Fund Development Director - Detroit

Detroit, MI

Friends of the Children – Detroit is seeking an extraordinary leader to take our fundraising and marketing efforts to the next level as Fund Development Director. The Friends’ innovative model is proven to break the cycle of generational poverty for children who face the highest risks and we have a recent opening in the Detroit chapter.

The Fund Development Director will be relentlessly driven to advance the Friends’ brand, achieve best-in-class marketing to reach prospective donors, and increase the organization’s fundraising capacity (through donor stewardship, events, and grant writing). 

The ideal candidate will have a smart head for business, a creative spark, outstanding communication skills, and a soft heart for kids.  He or she will be proactive, results driven and possess a sense of urgency while at the same time, look to focus their talents to make a real difference for children facing the highest risks. 

The Fund Development Director will work closely with the Executive Director, and key volunteers to build the financial support needed, including grant writing, to meet our ambitious plan to serve as many children as possible. 

Are you looking for an opportunity to join a lean management team with an energetic, whatever-it-takes approach? Here’s what we have to offer you: 

• An experienced and committed Executive Director who will partner with you in your development effort. 

 An engaged, motivated Board that works hard, gives generously, and raises funds. 

• Strong, cohesive National team support committed to innovation and high standards. 

• A team of talented employees who are passionate about working together to create an extraordinary organization. 

• Respect for work-life balance. You’ll work hard, and we expect you to recharge your batteries. 

• A comprehensive benefit package. 

• Salary $100,000

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Passion for serving youth facing the most challenging situations  
  • Work effectively – with ED, Board of Directors, and independently -- to identify and cultivate donors including individuals, corporations and foundations
  • Perform prospect research on individuals, corporations, and foundations evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants
  • Manage grants calendar
  • Grant writing: draft grant applications as per donor guidelines
  • Grant reports: draft grant reports as per donor guidelines with input from ED, and Program Director
  • Develop and launch a basic communications plan that will focus on educating and raising visibility for donors and prospects. This should include social media channels, newsletters, annual reports, and mass e-mail correspondence
  • Manage basic website updates
  • Manage Donor Dock database inputs and exports as required
  • Strive to ensure that organization’s commitment to equity is reflected in all decisions, communications, and processes  

Essential Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent organization, time management, delegation and follow-up skills  
  • Be willing and able to attend and actively participate in team meetings, staff functions, and development events
  • Possess commitment to extreme attention to detail, including but not limited to ability to implement self-checking procedures for data entry, produce accurate correspondence and reports, and produce and edit written materials accurately and consistently
  • Have excellent project management and organizational skills to routinely manage and prioritize daily work
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Have a passion for serving youth facing the most challenging situations
  • Be a self-starter with high level of initiative and willingness to learn
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Be social media savvy

Required Education, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience   
  • Two to three years of professional experience in sales and/or fundraising desired.

At Friends of the Children – Detroit you get to think globally and act locally. We are a new chapter within a growing established national network that provides professional mentors to thousands of children across the country.  As the Fund Development Director, you’ll receive expert support from our National team, which is in Portland, Oregon. You will also work with a talented team of leaders from the 35 other sites, who collaborate to support the award-winning National scaling plan. 

Friends of the Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to addressing discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity. The equal employment opportunity policy of Friends of the Children provides fair and equal opportunities for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law. Friends of the Children hires and promotes individuals solely based on their qualifications for the job to be filled. 

Friends of the Children is growing rapidly as communities across the country are experiencing the power of how “One” changes a child's story: One Friend. One Child. 12 ½ years. No matter what. #ThePowerOfOne