Community Foundation Seeks Director of Development

The Director of Development is an exempt management level position responsible for organizing, planning, directing, and evaluating the Community Foundation’s fund development functions.

Director of Development

Responsible to: President & CEO

General Purpose:  The Director of Development is an exempt management level position responsible for organizing, planning, directing, and evaluating the Community Foundation’s fund development functions. The Director of Development works under the direct supervision of the President and CEO and works collaboratively in a team environment with other staff, the Board of Directors and volunteers to provide the highest quality service to the Community Foundation’s current donors, nonprofit organizations, donor prospects and professional advisor community.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and implement a comprehensive development plan focusing on the identification, cultivation and solicitation of outright and deferred major gift prospects.
  • Manage all major gift functions, including planned giving, donor prospecting and research.
  • Foster major prospects and help solicit current or deferred gifts in collaboration with the President and CEO.
  • Strengthen the Foundation’s base of professional advisor partners, including existing relationships; and encourage client referrals through a mix of individual meetings, educational seminars and recognition activities.
  • Manage and grow the organization’s planned giving society.
  • Personally manage relationships and solicitation processes for individuals, businesses and organizations, including nonprofit agencies.
  • Manage communications of up-to-date knowledge of philanthropic trends and legislation that impact our donors, fund holders and professional advisors.
  • Develop strategies for tracking and measuring progress and development success.
  • Attend community events on behalf of the Foundation and participate in/make presentations at meetings of appropriate civic, professional, business and community organizations.
  • Work closely with Community Foundation staff to coordinate external marketing and communications plan, including annual budget.
  • Other duties as assigned by the President and CEO.


  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years’ experience in fund development, or other relevant experience
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills among diverse constituent groups
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated commitment to philanthropy and community service
  • Genuine dedication to team building, which includes mentoring and coaching employees effectively to their skills as well as the ability to rally a team to meet a goal
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Constant Contact and specialized database
  • Willingness to work occasional evening and weekend events
  • Existing knowledge of the local community and philanthropic landscape a plus
  • Persuasive, persistent and able to overcome objections and delays

Hiring Policy
Galesburg Community Foundation considers applicants for all positions without regard to gender, race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

This position is administrative, full-time, and will be eligible to participate in the Community Foundation’s employee health and benefits plan. Compensation will be commensurate with skill level and experience.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor. Requirements are representative of minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references to Shawn Hedden at