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Sample director of donor relations job description

[Organization X] is a midsize nonprofit dedicated to [cause]. We’re looking for a seasoned director of donor relations who has a track record of leading successful fundraising initiatives, managing teams, and implementing strategy across a development department. The ideal candidate is a skilled manager, communicator, and leader who is passionate about our mission and will represent [Organization X] to internal and external stakeholders with professionalism and integrity. This person must also be able to collaborate equally well with our executives, board directors, and support staff.

Objectives of this role

  • Promote awareness of [Organization X]’s mission
  • Expand existing donor base
  • Coordinate and execute fundraising campaigns to meet the organization’s targets
  • Maintain existing relationships with individual and corporate donors, including acknowledgment and recognition


  • Research potential donors, foundations, and other development opportunities
  • Represent the organization’s mission to donors, potential donors, and other external stakeholders
  • Oversee a small team of fundraisers, grant writers, and support staff
  • Approve all written fundraising and outreach materials
  • Supervise fundraising event coordination
  • Maintain database of donors, track gifts, and fulfill reporting requirements to all stakeholders

Required skills and qualifications

  • Five or more years of experience in fundraising
  • Experience in managing databases and using fundraising software
  • Proven track record of planning and initiating successful fundraising strategies
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding attention to detail

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in relevant field
  • Experience in managing multiple development teams for concurrent campaigns