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Development Director

Boys Town Washington, DC

Business: Boys Town

Job Summary:
The Development Director works to achieve philanthropic fundraising goals in support of the organizational mission and formulates and implements objectives for annual, planned, and major gifts. This position also leads a team in activities to solicit and maintain funds, and ensures that operations meet programmatic and budgetary objectives and goals.


  • Plans and implements strategies for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and closing principal gifts and fundraising.
  • Meets prospective donors to qualify and to promote interest in providing major philanthropic support for organizational programs and priorities.
  • Develops case statement and gift strategies in collaboration with senior management to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts by developing and maintaining relationships with individuals, corporations, foundations, and other key personnel.
  • Prepares written and verbal presentations to potential donors and coordinates approaches as defined by policies and procedures.
  • Fosters innovative use of strategies around fundraising programs, establishes goals and objectives, aids in the construction of proposals, and provides recommendations.
  • Actively participates in major gift solicitation. Builds strong donor relationships through cultivation and stewardship with individual, business, and foundation donors.
  • Fosters a culture of œone Boys Town and carries out Boys Town's mission through leadership, trust, honest and open dialogues, transparency, and embracing diversity.
  • Assumes responsibilities for annual plans, budgets, reports, and evaluation and oversight of gift tracking systems; prepares annual development plan to corresponding budget outlining revenue and expenses; monitors progress against goals and produces monthly reports.
  • Participates in professional development organizations, committees, boards, and meetings; travels locally and out of town as necessary and provides call reports in a timely manner.
  • Hires, manages, and evaluates staff.
  • Serves as a role model in carrying out the Father Flanagans Boys Home mission.
  • Directs all activities towards the fulfillment of the Boys Town mission
  • Directs all actions to reflect the values and principles of Boys Town
  • Establishes and maintains an environment that encourages teamwork, collaboration, and ethical behavior
  • Maintains regular, reliable and predictable attendance
  • Supports other members of the management team and their work

Other Duties: This job description incorporates the essential functions and duties required for this position. However, other duties may be required and assigned at times and as determined by a supervisor in order to meet the needs of the organization


  • Strong knowledge of principles, ethics, and practices of successful fundraising.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement persuasive cultivation ideas and techniques for prospects and donors.
  • Proven ability to provide critical analysis, using sound judgment with realistic expectations for prospects and donors.
  • Skills in developing and implementing strategic solicitation fund-raising plans that incorporates a concise definition of goals, targeted audiences, and strategies in-line with youth care priorities.
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to communicate at all levels in the organization and with external business contacts in an articulate, professional manner while maintaining necessary degree of confidentiality.
  • Ability to build and sustain successful, professional relationships.
  • Ability to successfully lead a team of associates.
  • Strong knowledge of Boys Town model.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Marketing, Business, or equivalent; Masters degree preferred.
  • 7 to 10 years of experience including fundraising and management; experience working with the public in cultivation, gift solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition, and volunteer groups with progressive responsibilities as a development officer.
  • Available to travel and to work evenings or weekends as needed.

About Boys Town:

Boys Town has been changing the way America cares for children and families since 1917. With over a century of service, our employees have helped us grow from a small boardinghouse in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, into one of the largest national child and family care organizations in the country. With the addition of Boys Town National Research Hospital in 1977, our services branched out into the health care and research fields, offering even more career opportunities to those looking to make a real difference.

Our employees are our #1 supporters when it comes to achieving Boys Towns mission, which is why we are proud of their commitment to making the world a better place for children, families, patients, and communities. Unique perks to Boys Town employees and their families include free visits to Boys Town physicians and free prescriptions under the Boys Town Medical Plan, tuition assistance, parenting resources from our experts and professional development opportunities within the organization, just to name a few. Working at Boys Town is more than just a job, it is a way of life.

Date Posted: 5/6/2022

This advertisement describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. To request a disability-related accommodation in the application process, contact us at 1-877-639-6003.

Date Posted May 6, 2022
Date Closes June 5, 2022
Requisition 19102
Located In Washington, DC
SOC Category 00-0000.00

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