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Senior Director of Fund Development

Company: Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey
Date Posted: November 19, 2013

The Executive Source       


Senior Director of Fund Development

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey

Position located at the Council’s West Service Center in North Branch.

This is an immediate opening.





The world's premier and best known organization for girls and young women, Girl Scouts of the USA is the largest, all-female serving, volunteer organization in the world.  Girl Scouting was founded in Savannah, Georgia in 1912 and celebrated 100 years in 2012.  Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey is one of four Girl Scout councils chartered in New Jersey, and serves approximately 25,000 girls and 10,000 volunteer adults in seven counties, from Hudson County in the east to Warren County in the west.  The Council’s gross budget is $5.7 million.  Its administrative headquarters is located in Montclair, New Jersey with additional service centers in North Branch and Westfield.


The location of this position affords easy access from Eastern Pennsylvania, North and Central New Jersey, and the Western boroughs of New York City.  It is proximate to Routes 22, 202, 206, 287 and 78.




The Senior Director of Fund Development (SDFD) is responsible for the planning, implementation, management, and oversight of all fundraising and donor relations activities.  The SDFD is responsible for management of day-to-day fundraising operations including research and prospect identification, cultivation and communications strategies, proposal development, grant application writing and tracking, solicitations strategies, donor stewardship, database management, communications and outreach activities, and development-related volunteer relations.


While reporting to the CEO, the SDFD works collaboratively and maintains clear and regular communications with the organization’s Board of Directors, Fund Development Committee, volunteer leadership and donor prospects.




  • Achievement of annual fundraising goals consistent with the Council’s operating budget.  Comprehensive goals including grants, events, individual and corporate donations are in the range of $500k.
  • Advises the CEO and Board of Directors on fund development strategy, planning, and implementation.  Responsible for coordinating fundraising campaigns and managing internal fund development staff.    
  • Makes effective use of the Council's data and donor management systems (Blackbaud's eTapestry and WealthEngine software). 
  • Strategy development, planning, and reporting - leads the Council's strategic planning for fund development to meet corporate goals as established by the Council's Board of Directors.  Develops and implements budgets for fund development and maintains accountability for expenditures.

The ideal qualities of the incumbent will include an open and receptive approach to collaboration with multiple stakeholder groups, high integrity as demonstrated through effective planning and implementation to meet mutually agreed upon goals.  An individual who can be flexible while maintaining a dogged attitude towards meeting goals and who can be an inspiration to others.  This individual will be expected to work in a collaborative environment where results are extremely important. 




Must have a minimum of seven years of continuous, successful fund development and program/people management experience; seeking candidates with excellent critical thinking, interpersonal, and communications skills.  Must have working knowledge of data and donor management system such as eTapestry and WealthEngine or similar development database management tool.  Knowledge of and experience in the New Jersey philanthropic community is highly desired.  Must demonstrate a successful history of attracting philanthropic giving.  Bachelor’s degree required, CFRE or development training preferred.     






The Council provides competitive base compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits package, including life, disability, medical, dental and vision insurance, generous time off, a 403(b) self-directed retirement plan and pre-tax premium and flexible spending accounts.  Relocation support will be considered. 




We encourage expressions of interest as early as possible. For consideration, please e-mail your cover letter and resume, along with salary requirements to:


Robert Perodeau, Principal

Evergreen Executive Source, LLC

P.O. Box 412  Haddonfield, NJ 08033-0412

Voice (800) 221 6663   E-mail:


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