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Development Director
Samaritan Colony in Rockingham, North Carolina
Date Posted 08/31/2020
Philanthropy-Foundation Relations
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Samaritan Colony is a well-respected, residential addiction treatment center that has been providing services to uninsured and underserved men with drug and alcohol use disorders since 1972. We are now in an exciting new phase of growth as we expand our program to provide the same services to women. We are seeking to hire a full-time Development Director to implement all aspects of the Development Plan with support from the Program Director and Administrative Assistant. The Development Director will drive strategic fundraising initiatives. This full-time, salaried position is office-based with occasional evening and weekend hours for donor events as needed and some flexibility to work remotely once the role is established.

The Development Director is responsible for planning, implementing and managing comprehensive annual fundraising and development programs to support the operations of Samaritan Colony. Responsibilities include designing, implementing and managing donor development and annual giving programs, grant writing, and direct mail programs. The Development Director is a Full-Time Exempt position that reports directly to the Executive Director and works closely with all staff to develop and implement fundraising strategies. The position requires a highly effective, self-motivated individual with in-depth knowledge of giving acquisition/growth, grant writing, capital campaigns and annual giving campaigns.


In collaboration with the Executive Director (ED) and Program Director, develop, implement and manage all aspects of the development plan;

  • Build an effective development process utilizing the staff, management, and volunteers to meet the annual objectives of the organization;

  • Prepare a written annual fundraising plan, based on the FY goals, that includes projection and strategies for achieving the goal of each funding stream to be approved by the ED;

  • Promote and support Board involvement in development activities and engage the Board in strategic prospect identification and solicitation;

  • Manage direct mail;

  • Manage the grant writing process, research new grant opportunities, and submit grant proposals that align with current program and budgetary needs;

  • Write fundraising and campaign marketing copy in collaboration with marketing team;

  • Provide relevant social media and website content to support development activities in collaboration with the social media coordinators;

  • Partner with staff to develop and plan stellar special events;

  • Develop and maintain the donor/prospect database to include providing designated reports and analysis ED and the Board;

  • Develop, implement, and manage the donor relations process;

  • Successfully meet and/or exceed annual financial fundraising goals, develop and generate activity reports outlining progress towards annual fundraising goals;

  • Oversee and participate in Samaritan Colony activities/events, and perform other duties as required;


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions


  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications or a relevant field;

  • Minimum of 2 years development experience, including annual giving, capital campaigns, grants and special events;

  • Commitment to the Mission and programs of Samaritan Colony;

  • An understanding of the unique needs and resources of non-profits;

  • Proven track record in securing individual, corporate, and foundation gifts;

  • Have the interpersonal skills required to communicate effectively in all forms; and are organized, quick on your feet, possess mature judgement and a superior relationship builder;

  • Demonstrated knowledge and successful implementation of capital campaigns and grant writing;

  • Successfully work in a team environment;

  • “Hands-on” individual with the ability to complete projects with minimal supervision;

  • Superior attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple projects;

  • Initially hands-on work will be expected with a fundraising database, tracking, and reporting system, including prospect research working with a CRM software will be a plus

  • Have excellent skills using MS Office and CRM software, or the equivalents;

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, or listen as well as stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

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