Seeking Development Director


The Emily Program Foundation is currently in search of a Development Director.

Title: Development Director
Reports to: Board of Directors
Organization: The Emily Program Foundation

Purpose: The Development Director is responsible for developing and executing a strategic fundraising/development plan that will ensure the Foundations fiscal sustainability; and is responsible for fundraising, grant writing, donor development and plans and directs fund raising events.


Goals/Objectives: Raise funds and otherwise solicit and gather monetary donations or other gifts for The Emily Program Foundation through the development of relationships, organized activities, events and other means consistent with the mission and culture of the Foundation. In conjunction with the Advocacy Director and Outreach Coordinator, raise awareness and support to attain the mission and goals of the Foundation. Demonstrate integrity, fiscal responsibility and meet compliance requirements in all areas of daily operations.

  • Achieve financial goals as budgeted.



  • Build relationships with people who will support the Foundation financially, along with families  impacted by ED, to build a portfolio of local, regional and national funders to meet or exceed income goals and increase awareness.
  • Research, review, and evaluate new funding sources and opportunities and make recommendations to pursue.
  • Develop fundraising activity plans that maximize participation or contributions and minimize costs.
  • Develop and implement fundraising activities, such as annual giving campaigns, direct mail programs and corporate fundraising programs -such as employer gift-matching.
  • Develop strategies to encourage new or increased contributions.
  • Contact corporate representatives, government officials, and community leaders to increase awareness of eating disorders and/or needs.
  • Research, review and identify appropriate grants for the Foundation.
  • Write and prepare all Foundation grant applications and coordinate grant application processes, including reviewing instructions, collecting information from relevant staff, composing narrative sections, and researching vital statistics.
  • Produce materials such as posters, Web sites, or newsletters to promote, market, or advertise fundraising events.
  • Participate in development of fiscal year budget and goal setting, and toward achievement of fiscal year goals. Monitor budgets, expense reports, or other financial data.
  • Develop and maintain a strong tracking and reporting system, including a donor and alumni database, calendar of inquiry letters, grants and reports by due dates.
  • Strategic Planning – develop short and long term strategic planning to include recruitment, training and retention of Board and staff members with necessary skills/resources and contacts to achieve established goals.
  • Communicate results to Foundation staff and Board of Directors regularly.
  • Develop and maintain a volunteer program
    • Train and supervise fundraising volunteer members.
  • Ability to travel – local, regional, national; engage others and confidently speak and represent Foundation at community events, meetings, or conferences to promote goals or solicit donations and sponsorships.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience and success in developing, marketing, and leading diverse fundraising initiatives including annual giving, major gifts, strategic partnerships, sponsorships, grants, events and capital campaigns with quantifiable results that meet or exceed objectives.
  • Successful track record in the development of Boards and committees to support organizational objectives.
  • Demonstrated experience as a development director, knowledge of non-profit accounting and ability to create and implement short and long term actions plans.
  • Demonstrated experience with public speaking, developing presentations and seeking out opportunities to be visible in the community.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills that demonstrate an ability to motivate others through influence.
  • Experience managing projects, deadlines and collaborative efforts. Must be able to inspire others to build a highly collaborative environment.
  • Strong interpersonal competencies as evidence by effective on-on-one and group communication skills and a capacity to build and maintain trusting relationships.
  • Must be able to demonstrate an understanding of overall principles and practices of non-profit administration while taking a significant external role for the organization.

Education and Work Experience:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in related field is required.
  • 3+ years of non-profit development or fundraising experience in areas of interest is preferred – including: mental/behavioral health, women’s health, public health and/or eating disorders.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively increasing leadership experience is required, including strategic planning and Board development.
  • Demonstrate a proven track record of securing gifts and grants from leading funding sources – in the fields of interest named preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate new relationships with funders; experience building a development/fundraising function from the ground up is preferred.
  • Proven ability to clearly communication, coordinate, delegate, prioritize, lead, multi-task, negotiate, organize, and problem solve.
  • Passion for the world of eating disorders, mental health and community partnership.
  • Outstanding organizational skills and the ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of people within the organization and the community.
  • Ability to coordinate resources from across multiple areas to achieve results.
  • Demonstrate initiative (e.g., in starting tasks, asking questions, identifying and discussing problems, ability to structure own work, stay on task)
  • High level of enthusiasm and energy; professional
  • Demonstrates a “can-do” spirit, a sense of optimism, ownership, and commitment.


To Apply:

Email your cover letter and resume/CV to Careers.

This position will remain open until filled. The Emily Program Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.