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Director of Development

Company: Providence Public Library
Date Posted: August 4, 2017


Providence Public Library (PPL) is a private, independent nonprofit 501-c-3 institution and is in its fourth year of implementing its new Strategic Plan – Think Again! Part of the Library’s strategy is to identify new streams ofsupport and revenue and focus resources and fundraising efforts on projects that connect to our target audiences: Art and design community, high school students, very young children/caregivers, DownCity residents, and workforce development for immigrants, English language learners and other job seekers. We’relooking for an experienced Development Director who will bring enthusiasm and passion to our institution. The Director of Development is responsible for the planning, organization, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive development program to raise funds to support the development and enhancement of library services provided by Providence Public Library. She/he reports to the Executive Director of the Library and is responsible for providing leadership and professional expertise in fundraising and the ongoing management of the Library’s development program and staff. This includes working with the Director, the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees, the chairs of the Conservator and Lumiere Societies and the Developmentand Foundation staff to design a scheme of action consistent with the organization’s overall goals and objectives, and the subsequent implementation of such a plan. He/she has primary responsibility for planning and preparing all development related activities and materials, including annual fund drives, endowment campaigns, corporate grants, capital campaigns, special projects, planned giving and other related activities. She/he is also expected to perform much of the professional work of the department and to work with the Chief of Staff and Director to oversee the receipt, recording and acknowledging of all donations to the Library. As an administrator, he/she is expected to fully participate in the ongoing management of the organization.


● Provide leadership and design goals, timetables and schedules for the implementation of development campaigns to support Providence Public Library’s exciting, new strategic plan and its ongoing operationsof roughly $5M

● Coordinate and implement all campaign activities, including the $8M capital campaign to transform the Empire Street wing and the annual fund drive

● Alongside the Marketing Director, design, develop and distribute all campaign-related literature,brochures and other materials for annual fund drive

● Prepare and distribute progress reports

● Research, identify, and evaluate individual prospects, foundations, and corporations as potential donors

● Provide leadership to the employees of the Development office

● Plan and implement procedures and systems for prospect information control

● Manage the Conservator and Lumiere societies and the library’s planned giving program

● Assist Executive Director, Trustees and Corporation members in the cultivation and solicitation ofprospective individual and corporate donors

● Work with Executive Director and Library staff to discover and develop potential grant opportunities andassist with project proposals

● Prepare reports and analyses of fund raising activities for Executive Director, Development Committeeand Trustees

● Reconcile Development reporting with the Business Office

● Work with Chief of Staff to develop and maintain systems of recording pledges and payments

● Report funds and materials donated to the Library to the Business Office

● Prepare departmental budget requests and administer departmental budget

● Represent the Library at professional events, meetings and activities to stay informed of currentdevelopments in the field

● Train and lead other staff to support fundraising efforts

● With the Executive Director, develop the Board’s capacity to fundraise


● Energy, entrepreneurship, enthusiasm, and comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices ofdevelopment, including grantsmanship

● Minimum 5-10 years of fundraising and institutional development experience with solid track record ofsuccessful asks

● Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

● Legal or financial experience a plus

● Ability to work well in a team, while providing leadership to subordinates

● Proven track record of achieving revenue targets/quotas of at least $1M annually

● Demonstrated successful experience with major gift bequests, fundraising event planning, cultivatingnew donors and more

● Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge fundraising software

● Familiarity with Rhode Island and New England-based funders and foundations

● Familiarity with national and international foundations and corporations

● Demonstrated leadership experience planning, implementing and selling major development activities

● Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people, including, trustees, managers, professionals,support staff within the organization, and with people from all social and economic levels as theorganization’s representative

● Experience in working with senior level executives and management in a non profit organization

● Strong partnership and event-planning skills

● Demonstrated ability to supervise, manage and inspire staff to excel.

● Excellent communication skills and an ability to write concisely and persuasively

SALARY: Commensurate with appropriate experience. This is a full-time position in a business casual environment with excellent benefits.



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Providence Public Library

150 Empire Street

Providence, RI 02903