Director of Development


Reporting to NDS’ Executive Director, Colsaria Henderson, the Director of Development is expected to be a leader and key member of the executive team. The Director of Development must have compassion and an understanding for adult and child victims and survivors affected by domestic violence. With the goal of ending domestic violence now and forever, Next Door Solutions is a big agency of “YES!”

Key Responsibilities

  • Create, lead, and execute a comprehensive multi-strategy development plan and budget
  • Build and retain a collaborative development team that can work effectively across departments
  • Identify, cultivate, build, and solidify relationships with new and established donors/funders
  • Grow philanthropic revenue by using data to identify potential donors and move them up the giving ladder, by expanding major gifts and by implementing other fundraising initiatives or strategies
  • Provide leadership, management, and mentoring to all development staff to reach goals and produce results
  • Manage an active portfolio of major donors and prospects by creating and implementing personalized cultivation, stewardship plans, and gift requests for each donor within their portfolio
  • Manage institutional, foundation, and corporate funders, including writing or editing grant proposals and reports as needed
  • Act as an external ambassador, possessing comfort and ability to speak in front of individuals and groups articulating the case for support
  • Bring equity, anti-racism, racial and economic justice lens to approach and strategy of fundraising

Professional Experience/Qualifications


  • Seasoned fundraising professional with proven ability to help create and achieve goals of a multi-strategy development plan and at least 3 years senior-level experience and 3 years supervising staff
  • Experience in building and expanding a development effort by making use of moves management, wealth screening, major gift solicitation, and other development tools
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising; experience with individuals, foundations, and corporations; track record of soliciting and closing five-figure gifts with experience in six-figure gifts a plus
  • Track record of developing and maintaining productive, collaborative relations with funders
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing complex or multiple projects through to success, including meeting financial goals and coordinating the work of key staff and volunteers
  • Experience collaborating ensuring alignment across departments within an organization
  • Track record of engaging and growing foundation giving
  • Experience and/or strong understanding of community-centric fundraising

Highly Preferred:

  • Experience reporting to a board and/or board committees
  • Track record of engaging and growing corporate philanthropy opportunities
  • Experience in strategic planning processes
  • Experience bringing equity, anti-racism, racial and economic justice lens to approach and strategy of fundraising


  • Strong leadership skills, with a collaborative spirit and strong management skills; demonstrated ability to inspire and motivate staff, board, donors, volunteers, and potential partners
  • Outstanding communicator; excellent speaking, writing, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience understanding databases and high comfort level analyzing and applying data to hone strategies and achieve goals
  • Collaborative with senior management and seen as a partner with Executive Director
  • Track record of growing abilities of staff and encouraging increased responsibilities, team building and retention, coaching and mentoring direct reports, and enhancing workplace culture
  • Knowledge of or experience working in an organization that uses long-term planning and Key Performance Indicators or dashboards in the management of staff and operations

Personal Characteristics:

  • Passion for Next Door Solutions’ mission
  • Understanding and compassion for adult and child victims and survivors affected by domestic violence
  • Comfort and ease in navigating change
  • Thrives in a goal-oriented and dynamic environment
  • Comfortable and confident having difficult conversations
  • Strong emotional intelligence, especially in empathy, self-awareness, and active listening
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Personable and enthusiastic, a relationship builder
  • Ability to understand programs, tell the story and be a champion


The salary for this position is $118,000 to $130,000 with a benefits package.


Brakeley Search is conducting this search on an exclusive basis on behalf of NDS. Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a resume and a letter outlining qualifications as PDF or Word documents to Chelsea Burr at with “Director of Development NDS” in the subject line.


Next Door Solutions is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate in employment or delivery of services on the basis of ancestry, age, color, disability (physical and mental, includes HIV and AIDS), genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, (including religious dress and grooming), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, request for FMLA, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

BRAKELEY SEARCH is a search firm focused exclusively on the nonprofit sector. As a division of Brakeley Briscoe, Inc. (BBI), Brakeley Search works with local, national, and international nonprofits to help them hire exceptional senior-level leaders.

Salary Range

$118,000 to $130,000


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