Director of Development (GBH)

Position Summary

The Director of Development oversees a small department made up of a full-time Grants Manager, a part-time Development Assistant/Feminist-in-Residence, and an occasional consultant. This executive level position is responsible for and oversees: (1) all phases of fundraising, including engagement with foundations, corporations, government agencies, individuals, special events, and direct appeals; (2) identifying and cultivating pro bono and in-kind supporters; and, (3) working closely with other departments, including communications, to align messaging about GBH programs.

The Director of Development works very closely with the Executive Director, other Executive Staff, the Board of Directors, and outside consultants to identify and raise the funding necessary to help the organization grow and invest in existing and new programming, all aimed at increasing the opportunities and successes of our participants.

The Director of Development is the chief fundraising and public relations strategist for the agency and is a member of the executive management team.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing the overall fundraising and public relations goals, targets and strategies for the organization.
  • Researching, identifying and cultivating foundations, corporations, civic and religious organizations, and individuals.
  • Planning and coordinating special events and fundraising activities for the organization, including identifying event leadership and working with Board Members and others to recruit sponsors, vendors, supporters and guests.
  • Overseeing donor and foundation records/database, stewardship activities, and cultivation.
  • Strengthening ties with existing supporters, re-connecting with former supporters, and developing effective strategies for identifying and soliciting new donors.
  • Overseeing the organization’s major donor and sustained giving programs.
  • Overseeing corporate partnerships and volunteer opportunities.
  • Overseeing Development Department staff and consultants.
  • Working with members of the Board of Directors, Youth Advisory Council, our junior board (the “Amplifiers”) and others to identify prospects and develop individualized giving plans and tasks.
  • Defining, measuring, and tracking Development Department performance metrics.
  • Ensuring that Development Department staff receive appropriate training and professional development.
  • Attending meetings of the Board of Directors, several Board Committees, and the Executive Management Team.
  • Additional projects and duties as assigned by the Executive Director.



The ideal Director of Development candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field; Master’s Degree in related field a plus.
  • Ability to lead and motivate staff, encourage teamwork, and create a culture of collaboration.
  • Extensive knowledge of and contacts in the philanthropic and donor sectors.
  • A deep appreciation for the organization’s mission and the importance of its work, and an ability to eloquently articulate the organization’s goals, vision and work.
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience with a comparable or larger size organization.
  • A comprehensive knowledge of all key fundraising functions and strategies.
  • Demonstrated success in planning and executing major fundraising events and campaigns, including attracting and maintaining major gifts from individuals and institutions.
  • Demonstrated success submitting winning foundation or corporate grant proposals including large grants ($100+ annually) or multi-year funding.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, including the ability to persuasively convey program results through proposals, reports, and donor communications.
  • Understanding and knowledge of data, data metrics, and data capture and how it informs planning and decision-making.
  • Experience working closely with Board members to enhance and leverage the organization’s fundraising activities.
  • A track record of effective organizational communication and media relations, including garnering print, broadcast, and online coverage.
  • Unquestioned personal and professional integrity.
  • Innovative and analytic problem-solving abilities.
  • A dedicated work ethic, including a desire to be a hands-on team member.
  • A keen eye for detail, and an understanding of the importance of meeting deadlines.
  • Superior organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent computer skills. Microsoft Word and Excel experience required; Salesforce/Database experience a plus.


About Us:

Girl Be Heard is a NYC-based nonprofit that builds leaders and activists. We do this by developing, amplifying, and celebrating the voices of girls, young women and gender expansive youth through socially conscious theatre-making, story-telling, and performance. We have approximately 30 full- and part-time staff in NYC and a program in Trinidad and Tobago.

Work Environment:

Girl Be Heard’s office is located in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn.


How to apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the position title in the subject line.

Deadline: Applications accepted until the position is filled, with preference given to those received by April 17th, 2020.

Compensation: $75K to $90K, plus a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including insurance, a generous vacation policy, paid holidays, discounted gym memberships, transit benefit, telework, and Citibike membership.

Girl Be Heard is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender identity or expression, color, national origin, ability, ethnicity, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief.  Girl Be Heard seeks a broad spectrum of employees and is strongly committed to a diverse and equitable work environment. Queer individuals, trans people, people of color, and women are highly encouraged to apply.

Our offices are air-conditioned and located in a wheelchair accessible building.

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