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Director of Development, Achieva

Achieva, an organization that advocates with, empowers, and supports people with
disabilities and their families throughout their lives, seeks an experienced nonprofit fundraising and events professional to serve as the Director of Development. This key position will assist with leading and directing the organization’s fundraising, grant-seeking, and event planning and managing functions.  The Director of Development will report to the Vice President of Advancement. 

About Achieva

The Achieva Family of Organizations comprises six affiliate non-profit corporations. The Advancement Department is part of Achieva Resource, which is responsible for all administrative functions, specifically the following departments:  1) Advancement (Communications and Development), 2) Finance, 3) Human Resources, 4) Information Technology, and 5) Facilities Management.  

About the Position

The Director of Development will supervise and lead a team that includes an Annual Giving Coordinator and Donor Relations Specialist. Further, the Director of Development will work in tandem with the Vice President of Advancement and the Communications team to carry out the mission of the Advancement Department, which states: 

“The Achieva Advancement Team empowers people with disabilities and their families by fostering lifelong inclusivity and belonging through strategic partnerships, proactive fundraising, and effective communication. We are committed to informing and growing our audience, positioning our organization as a leader in the community, driving innovation, cultivating personalized long-term relationships, and leveraging emerging technologies to expand our reach and influence across Achieva’s service area. We strive to lead efforts that ensure a brighter future where everyone can thrive.”

If this rewarding opportunity aligns with your personal and professional goals and experience, we invite you to apply to be Achieva’s next Director of Development.

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Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement strategic plans to raise funds for the organization. Establish fundraising goals, benchmarks, and milestones. 
  • Lead the coordination, planning, and execution of fundraising events, including the Achieva Promenade, Achieva Golf Outing, Achieva n’at, Achieva’s Annual Giving Day, and other events. Analyze the performance of events and fundraising activities for continuous improvement.
  • Support all fundraising activities, including grant writing and reporting, giving campaigns, and donor and funder engagement. Maintain a donor information database and utilize the data to optimize fundraising efforts. 
  • Create and implement plans for donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities.
  • Create a strong fundraising message that appeals to potential donors.
  • Identify and secure corporate partnerships, donors, and sponsorships. 
  • Prepare and present reports on the progress of development initiatives to the board, its development committee, management, and other stakeholders. Prepare information (i.e., dashboards and reports) that measure progress against established benchmarks and milestones.
  • Assist with the Development Committee's tasks, including preparing for and presenting information during its meetings.
  • Oversee the work of Development staff (Annual Giving Coordinator and Donor Relations Specialist) and volunteers to ensure organizational goals, metrics, and tasks are met.
  • Assist the VP of Advancement with Trustee engagement activities. 
  • Assist in creating and implementing the Advancement Development Plan that informs the organization’s annual operating budget. Collaborate with internal business partners to determine resource needs and provide needed support.
  • Assist with developing the department budget. Monitor expenses and revenue and take action to remain within the budget. 
  • Keep abreast of advancements in fundraising and nonprofit sector trends. Pivot development activities to ensure continued success. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. This job description is not designed to cover or contain all activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time, with or without notice.

Experience and Attributes

  • A minimum of five years of industry-related experience with increasing responsibilities. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Business, or a related field. A graduate degree and Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation are a plus.
  • Documented success in securing major gifts, planned gifts, corporate gifts, and managing fundraising events.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, problem-solving, and creativity skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong supervisory, time management, and team and organizational management skills.
  • Proficiency in donor database and fundraising software.
  • Adherence to the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Code of Ethics and a demonstrated sensitivity to the confidentiality of information. 
  • An understanding of and/or personal connection to disability issues or programs, health/human services, and/or non-profit corporations or charitable organizations is preferred.
  • Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License and properly insured vehicle available for daily use.
  • Satisfactory Act 33/34 clearances are required.

Application Process

Achieva invites interested persons to submit a cover letter that details your fit with the position and a chronological resume to Achieva at

Achieva is an affirmative action and equal opportunity (EOE) and an Employer Partner under the Ticket to Work Program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Achieva is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact the Human Resources Department at 412-995-5000 ext. 650 or