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Director of Development

Position Summary and General Description of Duties:

The Director of Development, reporting to the Vice President of Development, is a vital component to the health, safety, and well-being of Marbridge – providing support and collaboration with the Development team. This position will have up to three people as direct reports such as a grant writer, marketing and communications, and database management.

This position is responsible for the overall implementation of our fundraising model, and the goal is to create a culture of philanthropy with donor cultivation, major gifts, pledged gifts, and a legacy of funding that outlasts the lives and tenure of any one individual or group. A strong passion for individuals with intellectual challenges and the mission of Marbridge is crucial.



  • Identify, engage, and develop existing relationships and seek financial support from new prospects.
  • Help recruit, train, and coach, passionate volunteers/ambassadors for community outreach and bring to monthly JAM Sessions.
  • Grow an existing multi-year giving program.
  • Complete oversight of annual appeals and campaigns including end of year appeal, Amplify Austin, Giving Tuesday, etc.
  • Expert in database management while maintaining updated, accurate information.
  • Assist with managing the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts.
  • Make public appearances/accept speaking engagements.
  • Research, prepare, and submit grant proposals as applicable.
  • Prepare fundraising, giving society, and grant reports for the Board of Trustees.

Events (including 3rd Party Events)

  • Assist organization with annual fundraising events and coordinate large 3rd party events.
  • Develop and seek sponsorship opportunities and ensure adequate recognition.

Other Development Responsibilities

  • Very active in oversight of all marketing materials through the Communications and Marketing Coordinator including design and management of website, graphic design, layout and design of a 16-page magazine, digital, and social media.
  • Financial Analysis to include tracking and reporting of donor gifts, invoices, and pledges
  • Attend various networking groups.
  • Travel when necessary to cultivate and seek financial support.



  • Bachelors’ degree from a four-year college or university with 4 years supervisory experience; or 8 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proven ability to successfully solicit and secure grants of $100,000+ at the local and national level.
  • Proven ability to successfully provide oversight of a fundraising program raising $1.5 million+ annually.
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Suite, Outlook365, Adobe Creative, and a CRM and/or donor database.
  • Proficient in word processing, database management, and computer skills.
  • Demonstrated accuracy in record and budget keeping.
  • Ability to potentially spend part of the work week working remotely, with occasional travel.
  • Valid and current auto insurance and TX driver’s license is required. Reliable transportation a must.


  • Experience fundraising for a special needs population, healthcare, human services or the like.
  • Experience and/or training in fundraising, finance, journalism, public speaking, special education, editing, and/or special event planning.
  • Successful solicitation of grants and funding at the local, state, and federal level.
  • Planning and oversight of budgeting and finance at some level for a non-profit.
  • Knowledge of the Benevon Model of Fundraising and bloomerang donor database.
  • Knowledge of the needs of those who have cognitive or intellectual impairments, elderly, and/or people with disabilities.


  • Should have a broad-based education/experience that will facilitate communication on a variety of topics.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Strong commitment to the mission, vision, values, and programs of Marbridge and the ability to convey that information.
  • Must be self-motivated.
  • Financial Aptitude – Ability to understand, report, and explain basic accounting and non-profit accounting information.
  • Conflict resolution – Ability to deal with others in a difficult situation.
  • Work with end users to gather requirements or data pulls and reports.
  • Display strategic, common sense, and creative thinking skills.
  • Exceptional knowledge of fundraising policies and procedures and applicable local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Effective at managing time and multiple projects at the same time.

To Apply:

If this sounds like the position for you, please submit your resume and cover letter to