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Director of Development

Company: Garrison Institute
Date Posted: January 25, 2016

The Garrison Institute is seeking a Director of Development to implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy that will increase the Institute’s revenue streams and donor support, build greater public awareness of the Institute’s mission, and strengthen the impact of programs through innovative approaches to networking and knowledge dissemination.  The Director of Development is a member of the senior management team, reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Institute’s Board of Trustees to achieve development goals and objectives.  S/he will ensure a well-coordinated department working with communications and marketing and within the Institute’s overall management and administrative structures.


Primary responsibilities will include:  identifying and cultivating donors and prospects; managing fundraising goals to include securing grants and major gifts, overseeing appeals and special events; working closely with the Board of Trustees and ED to build networks and identify funding.  The position will also oversee an annual budget, attend various events within and outside the Institute and oversee a full time development coordinator.

Successful candidates will have a minimum of 10+ years of development experience in increasingly responsible positions in not-for-profit organizations with a Bachelor’s degree in a related field; demonstrated success in managing and growing development operations; possess exceptional relationship-building skills and comfort in proactively and effectively building relationships with major donors and foundations; expertise in developing and implementing major gift campaigns, annual appeals, and other fundraising tactics; outstanding written and oral communication skills and proven experience in building and/or improving the systems that lead to fundraising results.    Ideally, our new Director will make creative use of new media technologies to generate interest, support, and participation in the institute’s fundraising goals. 


Personal attributes for this key position include excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to inspire, coach, guide, and support staff and collaborate with colleagues; ability to prioritize and meet deadlines while staying focused and flexible; highly motivated, creative problem solver who is confident yet humble in style.  We are looking for someone with an authentic commitment to the mission and values of the Garrison Institute.

Founded in 2003, The Garrison Institute applies the transformative power of contemplation to today's pressing social and environmental concerns, helping to build a more compassionate, resilient future. To learn more, visit

Compensation & How to Apply:

 This is a full-time, salaried position offering a generous benefits package including retirement plan, health benefits, spiritual retreats, paid vacation and more. The annual salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. We also offer an energized and motivated team of colleagues and a warm and collegial atmosphere.

 To apply send a letter of interest, a resume, two writing samples, and the names and

contact information of three professional references to: HR Director, via email All submissions will be received in confidence.


The Garrison Institute is an equal employment opportunity employer. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.