Development Director for Friends - Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

Friends of the Children is a nonprofit that is impacting generational change by empowering youth through relationships with professional mentors. We do this by providing children facing the most obstacles with a long-term, salaried, professional mentor, who we call a “Friend,” from kindergarten through high school graduation, 12 ½ years – no matter what. We are currently seeking a Development Director in our Friends - Utah chapter to help push us forward.

Job Description:

Our Development Director will be instrumental in accomplishing the fundraising goals of the chapter. They will work alongside our Executive Director (ED), the Board of Directors, with support from our staff and Friends and in coordination with the rest of the Friends National network, to actualize the organization’s fiscal goals and values.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Passion for serving youth facing the most challenging situations  
  • Work effectively – with ED, Board, National team, and independently -- to identify and cultivate donors including individuals, corporations and foundations
  • Support the ED and Board of Directors with revising and implementing a development plan, systems and strategies as necessary to move our fundraising to the next level  
  • Perform prospect research on individuals, public sources, corporations, and foundations, and evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants, to diversify our funding sources
  • Demonstrate and create processes for showing gratitude in timely, appropriate, and delightful ways
  • Actively participate in aspects of planning, budgeting, and managing the growth and development of the organization through philanthropy
  • In partnership with the team, plan and implement a minimum of two successful events each year
  • Excellent organization, time management, delegation and follow-up skills  
  • Coordinate with ED and board on revenue targets and achievements 
  • Plan and execute special funding opportunities (end-of-year-end appeal, Annual Report, etc.)
  • Collaborate with OM on a basic communications plan that will focus on educating and raising visibility for donors and prospects. This should include social media channels and electronic newsletters
  • Familiarity with state, local, and national philanthropic, governmental, and business communities 
  • Ability to research, prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals and reports
  • Make, and in some cases attend, appointments with/for ED with foundation officers and other prospects, arrange for onsite tours for supporters (foundation officers, foundation trustees)
  • Prepare timely, specific, and relevant materials for development meetings and conversations
  • Identify and utilize creative methods for gathering stories from Friends to be shared as appropriate
  • Strive to ensure that organization’s commitment to equity is reflected in all decisions, communications, and processes  

Essential Skills and Abilities:

  • Be willing and able to attend and actively participate in team meetings, staff functions, and development events
  • Maintain our donor database, DonorDock
  • 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 and meet multiple deadlines simultaneously, especially during high-volume times of the year
  • 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 or 7 years equivalent experience required
  • Provide specific evidence of success in fundraising


$70,000 annually  


  • Flexible scheduling with partial remote work
  • 100% Employer paid dental, vision, and medical benefits along with long term disability and life insurance
  • Three weeks paid vacation, two weeks paid sick leave, 12 paid holidays, and additional team earned time off
  • 401(k) with employer match
  • 8 weeks of paid parental leave (birth, adoption, foster)
  • And more



Location: Salt Lake City, UT

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 on the basis of 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

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