Director of Development

PHILADELPHIA 19102, Pennsylvania

JoB Description

The Attic Youth Center (The Attic) is the only organization in Philadelphia that exclusively serves LGBTQ youth. The Attic’s mission is to create opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and to promote the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. The Attic’s mission is supported by a multifaceted approach to counteract the prejudice and oppression faced by LGBTQ youth through building community, reducing isolation, promoting knowledge and life skills, providing access to resources, combating homophobia, and developing leaders. The overall aim of The Attic’s services is to prepare LGBTQ youth for long-term self-sufficiency though programming focused on life skills, mental health, and supportive services. Through its education and training program, The Bryson Institute of The Attic Youth Center, The Attic also provides education and training for schools and social service organizations on the best practices in serving LGBTQ youth.

The Attic is seeking to hire a full-time Director of Development to oversee its fundraising program and position the organization for further growth. In partnership with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors, the Director of Development will oversee strategies to raise funds from individuals, foundations, corporations, and the government sector. The Attic currently operates with a 1.8-million-dollar budget.

The Director of Development will report directly to the Executive Director. The position provides a great opportunity to oversee all aspects of fundraising for a growing nonprofit.

The Director of Development will oversee the development department of The Attic, which includes:

  • Planning and Strategy-
    • Drive the work of the development team including long-term, annual, and day-to-day planning, prioritizing, and management of The Attic’s development work.
    • Create an annual fundraising plan in collaboration with Attic staff and board leadership.
  • Donor Relations-
    • Manage The Attic’s giving program, developing the strategies, cultivation activities, materials/messages, and stewardship programs required to attract and retain gifts from individuals.
    • Work with The Attic’s Executive Director, Board, and Donor Relations Associate to find, cultivate, and solicit new major donors.
    • Prepare the E.D. and board for donor meetings.
    • Build relationships with donors.
  • Grant Writing and Grants Management-
    • Maintain and expand our grants program, draft and edit grant proposals and/or work in collaboration with a grant writing consultant to develop proposals, prepare timely grant reports, steward relationships with existing foundation donors, cultivate new foundations, and develop strategies for aligning The Attic’s programmatic goals and projects with the interests of corporate foundations.
    • Manage grant tracking and record keeping.
  • Event Planning-
    • Work in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board to organize small events that would enhance The Attic’s donor cultivation strategies.
    • Plan larger fundraising events on a less frequent basis.
  • Marketing and Communications-
    • Supervise and develop content for online and offline fundraising campaigns and newsletters (direct mail, social media, and email).
    • Create content for Attic website, social media accounts, and print marketing materials.
  • Information Management-
    • Ensure ongoing communication with donors, timely gift acknowledgement, accurate record keeping in Salesforce, and tracking and reporting.
  • Staff Management-
    • Supervise a full-time Development Associate and a part-time Donor Relations Associate.
  • Board of Directors-
    • Partner effectively with The Attic’s Board to raise funds for the organization.
    • Participate in the Board fundraising committee and other Board committees as needed.
  • Community Relations-
    • Serve as external facing ambassador for The Attic with existing supporters and the community of potential future supporters.
    • Assist with coordinating volunteers who inquire about service at The Attic.
  • Other development functions as needed.


Bachelors degree or higher and Minimum 5+ years of relevant experience in a nonprofit fundraising environment, including at least 3 years of previous grant writing experience. Familiarity with regional and local funders a plus.
Proven track record of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major individual and institutional donors in traditional and creative ways.
Strong staff and program management skills.
Excellent writer and communicator- ability to make The Attic’s work come alive through written materials, stories, and talking points. Please include a writing sample of a grant or appeal letter.
Excellent interpersonal and team-building skills; relationship-builder
Strategic thinker
Ability to plan effectively, meet all deadlines, and coordinate the involvement of others.
Ability to maintain high standards of ethics, integrity, and professionalism, including dealing with sensitive donor information
Knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency with donor management databases (The Attic currently uses Salesforce)
Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed
Passionate about The Attic’s mission to create opportunities for LGBTQ youth
Dedicated commitment to youth development and social justice
A strong and demonstrated commitment to racial equity


To Apply: If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample as a PDF to

Contact: The Attic Youth Center



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