Development Director

Job Type

Full Time



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50 Milk Street
Floor 16
United States


The College Diabetes Network (CDN) works for the day when all young adults with diabetes are motivated and equipped to live a healthy life, so they can pursue their dreams without compromise. Originally established as a 501c3 in 2010 by a college student, since CDN’s founding the organization has focused on establishing a program structure that ensured safety, stability, and solid proof of concept for the organization. CDN takes great pride in all that we’ve been able to accomplish - building an infrastructure that provides thousands of college students with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) a sense of community. We strongly believe that the peer relationships that are formed and the life-changing information that is shared, not only changes the health trajectory of many of our students, but also launches an impressive number on a path that will create meaningful change for others living with diabetes. 

As we enter 2018, we call ourselves to higher action, releasing our 2018-2020 Strategic Plan crafted to build upon our current strengths and accomplishments and to establish financial security to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization and our integral program offerings. This plan will bring CDN through its first decade as an organization, and cement the legacy of the organization for future generations of leadership to build upon.

From now through 2020, CDN plans to grow into a leadership organization that:

  • Ensures that each individual young adult with diabetes has access to the community and tools they need to “own” their health
  • Brings the voice of the young adult population to stakeholders and decision makers- leveraging our community to accelerate innovation and adoption of cutting edge standards of care
  • Develops rising talent and promotes excellence in the diabetes sector

Position Description and Responsibilities

CDN seeks a senior development executive with a strategic mindset and cheerful persistence, who is motivated by challenges and excited by the opportunity of building something new. Specifically an individual who will act as a strategic partner to the CEO, helping to build relationships and identify solutions.

This position will be responsible for the design and implementation of CDN’s development strategy to support the explosive growth of the organization. The organization’s current primary funding has been a successful corporate membership and sponsorship model with diabetes related industry, with smaller portions of funding coming from corporate grants, fee-for-service offerings to industry partners, foundation grants, and individuals.

A new position in the organization, the Development Director will have the opportunity to build on CDN’s strong track record of success. As a key member of the senior staff, the Director of Development will lead fundraising initiatives aimed at significantly increasing the organization’s annual operating budget, and establishing a major gifts program to ensure ongoing sustainability of the organization’s exponential growth. CDN currently has a large database of prospects both involved, and not yet involved, with the organization; as well as a strong network of prospects through board members and advisors to the organization. To date, CDN has not had the capacity to leverage or pursue these opportunities. CDN’s Membership and Alliances Coordinator will report to the Development Director to ensure a cohesive fundraising strategy across all stakeholder groups. An Administrative Assistant will be hired in conjunction with this position, to provide administrative support to both the Development Director and CEO. In addition, given the extensive leadership work CDN does with young adults, virtual and on-site interns are readily available as needed by this position.

This position must be willing to think creatively and apply concepts from traditional development, but also business development, consulting service models, and newer philanthropic trends. For example, CDN currently has no funding model in place requiring financial support from colleges themselves- and while there are opportunities to establish such a model, it is not an immediate or near-term priority.

Reporting to the Founder and CEO, the Development Director will be responsible for overseeing and managing the fundraising strategy for the organization to ensure proper implementation of tactics and integration with programs across the organization.

  • Benchmark and report on progress to both the CEO and the board;
  • Maintain clean and actionable data tracking
  • Coordinate and maintain relationships with fundraising volunteers
  • Ensure ongoing integration and alignment with CDN’s program activities


  • Develop and execute CDN’s annual fundraising plan, supporting the organization in growing from a $1M annual budget to a $3M annual budget over the next 3-5 years, as well as building relationships to pursue endowment funding with an eventual goal of a $50M endowment
  • Secure financial support and be personally involved in solicitations of individuals, corporations, and foundations
  • Identify major gift donors, developing relationship plans, and leverage the staff and board to foster meaningful relationships with prospective donors
  • Manage the implementation of Salesforce for all development related data and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing
  • Build a pipeline, and maintain, relationships with major donors
  • Create and execute a strategy for a sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Work with CDN team members to oversee organization of special events when necessary
  • Work closely with CDN’s Memberships and Alliances Coordinator on all industry and strategic alliance relationships
  • Optimize and manage marketing & communications related to development efforts to increase visibility, in order to strengthen fundraising efforts.
  • Work with CEO and communications firm to formalize pitch, collateral for pitch, and outreach plan for collateral including defining value proposition to different companies and prospective donors
  • Work with program team and project leads to align development and program activities to complement one another
  • Coordinate milestones and public translation of activities to donors, board, parents, and prospective donors
  • Coordinate program activities and outreach with development plans
  • Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising


CDN seeks an executive with 10+ years of experience capable of steadily growing a dynamic, mission-driven, and goal orientated organization. The successful candidate will most likely come out of the professional services industry, healthcare, or non-profit industry, but that is not a requirement. However, what is required is the ability to manage and lead employees in a team environment, originate and grow relationships (both personal and corporate), be viewed as trustworthy, dependable, and passionate about helping young adults with type 1 diabetes. Strong people and team-building skills are essential for success. An undergraduate degree is required, ideally MBA and/or advanced degree in nonprofit management.

  • S/he must be capable of building brand value through a combination of product and service offerings and increase revenues through advancement and other channels
  • Have a track record of achieving steady revenue growth while maintaining profitability is essential, ideally with companies experienced in dealing with charitable organizations and causes, colleges and universities, and students
  • The candidate should have significant experience in business development, problem solving/solution sales and project management
  • The Development Director should feel equally comfortable working closely with Board members, as well as the student leaders of the Chapters. The ability to integrate across perspectives and facilitate collaboration will be essential
  • The Development Director must possess strong verbal and written communication skills and be comfortable facilitating meetings about controversial topics with strong willed and highly talented individuals


CDN will be offering competitive compensation for a nonprofit of its size. Compensation includes an incentive system to reward success and recognize increased budget capacity. In addition to financial compensation, CDN provides extremely generous benefit offerings. As part of a co-employment relationship with Insperity, CDN has access to benefits and HR offerings which would normally only be available in the for-profit sector or at a much larger organization. As a client of the CIC in Boston, CDN also offers a variety of benefits to employees including fully stocked kitchens, discounted gym membership in building gym, regular networking and professional development events within the building’s innovation community, fitness and running clubs, weekly meditation and yoga classes (at a discount).

To Apply:

Please send your resume and a cover letter describing your experience and your particular interest in this position to Sarah Twomey,, with “Development Director” in the subject line. For more information about The College Diabetes Network (CDN), visit our website at Applications will be reviewed as they come in; interviews will begin immediately.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please send your resume and a cover letter describing your experience and your particular interest in this position.