Development Director

The Development Director will develop and implement a strong, proactive program to secure gifts from individual and corporate prospects in support of the organization’s mission and strategic plan. The Director is responsible for setting and meeting fundraising goals, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual and corporate prospects with a focus on program and unrestricted funding. The Development Director works closely with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, Grants Consultant, development and key program staff to increase the number and size of individual and corporate gifts with the goal of building CARECEN’s long-term fundraising capacity

Organizational Background

The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)’s mission is to empower Central American and other immigrants by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice and promoting cultural diversity.


Summary of Duties

• Oversee the organization’s development activities and team.

• Develop fundraising strategies and tactics.

• Work with Executive Director and program staff to write, edit and manage grant proposals from foundations (private, family, and corporate) and government sources.

• Build and manage relationships with foundation partners, donors, and donor prospects.

• Increase individual and corporate revenue through engagement of new individual and corporate donors and increased giving of past individual and corporate donors.

• Work with Executive Director, Board and staff to successfully cultivate, solicit and steward donor prospects.

• Coordinate and staff donor visits; accompany and staff prospect and donor events/activities.

• Manage communications with donors and donor prospects.

• Serves as lead to annual Gala.

• Conduct prospect research on potential individual, corporate, foundation and other funding sources.

• Work with Executive Director and Board to develop an Advisory Council and strengthen the Individual Donor Committee.

• Expand donors for Gala.

• Analyze past donor data with development associate and implement strategies for re-engaging lapsed sponsors.

• Accountable for meeting deadlines, following up with staff, Board, donor committees and other department requests.

• Provides staff support to the Development Committee of the Board as needed.

• Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.



• Knowledge of event and non-event fundraising activities is a must.

• Strong organizational skills, communication skills, and detail oriented. 

• Excellent interpersonal skills.

• Excellent writing and editing skills.

• Ability to work professionally in a deadline-driven environment.

• Ability to work with diverse groups.



• Associate or bachelor’s degree in a related field is a plus.
• Minimum 3 years of fundraising experience preferably in a non-profit setting.

• Ability to work independently, self-start, with limited supervision.
• Commitment to the mission and goals of CARECEN.



This is an exempt position. Benefits and compensation will be based on compensation history and experience.


To Apply

Send a cover letter with resume, salary history and three references to:

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
No phone calls please.


CARECEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages all those qualified and interested to apply.

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  • Randy Herrera
    published this page in Employment 2017-06-01 12:06:28 -0700