Director of Development: Smith Memorial Playground

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 9:32 am.

Smith Memorial Playground—Director of Development

The Director of Development is responsible for the design and successful execution of a broad array of fundraising strategies for project and general operating support including: foundation funder research; grant writing and reporting; corporate sponsor cultivation; annual appeal and individual donor solicitation, including memberships; and annual fundraising event planning. S/he supervises one full-time staff member, Development Associate, and one part-time staff member, Manager of Communications.

Working closely with the Executive Director, leadership team, and Board of Directors, S/he fulfills the strategic plan goals with a focus on increasing and diversifying contributed revenue streams in support of continued organizational growth. S/he will assist the Executive Director and Board of Directors, as appropriate, in completing the Capital Campaign.

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, located in East Fairmount Park, has been a treasured destination for 119 years. Smith’s mission is to provide and promote opportunities for unstructured play for children. Smith contributes to the development of healthy children, strong families, and safe communities by: 1) maintaining a proud tradition of free family admission; 2) partnering with community-based organizations to reach a diverse audience; and 3) advocating for the importance of play.


  • Create and manage a comprehensive development plan to guide annual fundraising activities and meet goals for growth
  • Convene, support, and consult Fundraising Committee of the Board of Directors and engage all members of the Board in effectively supporting Smith’s fundraising efforts
  • Oversee prospect research for individuals, foundations, and corporate funders.
  • Maintain grants calendar and meet deadlines for proposal and report submission
  • Work with colleagues to develop strong case statements for Smith’s work and special projects
  • Write grant proposals and reports
  • Cultivate new corporate partnerships, foundations, and major donors
  • Lead Annual Appeal and membership cultivation/renewal to increase individual giving
  • Lead annual fundraising event planning and coordinate roles and responsibilities for staff and board participation
  • Assist program staff in planning and implementing additional member-benefit family events and friend-raising initiatives
  • Supervise and provide expertise to Development Associate and Manager of Communications
  • Oversee all external communication (e-newsletters, Print newsletters, social media, press releases)

Baseline Knowledge & Skills

  • Mastery of Microsoft Office Suite products
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience in fundraising research strategies, including Wealth Engine
  • Knowledge of Philadelphia’s funding community and peer organizations working in youth services, health and human services, environment, and/or history and conservation
  • Familiarity with Moves Management

Education / Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree required; at least five years of fundraising experience, ideally in a small shop with hands on responsibility for multiple strategies, especially foundation, corporate, and events; additional experience with individual gift prospecting a plus.

Abilities (baseline requirements for someone to come into the job and succeed)

  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Ability to prioritize and respond to multiple urgent requests
  • Demonstrated creativity, enthusiasm, and energy
  • Ability to meet deadlines and strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on new projects
  • Loves to write and tell stories; produce clear, compelling narratives quickly and confidently
  • Sense of humor, patience, and desire to work collaboratively in fun, unconventional, collaborative, fast-paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills and ease communicating with a wide range of audiences
  • Professional presentation
  • Value and maintain confidentiality
  • Excitement for Smith’s mission and the importance of play for children
  • Ability to climb stairs and lift 25 pounds
  • 9-5 Monday – Friday work week with occasional evening and weekend hours required

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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