Noah Project is in search of a new Development Director.

Development Director – responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors. Minimum of Bachelor’s in related field and 5 years’ experience; demonstrated track record of successful fundraising in a non-profit environment. Email resumes to:




General Description:  The Development Director (DD) is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors. The DD will foster a culture of philanthropy within the organization in order to secure sufficient funds and resources to meet the budget and grant-matching requirements of the ongoing and long term goals of agency operations. The DD will maintain appropriate systems to fund development including, but not limited to, donor management, endowment, research and cultivation, and gift processing and recognition. He/she will also be responsible for maintaining accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources.  The DD is supervised by the Executive Director, and works closely with the Administrative Director and Development Committee of the Board of Directors.


Supervision:  The DD is supervised by and reports directly to the Executive Director.


Classification:  Exempt


Essential Job Functions:

  1. Meet with the Executive Director on a regular basis to determine project priorities and strategize funding approaches and cultivation plans.
  2. Participate with the Executive Director, Board of Directors and staff in charting the organization’s course in fund development.
  3. Stay informed on philanthropy and fund development and ensure such activities are carried out in keeping with the organization’s values, mission, vision and plans, and can compassionately articulate the Noah Project story.
  4. Help develop a balanced funding mix of donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of organization that will enable it to attract, retain, and motivate donors and fundraising volunteers. (This may include, but is not limited to, establishing planned giving, increasing ongoing donor base, developing an endowment fund, extending donor base beyond Abilene, etc.).
  5. Develop a caseload of active major gifts prospects, and carry out strategies for solicitation of these prospects.
  6. Prepare and provide accurate and timely activity reports and revenue forecast.
  7. Develop, maintain, and/or monitor a donor base sufficient to meet the funds and resource requirements of the organization’s operations, including coordinating all fund-raising activities that relate to the donor base/ data base.
  8. Assist with the research for and completion of grant applications for organization operations. Coordinate with the Executive Director and Staff in developing and/or writing grant proposals.
  9. Develop all materials to support and track fund-raising activities including all, invitations, brochures, event print and correspondence.
  10. Respond to all gifts received by the organization.
  11. Coordinate all public relations endeavors including speaking engagements, media presentations and mail outs (brochures, newsletters, etc.).
  12. Maintain a good professional relationship with the community and statewide organizations that have an interest in or provide support to Noah Project.
  13. Prepare and distribute quarterly newsletter.
  14. Participate in ongoing development education, seminars, and workshops.
  15. Other duties as assigned by Executive Director.  


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major course of study in development, public relations, communication, or a related field.
  2. 5+ years of front-line experience in leadership gifts development.
  3. Demonstrated track record of successful fundraising in an environment of similar complexity.
  4. Ability to engage the Board of Directors as well as the Executive Director in donor visits.
  5. Successful experience closing complex large commitments including planned gifts, campaign and endowment gifts, and investment options.
  6. Superior presentation skills, including the presence to deal effectively with diverse constituencies including principal donors and Board Members.
  7. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write and speak clearly and effectively, listen, and an unusual capacity to engage, inspire and persuade.
  8. Some of the aforementioned qualifications may be waived in their entirety with documented evidence of significant success in the areas of grant writing, capital campaign drives, planned giving programs, endowments, and high profile public relations enterprises. 


Screenable Job Requirements:

  1. Ability to communicate both in writing and verbally.
  2. Ability to maintain a highly professional appearance in both manner and attire.
  3. Willingness to work a flexible schedule, especially when required for fund-raising and development events or speaking engagements.
  4. Ability to work with a variety of groups, both internal and external to the organization.
  5. Experience in public speaking.  Ability to tactfully participate in media coverage and programs.
  6. Willingness to perform tasks outside of the job description.


Selection Procedure:  Applicants for this position will be screened and interviewed in accordance with the Job Posting and Hiring Procedure.

Application Process : Email resumes to: