Demands: The employee may remain stationary for periods of time in a workstation, operate a phone, computer, copier, and printer. The employee will frequently communicate with others and may do so in various ways. The employee may frequently move from one office space to another, meeting spaces, and occasionally from one building to another. The employee will meet with individuals on and off site at various locations throughout our service area. The employee may operate a personal and/or company owned vehicle.

At the Ability Center, diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of who we are. We are committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of belonging by changing perceptions, and discovering true passions. Our employees are our most valuable asset. Your life experiences, self-expression, and unique capabilities represents our team, and the diverse communities we serve.

ACT is an equal opportunity employer.
The Ability Center is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.
We offer competitive pay and a comprehensive benefit package.

Please visit the careers page of our website to apply or fax resume to 419-885-5005.