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Development Director



Job Summary

FiftyForward has an excellent opportunity for a Development Director.  This is a full-time position, 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, with the ability to work flexible hours depending on needs and events.

In this role, you will oversee and implement the agency’s annual fundraising efforts, including events and campaigns across the agency’s many centers and programs, and develop an overall strategy to ensure the agency will meet or exceed the annual budgeted fundraising goals each year.   

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to ensure the organization has an annual and long-range development plan to accomplish the strategic goals and objectives.
  • Experience managing a team; ability to set goals and expectations, motivate team members, and provide guidance and support as needed.
  • Solicitation of major gifts and appropriate follow-up each month.
  • Maintain the agency’s donor relationships and recognition program.
  • Develop and manage the agency’s year-end written campaign.
  • Responsible for direct contact with donors including ongoing cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship visits and activities.
  • Oversee donor database, ensure thankyou notes are delivered in a timely manner, and create annual donor impact reports.
  • Supervise and oversee the corporate, foundation grants, and special event departments and staff.
  • Participate in the annual budgeting process and oversee program revenues and expenses in accordance with the agency-approved budget.  Ensure revenue and expense budgets are developed for all events and campaigns.
  • Work with the CEO to manage agency capital, endowment, and planned giving campaigns.
  • Oversee agency volunteer department; ensure volunteers are integrated across the agency and utilized and trained appropriately.
  • Work with communications staff to promote development projects through written correspondence, promotional materials, and public speaking.
  • Ensure project timetables, progress reports, campaign materials, and campaign reports are prepared and delivered on time to the board and funders.
  • Provide consultation to FiftyForward staff and volunteers regarding development activities in FiftyForward centers and programs and ensure that all activities are part of a well-coordinated agency-wide development plan.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, coursework, and specialized training in all aspects of development.
  • CFRE credentials are preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years in development with leadership experience preferred with nonprofit organizations.
  • Proven track record in raising significant funds through major gifts, special events, and annual campaigns.
  • Must have some experience with capital, endowment, and planned giving campaigns.
  • Ability to maintain positive working relationships with donors throughout the local community.
  • Must be a career development professional with a track record of successful development experience.
  • Ability to make calls to potential underwriters and donors.
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office programs including Outlook (calendar), Word, Excel, and Publisher.
  • Ability to shift priorities quickly and unexpectedly.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to be flexible and work cooperatively with internal and external customers.
  • Demonstrated skills in organization, customer service, and time and task management.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Must have a deep commitment to our mission and values.
  • A valid TN driver’s license including a good motor vehicle record, and appropriate automobile insurance.


Additional Information


  • Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision, disability, accident, critical illness, cancer, long-term care, Life, AD&D, FSA
  • Paid time off (vacation and sick)
  • 10 Paid holidays – plus Christmas week
  • Paid birthday off
  • 401K
  • Employee assistance program
  • Complimentary membership to all Centers
  • Community involvement
  • Development opportunities

How to Apply

To join our team, please visit our careers website https://fiftyforward.org/employment

FiftyForward is the leading resource for adults 50+ in Middle Tennessee who seek to live longer, more fulfilling lives.  We are the premier provider of innovative programs and services for older adults and their families through a powerful leadership team of staff, volunteers, and community partners, and have touched the lives of more than 20,000.  Through seven locations and a variety of programs in Davidson and Williamson counties, we provide enrichment opportunities for adults 50 and older to remain engaged and live their lives to the fullest. 

FiftyForward is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of age, disability, national origin, race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, veteran or military status, genetic information or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

At FiftyForward we see and celebrate the differences in every person.  Together, we are creating a responsive community that is open, engaged, and accepting of all.


  • Date Posted: February 6, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; Monday - Friday, with the ability to work flexible hours depending on needs and events