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Fund Development Director

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Job Description

Responsible for LEAP’s fund development programs, including (1) creating and executing strategies to develop and maintain a sustainable base of individual and corporate donors; (2) maintaining effective ongoing relationships with donors; (3) managing fundraising functions; (4) maintaining an accurate donor database; and (5) budgeting and planning.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develops and maintains ongoing relationships with donors.
  • Creates and executes an annual fundraising plan, including developing and implementing a strategy for increasing LEAP’s base of individual and corporate donors.
  • Creates and achieves a Fund Development budget.
  • Works to meet or exceed annual fundraising goals for donor contributions in unrestricted donations, major gifts, and event revenue.
  • Works with the Board of Directors to optimize their effectiveness in supporting the fundraising strategy of LEAP, including developing training materials and/or other resources to ensure success and providing accurate and timely reports on fundraising to the Board of Directors.
  • Oversees all fundraising events, including the recruitment; selection; training; supervision; and evaluations of any volunteers and/or independent contractors needed.
  • Ensures compliance with IRS rules and works with Finance staff to prepare budgets, cash flow projections, and internal audits.
  • Builds a planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts, such as bequest expectancies.
  • Oversees the creation of publications to support fundraising efforts.
  • Manages both the fundraising database and the gift-recognition process.
  • Serves as liaison to Board of Directors’ Fund Development Committee.
  • Makes public appearances and accepts speaking engagements to share information about LEAP with the community.
  • Assists Executive Director with foundation grant development and grants management.
  • Complies with all policies and procedures set forth by the organization and with all agency, funder, and legal guidelines regarding consumer privacy and confidentiality, including the need for written authorization from the consumer and/or legal guardian prior to any release of confidential information.
  • Protects consumer and staff member privacy and confidentiality at all times.
  • Maintains understanding of organization’s strategic plan, mission, vision and values and current operational and program goals and objectives.
  • Performs other related projects and duties, as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to network with the community and build and strengthen partner relationships.
  • Willingness to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of fundraising activities.
  • Strong presentation, strategic thinking, and project management skills.
  • Ability to establish priorities, demonstrate initiative, and work both independently and as a team-player to meet specified goals and outcomes.
  • Familiarity with marketing tools and techniques.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to represent LEAP to consumers and the community.
  • Develop an understanding of how program’s service delivery is financially supported and staff’s role in leveraging those financial resources.
  • Ability to work well with people of all backgrounds, incomes, ages, races, and disabilities (i.e. mental health, physical, cognitive, sensory).
  • Learn, understand, support, and adhere to the Independent Living philosophy.
  • Certification in First Aid and CPR (if not current, required within two months of employment) and MUI training.

*NOTE: The individual must possess these skills and abilities or able to explain and demonstrate that he/she can perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Qualification Preferences -

  • College degree.
  • Related experience with track-record of managing comprehensive fundraising programs that incorporate individual giving, grant management, and corporate sponsorship.
  • Demonstrated success at closing gifts and/or sales of $10,000 or more among individuals and/or corporations.
  • Successful communications, marketing, or public relations.
  • Familiarity with advocacy, vocational, and community support programs.
  • Proficiency with database software and Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook in a professional setting.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Bachelor's (Required)

Benefits offered:

  • Paid time off
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Healthcare spending or reimbursement accounts such as HSAs or FSAs
  • Other types of insurance
  • Retirement benefits or accounts

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If you'd prefer to apply to us directly, please send a cover letter explaining why you feel you are a good fit to join our team, along with your resume. You may do this below or you can send these materials to us via mail at: LEAP, 2545 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113. Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!