Position Overview

Since its founding, City Year has relied on its corporate, foundation and individual partners to create meaningful social change, leveraging both private and public investors. With a wide range of support from some of Seattle’s most active philanthropic leaders, City Year Seattle/King County has had a strong fundraising track record and has an ambitious strategic plan for growth over the next few years. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development creates, manages and executes against a development strategy for the Seattle/King County office of City Year, with a specific emphasis on managing and building relationships with corporations and foundations as well as with high net worth individuals and prospects in an effort to maximize financial resources to help City Year achieve its revenue and mission-based goals.


Job Responsibilities

Strategy: In partnership with the Executive Director and a team of development professionals, create and implement an assertive strategy to identify and secure corporate, foundation, individual and government funding partnerships, specifically focusing on a major gifts campaign strategy to leverage a multi-year multi-million matching gift presented to City Year Seattle/King County.

Corporate and Foundation Management: In partnership with the Executive Director and the Corporate and Foundation Development Officer, manage and build relationships with current corporate and foundation funders.  Manage the identification and cultivation of new corporate and foundation partnerships, as well as the grant proposal and reporting processes for corporate, foundation, and government funders.  Build City Year’s Team Sponsorship process, which includes identifying and securing Team Sponsors and engaging them in ongoing service opportunities.

Major Gift Donor Management: In partnership with the Leadership Gifts Officer and Executive Director, identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of current and future major donors.  Identify major donors' philanthropic interests and provide them with an opportunity to realize an outstanding philanthropic experience through their charitable investment of time, advocacy and financial support to City Year.  Craft and implement a powerful major gifts campaign to leverage recent matching gift.

In addition, the Director of Development will:

Fundraising Events: Lead the development team to leverage existing and future City Year  Seattle/King County events, such as our Ripples of Hope Gala Dinner, Opening Day, Corporate Partnership Breakfast and other select gatherings, to raise awareness of City Year, fundraise and engage high net worth individuals, foundations and corporations.  The Director of Development will also manage the lead development professional for these primary events.

Manage a Team of Development Professionals:  Hire, develop, manage and retain a team of development professionals to manage different aspects of the development pipeline. 

Donor Management: Develop and grow our individual donor base, manage annual giving campaign, and cultivation for all donors.  Ensure diversity and sustainability of site donor base.  Oversee the entire development business process from donor identification through collections to stewardship.

Organizational Management:  Help shape organizational strategy and play a leadership role in implementing the agency’s operating plan, as a member of the Senior Leadership Team of City Year Seattle/King County.  In addition, the Development Director will develop and manage the Fund Development budget, including detailing department revenue and expenses.

Organizational Initiatives:  Staff members assist with events throughout the year, including MLK Day of Service, National Youth Service Day, Opening Day, Graduation, and more. In addition, each staff member may be required to attend overnight conferences throughout the year.  

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