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Development Director, The Women's Fund

Posted: 07/27/2022

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The Women's Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation leads our community in ensuring the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region. Through leadership, research, and policy advocacy, the Women’s Fund is designing a community where all women can participate, prosper and reach their full potential.
The Development Director reports to the Executive Director of the Women’s Fund and collaborates with the Women’s Fund Coordinator, the Advocacy Director, Applied Research Director and the Philanthropic Services group of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
The Development Director elevates the efforts of the Women’s Fund team by strategizing and executing a comprehensive development program incorporating a broad range of fundraising strategies including prospect identification, donor cultivation and stewardship, annual fund giving, major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation giving.
This position is responsible for managing, logistics, and charting the vision, theme, and tone of the annual fundraising event as well as other fundraising and friendraising events throughout the year in collaboration with the Communications team member, and Women’s Fund Coordinator.
In addition, the Development Director represents the Women’s Fund in the community by responding to requests for presentations to employer resource groups, boards and other cohorts. These presentations serve the purpose of educating the community about our work and building our database of prospective supporters. 
This position is designed for 40 hours a week with benefits and is located at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Some evening and weekend hours are required.

  • Expand and execute a comprehensive development plan with specific, measurable goals, with an emphasis on growing the annual fund and major gifts ($5,300 and above).
  • Develop and execute strategies for cultivating, soliciting, stewarding, and recognizing current and prospective donors.
  • Execute all elements of the annual appeal campaign, including drafting communications, working with the designer, printer and other staff.
  • Work with Women’s Fund staff, designer and printer to publish annual Impact Report.
  • Direct all relationships with foundations; research and write grant proposals.
  • Strategically leverage the time and connections of the Executive Director, the Leadership Council and other constituents to support development targets.
  • Lead and mobilize the Women’s Fund Development Committee to support fundraising objectives.
  • Collaborate with Philanthropic Services to maximize relationships between the donors of the Women’s Fund and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
  • Lead, plan and execute the organization’s fundraising events; manage event budget and coordinate logistics working in tandem with the Women’s Fund Coordinator, Communications team member, and Engagement Committee.
  • Participate in the team duties of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation staff including participating in cross-functional work teams.
  • ​Other assignments and special projects as assigned by the Executive Director


  • Excellent interpersonal skills; comfort in connecting to all types of constituents and ability to build authentic, long-term relationships.
  • ​Polished and compelling oral and written communication skills; ability to embody The Women’s Fund’s unique brand voice.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Impeccable follow-through and strong attention to detail; ability to connect all facets of development, communications, and events to our strategy.
  • At least four years of experience in fundraising, nonprofit organizations, or related fields. Bachelor’s degree preferred. CFRE, or interest in pursuing a CFRE, is a plus.
  • Strong interest in and understanding of women’s issues and the Women’s Fund focus on economic security for women.
  • Ability to complete assignments independently, professionally, and in a timely manner.
  • Ability to leverage volunteer and in-kind resources to achieve goals.
  • Experience carrying out a donor-centered fundraising philosophy and strengthening our culture of philanthropy.

This position is full-time, with attractive benefits and is located at Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Some evening and weekend hours are required.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) recruits, employs, trains, compensates, promotes and celebrates employees of all races, religions, colors, national origins, sexes, sexual orientations, disabilities, ages, veteran status and all the other characteristics that make individuals unique and extraordinary. At GCF, we have a clear vision: to be an employer of choice where a diverse mix of talented peopled want to be and can do their best work. GCF exists exclusively to support our community, and we know our organization runs on the hard work and dedication of our passionate and mission-driven employees.
Our dedication to promote racial and gender equity, diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion is clearly reflected in our values, behaviors and strategic initiatives.  We are fully focused on racial equity as an organization – it is more than a commitment for us, it is the foundation of what we do. 
GCF is a Gold Level certified with Ellequate (Formerly Queen City Certified), which is the first data-informed employer certification and cohort-based leadership program for gender equity in the U.S. workplace.

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