Association of Fundraising Professionals Triangle, NC Chapter

13 January 2018
 January 13, 2018

Director of Development

National MPS Society

The National MPS Society’s mission is to cure, support, and advocate for MPS and ML. We support children and adults with life-limiting rare diseases. Our organization has one office that serves the country and is located in Durham, North Carolina, inside the Research Triangle Park.  If you desire to make a large and meaningful impact in your career and join a progressive and forward-thinking Team, we look forward to hearing from you!


The National MPS Society seeks a Director of Development that will drive a strong fund development program and foster a positive oriented culture by serving as a leader in implementing fund development strategies. This position reports directly to the President and CEO. The Society is a 1200+ member organization in the rare disease community with seven professional staff members that work collectively under the oversight of the board of directors, using a $2 million budget to accomplish its mission.

The Director of Development will conduct all aspects of an ethical fundraising program; coordinate a professional, cost-effective philanthropic development program in all aspects of fundraising including prospect research, data collection and analysis, annual fund development, planned giving, major gifts, proposal writing, special events, management of donor information and data base, membership recruitment, volunteerism, and strategic planning; work closely with the President and CEO to administer and oversee the Fund Development Plan and be guided by the current Strategic Plan; and assist the organization in the successful adherence to its mission and vision.

Responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Represent the organization at community activities to enhance its community profile.
  • Foster effective team work with the President and CEO between all stakeholders, including Board of Directors, committees and staff.
  • Working closely with the President and CEO, Fundraising Committee, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and members, be responsible for coordinating all aspects of fundraising, including an annual campaign, planned giving, major gifts, proposal writing, and special events, and developing annual fundraising plans and
  • Develop, direct, implement, and promote the Society’s ongoing development program to retain and attract Serve as the primary contact person for the Society’s development programs. Work closely with the Fundraising Committee to design, develop and implement fundraising programs that support the Society’s mission.
  • Conduct prospect research for new or former Utilize research results to prepare or recommend development programs and projects. Provide reports and recommendations accordingly.
  • Prepare and implement annual fundraising operational work Provide recommendations on annual program budgets pertaining to all fundraising activities. Oversee the preparation of the Annual Report.
  • Design and implement a marketing program to attract and retain donors and members by writing news releases and brochures; creating and updating a new member or donor information packet; advertising in trade magazines; visiting business and industry representatives; participating in conferences, seminars and workshops; and making public
  • Coordinate special event programs, including the annual national 5K Walk/Runs. Provide advice and assistance to organization members who host special events (golf outings, silent auctions, bowl-a-thons, ), primarily by preparing and updating the Fundraising “how to” Guide. Respond to inquiries regarding special events.
  • Introduce and manage all fundraising platforms, including but not limited to crowd rising platforms, walk/run platforms, text to give platforms, square reader and special events, along with related web and marketing
  • Seek out, develop, and prepare proposals for funding requests to foundations and governmental
  • Prepare and implement goals, objectives, and policies for the organization’s Strategic Evaluate, refine, and update the organization’s Development Strategy and programs as needed. Recommend activities to improve, expand and sustain the development program.
  • Adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights, e-philanthropy code of ethical fundraising, the Confidentiality Policy and ethics policy; and maintain confidential information regarding
  • Supervise staff and volunteers in carrying out the activities of the fundraising
  • Oversee entries in the donor database, record maintenance and report Possess some accounting skills and the ability to undertake financial analyses of projects. Maintain financial records of programs/project expenses etc.
  • Prepare graphics and narratives for reports and Work with the Web Master to update features on website and enter updates directly on Website related to fund development.
  • Research possibilities for potential “cause related marketing” that serve the mission of the organization, where such relationships can be conducted in an ethical
  • Complete Professional Development activities to stay current of the latest philanthropy and development practices and Monitor social, economic and demographic trends.
  • Copy materials, answer phones, provide or refer callers to appropriate person or agency
  • Serve as primary contact with the Fundraising Committee, develop monthly meeting agendas and transcribe meeting


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and post graduate degree or certificate and a minimum of (5) years progressively responsible development Preferred candidates will possess a degree in Non-profit Management, PR/Communications, Public Administration, Business or related field; or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. Successful candidate will be an active member of Association of Fundraising Professionals. Candidates with a CFRE are encouraged to apply
  • Eligibility for membership and credentialing in a professional fundraising organization within three years of
  • Travel a minimum of three to five times each year for Board of Directors’ meetings, annual family conferences and major donor visits.
  • Analyze data and information using established criteria to determine consequences and to identify and select Compare, count, compute, tabulate, measure, differentiate, categorize, classify, copy, record and transcribe data and information.
  • Manage multiple projects with deadlines, without direct
  • Advise and provide interpretation to others on how to apply policies, procedures and standards to specific
  • Utilize a variety of advisory and design data such as surveys and
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with fellow employees, Board Members, volunteers, organization members, committees and other agencies and deal with the public in a courteous/tactful
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing and to make effective presentations to professional and lay
  • Apply simple mathematics, descriptive statistics, and algebraic Interpret statistical reports and/or formulation and equation data.
  • Operate and maneuver equipment and machinery requiring simple but continuous adjustments, such as motor vehicle, computer, printer, telephone, fax machine, calculator/adding machine and
  • Coordinate eyes, hands, feet and limbs in performing movements such as data entry and word
  • Exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and

Additional Information:

  • Salary, based on skill and experience
  • Position type: full time
  • Benefits: health stipend and 401K
  • Job location: Durham, N.C.

The National MPS Society is an EEO Employer.

Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you would be a good match for this position, how you meet the qualifications, and salary requirements to with Director of Development in the subject line.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. All inquiries are to be directed via email as specified above.


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