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Development Director

Job Summary

The Community Fund of Darien (TCF) seeks an enthusiastic, well-connected, community minded, strategic, and creative development professional who is interested in working for a nonprofit agency dedicated to improving the quality of life in Darien, Stamford and Norwalk by providing funding for vital human service needs. In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Donor Relations Director will work closely with staff, board members and community volunteers to execute a marketing strategy, build brand awareness, and promote the brand to support the mission and initiatives of The Community Fund of Darien. 


  • Responsible for creating and overseeing all aspects of donor relation strategies in conjunction with the organization’s strategic goals 

  • Work closely with Executive Director, board of directors, subcommittees, volunteers and staff to support fundraising efforts from sponsors, donors and grant makers 

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors, grant makers and sponsors 

  • Connect, engage and nurture relationships by managing a portfolio of donors, including individuals, sponsors and grant making organizations. Conduct personal visits with donors and prospects; some time will be spent out of the office  

  • Represent TCF at events 

  • Identify and build relationships with corporate and business sponsors. Create and pitch a menu of corporate and business sponsorship opportunities  

  • Work with Database Manager to maintain data integrity 

  • Manage the development budget 

  • Research grant opportunities and complete grant applications with help from volunteers 

  • Maintain confidentiality of all donor-related information 


  • Development and/or sales experience preferred 

  • Exceptional communication, writing and presentation skills 

  • Proficient in MS Office. Experience with FlipCause or similar donor database.  

  • Strong execution and follow-up 

  • Highly self-motivated, accountable and able to make decisions independently 

  • Have a positive, "can-do" attitude; be hard-working, detail-oriented, self-motivated and flexible 

  • A passion for TCF’s mission; improving our local community through grant making, convening important task forces, and the belief that we can make a greater impact together than any of us can make alone 

Here's what we have to offer

  • A leading role in a 73-year-old organization that helps support our local community with funding goals: Basic Needs, Access to Physical and Mental Health Care, Youth Success and Workforce Development 

  • A committed Executive Director, board of directors, and team who will partner with you in your marketing efforts 

  • An engaged, motivated board that works hard, gives generously and raises funds 

  • A team of talented employees who are passionate about working together to create an extraordinary organization and who are committed to high standards and the legacy of The Community Fund of Darien  

  • A welcoming culture that supports camaraderie 


Compensation and Benefits

  • 25 hours per week. Flexible work schedule. In office required. Salary based on experience, skills and credentials. Benefits include optional 403b plan. Some evening and weekend hours required.   

Employment Information

Location: Darien, CT 

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