Development Director

Location: Raleigh, NC

Department: Christian Library International

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Christian Library International (CLI) seeks a highly compassionate, energetic development professional to build a comprehensive development program for a growing Christian-based nonprofit.

As a prison ministry that began in 1996 and now serves over 1,500 prisons, CLI exists to glorify God by leading inmates to a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ.  This is achieved by providing God’s word through books, Bibles, Bible studies, CDs, DVDS and tracts. Volunteers connect with inmates by letter and minister to them through the CLI Leadership Bible study and the Disciple of Christ Study.

CLI is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina and serves US prisons in all 50 states.  The vision is to establish CLI Hubs in communities across the US to increase service for inmates and connection with local churches and prison chaplains. Currently most of CLI’s financial and volunteer support comes from North Carolina. To actualize the long-term vision for the ministry, leadership and resources are needed to expand the network of active communities supporting CLI.

The Leadership Opportunity

Over the past five years, CLI has worked to grow its base of support. As a result, the number of annual donors has doubled and income has quadrupled to over $500,000.  The Director of Development is responsible for designing a comprehensive development plan that will continue the annual growth trajectory of the development program.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director will be responsible for major donor development, driving the annual fund process, and coordinating annual fundraising banquets currently held in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Atlanta.

The Development Director will expand the resources needed to fulfill CLI’s mission, through the identification, cultivation and solicitation of financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations, working closely with other staff and board members to support fundraising initiatives. Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Create and implement a development plan and strategy with an emphasis on unrestricted funds.
  • Develop and grow a donor pipeline of support through proactive moves management strategies that lead to direct asks.   
  • Cultivate and nurture relationships with current corporate and foundation sponsors, churches, and individual donors.
  • Develop and execute a prospect strategy to acquire future donors, volunteer leaders and supportive church communities.
  • Manage and direct the annual banquet, which includes identifying and securing volunteers and table sponsors.
  • Manage and execute appeal solicitations via mail, email and social media.
  • Prepare grant proposals for submission to corporate, family, and private foundations.
  • Train and lead staff and volunteers in supporting CLI’s fundraising and marketing efforts.
  • Help develop CLI’s Board fundraising capacity.
  • Promote CLI through presentations at churches, civic clubs, business and other groups.
  • Organize and maintain detailed donor records in database (Raiser’s Edge).
  • Produce reports to track progress towards goals and determine opportunities for growth.

Attributes of the Ideal Director of Development

The Director of Development must be committed to the mission and vision of CLI and bring a high energy, positive attitude into a work environment made up of dedicated team members that are passionate about bringing Christ to the imprisoned. The development professional must display a commitment to growing the annual donor base of support. In addition, candidates should have the following attributes and experiences including:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (preferred);
  • Four to six years of nonprofit development experience with track record of successes;
  • Comfortable working as part of a Christian ministry;
  • Demonstrated ability to prospect, cultivate, and manage donors and volunteers;
  • Strong partnership-building and event planning skills;
  • Excellent computer skills, database management experience, and knowledge of Raiser’s Edge;
  • Friendly, outgoing, team player who is willing to learn new skills;
  • Self-starter with strong work ethic. Able to work independently;
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets;
  • Proven management and leadership capabilities;
  • Effective organizational and time management skills;
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, including a demonstrated ability to be persuasive;
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically with a thorough comprehension of what it takes to build a dynamic resource development program;
  • High ethical standards and a professional image.

Application Process

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