Director of Development - Part-Time

Ardmore 19003, Pennsylvania

JoB Description

The Director of Development fosters a culture of philanthropy within the Lower Merion Library System. Assures the culture, systems and procedures support fund development. Develops a balanced mix of funding sources and solicitation programs tailored to meet the Library’s mission. Oversees agency fund development and marketing efforts, including day-to-day operational issues and implementation of long-term strategic initiatives. Works with member libraries and local boards to increase fundraising capacity in the local libraries. Develops and manages grant projects. Participates as a member of the management team to formulate and implement policies and plans to meet the Library short and long-term objectives. Assists in the general promotion and public awareness of libraries.

This is a Part-Time (22 Hours per Week) position with a salary range of $35 to $38/hour (Dependent upon Qualifications).



  • Nurture relationships with donors through personal outreach.
  • Advise member libraries on fundraising techniques.
  • Train member library staff and board on effective fundraising techniques.
  • Coordinate fundraising events among libraries.
  • Assist member libraries with signature events.
  • Identify and develop grant applications to further the LMLS mission, e.g. Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC), foundations and corporations.
  • Develop and oversee major gift solicitation strategies.
  • Guide volunteers in major gift solicitations and personally solicit gifts as appropriate.
  • Work collaboratively with member libraries, the Lower Merion Library Foundation, Board of Trustees, community volunteers, library employees, Lower Merion Township employees, and local elected officials to accomplish goals.
  • Work with donors, attorneys, trust officers and others to enhance bequests and planned gifts.
  • Communicate with donors about charitable giving laws and regulations.
  • Analyze library user and donor data and utilize results to improve fundraising effectiveness.
  • Create and monitor development plan and calendar.
  • Prepare and monitor development activity budget.
  • Oversee selection and use of donor database, direct mail services, online donation services and other necessary development resources.
  • Work closely with the Director of Libraries and the Township Public Information Officer by preparing key points and concepts for development communications pieces and activities.
  • Represent or speak for the library at community events and organizations when designated.
  • Provide advocacy support for library issues.
  • Coordinate volunteers, interns or clerical assistants as assigned.
  • Performs related work as required.



  • Bachelor’s degree, in public relations, business or related field.
  • Minimum five (5) years development and grant writing experience including work with major donors and community leaders.
  • Experience in public relations and advocacy.
  • Valid PA driver’s license.
  • Ability to establish personal relationships that support good donor stewardship and gift cultivation.
  • Ability to maintain cooperative, collaborative relationships with libraries, donors, staff, volunteers, elected officials, and public.
  • Ability to train staff and trustees in fundraising techniques.
  • Good working knowledge of charitable giving laws and regulations.
  • Ability to learn and use new hardware, software and social media. Computer skills in Microsoft Office required; Google office tools (Gmail, Google Docs, etc.) preferred.
  • Knowledge of Lower Merion Township and its organizations and businesses is desirable.
  • Ability to be self-motivated and work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to interest and motivate others.
  • Awareness of and commitment to the library’s mission and importance.
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with donors, community volunteers, elected officials, staff, and the public.
  • Ability to analyze fundraising data to identify trends and opportunities.
  • Ability to develop budget projections and monitor progress toward goals.
  • Ability to understand and explain basic aspects of planned giving tools.
  • Demonstrates confidentiality, good judgment, diplomacy and tact in working with others.
  • Thinks quickly, maintains self-control and adapts to change.
  • Embraces change and innovation in solving problems.
  • Possesses the ability to provide expert advice without formal supervisory responsibility.



  • Ability to sit for up to 4-8 hours and stand and/or walk for up to 2-4 hours per workday.
  • Ability to bend/stoop, squat, kneel, reach above shoulder level, lift, push and pull up to 35% of the workday for general office procedures.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 34 pounds of equipment up to 15% of the workday, and ability to lift and carry up to 24 pounds up to 10% of the workday.
  • Ability to view a computer monitor up to 80% of the workday.
  • Ability to repetitively grasp, lift, and carry materials and objects.
  • Ability to repetitively perform fine motor manipulations including typing and writing.
  • Ability to drive automotive equipment.

HOW TO APPLY: External Applicants: Employment applications can be downloaded from – employment opportunities.

Send application to: Human Resources Department
75 E. Lancaster Avenue, 2nd Floor
Ardmore, PA 19003
Or email:


Contact: Human Resources

Salary: $35-$38/hour


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