Director of Development (Philantrhopy)
Terms of Employment: Full Time, At-Will, Exempt
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Position Location: Gaithersburg, MD or Remote
The Center for Contemporary Sciences (CCS) is at the forefront of the movement to catalyze a worldwide shift away from unreliable animal testing and toward more effective methods that are based on human biology.
As CCS’s Director of Development, you will be responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing all of our fundraising programs, including leadership giving (major gifts), fundraising campaigns, and corporate, governmental, and foundation grant-seeking. The Director of Development will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief of Operations, and the Leadership Team in all development and fundraising endeavors.
How You Will Make a Difference:
CCS is 100% supported by philanthropy. As Director of Development, you will be responsible for securing the essential funds that power our work to transform the biomedical industry and replace ineffective animal testing with cutting-edge technologies by:
● Leading and implementing all aspects of CCS’s fundraising programs and providing strategic direction to ensure CCS’s continued robust growth.
● Building strong, meaningful, long-term relationships with our leading individual donors and prospects, working closely with the Chief Executive Officer and our Leadership Team to maintain and expand their support.
● Overseeing and conducting all aspects of grant seeking including prospect research, proposal writing, proposal submissions, and reporting requirements. This includes seeking and applying for grant opportunities across private and public foundations, corporations, governmental agencies, and others.
● Implementing and maintaining stewardship programs with corporations and scientific partners.
● Growing a major gifts program, including cultivating and soliciting major gifts and grants. Developing and executing creative strategies to expand our donor base, ensuring that we have a robust prospect pipeline.
● Developing and implementing fundraising events.
● Maintaining gift-recognition programs
● Developing robust performance metrics and ensuring these are met.
● Crafting and presenting creative funding proposals, identifying new and unique opportunities for fundraising growth, and preparing compelling personalized progress reports.
● Overseeing fundraising databases and tracking systems
● Ensuring timely and accurate report deliveries to funders.
● Overseeing the creation of publications and solicitation materials to support fundraising activities.
● Overseeing the development budget and monitoring expenses.
Who We’re Looking For:
● A proven track record of managing a multifaceted development program.
● Proven success in foundation relationship building and in grant-writing and submissions.
● Experience leading and motivating a team.
● A minimum of five years of previous development experience, preferably including two years in a major gifts officer capacity.
● A bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
● A willingness to travel throughout the U.S.
● Excellent written, interpersonal, and verbal communication skills.
● A capacity to work independently and effectively under the pressure of constant deadlines. An upbeat, engaging personality that will attract new supporters to invest in our mission and the ability to consistently motivate current donors to maintain and increase their support.
● Comfort working remotely and in a growing and evolving organization.
● Be a self-starter and goal-driven.
● Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals.
● Strong support for CCS’s philosophy and mission.
● Preference is given to those with a certification from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Certified Fundraiser Executives (CFRE), or equivalent.
The Fine Print
● Benefits: Working from home, medical insurance, flexible holiday and vacation plans, room for advancement, respectful managers, and supportive colleagues.
● This is a U.S.-based position: We are only able to consider applicants who are United States citizens or who already possess a United States Worker Visa.
● Salary: nonprofit salary, commensurate with experience
Application Deadline: rolling
How to Apply: Send a Cover Letter and Resume to Damon Isaacs, email@example.com
We want the best people with diverse backgrounds. We strongly encourage people of every color, orientation, age, gender, origin, and ability to apply. Because we value a diverse workplace, we prioritize an inclusive climate absent of discrimination and harassment during the application process and after you join the team.
We consider all qualified candidates without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.