Why work for House of Hope?

House of Hope Cares
House of Hope is making a difference in RI
House of Hope has innovative programs and services
House of Hope appreciates, supports and helps our staff to grow
House of Hope offers competitive wages and benefits
House of Hope WILL end homelessness

Position: Manager of Development

Reports To: Executive Director

Position Classification: Full Time Exempt, Salary

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The Manager of Development will be responsible for the design and implementation of the organization’s fund development efforts. This new staff position will serve as the organization’s Development “Chief of Staff” and ensure that all ambassadors (Both of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director) have what they need to be successful in their efforts to increase financial resources. The Manger of Development will develop systems, research prospects and ‘set the table’ for the Executive Director to cultivate prospects, steward donors and close gifts. S/he will also work as a staff liaison with the Board of Director’s Fund Development committee to ensure that the board has tools and training and is fully engaged in the efforts to raise needed funds.


Individual Donor Cultivation

  • Develop thorough fund development strategy that including renewed and upgraded gifts from existing donors and identification and acquisition of new donors.
  • Develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for major gift prospects by assessing philanthropic intent, interest in supporting House of Hope CDC, and giving capacity.
  • Oversees bulk fundraising mailings
  • Drafts written materials to share with donors, including written newsletters, Campaign appeals, and an annual report.
  • Identify specific cohorts of the general population to target for gifts and develop and implement strategies to cultivate, solicit, and steward those target groups.

Event Planning

  • Serves as a liaison for donors and business owners who offer to host fundraisers, and coordinates logistics when requested.
  • Serves as the point person for small fundraising events that House of Hope CDC initiates.
  • Work in collaboration with the Executive Director on planning 30th Anniversary event in 2019


  • Ensure that fund development, marketing and public relations activities are consistent with agency mission, standards and funding requirements.
  • Assists with website maintenance, monthly e-newsletters, blog posts, and other communications work as assigned.
  • Develop letters, brochures, stewardship materials, training materials for staff and Board members, and other media to support fundraising activities.
  • Assist with spearheading local awareness campaign through a variety of media outlets.

Other Duties

  • Perform research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.
  • Prepare, submits and manages grant proposals to foundation and corporate funders.
  • Ensure the maintenance of electronic systems and records that provide proper documentation and tracking of donor gifts, as well as major donors, planned giving and foundation prospects.
  • Performs comprehensive analysis of all aspects of the donor gifts.
  • Coordinate foundation and corporate site visits and tours.
  • Serves as a key liaison to the Board of Directors Fund Development Committee.
  • Motivates and trains board members, staff and volunteers to be effective fundraisers and encourage major gifts.
  • Participates in annual budget process in collaboration with the management team.
  • Performs other duties as requested by the management team
  • Some evening and weekend work will be required occasionally.


  • Demonstrated track record in successful fund development and meeting those goals and objectives.
  • Proven experience in grant writing, donor cultivation, and major gifts solicitation.
  • Familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Ability to cultivate and sustain relationships and work effectively with a wide variety of constituencies.
  • Strong organizational, time management, project management, facilitation, delegation and follow-up skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with ePhilanthropy, or other donor management software.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team with flexibility in an ever-changing environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education; previous experience required.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.


  • Continuing education in fund development and proven knowledge of fund development techniques
  • Basic understanding of accounting practices and procedures, including restricted gift management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of local, regional and national fundraising communities and ability to manage a diverse portfolio of fundraising contacts.
  • Commitment to continuous creative improvement and innovation in all facets of the job.
  • Passionate about the House of Hope CDC mission; understanding and appreciation of those experiencing homelessness.

Please understand that the above is intended to describe the general content and requirements of the job for, House of Hope and may vary at times according to department objectives and needs for the performance of the job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.


Please note due to the volume of resumes that we receive, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


House of Hope CDC promotes equal opportunity in all aspects of employment.
We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process