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Director of Fund Development
Category: Manager

Birmingham, Alabama

Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013

Director of Fund Development




 Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Director of Fund Development (DOD) manages all aspects of fund development for Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens (The Friends), including donor research, initial contact, rapport development, determination of donor interest and compatibility, matching of interests and direct face-to-face solicitation, and procurement of funds (and/or additional funds) from potential (and/or existing) funding sources.

Sources include individuals, organizations, foundations, institutions, governmental entities, trusts, estates, companies, corporations and other local, regional, national and international sources. The DOD is responsible for adherence to all requirements of the US Internal Revenue Service.

This position involves a very high degree of interpersonal work of a financially sensitive and confidential nature. At times the DOD may delegate certain tasks to volunteer and/or paid assistants under his/her direction, but she/he must effectively control the release of confidential information and maintain responsibility for the effective completion of those delegated tasks. All Friends employees may be called upon to perform other duties not specifically described herein.



  • Assumes responsibility for executing all elements of fundraising, including annual fundraising for operations, major gift fundraising, and planned gift and bequest development.
  • Develops an annual comprehensive development strategy with financial goals for individual donors, corporate donors, and foundation grants, along with a carefully articulated plan to achieve those goals, including, but not limited to, a plan for engaging volunteers to support the solicitation effort(s).
  • Makes an annual evaluation of development activities, including special events.
  • Assumes responsibility for capital campaign efforts, including selecting and coordinating the work of outside consultants, when determined necessary and appropriate from time to time by the Board.
  • Makes personal calls on donors to develop donor relationships and to solicit funds.
  • Actively seeks and obtains underwriting, sponsorship and monetary and in-kind donations for Friends events, activities, garden projects, materials and equipment.
  • Works with Executive Director to develop effective methods of recognizing donors and their gifts.
  • Oversees the development, management and maintenance of a current and comprehensive database for development purposes.
  • Oversees grant writing, including researching sources, obtaining materials, determining compatibility, and reviewing and filing applications for grants and foundation requests.
  • Manages certain donor relations and communications using oral and written communication skills, methods and devices, in various business and social settings. This includes developing and maintaining a stewardship program for donors.
  • Prepares, and assists in the preparation of, organizational collateral material and fund raising materials including the annual report, newsletters, website content, promotional pieces, brochures and presentations, using computer techniques and outside assistance as required.
  • Reports on donor relations and fundraising progress on a regular basis to the Executive Director, standing committees and other Friends staff and committees as needed.
  • Works with the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer to establish guidelines for Endowment(s) and builds endowed assets through planned gifts and outright contributions.
  • Develops, monitors and makes recommendations for change to the organization’s gift acceptance policies.


*  Birmingham Botanical Society, Inc., dba Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens   Rev. 1.2006



  • Advises the Friends President, Board of Directors, Committee and Event Chairs, the Executive Director and other Friends and Botanical Gardens staff on participation in and active support of development efforts, and serves as a general development resource, especially to the volunteer events.
  • Prepares development plans and assists the Friends Finance Committee, Executive Director and the Director of Finance with the annual preparation of the Friends budget.
  • Works with the Director of Finance and Gift Processor for financial reporting matters, solicitation lists and proper coding of donations.
  • Coordinates database development, publications, solicitations and Marketing and PR efforts with the Director of Marketing and Membership .
  • Organizes, coordinates and assists in running regular meetings of the Development Committee.
  • Directs paid assistants (currently the Donor Relations Officer  and Special Events Coordinator)  and/or volunteers in the completion of various projects, tasks and assignments.



  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, Public Relations, Public Administration, or equivalent, as determined by The Friends Board, required.
  • Five years of nonprofit development experience, or equivalent as determined by The Friends Board, preferred; three years’ work experience with a not-for-profit organization required.
  • Proficiency with MS Excel, and MS Word computer software required. Experience with MS Access, MS Publisher and Raiser’s Edge desirable.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Writing samples must be submitted with resume.
  • Strong problem solving, training, and personnel management skills required. Must have initiative and have the ability to set goals and follow through with little direct supervision.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills required.
  • Ability to assess fund-raising needs and opportunities, plan and implement fund raising campaigns, and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and with highly organized habits and skills both alone and as a team member.
  • Confidentiality required. Employment is contingent on the signing of a confidentiality and non-competition agreement.
Send resume and cover letter to:
Fred Spicer
Executive Director
2612 Lane Park Road
Birmingham, AL 35223
Please no walk-ins or phone calls.



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