Director of Development: Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia

Posted January 7th, 2016 at 12:47 pm.


Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director (ED), the Development Director (Director) will spearhead development efforts as Breakthrough continues to grow. This includes grant seeking, writing and reporting, donor cultivation, event execution, database (Salesforce) management, and communications. This individual will work closely with an active board Fundraising Committee.


  • Develop and execute Breakthrough’s annual fundraising plan
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Execute strategies for a sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Implement a re-engagement strategy for lapsed donors
  • Organize Breakthrough’s two major annual events held in October and May
  • Coordinate Visiting Hour events for donors and prospects
  • Create development materials for events, donors, etc. as necessary
  • Write thank you letters; acknowledge all gifts
  • Develop and manage communications – e-newsletters, facebook, annual report, appeal letters
  • Manage the year-end annual solicitation
  • Coordinate Development Committee meetings in collaboration with Development Committee Chair
  • Develop and execute strategies to engage alumni students and teachers
  • Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in development
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial and communications skills
  • Demonstrated success in grant proposal development and writing, experience in grants management and stewardship with private and corporate foundations
  • Desire and ability to work in a highly collaborative environment
  • High energy, positive attitude, flexible, team player
  • Knowledge of the Greater Philadelphia Region’s philanthropic landscape and education system

How to apply

Submit resumé, cover letter, recent writing sample(s) and salary requirements to: and indicate Development Director Search in the subject line.

Filed under: Executive Level by Margie DuBrow

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