Development Director

Job title: Development Director
Organization: UpSpring
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Job Description

Organization: UpSpring provides educational and enrichment programming, school supplies and transportation, and other specialized services to thousands of children experiencing homelessness each year in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

TitleDevelopment Director

Description: The Development Director will lead the organization’s development and volunteer activities, as well as assisting with operations tasks. This position reports to the Executive Director.



  • Develop and lead individual donor engagement efforts, including two annual fund campaigns
  • Manage donor solicitation, recognition, and stewardship efforts, including donor database
  • Research grant opportunities and draft grant applications and reports
  • Plan and coordinate UpSpring fundraising events
  • Serve as main contact and liaison between organization and foundations, donors, and other supporters
  • Responsible for external communications, including email, mail, website, monthly e-newsletter, and other communications
  • Lead social media efforts to engage existing supporters and attract new supporters, including use of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  • Serve as liaison to UpSpring Young Professionals committee
  • Perform general fundraising duties


  • Recruit and manage program, event, and other volunteers
  • Serve as main contact between organization and volunteers
  • Perform general volunteer-related duties


  • Provide operational support as assigned

Ideal Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Five to seven years’ experience in development, including grant research/writing, annual funds, donor engagement and cultivation, and/or event planning
  • Experience with managing employees or volunteers
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Superior organizational and planning skills, including the ability to multi-task and complete a varied set of tasks in a timely manner
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm and professionalism
  • Demonstrated experience working with donor databases (specifically Salesforce)
  • Comfortable working in small team atmosphere
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Word, Excel, and other computer programs related to duties, as well as social media proficiency

To Apply: Please send the following materials to Alex Kuhns, Executive Director ( by August 30th: resume & cover letter (including relevant experience and salary requirements).