Director, Development & Donor Relations

Raleigh, North Carolina  | 
Wake County

The Director, Development & Donor Relations (DDDR) directly reports to the President/Executive Director. The DDDR will play a pivotal role in advancing our mission by spearheading all development and fundraising activities. This role requires a dynamic individual with a passion for education, customer relations, cross-functional team collaboration. The responsible individual will have a proven track record in innovative fundraising techniques, including leveraging digital platforms, social media, and data-driven strategies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement, and execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy that incorporates traditional and digital methods to meet the organization’s financial goals. 
  • Collaborate with leadership and across departments to create strategies for developing and implementing donor relations/stewardship to create an energetic and enthusiastic culture of philanthropy.
  • Develop strategic partnerships with local businesses, community organizations, faith-based communities and educational institutions to support fundraising efforts and enhance the organization’s visibility.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with individual donors, foundations, corporations, and other stakeholders.
  • Maintain and monitor accurate records to track stewardship action for prospects and donors including ensuring acknowledgment.
  • Work closely with the board of directors to leverage networks and expertise in support of development and fundraising initiatives.
  • Assist with grant submissions and reporting as needed
  • Provide regular updates and reports on successes and development activities.
  • Oversee the creation of marketing materials and communication strategies to promote the organization’s mission and fundraising efforts. Ensure consistent branding across all platforms. 
  • Recruit and manage volunteers to support fundraising events and activities.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, or a related field; Master’s degree desirable.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in fundraising, development, or a related field, preferably within the education or nonprofit sector.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and executing fundraising strategies that incorporate modern digital tools and platforms.
  • Excellent interpersonal, collaborative, and communication skills, with the ability to engage and inspire a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational and event management skills, with attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Proficiency in using donor management software, CRM systems, and data analytics tools.
  • Passion for education and commitment to the mission of serving diverse populations.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Communities In Schools of Wake County is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at all levels of our organization. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and persons with disabilities. Compensation: Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Salary and Benefits
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance