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Development Director

Domestic Abuse Project (DAP)


Organization Summary:

The Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) has a 40-year track record of serving as a leader in DV resources and therapy programs. Through innovative family program models DAP has made a significant impact in both crisis response and working towards reducing intergenerational trauma and violence in family systems. We are searching for a critical member of our leadership team to join the DAP family in the Development Director role.

As a member of the DAP leadership team, the Development Director is responsible for creating and executing an effective and comprehensive development plan. This individual will lead DAP’s growing development efforts in partnership with the Executive Director, with a focus on stewardship and solicitation of major donors, individual donors, foundations, and corporations. This role is an opportunity for an experienced development professional to make a significant impact through supporting DAP in developing strategic and sustainable development practices that create meaningful, multi-year commitments from donors and funding partners.



Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Human Services and/or Youth Development
Category: Fundraising and Fund Development Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Full Time Salary: $70,000-$85,000
Hours: 40 

Primary Duties:

Annual giving strategies and implementation:

Assessing current strategies with the goal to evolve DAP’s development practices to be more effective including creating opportunities for engagement, employee and monthly giving, cultivation and stewardship practices to increase annual giving retention and welcome new donors to DAP. Annual giving management includes event management, communications related to development, partnering with staff and board, engaging volunteers, supervising contractors. Benchmarks include: increasing DAP’s base of support and annual contributed income, increasing donor retention, creating an effective pipeline to major gifts.

Major giving strategies and implementation:

Partnering with the Executive Director to execute a major donor and grants strategy with the goal to create sustainable and growing major gifts and grants programs. Focusing on cultivation, stewardship, and effective ongoing communications with current and prospective high level contributors. Major giving management includes event management, major donor portfolio management and support for Board/ED portfolios, scheduling and attending a minimum of 5 donor solicitation or grant invitation visits monthly, supervising contractors. Benchmarks include: increasing DAP’s major gifts and major gift amount, building and stewardship of foundation relationships with the goal to increase grant funding.

Additional responsibilities:

-Facilitating regular meetings and effective engagement of the Development Committee.

-Partnering with program staff to support the development and tracking of impact data.

-Oversee and prioritize DAP’s LOI/grants calendar.

-Grants research, prospecting, and reporting including development of budgets.

-Managing contracted grant writer and grant writer tasks.

-Connecting with program staff to help build DAP’s case statement and narratives.

-Data management through Bloomerang.  

-Managing donor communications including gift acknowledgements.

-Managing days of giving and other special development campaigns.

-Board reporting and building development dashboards.

-Additional duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

 -Bachelor’s degree (4 year).

-Demonstrated strengths in strategic project management.

-Experience facilitating lasting relationships and funding partnership building on behalf of mission-based organizations.

-Minimum of three years of professional development experience in individual giving, with demonstrated ability to promote and successfully solicit major gifts of $10,000 or more.

-Experience crafting an effective development plan that encompasses annual giving, major gifts, grants, and events.

-Exceptional communication skills including a track record of professional, timely follow up via email and phone, strong comfort level with phone calls, in-person donor visits, strong editing skills and attention to detail in communication.

-Hands-on development database experience, specifically with timely and accurate tracking of donor records, moves-management tools, comfort level with pulling reports, and assessment tools.

-Other computer skills: Microsoft office and email, website postings, social media events/fundraising, Foundation Center and other grants database prospecting.

-A minimum of one year of direct experience with grant writing and prospecting and cultivating program officer relations.

-Experience sharing compelling case statements, volunteerism, or advocacy for causes related to domestic violence.

-Demonstrated commitment to integrating an anti-racist framework into all aspects of DAP’s fundraising practices.

-Direct financial oversight and budgeting experience and knowledge of how financials and development are interconnected.

-Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and maintain a strong sense of urgency coupled with demonstrated success in management of multiple priorities.

-Demonstrated knowledge of basic business terminology, financial matters and the ethical, legal, and tax-related issues regarding the solicitation, transfer, and management of charitable gifts.

Desired Qualifications 

-Current Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credentials.

-Master’s level educational work or related degree in fund development.

-Successful solicitations of major gifts of $20,000 or more.

-Track record of grants awards and partnership experience at the 6-figure level.

-Direct experience growing corporate giving and employee giving programs.

-Enthusiasm about taking the lead in a small development shop.

 Desired Qualities

-Relational and collaboratives, able to engage and welcome others to our mission.

-An exceptional listener, able to center others and learn from their experiences.

-Strategic and thoughtful, able to evaluate and prioritize complex processes.

-Strong integrity, meeting commitments, best practices, mission-centered.



Additional Info:

Working Conditions

-Regular evening and weekend work for committee meetings and events.

-Must have a reliable vehicle and a valid driver’s license, regular driving required.

-25% local travel (driving to donor and foundation visits).

-Regular long periods of standing and sitting in office, meeting, and event settings.

-Must be able to lift 25lbs and support event set-up needs.

-Most required daily work is done in a shared office space that includes a variety of scents, food, computer screen time, office lighting.

Salary and Benefit Information

Salary range dependent on experience : $70,000-$85,000

-$70K : meets minimum qualifications

-$75K-$83K : meets minimum and desired qualifications

-$84K-$85K : exceeds outlined qualifications


Health Insurance, Life Insurance, and Dental w/employee contribution / generous PTO and holidays.

How To Apply:

To apply please email one PDF file that contains both your cover letter and resume with the subject “Development Director Search” and your name to:

(no calls please)


DAP does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation , or military status in any of its operations or employment. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment  for all members of our community.


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