Development Director

The Center for Rural Affairs is hiring a Development Director. The Development Director will report to the Chief Administrative Officer and be responsible for directing the Center’s individual donor fundraising activities and coordinating institutional funding strategies across the organization.

Position Details

This is a full-time position located in Lyons, Nebraska. Compensation is commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package will be provided. Extensive travel around the state of Nebraska, regionally and nationally is required.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Direct a staff team engaged in grant writing, donor data base management and donor cultivation; serving as team lead by selecting, onboarding, motivating, guiding, and developing team members.
  • Provides direction, feedback, and recognition to team members through 1 on 1s, quarterly conversations, and reviews.
  • Partner with Executive Director and Program Directors to develop fundraising strategy and ensure strategy implementation.
  • Report on development activities, performance, and trends to leadership, board members, and funders.
  • Oversee annual small donor appeals process, including; constituent recruitment; appeal creation, distribution, fulfillment, pledge reminders and gift acknowledgements.
  • Creates strategies to provide ongoing development, stewardship, engagement, and retention of major individual donors.
  • Creates strategies to provide ongoing communications throughout the year with all funders and donors using varied methods and tools.
  • Work closely with Executive Director to support major donor relations, endowment and capital fundraising efforts.
  • Oversees strategies to ensure proper database entry, management, and maintenance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Marketing, Communication, or in a related field is required.
  • Experience with marketing, fundraising, and grant writing is required.
  • Experience with project management is highly preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate and communicate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to direct and motivate others.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and time management skills; excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Willingness to travel to various sites across the state of Nebraska, regionally and nationally as needed.

Application Instructions

Interested individuals can apply by sending their resume, cover letter, and three professional references to The position will remain open until filled. The Center for Rural Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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