Director of Development and Membership

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with Experience.




New Orleans
United States


The Director of Development and Membership will be a strategic thought-partner, and report to the executive director (ED). This is a tremendous opportunity for a development leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected, high-impact organization. The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative manager who will develop and lead an internal team to support the following areas: individual, corporate and foundation donor engagement, retail partners, grants management, special events, conference sponsorships, membership and related data management. The successful candidate will join a talented staff, enjoy a high-energy flexible work environment, and have the opportunity to work with a large, motivated and very engaged Board of Directors. CRCL’s annual budget is approximately $2 million.


Donor Cultivation and Lead Generation

• Identify and cultivate prospective donors and sponsors, including securing sponsors for CRCL’s biennial State of the Coast conference

• Create and implement strategies for the cultivation and solicitation of a portfolio of major gift prospects, including individual, foundation and corporate donors

• Coordinate Board of Directors fundraising efforts including annual Board Challenge

• Develop and grow our in-kind giving programs

Development Strategy Planning and Execution

• Create and implement a growth plan to increase the total development budget

• Supervise the development of proposals, reports and fundraising materials

• Maintain ongoing communications with, and timely and accurate reporting to, existing donors

• Develop and implement an annual fundraising program

• Develop marketing collateral and donor appeals

• Cultivate grants at both state and national level and oversee grant reporting, working in close partnership with program staff

• Plan and oversee special events

• Represent CRCL at public events

• Manage donor database

Membership Cultivation and Engagement

• Oversee and organize membership program for current and prospective members

• Increase the value of membership by strengthening engagement

• Acquire and analyze data to inform our membership services and growth strategy

• Attract new members and increasing membership retention

• Increase customer satisfaction and average membership contribution

• Contribute to CRCL’s growth strategy that expands our reach and deepens our impact

Organizational Strategy and Support

• Play a key role on the Executive Leadership Team and contribute to developing and achieving the organization’s overall strategic plan and innovation initiatives.

• Cultivate, develop and steward our alliances and partnerships

• Articulate, track and assess progress to development and membership goals and maintain strong operational systems for efficient and effective team execution.

• Cultivate a solid working relationship with our Board, demonstrated by the Board’s continued involvement in fundraising efforts



o BA Required; Business Administration, Communications or related field preferred

o Minimum 5-7 years of development experience, including

▪ Demonstrated record of success building donor relationships and closing gifts

▪ Foundation relationship and grant writing and management experience

▪ Strong understanding of best practices in development

▪ Experience in building strategy in annual giving, membership campaigns, major and planned gift and endowments

▪ Demonstrated experience building effective fundraising capacity within an organization

▪ Working knowledge of the tax laws related to charitable laws of cash, property and securities

Skills / Attributes:

o Strong mission alignment

o Excellent written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills with strong public speaking experience.

o Leadership qualities including trustworthiness, self-confidence, ability to delegate and ability to maintain a positive attitude.

o Highly energetic

o Attention to detail and highly organized

o Takes initiative and highly accountable

o Strong ability to multi-task and to work under pressure

o Expertise with donor management software such as Network for Good.


Generous health and retirement benefits provided.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to Please include in the cover letter your earliest available start date and desired salary for this position.