Date of Posting: 12/09/2018 
AFP Member?:
Organization: Writers & Books
Position: Development Director 
Position Type: 
Start Date: Jan 01, 2019
Salary Range (low): TBD or Other
Salary Range (high): TBD or Other
Salary Range Other: 
Equal Opportunity Employer: Organization is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Description of Responsibilities: Writers & Books is at a critical moment for growth as we seek to reinvigorate our adult workshops and programs, increase our operating budget, expand our staffing, and look toward the future to have a deeper reach into our local community, and a wider reach nationally. This exciting opportunity places a development professional in a lead role for this expansion. The Development Director is responsible for identifying and developing relationships with prospective donors, maintaining relationships with existing donors, maintaining accurate donor records, and implementing a strategy to promote individual, foundation, government, and corporate gifts. The Development Director is charged with identifying opportunities, planning fundraising activities, and reporting outcomes to the Executive Director and the Board Development Committee. The Development Director reports to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with the Donor Relations Manager and Writers & Books staff. This is a perfect position for an energetic development professional ready to take on an exciting challenge.

  • With Executive Director, create and implement annual and long-term fundraising and development plan and strategy.
  • Identify and research individual prospects and their giving histories, gift potential, programmatic interests, and other relevant information that will facilitate outreach.
  • Identify foundation, corporate, and government funding opportunities (grants research).
  • Write grants.
  • Develop relationships with prospective donors and other funders.
  • Oversee production and distribution of annual fund letters.
  • Track all board and donor pledges; compile donor lists for Board committee members; write follow up emails and letters as needed; coordinate development meetings and keep minutes.
  • Plan and conceptualize fundraising activities including, but not limited to, The Ladder, silent auctions, Turning Pages events, and salons. Work with W & B Executive Director, Donor Relations Manager, and board to reach out to supporters and prospects to enhance participation and guest attendance, with the objective of maximizing profit and further expanding the donor network.
  • Leverage fundraising events as prospect activities coordinating all aspects from guest outreach to post-event follow up.
  • Nurture and develop organization sponsors, including identifying new sponsors for programs.
  • Manage organizations fundraising database and create donor reports on an as-needed basis.

Organization's Financial Sources: 
     Foundation and Corporate Grants
     Special Events
     United Way
     Government Grants
     Interest Income
     Earned Income (dues, tuition, etc.)

Education: - Bachelors degree in related field
Experience/Personal Qualifications: 
  • Minimum two-years experience working with development, with successful track record
  • Passion for the literary arts
  • Strategic and creative thinker
  • Successful candidate should possess strong writing and communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and creatively
  • Detail-oriented
Specific Requirements of Position: 
     Annual Campaigns 
     Grant Writing 
     Major Gift Solicitation 
     Annual Report/Brochure Production
     Planned Gifts 
     Capital Campaigns
     Special Events Planning 
     Computer - Database
     Computer - Spreadsheets
     Computer - Desktop Publishing
     Computer - Word Processing
     Direct Mail
     Donor Research
     Volunteer Management
Certification Preferred: N/A
Special Requirements of Position: Personal Automobile
Position Reports to: Joe Flaherty, Executive Director
Send Correspondence to: Joe Flaherty, Executive Director
Organization: Writers & Books
Phone Number: 
Address: 740 University Ave
City: Rochester
State: New York
Zip Code: 14607
Email: [email protected]
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Include with Correspondence: 
     Cover Letter