Deputy Director, Development - Dallas, TX

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 Job Title: Deputy Director of Development, Dallas 
Department: State Programs and Operations 
Reports to: Best Buddies State Director, TX 

Position Overview: The Deputy Director of Development (DDOD) will collaborate with the State Director to secure revenue for programs and to promote the mission of Best Buddies. Specifically, the DDOD is expected to ensure the success of fundraising events and to secure volunteers to promote the work of Best Buddies throughout the DFW Metroplex.

Job Duties

  • Oversee and manage event planning and implementation of event logistics, including the responsibility for meeting or exceeding revenue goals for events and for complying with event best practices, benchmarks and timelines
  • Ensure that each event maintains an appropriate revenue/expense ratio per Best Buddies standards
  • Oversee and maintain all online event records in the Sphere and/or Raiser’s Edge databases
  • Work with State Director and Event committee volunteers to research, identify and secure event sponsors
  • Provide regular progress reports to State Director and HQ Development Team


  • Create and manage Development initiatives based on budgetary goals
  • Steward current donors and manage donor relations activities as appropriate 
    Establish and build effective relationships with prospects and new funding opportunities
  • Manage solicitation and stewardship processes for donors as assigned, including tracking relevant information, processing gifts, and sending thank you letters
  • Maintain and update the donor tracking system 
  • Research and assist in the development of proposals to foundations, maintain accurate records, archive within the database all actions, and submit reports as required by funders
  • Manage local matching gifts process and serve as relationship manager for partner corporations

Marketing / Public Relations

  • Create and distribute press releases to media for events or fundraising initiatives as appropriate
  • Collaborate with Program staff on creation and distribution of monthly statewide e-newsletter
  • Submit monthly website updates, including event listings, promotions, sponsor listings and awareness articles
  • Create and maintain web pages for events
  • Develop relationships with local media and vendors to support local Marketing/PR needs


  • Serve as a resource to local Programs staff to support their fundraising efforts
  • Ensure that program participants, parents, and staff are appropriately integrated into local fundraising efforts
  • Ensure that all fundraising events and initiatives are in alignment with program objectives and integrate program awareness and education into all fundraising activities

Advisory Board/ Volunteer Liaison

  • Recruit and train volunteers to form committees for all Fundraising events
  • Serve as staff co-liaison for the Advisory Board with State Director

Job Requirements

  • Two to five years of fundraising or related experience, including a record of success in expanding a donor base through cultivation and stewardship, grant writing, and/or event planning/implementation
  • Experience recruiting, managing, training, and motivating volunteers
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office and Outlook, and familiarity/comfort with database and donor management systems (i.e. Sphere, Raiser’s Edge)
  • Strong initiative, drive for results, and self-assessment skills, and ability to lead individuals and teams in setting and achieving challenging goals
  • Superior persuasive writing and presentation skills with the ability to exert influence, inspire others, and articulate the mission, goals, and activities of Best Buddies with passion and enthusiasm
  • Superior relationship building skills, and ability to work directly with senior level positions, high wealth donors, and corporate executives
  • Superior project management skills - including planning, analysis, decision making, and problem solving skills –with the willingness to multitask
  • Must be comfortable engaging with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)
  • Must be comfortable with frequent local/regional travel and work evenings and weekends as necessary in order to accomplish job responsibilities 
    Access to an automobile with applicable insurance

Salary: $43,000 - $46,000

Benefits include: group medical/dental insurance, paid vacation, holidays, personal & sick time, 401(k) retirement plan, short term disability, critical illness and life insurance. Commuter benefits available. Business casual environment.

In order for candidates to be considered for this position we must receive a resume and a cover letter. Please paste your cover letter in the resume field.

No phone calls, please.

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