Development Director

Job Type

Full Time




King of Prussia
United States


The Development Director role is a great opportunity to join a strong Chapter team and work closely with the Executive Director and local leadership, regional teams and an outstanding group of volunteers to increase the reach and impact of the Chapter. 

The Development Director will lead, manage, and expand campaigns that build and strengthen links to potential and existing volunteers and donors and grow the Chapter’s revenue through increased corporate, individual, volunteer, and other community involvement. He or she will organize and manage appropriate committees with volunteers to

expand fundraising and non-fundraising programs.  

Other responsibilities will include:

  • Serve as a key staff member in implementing the strategic direction and purpose of the Chapter. Collaborate with an outstanding team of local staff as well as national/regional staff resources to ensure the Chapter’s growth and success, discuss best practices, and share new ideas.
  • Serve as staff lead for the Philadelphia Gala, accountable for meeting a $1.2 million+ budget.
  • Lead/Manage special events staff to ensure the successful acheivement of budget and program goals.
  • Formulate, implement, and lead strategies and tactics for chapter fundraising and Development activities to sustain continued growth, maximum penetration of core market areas and opportunities for expansion where appropriate.
  • Provide strategic direction and active leadership for major chapter external and community development activities such as corporate partnership development, volunteer leadership development, marketing, and communication and education programs.
  • Identify, build, and steward relationships with community, civic and corporate leaders as an integral part of volunteer and donor prospect development and engagement in JDRF activities. Establish a network and represent the organization in professional societies/organizations.
  • Identify and cultivate board members. Make recommendations about Development to the nominating committee.
  • Recruit, manage, and continually develop assigned committees providing leadership, cultivation, acknowledgement, material support, and assistance in building and implementing committee annual plans. Assume lead role in developing committee structure, volunteer relationships and the placement of volunteers in leadership roles.
  • Assist in identifying and cultivating major donors and planned gifts and work with Major Donor Committee.
  • Direct and manage assigned staff. Participate in staffing decisions and evaluate staff. Communicate and set expectations clearly and appropriately. Provide ongoing growth and development by motivating, developing, and directing staff and volunteers as they work to achieve JDRF and Chapter’s priorities. 
  • Establish and maintain departmental and organization wide policies and procedures. Plan, schedule, prioritize, abide by and monitor all activities and procedures related to the department. 
  • Develop an annual plan for each assigned priority including financial goals and objectives. Develop timelines and budgets, and ensure that tasks are completed on time and within budget. Manage budget and control expenses effectively with an eye on revenue growth and expense reduction opportunities. 
  • Participate in Chapter planning and budgeting processes. 
  • Represent the best interests, professionalism and integrity of JDRF in all activities and relationships through a unified message of the JDRF mission and a commitment to organizational standards and leadership by personal example.



  • 10 years of relevant fundraising/business experience required or equivalent combination of education and experience. 3+ years in a supervisory capacity required. CFRE a plus.
  • Knowledge of both special event and non-event fundraising activities (major gifts, stewardship, etc.) is a must, as is significant volunteer management experience.
  • Exceptional management, leadership, and team-building skills.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, human behavior and performance, and coordination of people and resources. 
  • Team player that has the ability to interface with all levels of staff and volunteers. Must develop, maintain,
  • and utilize relationships. Capability to leverage relationships and negotiate agreements. Familiarity with volunteer/staff partnerships.
  • Excellent written, oral, and communication skills. Ability for presentation delivery, conveying
  • ideas, and instructing effectively. Superior active listening, observation, analytical, and problem
  • recognition and solving skills. Exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability to work and make judgments independently and take initiative. Well-disciplined and a self-starter that is
  • extremely resourceful. Effectively multi-task, establish priorities, and work
  • in a fast paced environment. 
  • Understanding of computer systems and databases. Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel & PowerPoint).
  • Ability to travel locally required. Occasional overnight travel as needed. Occasional evening and weekend work required as needed.
  • Bachelor’s Degree Preferred or equivalent experience required.




 JDRF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement