Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $65,000
Maximum: $75,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



3300 Henry Avenue, Suite 110
United States


The Center for Grieving Children

Director of Development and Communications

Starting Date: September 1, 2018

Salary Range: $65,000-75,000 (based on experience)

Position Description:

The Center for Grieving Children, located in Philadelphia, PA, provides peer support groups for children and their caregivers grieving the death of a close loved one in four locations throughout the city. The Center also provides community-based groups in schools and training for professionals who work with grieving children and families. Because The Center believes that no child should grieve alone, all grief support programs provided are free.

We are currently seeking a dedicated and passionate professional to join our team and support our mission. The Center has experienced growth over the last few years, while strategically assessing where it is headed. This is an exciting time to join The Center. We are looking for a dynamic, energetic and out-of-the-box thinker who can take our development and communications to the next level!

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development and Communications is responsible for actively supporting the fundraising and communications activities of The Center for Grieving Children. The Director works closely with the Executive Director, the Board Chair, the Resource Development Committee and board members to identify, solicit and steward gifts in support of The Center for Grieving Children’s mission. This includes but is not limited to assisting in the annual appeal, major gift solicitation, grants, planned giving, and events. The Director of Development and Communications will also plan and implement public relations and marketing activities in this role. The Development and Communications Associate will work with his or her team to continually raise the visibility of the organization in the community through public relations and communications, including but not limited to the website and social media.

Development Responsibilities:

  1. Support the Executive Director in all aspects of the development process.
  2. Assist in the development of the annual appeal.
  3. Oversee relationships with foundations, including drafting grant proposals and foundation reports, engaging in prospect research, and relationship management and building. This role includes overseeing and working with a part-time Grantwriter on grants.
  4. Identify potential corporate, foundation, and individual donors.
  5. Assist in the cultivation of new donors and the stewardship of current donors.
  6. Build out nascent areas of fundraising, including annual corporate donors, major gifts and planned giving.
  7. Manage government grant opportunities, including overseeing drafting and reporting requirements.
  8. Create a Development Plan and track progress throughout the year.
  9. Create an annual calendar for grants, events, and other development-related goals, and track those throughout the year.
  10. Oversee the drafting of acknowledgment letters and assist in donor follow-up communications.
  11. Manage the donor database (Salesforce).
  12. Assist in all aspects related to special events, including the annual Fall Fest gala and the Golf Outing. Assistance tasks include, but are not limited to, planning, event management, and solicitation of sponsors and auction items.
  13. Assist in the development of new development programs, including major gifts and planned giving.

Communications Responsibilities:

  1. Manage and continually revise an innovative Communications Plan to govern the goals, style, and substance of The Center’s communication strategy.
  2. Work with development and communications team to draft and distribute quarterly e-newsletter.
  3. Oversee the drafting of social media content on Facebook and Twitter regularly and identify new social media outlets and apps, as applicable.
  4. Update website content, graphics, and announcements on a regular basis and assist in troubleshooting and technical issues related to The Center’s website.
  5. Work with The Center’s team to develop, draft and publish agency materials, including newsletters, campaign materials, annual report, invitations, and brochures and flyers.
  6. Manage the drafting and distribution of press releases to area news media.
  7. Assist with tabling opportunities at community outreach events.

Management Responsibilities:

  1. Manage a team of two employees (1 FT and 1 PT) who assist in development and communications tasks, including Salesforce administration, grant writing, event planning, and other tasks as assigned by Director of Development and Communications.
  2. Manage website functionality for donations and registration for events.
  3. Assist Executive Director in Board tasks, including committees.
  4. Manage relationship with and activities performed by the Young Professionals Board.
  5. Assist in training and building staff’s skills around development, marketing, and communications.


  • College degree required, graduate degree a bonus
  • Minimum of 4-6 years of fundraising experience
  • Experience with donor management databases (Salesforce-specific experience a plus)
  • Strong and positive interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work on nights and weekends as needed for events
  • Passion for The Center for Grieving Children’s mission
  • Innovative and out-of-the-box approach to fundraising
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Dynamic interpersonal and team building skills, including the ability to connect with people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Ability to maintain high standards of ethics, integrity, and professionalism
  • High energy, goal-directed, task-driven relationship-builder
  • Flexible multi-tasker
  • Highly organized
  • Self-starter
  • Driver’s license, reliable transportation and valid auto insurance
  • Child abuse clearance as well as FBI and criminal background checks required
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds

The Center

The Center for Grieving Children helps children grieving a death heal and grow through their grief while strengthening families, communities, and professionals' understanding of how best to respond to their needs. Established in 1995 at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, The Center incorporated as an independent organization in 2000. The Center supports children and families grieving the death of a close loved one in four ways: 1) free Center-Based Groups for youth and caregivers after a death in 4 locations across the city; 2) free 8-week Community-Based Groups for students in schools; 3) Post-Crisis Interventions for school communities after a death; and 4) trainings for professionals to manage crises that emerge among the youth they serve.

The Center is the only organization in the City of Philadelphia that focuses exclusively on supporting grieving children and youth ages 5-25 after the death of a loved one. As the only organization of its kind in the city, The Center serves youth who are most in need: 75% of The Center’s participants come from low-income neighborhoods and 1 out of 4 youth served by The Center experienced the death of a loved one due to homicide. Because of this need, The Center and its staff are committed to providing trauma-informed, high-quality grief support services.

The Center for Grieving Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in its workplace.

Contact Information

Please send resume and cover letter to No phone calls please.


Two weeks of vacation, one week of sick leave, closed during winter holidays, and paid healthcare insurance for employee.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Darcy Walker Krause at