Director of Development: New Kensington Community Development Corporation

New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) is a community development corporation committed to sustainable development in housing opportunities, economic development, vacant land
strategies, community engagement, and real estate development. NKCDC advances social equity and economic empowerment by nurturing and creating opportunities for residents to live and actively shaping their neighborhoods of choice. To that end, NKCDC provides free resources to residents and businesses in the Kensington, Fishtown, and Port Richmond neighborhoods.

NKCDC has a strong reputation, both locally and nationally, with longstanding credibility of serving as a trusted and valuable partner and collaborator. The organization is currently one of only two community development organizations in the City of Philadelphia that are chartered members of the NeighborWorks America network. Our current work using a trauma-informed community engagement model, applying a racial equity lens across the organization, and leading programs at the intersection of health and housing are keeping NKCDC at the cutting edge of community development. NKCDC draws on the strengths of the communities in Kensington, Fishtown, and Port Richmond — a population of over 62,800, 23% of whom live below the federal poverty level — to make sure neighborhood development benefits all residents.

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The Director of Development is part of NKCDC’s leadership team and leads planning and successful execution of NKCDC’s fundraising strategies consistent with the organization’s annual and long-range development goals. She/he is responsible for implementing strategies to support the growth and diversification of revenue sources in line with NKCDC’s mission, vision, and goals. The Director also works to enhance NKCDC’s image and develop and implement strategies that effectively communicate NKCDC’s efforts to key target audiences.
Reports to

Executive Director


  • Manage all aspects of fundraising and resource development, including developing and implementing the organization’s overall fundraising strategy and annual development plan.
  • Actively seek, cultivate, and solicit new funding sources, particularly among foundations and corporations, in concert with the Executive Director.
  • Craft compelling written materials to communicate with donors and prospects, including providing leadership on grant writing and coordinating reporting to corporate, foundation and public funders, and individual donors.
  •  Leverage the resources of the Communications Department to effectively convey the impact of fundraising initiatives and maintain transparent communication with donors and stakeholders.
  •  Explore feasibility of implementing new fundraising projects including individual giving, annual appeals, special events and corporate sponsorship.
  •  Oversee and maintain processes and systems to support all development efforts, including research, prospecting, cultivation, stewardship, record keeping and acknowledgements.
  • Provide leadership on all fundraising-related events, including planning and logistics for fundraising events and engagement opportunities for donors and other stakeholders.
  • Cultivate new partners and other resources to support the organization’s work.
  •  Regularly identify, review and research any opportunities which may support NKCDC’s work; ensure opportunities align with existing programming and mission.
  •  Foster seamless communications between the development team and other departments, leveraging the Communications Department’s capabilities for overall organizational effectiveness and streamlined grant/contract management.
  • Working with the Executive Director and Communications Manager, ensure consistent
  • organizational brand, and assist staff with overall organizational communications with other audiences and through various publications like e-newsletters and web site.
  • Monitor industry trends and shifts in donor behavior/preference to help NKCDC to take advantage of new opportunities.


  • Proven track record of success in grant writing/management. Experience with government grant proposals and/or government contract management desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience fundraising from the public and private sector with an emphasis on developing emergent program/project areas and fundraising for sustainability of existing effective programs and projects.
  • Demonstrated experience as a supervisor with an emphasis on the professional development of staff.
  • Knowledge of tax planning principles and techniques that favor charitable giving.
  • Excellent writing skills required.
  • Exemplary interpersonal communication skills
  • Keen understanding of (and prior experience utilizing) evaluation and assessment tools for measuring, analyzing, and communicating outputs and outcomes.
  • Prior experience in developing, managing, and forecasting budgets at a program, departmental and organizational level.
  • Strong leadership capabilities with a commitment to co-creating and supporting our REDI centered and trauma-informed organization and community.
  • Knowledge of tax planning principles is a Plus.


The salary for the Director of Development is $81,010/yr. with a full-time schedule, 35 hours per week. To counter pay inequality and uphold internal parity, we use a nonnegotiable starting salary system, while
benchmarking our pay to competitive markets in the nonprofit sector. Excellent benefits include an HMO health plan, long- and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid vacation, and a 403(b)-retirement plan. This position is available for (1) work from home day. Work hours are from 9am-5pm. This position will be on-site at our central office, 2771 Ruth Street, Suite 1, Philadelphia, PA 19134.

Application process

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to, with “[YOUR NAME] Director of Development” in the subject line. Applications received by January 29, 2024, will be given full consideration. All candidate resumes are given consideration and are kept on file for one year, but we cannot always respond personally depending on the volume of inquiries.

Hiring process

Our hiring process includes a 20–30-minute interview with HR, followed by an in-person interview with the hiring manager, and finally an hour-long “panel” interview with 3-4 staff members. Reference checks
are conducted after the final interview.

Equal Employment Opportunity 

NKCDC provides Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, race, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, religion, language, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or physical ability. We know groups subjected to systemic oppression– including people of color, women, people from working class backgrounds, and people who identify as LGBTQ – are less likely to apply unless and until they meet every requirement for a job. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other communities who are marginalized.

To Apply

Application process

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to, with “[YOUR NAME] Director of Development” in the subject line. Applications received by January 29, 2024, will be given full consideration. All candidate resumes are given consideration and are kept on file for one year, but we cannot always respond personally depending on the volume of inquiries.