Director of Development

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Jersey City Free Public Library

Published 6 days ago

The JCFPL seeks a Director of Development who will lead the strategic fundraising efforts of the Library by

designing, implementing, evaluating and refining the Library’s development activities.

This is a new position that will be part of the Development Team and report to the Library Director. The

Director of Development will work closely with the development and public engagement teams and other

Library staff to diversify and grow the current fundraising program, which includes taking the lead in donor

recruitment, cultivation, retention, stewardship and appreciation as well as related training. The role includes

significant fundraising office administration and will play a key role in helping to grow our small, but mighty,

development team.

A successful candidate for this position is a self-motivated individual with outstanding organizational and

interpersonal skills, proven attention to detail and follow-through and enthusiasm for public libraries.

Specific Job Duties:

• Identify, research and evaluate prospective individual, corporate and foundation donors to build

prospect pipeline.

• Maintain detailed records of all donor contact, history and moves management; ensure personal

appreciation and recognition is completed in a consistent and timely manner.

• Manage and coordinate a cultivation and stewardship program that includes one-on-one meetings,

cultivation events, regular communications and other initiatives to engage and inform prospective

donors. Conduct in-person cultivation, briefing and solicitation meetings, independently and in

partnership with the Library Director, Library Board, Foundation Board and Library Staff.

• Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with current and prospective stakeholders,

including the Library Foundation, development colleagues and appropriate board members and/or other

constituents to maximize total gift revenue, plan solicitation strategies and leverage joint solicitation


• Develop performance expectations policies for the Foundation Board, create board orientation manual

and manage the board’s strategy. For scheduled meetings, create agenda and follow-up on action items.

• Serve as the liaison to all current and future Library Friends Groups and the Library Director.

• Draft an annual plan of fundraising goals and objectives working with the Library Director, based on

needs and opportunities, and implement the plan.

• Coordinate with staff to identify needs, develop projects and build awareness for funding; create

strategies to match prospects' interests to the priorities of the Library; report on fundraising status for

current programs as well as encourage the identification and support of emerging priorities.

• Research, write, edit and/or oversee the preparation of persuasive and accurate proposals, case

statements, reports, correspondence and other development-related communication materials in

support of the Library’s fundraising activities.

• Work with the public engagement teams to develop and enhance promotion and recognition tools

aimed at individual donors (website, print pieces, email content, story/pic/video library, frames).

• Oversee organization of special events related to fund raising and donor cultivation.

• Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Essential Skills:

• Commitment to the mission and goals of JCFPL.

• Solid understanding of basic fundraising principles.

• Ability to conduct research, gather data, analyze information and prepare effective, accurate and timely

reports and other documents to support development objectives.

• Superior verbal and written communication skills; ability to confidently interact with individuals at all

levels and to present effectively to small and large groups.

• Organized, systematic and able to prioritize, schedule and perform complex tasks on time and with

minimal supervision.

• Ability to foster effective working relationships within a team environment.

• Community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse


• Able to maintain confidentiality; demonstrate sound judgement and discretion.

• Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Microsoft Excel.

Preferred Skills:

• Successful track record of soliciting and closing individual, corporate and/or foundation gifts at the

$25,000-$100,000 gift level.

• Knowledge of Jersey City, its inhabitants and/or local corporations.

• Database management skills.

Required Experience:

• Bachelor's degree with at least five years’ experience in development.

• Demonstrated ability in securing major grants and gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations

and/or other private funding sources.

• Experience with fundraising office administration (best-practice, protocol, procedures and record/data


• Experience managing complex projects with specific targets.

This is a NJ Civil Service position and you must eventually qualify and pass the exam for the applicable Civil Service title.

Please note that this role is subject to the residency requirements set forth by the NJ first Act.

The JCFPL seeks a Director of Development who will lead the strategic fundraising efforts of the Library by

designing, implementing, evaluating and refining the Library’s development activities.

This is a new position that will be part of…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional


472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302

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