Development Director

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Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland

The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, a non-profit organization that strives to reduce hunger and improve health across Cuyahoga County, seeks a full-time Development Director. We are a grassroots and heartfelt nonprofit that bridges the gap between hunger and health, serving four million meals side-by-side with health and wellness services every year.

Position Summary: Responsible for developing goals, strategies, and benchmarks for all fundraising campaigns and serves as a trusted resource for Board and staff.  Position reports directly to the CEO.

Fundraising and Communications

·        Manage and grow individual donor pipeline through annual appeal strategies and engagement outreach.

·        Work with CEO and members of the Board on donor identification, prospecting, and solicitation activity.

·        Create a stewardship program, identify creative benefits, and create innovative packaging including welcome and retention materials along with a variety of donor reactivation campaigns.

·        Establish and monitor an internal foundation and corporate grants management system.

·        Work with CEO and other key staff to prepare foundation proposals, reports, and collateral materials for grants.

·        Oversee implementation of events such as the Business Outreach Breakfast and Board Night Out.

·        Take lead on developing content for annual report and periodic newsletters.

·        Participate in and assist with all HNGC special events; help identify and cultivate corporate sponsorships.

·        Make presentations to community groups about HNGC and fundraising initiatives.

Major Gifts

·        Establish a major gifts program.

·        Engage Board leadership to create a solicitation strategy.

·        Establish measurable outcomes.

·        Serve as primary liaison for the organization’s donor-driven funds.

Development Operations

·        Work with CEO to develop and monitor a comprehensive plan including goals, strategies, and benchmarks for all fundraising campaigns; enlist other staff in the process

·        Staff and lead the Board of Trustee’s Advancement Committee which addresses all fundraising strategies.

·        Work in collaboration with Marketing and Special Events team to integrate all aspects of development.

·        Implement an acknowledgement process.

·        Report on campaign analytics; work with staff to maintain up-to-date records of activity in department database.

·        Work to improve efficiencies in areas of responsibility.


·        Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred.

·        Working knowledge of Donor Drive, Donor Perfect, or other fundraising software required.


·        Minimum of 10+ years of fundraising in the nonprofit sector.

·        Must have experience working in greater Cleveland community and with philanthropy.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

·        Knowledge of and experience with cultivation, solicitation. and stewardship strategies and techniques required.

·        Demonstrated analytic and data entry skills.

·        Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills with ability to make presentations to senior-level groups, as well as to build one-on-one relationships with members of diverse constituencies at all levels of authority.

·        Working knowledge of individual donor and major gift campaigns.

·        Demonstrated success in grant writing.

·        Strong problem solving and leadership skills that lead to creative and compassionate fundraising.

·        Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes evenings, weekends, and some holidays.

Excellent benefits package available. Salary commensurate with experience.  EOE

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