Development Director: CASA Youth Advocates

The Development Director is accountable for achieving the fundraising goals of CASA Youth Advocates through leadership and execution of a strategic development plan, including annual giving, donor relations, special events, corporate partnerships and grants management. The Development Director works collaboratively with the marketing team to create awareness and support for CASA. Development Director co-chairs organization’s Development Committee with a Board member. The Development Director leads a team that includes the Development and Communications Manager and a contracted grant writer.

Key areas of responsibilities include:

1.    Individual Giving Campaigns

2.    Donors Relations and Tracking

3.   Corporate Partnerships

4.   Special Events/Fundraising

5.   Public Relations

6.   Community Ambassadorship

7.    Grant Writing and Grant Management

Design and implement a comprehensive annual development funding plan, which supports the budgeting needs of CASA Youth Advocates and provides future financial resources for growth and expansion. Plan includes: individual giving (including multi-year and monthly giving commitments), major donor giving, grant writing and management, corporate giving, annual appeal, fundraising events, and digital fundraising campaigns.

Utilize designated CRM to collect, organize, and maintain a complete and accurate database record of donors and funding received. Create funding target for donor groups, including individuals, corporations, grants, major donors and Board of Directors. Develop and meet donor metrics; provide monthly reports of results against budget. Oversee and ensure compliance with gift accepting, gift counting, and gift processing policies and procedures.

Develop and maintain positive relationships with donors to ensure retention and expansion of donor commitments. Develop strategies for new donor acquisition and cultivation of new prospects. Support the stewardship of major donors, planned giving (including growing CASA’s endowment), and major corporate sponsors. Plans and executes strategies for donor recognition and engagement, including annual celebration events, personal acknowledgement and cultivation activities, personalized invitations to special events, etc.

Develop strong relationships within the community to foster a positive impact such that companies, schools, civic organizations, and individuals consider CASA Youth Advocates as a local nonprofit of choice for funding.

Provide leadership to the marketing team to ensure positive impact and consistency of CASA’s messaging. Review call to action in all printed and digital marketing campaign materials to ensure effective support of funding goals. Lead and manage major fundraising events, including the CASA Gala and Superhero 5K. Develop and implement program management plans and timelines, sets monetary and attendance goals. Develop and implement sponsorship programs for special events and contracts and manages all vendors. Identify opportunities for additional fundraising and friendraising events, in-kind donation drives, and provides support for individual fundraiser events organized by Board members or other CASA supporters.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years experience in nonprofit development and/or nonprofit administration with demonstrated success in individual giving and special events fundraising and management.

Relationship Building and Public Relations: Strong interpersonal skills to cultivate and maintain relationships with donors, supporters, board members, volunteers, and other stakeholders. Ability to lead marketing team, increasing community awareness through marketing campaigns and materials.

Strategic Planning and Project Management: Ability to develop fundraising plans aligned with the organization’s goals, mission, and financial needs. Skills to plan, set objectives, and execute action for donor campaigns and special events. Ability to track effectiveness of development activities and providing reporting to Executive Director and Board of Directors.

Communication Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills to effectively convey the organization’s mission, impact, and funding needs to diverse audiences.

Leadership Abilities: Capacity to lead, motivate a team of fundraising professionals, volunteers, and staff members towards achieving fundraising goals.

Innovative Thinking: Creativity and innovation to explore new fundraising opportunities, campaigns, and approaches to engage donors and expand revenue streams.

Data Analysis: Familiarity with fundraising software, CRM systems, and digital platforms to streamline fundraising operations, track donor interactions, and enhance donor engagement. Proficiency in utilizing data analytics and fundraising metrics to assess performance, identify trends, and make data-driven decisions to optimize fundraising strategies.

Grant Writing and Management: Experience in researching grant opportunities, reviewing compelling grant proposals, and effectively managing grant relationships and reporting requirements.

Collaboration Skills: Ability to collaborate effectively with other departments with the organizations, including program staff, coalition leaders, marketing, outreach, and finance, as well as Board of Directors, to align fundraising efforts with organizational priorities.


Successful completion of FBI fingerprint clearance, Pennsylvania Child Abuse History clearance, and Pennsylvania State Police background check is a condition of employment.

CASA Youth Advocates serving Delaware and Chester counties does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national original (ancestry), disability, marital status, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

The diversity of our staff is critical to fulfilling our mission and demonstrating our values. We are committed to actively recruiting and hiring from communities most impacted by our work and we strive to create affirming and inclusive workplace spaces. Applicants of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply and to self-identify during the application process.

The position is based in CASA’s Media office with some flexibility for remote work 1-2 days/week.

Salary range: TBD commensurate with experience and high-quality benefits package, including generous PTO package, health care and dental with 90% employer premium coverage, 403b with employer match after one year of employment, life and short-/long-term disability coverage.

To Apply: Please email resume and cover letter to:


High-quality benefits package, including generous PTO package, health care and dental with 90% employer premium coverage, 403b with employer match after one year of employment, life and short-/long-term disability coverage. Opportunity for remote work 1-2 days/week.