Development Director

Job title: Development Director
Organization: UpSpring
Location: Greater Cincinnati

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.

Title: Development Director

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



  • Execute the Development strategic plan for the organization
  • Research grant opportunities and draft grant applications and reports
  • Develop and lead individual donor engagement efforts, including one annual fund campaign
  • Manage donor solicitation and stewardship efforts
  • Plan and coordinate UpSpring fundraising events with community partners
  • Serve as main contact and liaison between organization and foundations, donors, and other supporters
  • Assist Executive Director with external communications, including email, mail, and other communications
  • Serve as the lead organizer for signature fundraising event, UpSpring Break
  • Perform general fundraising duties


  • Facilitate group volunteer efforts, engaging local businesses and other community partners
  • Serve as main contact between organization and volunteers for UpSpring events


  • Responsible for the management and evaluation of all Development staff


  • Provide operational support as assigned

Ideal Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum experience of 5 to 7 years in development; including grant research/writing, annual funds, donor engagement and cultivation, and/or fundraising 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 ( cover letter (summarizing relevant experience and salary requirements), resume, and writing sample.