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Director of Development

Title:                          Director of Development

Position:                    Full Time, Salaried, Exempt

Reports to:                Chief Executive Officer

Manages:                  Development and Communication Associate

Works closely with:  Director of Community Engagement Development Interns, and Volunteers

Core Work Hour:     40-45 hours with some evenings and weekends

Job Overview:

Equest’s Director of Development (DOD) is a key member of the leadership team who is charged with ensuring the design and implementation of a comprehensive, strategic, and successful fundraising programs to obtain the needed philanthropic support for the growth and sustainability of Equest. This includes analysis, planning, execution, and evaluation of fundraising events, campaigns, approaches, and strategies, identification of funding sources, donor cultivation as well as engaging sponsors in ongoing support activities.

The DOD will supervise the Development and Communications Associate (DCA) and also work in collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), The Director of Community Engagement (DCE) , the Board of Directors, as well as other staff members, interns, and volunteers to achieve Equest’s fundraising goals.  In addition, the Chief Development Officer will ensure compliance with all funding requirements established by donors, foundations, institutions, and government entities.



The successful candidate will be very organized, analytical, solution oriented, self-motivated and possess the ability to work both independently and with a diverse and productive team while displaying a positive attitude always. This person will be talented at building relationships, listening to donors and prospects and able to analyze the fundraising efforts.  Working with deadlines and under pressure, as well as adhering to confidentiality are vital.  Attention to detail is very important and a passion for excellence are necessary to fit into the Equest culture. 

  • Bachelor’s Degree minimum.

  • A minimum of 4 years of nonprofit fundraising experience with a successful record of accomplishment in building donor relationships including closing gifts in the five and six-figure range.

  • Extensive experience in spearheading fundraising events, galas and auctions.

  • Possess the ability to build and maintain relationships efficiently. Exceptional interpersonal skills. Ability to interact comfortably with individuals at all levels.

  • The DOD must be comfortable creating and implementing expense and revenue budgets, and systems that support revenue tracking and generation. A significant degree of data analytics for understanding donor trends and track records.

  • Experience managing direct report employees.

  • Possess excellent communication skills, both in writing and speaking.

  • A collaborative and collegial work style is necessary.

  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit when it comes to attracting new donors 

  • Possess the confidence and poise to work effectively with individuals of significant wealth.

  • Be organized, prepared, detail-oriented and possess a great deal of integrity

  • Able to juggle multiple projects at one time.

  • Must have the ability to empathize with donors and clearly communicate Equest’s mission.

Must be proficient in computer skills including use of Microsoft Office, and donor data bases. Familiarity with Salesforce a plus.



For full description and/or to apply for this position, contact or please send resume to: Lili Kellogg:

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