Director of Development - Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. is Hiring!  Girls Inc. is seeking a dynamic and energetic person to join our leadership team as the Director of Development.   Working at Girls Inc. of Chattanooga is a uniquely rewarding experience - we are innovative, mission-focused, diverse, collaborative, values-driven and focused on results.  We are a local nonprofit with a proven history of success inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold.  Girls Inc. offers in-school, afterschool, and school break programming for girls ages 6-18 that is age-appropriate, research-based, and outcome-focused.  Girls Inc. offers a competitive salary and benefits package.   Please email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to  Applications will be accepted until June 22nd.

The mission of Girls Inc. of Chattanooga is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

Originally founded as The Girls Club of Chattanooga, Girls Inc. has educated and empowered girls since 1961. Through in-school, after school and full day camps, our organization annually serves a diverse group of more than 700 girls, ages 6 to 18. Girls Inc. of Chattanooga is an affiliate of Girls Inc., which serves more than 144,000 girls annually through a network of 83 affiliates across the US and Canada.


Summary of Leadership

Through visionary leadership, the Director of Development is responsible for creating, implementing, growing, and managing the organization’s fund development program including individual and corporate giving, grants and other support from foundations, organizations, governments, and other entities. The Director of Development also oversees all support staff, special events, and marketing and communications efforts to raise the visibility and brand of Girls Inc., and is tasked to establish our organization as a relevant and worthy leader in the field of youth development. 

Serving as a senior member of the management team and a strategic partner to the CEO, the Director of Development plays an integral role in the leadership and success of the organization, staff, committees and board of directors. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Grow revenue necessary to meet goals and sustain short and long-term efforts.  Develop and implement a written strategic fund development plan that includes annual overall fundraising budget and objectives that align with organizational priorities and objectives.

  • Develop strategies, set smart goals and track progress by funding streams (i.e. individual giving, grants, corporate, foundation, etc.) to set the fundraising framework for future growth.
  • Create a multi-year approach to fund development; identify and grow the major giving program and the annual fund campaign.  Strengthen relationships with existing donors.
  • Maximize grant opportunities both locally and nationally.  Understand current and potential funder grant cycles, future opportunities, and identify resources to pursue.  Design and maintain grant dashboard that includes grant requirements, reporting, and outcomes.  
  • Develop, plan and execute special events that engage current donors and introduce new potential donors and volunteers to Girls Inc., to provide opportunities to engage with the organization’s work, solicit gifts, and provide stewardship.
  • Engage the committee(s) and board in fund development activities throughout the year, and develop a culture of philanthropy among the committees and board, working to equip and engage members in meaningful and specific roles.
  • Maintain the donor data base to facilitate timely gift entry and acknowledgements, effective appeals, critical donor data, and accurate revenue reporting. 
  • Monitor fundraising activities and goals throughout the year and adjust strategies as needed to reach annual funding goals.  

As a part of the fund development and communications plan, develop and implement marketing and communications messaging that will mobilize the community to invest, and that will be complementary to revenue objectives while building brand awareness and visibility in the community.

  • Develop and deliver key messaging to various stakeholder groups through email, written appeals, e-newsletters, annual reports, websites and events.
  • Develop a case for support, talking points, and an inventory of core proposal language to be used in seeking support for program and organizational funding needs.
  • Develop and execute social media tools and strategies that engage donors, prospects, volunteers and other stakeholder in the mission of Girls Inc.
  • Develop and execute donor retention and stewardship communication strategies to engage and retain existing donors.
  • Build relationships with key media and public relations organizations and individuals in order to successfully pitch news stories and keep the Girls Inc. brand in the public eye.
  • Develop materials for publication including press releases, newsletter stories, annual report and online content in support of Girls Inc. strategic objectives.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Works with a sense of urgency to achieve organizational goals and to overcome obstacles, challenges and constraints that arise in fulfilling those goals.
  • Advocates and networks confidently on behalf of the organization in the community
  • Open to new ideas and ways of working to improve outcomes. Maintains a positive, “can do” attitude in the face of challenges.
  • Energetic and passionate about the mission, the organization and the community.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent database and computer skills and experience using technology to streamline processes.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with all board, staff and management.



  • Non-profit fund development and/or marketing experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in non-profit, public administration, business management, or related area preferred
  • Robust knowledge of fund development and a proven record of fundraising success