Although Advocates has distinct programs, staff work together as a team to support and enrich the lives of children and families. It is this open and dynamic environment that has drawn the best people to Advocates and kept them with the organization for years.

Advocates is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on age, gender, race or ethnic origin, religion, veteran status, physical or medical condition, political affiliations or sexual orientation.


Opportunities as of 12/9/15

Development Director

Job Summary

The Development Director is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that ensure the financial health of Advocates for Children and its $2.2 million annual budget. The Development Director works closely with the President & CEO, the Development Team staff, and the Board of Trustees to secure resources through corporations, individuals, foundations, public funding sources, and special events to support the organization’s eight programs.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Establish, implement and evaluate the organization’s fundraising strategies regularly.
  • Ensure diverse and expanded streams of funding, including donations from individual, civic and faith groups, corporations and businesses, foundations, and government.
  • Research grant opportunities and prepare appropriate proposals for potential and current funders.
  • Identify, cultivate, and acknowledge donors and provide stewardship of the organization’s relationships with those donors.
  • Interpret and communicate the work of the organization to the community.
  • Work with eight program directors to fully understand the operation and needs of each program, and seek continued financial support for each program.
  • Create and manage annual fundraising budget, including forecasting specific of each area of fundraising.
  • Develop, review and hold direct reports (special events, marketing, and volunteer coordinators) accountable for respective budgets.
  • Evaluate direct report team members on an annual basis relating to their performance internally and externally, including successful implementation of the strategic goals approved and funded by the Board of Trustees.
  • Lead the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Annual Gift Campaign, Corporate Partner Campaign, and any other special campaigns or appeals.
  • Plan donor cultivation and stewardship opportunities.
  • Maintain donor database and develop reports from it to evaluate fundraising efforts.
  • Compose correspondence, text for collateral and other public relations materials as needed.


  • Minimum five years of experience in fundraising, preferably with management experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Proven success soliciting and securing gifts of $10,000 and above.
  • Passion for details, with the ability to adapt to changing priorities while effectively multitasking.
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Track record of successfully managing complex projects and ability to identify and respond to issues/opportunities in a timely manner.
  • Fluency in computer business software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and relational databases like eTapestry and Foundation Search.

Additional Information

  • This is an exempt, full-time position. Candidates must be able to work nights/weekends as needed.
  • Benefits package.
  • Must have a valid GA license and be able to lift 25 pounds.
  • Non-smoking campus.

To apply:

  1. Send your cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and relevant writing sample as attachments in MS Word or PDF format only to
  2. Please list your first and last name in the subject line of the email.