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Governor's Early Literacy Foundation

Development Director

Governor's Early Literacy Foundation


Job Summary

POSITION SUMMARY – Development Director

Reporting directly to the President and CEO, the Development Director is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation’s fundraising efforts. The Development Director works closely with the President, the GELF Team, and Board of Directors in all development and fund-raising endeavors.  A new position within the Foundation, the Development Director will have opportunity to shape the necessary infrastructure and components of the Foundation’s development function alongside the executive team in support of our statewide early literacy initiatives.

Job Responsibilities


  • Develop and oversee the Foundation’s annual fundraising plan
  • Develop and launch the following programs:
    • Major gifts program
    • Corporate sponsorship program
    • Monthly donor program
  • Maintain ongoing communications with private and corporate donors
  • Research grant opportunities and donor relation programs at local, state and federal institutions
  • Ensure timely and accurate grant report deliveries to funders
  • Collaborate with staff on the management and planning of fundraising events and donor receptions
  • Develop both print and digital marketing collateral related to fundraising in collaboration with our marketing and communications team.

Reports to: President


This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


  • Regular Statewide travel required.
  • Occasional travel for overnight meetings, fundraisers, etc. may be necessary.
  • Current driver’s license required.



Education: Bachelor’s degree required.

Experience: Minimum of 7 years nonprofit fundraising/development experience.

Skills & Capabilities:

  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, external partners and donors
  • Planning and evaluating fundraising campaigns and activities.
  • Managing the Foundation fundraising income programs to achieve budget.
  • Identifying and stewarding prospective donors.
  • Advising and assisting statewide program volunteers in fundraising efforts.
  • Maintain current knowledge of fundraising trends and the nonprofit community.
  • Communicating with donors via email, phone or social media.
  • Answering donors in a timely fashion.
  • Using prospect research tools and donor database to build donor relationships.
  • Creating solicitation materials for the foundation’s team, board, and volunteers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication.

Technical Skills

  • Office 365 Suite
  • Google Suite
  • Salesforce – donor & grant management platform

Additional Information



  • Competitive salary
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • TN Consolidated Retirement
  • 401K

How to Apply

How to Apply

BEFORE you apply, please carefully read the job description and ensure you meet the criteria before following the below instructions.

To apply, please follow this link:

    1. Complete the Predictive Index assessment and cognitive assessment.
    2. Send your resume and other documents to
    3. Qualified candidates will be contacted by phone or email for in-person interviews. 


  • Date Posted: October 26, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 01/04/2021
  • Salary Range: 80-95,000
  • Working Hours: M-F