Development Director

Development Director

Coordinates capital campaign(s) activities inclusive of marketing, major gifts and fund raising efforts in concurrence with and in support of the Board of Directors and the Executive Directors activities. Responsible for the planning, organization and coordination of the Development activities of the food bank. Oversees and participates in the generation of gifts including operational and program, capital and multi-year gifts. Administers oversight and leadership to development staff to sustain and enhance existing development performance. Responsible for the implementation, tracking, reporting and success of building and maintaining donor relationships for all positions of the Department.

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Opportunity type
Fundraising / Development
Job responsibilities

• Develops and administers a comprehensive resource development plan annually, including but not limited to major gift cultivation, direct mail, foundation grants, corporate requests, planned giving and special events.
• Administers oversight and leadership of development staff to achieve goals with Grant Administration and special events.
• Responsible for developing and maintaining donor relationships through the organizations relationship management system including a portfolio of major individual and corporate donors. Working closely with the Executive Director and Executive leadership team to develop strategies and tactics to rapidly and successfully expand individual giving, with a primary focus on growing major gifts.
• Serves as department lead, and committees as needed.
• Works with community relations on messaging, communicating with donors, etc.
• Serves as an articulate and highly active and visible spokesperson to the donor community and key constituencies to enhance recognition and support.
• Ensure that best practices and new and emerging technologies such as online giving are appropriately incorporated into existing development activities in order to grow the department’s success and efficiency.
• Provide appropriate oversight of development systems and procedures, control expenses associated with fundraising, and accurately report the results in compliance with standards set by the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.
• Ability to work independently, as part of a team and collaboratively across departments, and with people of diverse backgrounds/circumstances
• Ability to attend work functions outside of normal work hours, on weekends and evenings, as needed
• Interest in and commitment to the mission of Second Harvest Food Bank.

Application qualifications

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee is an equal opportunity employer. The food bank recognizes the power and importance of a diverse employee population and strongly encourages applicants with various experiences and backgrounds to apply. A bachelor’s degree and five years fund raising experience including major gifts, cultivating executive level donors, general corporate visits, individual donor relations, direct mail marketing plan,, successful grant writing and construction/compliance of departmental budget.Two years of demonstrated nonprofit staff supervision and management experience in non-profit development department. Excellent organization skills and positive motivation are essential. Excellent computer skills required. Prefer candidates to have CFRE certification.


Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee’s benefits program represents a significant investment to provide employees and their families with comprehensive protection and security.

The food bank provides paid vacation, personal days, and sick leave. Additionally full time employees are eligible for paid health, vision, and dental insurance at 80% and 403 b retirement. Rate of pay will be based on Feeding American Network rates and experience.

How to apply

Please send cover letter and resume to Executive Director, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, 1020 Jericho Drive, Kingsport, TN 37663 or [email protected].

About the organization

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee is a 501c3 non-profit organization and an affiliate of the Feeding America network of food banks, one of five in Tennessee and one of 200 in the United States. Second Harvest serves the Northeast Tennessee counties of Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington and Unicoi. The food bank was formed in May 1986 as the Tri-Cities Regional Food Bank to respond to the hunger needs of the 70,000 people in the region who were living below the poverty level at that time.

In Fiscal Year ending June 2019, Second Harvest distributed 8.5 million meals through partner agencies and direct service programs. The mission of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee is to feed the hungry by securing and distributing food and engaging the community in the fight to end hunger. Recipient agencies served by the food bank include food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, and after-school and summer programs for children. Currently, these charitable organizations and direct service programs serve an average of 40,000 individuals each month.