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Director of Development & Special Projects - Legal Services of Eastern Michigan

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The Director of Development & Special Projects is a central part of the management Team that works collaboratively to implement strategic and development planning and also works independently to create and oversee the implementation of an integrated approach to fundraising which may include major gifts, corporate donations, federal, state and local grant solicitation, endowments, and in-kind resources.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

Play an essential role in facilitating and managing the fundraising efforts, projects and best practices that support the organization’s long-term strategic objectives in conjunction with the Executive Director, CFO, CAO, and staff

Act as Project Manager, in conjunction with management, staff, and occasionally external consultants for special events and projects including planning, coordination, oversight and other related priorities

Plan fund development activities

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors, Executive Director, CAO and CFO to create a fund development plan which increases revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization
  • Collaborate with members of leadership team on development plan implementation, prospect research and database analysis
  • Monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that the fundraising goals are being achieved
  • Monitor trends in the community or region and adapt fundraising strategies as necessary

Organize fund development activities

  • Manage an active/pending grant application tracking system, maintaining a grant portfolio intended to meet budget goals.
  • Manage corporate and foundation relationships and facilitate sponsorship outreach and proposals, as needed for events and programs.
  • Prepare and submit grant applications as outlined in the fund development plan to generate funds for the organization
  • Develop policies and procedures for the development department which reflect ethical fundraising practices
  • Work closely with leadership to track and facilitate donor program process
  • Coordinate direct mail campaigns in collaboration with leadership
  • Develop and prepare materials for Board or Fund Development Committee meetings as requested
  • Contribute to comprehensive calendar of events and critical funding dates to include meetings, mailings, and deadlines
  • Coordinate with leadership and relevant staff on all development materials and press communication

Promote the organization

  • Foster an understanding of philanthropy within the organization
  • Develop a comprehensive communication plan to promote the organization to its donors and maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities of the organization
  • Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts
  • Build relationships with community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organization
  • Provide an Annual Report to the community and funders that describes the nature of the activities undertaken by LSEM in the previous year


  • Bachelor’s degree required with a minimum of 3 - 4 years of professional non-profit/relevant experience
  • MBA and/or JD degree preferred
  • Demonstrated successful fundraising experience
  • Must be a highly energetic professional with a track record of building relationships both individual and agency level
  • Experience with event planning

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

  • Self-motivated to regularly set and achieve individual and departmental goals
  • Positive team leader and team player with strong organizational skills
  • Experience managing full-time staff person and outside vendors
  • Detail-oriented with excellent oral and written communication skills and strong proofreading skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize multiple projects and adjust work accordingly, often against tight deadlines
  • Excellent judgment and positive attitude
  • Effective working knowledge of MS Office products and the ability to adapt to various grant application platforms and a new donor relations management system
  • Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours with some local travel


Salary is commensurate with qualifications and includes excellent benefits including medical, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, retirement plan, vacation and personal time.


Interested applicants should email a resume, references, and cover letter to:

LSEM is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We encourage minorities, women and persons with disabilities to apply.

Date Posted: Sep 25, 2019