Development Director Job Posting


CeaseFire PA is Hiring a Director of Development


The Director of Development will work as part of a senior management team, advising and collaborating directly with the Executive Director regarding all forms of fundraising for CeaseFirePA entities, including its 501(c3), 501(c4) and PAC. The Director of Development will create a short and long term finance plan and execute fundraising strategies to meet the financial goals of the organization, while being responsible for managing all fundraising relationships and incoming data.


  • The Director of Development reports to and consults with the Executive director
  • The Director of Development communicates with program and organizing staff as necessary to be familiar with all CeaseFirePA programming and goals
  • The Director of Development works closely with the Board, particularly the Chairman of the Board, to motivate, train and coordinate Board efforts to achieve fundraising success
  • The Director of Development establishes and maintains relationships with donors and potential donors as necessary to expand donor base and meet financial goals

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create and implement an annual Development Plan and strategy
  • Develop, lead, and manage the organization’s overall development efforts to meet the goals outlined in fundraising plan
  • Major Gift/Donor Support – Lead the effort to research, solicit, engage and nurture relationships with major donors and the community to solicit major gift status
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with current and potential corporate and foundation sponsors
  • Engage in research to identify new individual, corporate, foundation, and government prospects
  • Assist in grant proposal writing and reporting
  • Oversee the planning and execution of all cultivation, stewardship and fundraising events
  • Database and Records Management: The development director will be in charge of populating, managing and navigating the CeaseFirePA database. This is vitally important to the growth and professionalization of the CFPA development department. The DD must maintain accurate donor and prospect transactions; ensure gift acknowledgements are sent on a timely basis
  • Produce solicitation materials to utilize in direct mail appeals, face to face meetings, etc.
  • Financial Reporting – Maintain accurate accounting of all contributed revenue and its sources
  • Develop and monitor annual fundraising budgets, modifying expenditures and re­forecasting on a regular basis, depending upon cash flow and success of fundraising campaigns to ensure financial goals are met.
  • Support the Board of Directors, primarily through the Development Committee, to develop and steward effective and strategic relationships with major donors and prospects
  • Recruit and manage volunteers for development as interns or on an as­needed basis


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree and 3­ – 5+ years in development experience preferred
  • Passion and commitment to gun violence prevention
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising, motivating and supporting staff, board members, and volunteers. Success in securing major gifts and grants, sponsorships, and achieving annual fundraising goals
  • Ability to develop and manage a finance plan and financial reports
  • Strategic thinker and persuasive communicator who understands the value of relationship building
  • Strong writing, editing, database, computer and Internet skills
  • Event management experience
  • Excellent management and organizational skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to work occasional weekend and evening hours, as it pertains to donor events, board and finance committee meetings and individual donor cultivation

Please submit resumes and inquiries to:

Shira Goodman Executive Director CeaseFirePA