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Development Director

Company: The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence
Date Posted: August 9, 2017

Posting for position of Director of Development

Timeframe to apply: Open until Filled


The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence (ISPN) seeks to teach by word and example the principles and practices of nonviolence and to foster a community that addresses potentially violent situations with nonviolent solutions. ISPN has helped to significantly lower violent crimes in the City of Providence, particularly youth violence.  In 2009, ISPN was selected as Outstanding Philanthropic Organization by the RI Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Today ISPN seeks an experienced, creative and relentless fund development professional to bring the organization's fund development to the next level.  The Director of Development will organize and manage a centralized development office and execute a comprehensive fund development plan.  Areas addressed in the plan include communications, capital/endowment campaign, grants, fundraisers and operating support.  This position offers the right individual an opportunity to impact the future of a vibrant and critical community organization.

The Director of Development, in conjunction with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, is responsible for the financial development strategies of ISPN.  The Director of Development will report to the Executive Director and provide staff support to the Board of Directors and Development Committee; oversee the activities related to fundraising, donor relations, donor database management, communications, public relations and events; and will also perform administrative duties and daily operational tasks as needed.

Essential Responsibilities:

- In coordination with the Executive Director, its committees and the Board of Directors to develop annual and long-term fundreaising, communications and marketing forecasts and goals.

- Work with the Executive Director to oversee and implement the research, preparation and reporting for corporate, foundation and public grant opportunities.

- Learn the needs of each program at ISPN and work to provide those needs.

- Provide staff support to fundraising and event committees including planning and attending meetings.

- In conjunction with the Executive Director, ensure all Board members have the information and materials they need to carry out development responsibilities.

- Ensure positive donor relations including timely and appropriate donor acknowledgements.

- Maintain donor database and engage in individual and corporate prospect research to increase donor base. Create reports on development activities as requested by the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

- Facilitate event planning, corporate sponsorship of events, ad and ticket sales.

- Maintain public relations and communications through the organization website, social media, print materials and press announcements, while pursuing new strategies.

- Manage a team of development volunteers and interns that will assist with implementation of ISPN's communication and event plans.

Other Responsibilities:

- Explore potential partnerships with other community organizations or for-profits.

- Organize and schedule visit to ISPN's building for potential donors and other potential shareholders.

- Provide information and outreach to the public regarding ISPN program and partnerships.

- Attend when required, the Board of Directors, Development Committee and other organizational meetings.

- Represent ISPN at various partnership, community meetings and donor events (Partner Events, House Parties, Community Forums, College Fairs, Friend-Raising Functions, etc....)

- Manage the relationship of, and co-write with an off-site professional grant writer.

- Assist in writing press releases and media advisories.


- Qualified candidates with at least 3 years plus of successful experience in nonprofit fund development or related fields

- Bachelor's degree preferred

- Possess a reliable vehicle

- Experience with Outlook, Gmail, Constant Contact and Event Brite required

- Experience with fund development software a must.  ISPN uses Raiser's Edge

- Working knowledge of social media outlets

- Possess high quality writing skills (Writing Sample will be required after first interview)

- Demonstrate superior organizational and communication abilities

- Possess the ability to manage several projects simultaneously 

- Be able to work with and manage in a diverse organization with staff that have various levels of skills

- Be able to work creatively and independently

- Possess a high level of energy and desire to aggresively sustain ISPN's work

- Willing to work late and on weekends as needed to ensure the success of the overall development plan

If interested in this life changing position, please send a cover letter and resume to Wanda Laracuente, Office Manager, at or be mail addressed to 265 Oxford Street, Providence, RI 02905.  In your cover letter please describe some of your successful efforts in fund development or related field.  ISPN is an equal opportunity employer.