Summary of Position: The Development Director, under the general direction of the President and the Board of Directors, is responsible for a fundraising strategy that supports Impact America’s $3.4 million annual operating and program support budget. The position is directly responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s fundraising programs, including foundation/corporation grants processes, government grants, major gifts, annual fund, direct mail, special events, and donor relations. The position will serve as a key member of the management team and work collaboratively with the President and program teams.

Summary of Program:  Impact America engages recent graduates and college students to address community needs, empowering a generation through collaborative efforts to promote change in the communities we serve.  In order for our communities and institutions to thrive, we desperately need the talent, vitality, and perspective that only young people can bring.  This generation of college students and recent graduates is among the most charitable in American history, with many yearning for an opportunity to make a real difference in communities of need.  Impact America provides that opportunity through distinct initiatives that promote change while cultivating leadership:

  • FocusFirst, a high-tech vision care initiative serving young children in urban and rural areas
  • SaveFirst, a free tax preparation initiative serving low-income, working families
  • SpeakFirst, a debate and college preparatory program for middle- and high-school students in Birmingham

For more information about Impact America, please visit

Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage a year-round fundraising campaign, including working with the President and Board to draft financial projects and short- and medium-term development plans
  • Identify and cultivate new and existing corporate, foundation, and individual donors
  • Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements
  • Aggressively seek new corporate/foundation funding sources and maintain relationships with current/past donors
  • Represent organization in meetings with potential funding sources
  • Identify, cultivate, and secure relevant strategic partnerships that drive visibility and funding
  • Plan and implement fundraising special events
  • Direct, plan, and coordinate the work of the fundraising staff including supervision and evaluation, training and team building
  • Cultivate new and maintain existing government grants (federal and state)
  • Support the President in building the fundraising commitment and capacity of the Board
  • Develop and manage fundraising database and tracking systems
  • Develop proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising activities and ensure timely and accurate delivery to funders
  • Coordinate creation of publications to support fundraising activities
  • Ensure adequate and qualified staff and volunteers to carry out fundraising activities

Reports to: President

Location: Birmingham, AL

Skills/Experience Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum of five (5) years of fundraising experience in a leadership position
  • History of major giving experience with gifts secured of at least $25,000
  • History of creating and implementing comprehensive strategic fundraising plans
  • Experience with budget development and monitoring
  • Experience with relationship management, donor stewardship and major giving
  • Demonstrated excellence in organization, managerial and communication skills
  • Strong attention to details, organizational, analytical, problem solving, and time/project management skills
  • Strong work ethic and demonstrated initiative
  • Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Able to represent Impact America in a mature and professional manner

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Physical Requirements/Essential Functions: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an applicant to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Frequent reaching, use of hands, and repetitive action
  • Continuous need for speaking with clear diction and hearing sensitivity in conversation either by phone or in person
  • Continual visual acuity at close and distant range
  • Work inside protected from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes. Minimum noise levels.
  • Much exposure to computer work.


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