Work with HELP

Job Description

Position: Director of Development

Department: Development

Supervisor: Executive Director

Overview of the Position

The Director of Development (The Director) leads a team of four dedicated to HELP’s financial growth. The Director will have passion for the mission, a proven track record as a fundraiser and excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Summary of Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Director, The Director is responsible for designing and implementing HELP’s annual and long-term fundraising plans, developing and maintaining relations with individual and institutional donors, developing major gift and donor recognition programs and ensuring effective communication with a diverse range of supporters.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing the Annual Fundraising Plan to support HELP’s existing work and its planned expansion;
  • Supervising the Development and US office staff.
  • Mapping donor landscape through analysis and prospecting; overseeing constituent database;
  • Expand HELP’s individual and institutional donor base by identifying and pursuing new donors and maintaining relations with existing donors;
  • Designing and implementing annual giving program and major gifts campaign;
  • Ensuring timely submission of grant documents (proposals, inquiries, renewal requests, reports);
  • Planning and executing fundraising and cultivation events with board of directors and volunteer committees;
  • Maintaining HELP’s communications: brochure, website, Annual Report, etc.;
  • Evaluating fundraising infrastructure to ensure systems, procedures and policies are consistent with planning and development goals.
  • Advising and training the Board on fundraising and development techniques, as needed;


  • A commitment to the mission and values of HELP
  • A minimum of 5 years demonstrated success in fundraising, including individual giving, major gifts, grant writing, special events, and capital campaigns
  • Exceptional research and writing skills, particularly with regard to individual donor, foundation and corporate prospects and grant writing
  • The ability and motivation to function both independently and as manager of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills, both inside and outside of the organization
  • Analytical and planning skills
  • A resourceful, entrepreneurial and creative attitude
  • Ability and willingness to travel within the US and to Haiti, as needed
  • Interest in one or more of the following: Haiti, international development, (higher) education.