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Development Director - Central Region

Company: Youth Entrepreneurs
Date Posted: September 26, 2017

Come work with us!

The successful candidate for the Director of Development will be someone who is passionate about education, entrepreneurship and youth development! If you have a track record of successful fund raising from individual major gift donors, annual campaigns, corporate sponsors, and special events this could be a great opportunity for you. The primary responsibilities of this position will be fund development in Kansas and Oklahoma as well as managing the Development Directors in Texas and Missouri.


Attributes of a successful candidate: 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to inspire and influence others
  • Strong judgment and problem solving
  • High initiative and discipline to complete tasks, some of which may not have precedent
  • Integrity
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work with wide variety of individuals, including high-level corporate executive and managers
  • Adaptability
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Practice and facilitate good client service
  • Passion for business, entrepreneurial spirit and capitalism


A Day In The Life Typically Includes:

  • Responsible for securing outright gifts and/or pledges for assigned donors including writing proposals and preparing presentations
  • Research foundations, corporations and individuals for potential funding
  • Prepare strategy, briefing and debriefing materials for face to face solicitations
  • Provide coaching and leadership to other Development Directors
  • Involve volunteer leadership (Board and Advisory Council members) and other YE staff in strategy and/or solicitations as appropriate
  • Responsible for recording all donor interactions into Raiser’s Edge database within the same work week
  • Manage timely and accurate preparation of summary call reports and other department reports
  • Perform other special projects and duties as required

  • Provide timely and accurate response to assigned donor concerns, requests, and gifts
  • Practice and facilitate good client service
  • Enhance ongoing donor relations through cultivation activities
  • Attend community events as a YE representative to develop and maintain relationships with donors, board members and community leaders to increase the financial capacity of YE
  • Assist communications staff in creating communications and appeals
  • Effectively manage and monitor revenues and expenses in relation to budget

What You Will Need

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years’ experience in a Fund Development position
  • Prior successful experience securing major gifts. 
  • Experience in Microsoft Office Software (Excel – updating and creating spreadsheets, Word – document creation/editing and PowerPoint- presentation creation/editing, outlook-scheduling)
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed to meet business requirements
  • Associates Degree or higher
  • Ability to travel up to 25%

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1+ years’ experience working as a supervisor
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to use Raiser’s Edge software


Youth Entrepreneurs® is a nonprofit organization that provides students with business and entrepreneurial education and experiences to help them prosper and become contributing members of society. We’re changing lives and if we do our jobs well, thousands of young entrepreneurial-minded Youth Entrepreneurs® alumni are better prepared for success in business and other future career and educational endeavors. Let’s make the most of this opportunity together.  

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