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Development Director

Company: The H.E.A.R.T. Program

Location: Houston, TX

Posted: June 6, 2018

About The H.E.A.R.T. Program
The H.E.A.R.T. Program (Housing, Entrepreneurship And Readiness Training) was founded to create new opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to achieve their potential.

H.E.A.R.T. ‘s philosophy is that everyone deserves the opportunity to excel and experience the sense of pride and accomplishment that is achieved through education and employment.

The H.E.A.R.T. Program therefore embraces its mission to promote structured independence for individuals with developmental disabilities by providing innovative education, training, housing and employment programs.

Position Summary
The Development Director position is a full-time exempt position that provides leadership, strategy, logistics, organizational tactics and project management in H.E.A.R.T.’s areas of Special Events, Individual Giving, Foundation Grants, Volunteer Management, Marketing, Board Relations and Prospect Research while overseeing maintenance of key development systems including donor acknowledgement and donor database, records and filing. The position will be involved with all development activities within the organization.

Supervisory and Reporting Responsibilities
The Development Director reports to the Executive Director (ED) and will also assist the Controller and Director of Programs.

General Responsibilities

      • Drafts and completes an annual development plan, as approved by the ED and Board of Directors. Works with the ED to plan and set donor visits and attendees donor meetings with the ED and volunteers. Conducts research on local and state-wide prospects, individuals, corporations and foundations, to expand H.E.A.R.T. development efforts.
      • Special Events – Coordinates all special events for the agency, including the annual luncheon, golf tournament and silent auction events as well as cultivation and new events. Handles all event logistics and is the on-site point person for every event. Has the primary responsibility for planning of all events in coordination with ED, volunteers and any other personnel. Manages luncheon underwriter solicitations and acknowledgements.
      • Grants - Coordinates the grant requests and reports and maintains the grants calendar. Is the liaison for all grants including writing grants and providing reports on grants. Keeps track of information and deadlines for upcoming submissions and reports. Carefully proofreads all grants prior to ED review. Ensures that H.E.A.R.T. adheres to all grant deadlines for submissions and reports. Maintains back up documents for grant requests. Helps plan strategy on foundation submissions. Sets appointments for foundation visits with ED and volunteers.
      • Workplace Giving Campaigns - Represent H.E.A.R.T. for CMC, SECC, and CFC events and encourage increased donations through this campaign. Coordinate in-house workplace giving and annual cookie-dough sale. Research additional employee giving opportunities.
      • Individual Giving - Helps execute H.E.A.R.T.’s annual giving program including building prospect lists, campaign materials and communication pieces, manage donor lists and mail outs, and track results. With ED, board and volunteers, solicits individuals for donations, explaining the opportunities and benefits. Manages donor cultivation and stewardship events including donor communications, invitations, tracking and assembling donor packets and attending events. Creates and manages donor recognition materials including listings and signage.
      • Stewardship – Ensures all donors are thanked and appreciated.
      • Capital Campaign – Work in tandem with the agency’s counsel and leadership team on the agency’s move to a new permanent home.
      • Development Office Systems – Oversees the H.E.A.R.T. donor database to accurately track all donations. Prepares regular and accurate reports on development status. Oversees the donor acknowledgement system for all donations and sponsorships. Oversees gift entry. Oversees an effective electronic and paper filing system by the development manager for all donations, solicitations, grants and proposals.

Other Responsibilities
The Development Director will be involved with coordinating marketing activities and volunteer activities as directed. The Development Director must be directly engaged in the mission of the agency and regularly participate in mission-driven activities, including assisting at concession events, vending runs, warehouse activities and classroom activities. Other general administrative and development support as needed.


      • Bachelor’s degree required.
      • Three to four years of fundraising experience.
      • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
      • Superior written and verbal communication skills and organizational skills.
      • Flexible and self-motivated personality.

Key Selection Criteria

      • The ability to work with and motivate a broad spectrum of people ranging from board members, clients and donor prospects.
      • A working knowledge of the psychology, principles and techniques of volunteer recruitment and management, major gift solicitation and capital campaigns.
      • A proficiency in grant writing and an understanding of the process of foundation research, cultivation and solicitation.
      • A conviction that fundraising and/or stewardship are essential dimensions of effective organizations.
      • Familiarity with the literature of the development field.
      • Familiarity with fundraising software and computers. Additionally, a knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.

Ideal Personal Profile

      • Personal major gift solicitation experience.
      • Excellent verbal, visual and written communication skills.
      • Well-organized, systematic thinker.
      • Disciplined, strong work ethic.
      • Commitment to the mission and values of the organization.
      • Capital campaign or fundraising experience.
      • Experience planning large-scale special events such as galas and golf tournaments.

How to Apply:
Please email your résumé to