Development Officer + Volunteer Coordinator

Development Officer (0.5 FTE) + Volunteer Coordinator (0.5 FTE)

Regular, Full-time, Exempt

Who we are:

Habitat for Humanity of Durham (Durham Habitat) is a community-based low-income housing developer which builds, rehabs, and repairs homes in Durham. Founded in 1985, Durham Habitat is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI).

Since 1985, Durham Habitat has built - and sold - more than 400 homes and repaired more than 500 (non-Habitat) homes in partnership with hard-working, low-income neighbors in Durham.  Through our “home for a home” tithe program, for every home we build in Durham we also support the funding of an affordable home in partner countries, especially Honduras. We are passionate, innovative and tireless advocates for affordable housing through community engagement and we invite those for whom our mission, values and work resonate to consider joining the team.  

Who we want:

Habitat seeks to fill a newly created position, a Development Officer + Volunteer Coordinator. Habitat is hiring for this position now in response to the recent acquisition of 37 new, prime building lots in East Durham which will allow the organization to accelerate its rate of building homes, community and hope in partnership with our hardworking families.

The Development Officer portion of this position requires a strategic thinker and a team player who can deliver results to further Habitat’s mission to serve more Durham neighbors. The successful candidate will have an adaptive, fast-paced, and flexible style and will be passionate about building philanthropy, partnerships and the overall Durham Habitat brand. The primary goal for this position will be developing and cultivating relationships with new and existing Habitat stakeholders, especially volunteers, donors and potential new home sponsors.  The successful candidate will be an advocate for Habitat, and a “people person” who is able to build and maintain relationships.  A strong sense of initiative to fill available time with meaningful meetings with external stakeholders is essential. This portion of the role requires some evenings and weekend work.

The Volunteer Coordinator portion of this position is responsible for mindfully stewarding and supporting high-impact volunteerism within all departments. Toward this goal, the Coordinator will serve as an inter-departmental hub, ensuring clear lines of communication and collaboration across the organization. The Coordinator will help manage diverse volunteer engagement to support Durham Habitat’s strategic plan and mission to build strength and stability through shelter by matching available volunteers with Habitat needs on specific job sites and occasionally in the office.  Coordinating volunteers provides opportunity to raise funds to further Habitat’s mission, and the successful candidate will be adept at pursuing these opportunities while always ensuring that Habitat’s approach is relational, not transactional.

This is a new position with two related areas of responsibility, and the successful candidate will bring a positive attitude of flexibility and adaptability as the position requirements may shift to meet Habitat needs. This position reports to the Director of Development.

 Development Officer Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards major gift donors and prospects including individuals, corporations, and/or foundations, through visits and other forms of direct personal contact in accordance with performance targets set in collaboration with the development team;
  2. Establishes and maintains collaborative working relationships with colleagues from all departments, appropriate board members, and/or other constituents to maximize  Habitat’s total gift revenue;
  3. Assists and/or leads in short- and long-range strategic planning activities to create and implement fund-raising goals and objectives;
  4. Coordinates day-to-day development strategies and activities to ensure their integration into Habitat’s overall development program:
    • Visits and stewards sponsor and team building groups on site;
    • Works with corporate groups to facilitate teambuilding experiences;
    • Participates in community events;
  5. Makes effective use of Habitat’s prospect management database (i.e., Raiser’s Edge, Cervis) and other resources to ensure appropriate management of donors, prospects, and volunteers;
  6. Plans and conducts programs and activities designed to increase the visibility of Habitat to internal and external constituencies;
  7. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Volunteer Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Ensures hospitality supplies, first aid kits, and brochures are properly stocked on site;
  2. Solicit and analyzes feedback from volunteers regarding their experiences with the affiliate;
  3. Thanks volunteers via personalized weekly emails;
  4. Invites volunteers to upcoming kickoffs and dedications;
  5. Supports the development team’s cultivation efforts of potential individual donors from within the volunteer base;
  6. Collaborate with Development Officers to solicit and steward targeted corporate volunteer groups;  
  7. Stay informed of upcoming construction schedule to support the Development team in matching sponsors to appropriate build opportunities;
  8. Coordinate Preconstruction meetings with partner families and sponsors as they prepare for the build process and events;
  9. Coordinate kickoff and dedication celebrations with partner families, sponsors, and construction staff.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Be a mature, thoughtful, innovative leader committed to Durham Habitat’s mission and values;
  • Understand and have experience cultivating positive relationships with donors, volunteers, community members, and staff members from diverse backgrounds;
  • Be flexible and thrive in a collaborative, fast-paced environment;
  • Have exceptional organizational skills;
  • Think creatively, manage time wisely, and lead with confidence;
  • Demonstrated ability in securing major gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other private funding sources.
  • Demonstrated ability in planning and implementing long- and short-range development initiatives in conjunction with strategic planning processes;
  • Have database management skills;
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, to demonstrate an understanding of ethics related to development activities, and to use discretion in interactions with donors, prospects, volunteers, and others;
  • Have demonstrated organizational skills and experience in managing events and other complex activities in support of development goals;
  • Ability to foster effective working relationships within a team environment;
  • Have highly developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.

Notice: The job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Management has the right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities at any time. Durham Habitat is an “at-will” employer.

Compensation:  Salary is commensurate with the experience and background of the successful applicant.  This is a full-time role located in Durham, NC.

To apply: Submit your cover letter and resume to Laine Staton at

Habitat for Humanity of Durham is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

More about Durham Habitat

Durham Habitat is part of a part of a global, nonprofit housing organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide. We believe that all Durham neighbors should have access to safe, stable, secure and affordable housing. We know that as a result of structural racism, poverty, and other systemic injustices, housing has not been accessible to all and many face significant personal and institutional obstacles. This situation prevents our community from reaching its full potential. In order to make the dream of all having access to stable housing a reality, Durham Habitat constructs, rehabilitates and preserves homes, advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat has been building partnerships in Durham since 1985.

Our Faith. Founded on Christian values in 1985, Durham Habitat partners with those who share our ideals of love, respect, compassion and justice for all. We welcome those of any faith - or no faith - to join us building homes, hope and community in Durham.

We build and repair homes. Habitat builds new homes and rehabs existing homes in partnership with hard-working families in Durham who pay monthly, interest free mortgages. We repair homes for low-income veterans and elderly or disabled neighbors, engaging them in volunteer work and repayment programs when possible. 

We build hope. Habitat homes are not given away, but are SOLD to low-income neighbors who do not qualify for traditional home loans. Lower construction costs with volunteers and donated materials, zero-interest mortgages, and green building principles keep our homes affordable for our partner families.

We build community. As the lives of the families who buy our homes are transformed, Durham neighborhoods are transformed by the stability that homeowners bring to the community. We work in partnership with the communities in which we build, and we embrace asset- based community development. Our volunteer programs bring Durham neighbors together across racial, class, and socioeconomic divisions to make Durham a stronger community.

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Habitat Success Stories

Alicia partnered with the Catholic Coalition to build a Habitat home in Southwest Central Durham. Alicia enjoyed putting more than 250 hours of sweat equity into her home, saying "I know every beam in my house."