Director of Development & Advancement

The Opportunity

Reporting to the CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Durham, NC seeks a high energy experienced fundraiser and manager to join their active and passionate team.  The Director of Development & Advancement is responsible for planning and executing comprehensive fundraising strategies and managing a development team of five to six professionals.  The ideal candidate will be an innovative, people-oriented individual who has proven success soliciting individuals, corporations, foundations and government funding for a nonprofit organization.

About Habitat for Humanity of Durham

Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Officially established in 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Durham now operates with a staff of 25-30, an $8M annual budget, and approximately $17M in assets. Each year, Habitat for Humanity helps nearly 25 families build homes. In 2019, Durham Habitat served 304 individuals and completed repairs on 80 homes with nearly 36,000 volunteer hours.

Key Responsibilities

In addition to carrying a portfolio of individual donors, this position oversees all functions related to development and advancement including team management, goal setting, annual planning, marketing/communication activities, and staffing the Resource Development Committee.  Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Act as integral member of the organization’s leadership team
  • Create and oversee the implementation of a three-year development plan
  • Ensure departmental alignment with organizational strategic plan
  • Maintain an ever-evolving portfolio of top 100 donors by identifying, cultivating, and soliciting qualified prospects
  • Design and execute formal major gifts and planned giving programs
  • Expand stewardship efforts to include individual stewardship plans for top donors/partners
  • Organize individual donor campaigns including annual donors, direct mail and Board of Directors
  • Serve as staff liaison to resource development board committee
  • Provide development updates and presentations as needed to the Board of Directors
  • Ensure organizational messaging is on point
  • Support the Executive Director in high level solicitations and other development needs
  • Represent the organization with community civic groups such as the Durham Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and Exchange Club
  • Be deeply committed to the Habitat for Humanity of Durham mission


  • Set, review and evaluate departmental goals and objectives
  • With each team member, set individual goals and objectives; conduct quarterly and annual reviews
  • Collaborate with other departments to confirm all development processes are functioning at highest efficiency
  • Uphold budget oversite
  • Oversee the development of departmental processes
  • Give input of a new donor relationship management system, manage database and generate queries, reports, exports and any other data as needed
  • Set tone and tenor of work across department
  • Provide strategic direction for proposal development
  • Ensure social media, online giving and sustainer giving is utilized to secure increased support

Education & Required Skills

  • Four-year college degree or higher
  • Minimum of seven years experience in nonprofit fundraising
  • Minimum of five years experience managing staff
  • Proven track record of successful solicitations of individuals, corporations, and foundations
  • Experience in event management and solicitation of sponsorships
  • Experience working with volunteer boards and board committees
  • Strong communication, writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Experience with constituent relationship management databases (CRM), familiarity with GiveEffect a plus
  • Valid North Carolina Driver’s License, satisfactory driving record and current valid proof of car insurance
  • Professional, in both appearance and demeanor

 Attributes & Ability

  • Interest in and commitment to affordable housing
  • Ability to utilize principles of interpersonal relationships as it relates to customer service and teambuilding
  • Interact effectively with a wide variety of people in a multitude of social settings
  • Effectively present information and speak before board members, groups of employees, prospective donors, outside consultants and respond to questions/comments from the same
  • Work independently and be a self-starter
  • Ability to plan, organize, multi-task and give attention to detail
  • Be energetic, collaborative, and flexible and have a strong service and team-player mentality
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional, fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to think strategically and implement teamwide with clarity and alignment

Salary & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience.  Benefits include 100% medical coverage and a 401K retirement opportunity.

Equal Opportunity Employee

Durham Habitat is committed to building a staff team that consists of a diverse mix of talented people who are passionate about its mission.  Habitat for Humanity of Durham is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are considered for positions without regard to veteran status, uniformed service member status, race, color, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Application Process

Armstrong McGuire & Associates is conducting this search. To apply, click on the link to the Director of Development & Advancement position profile at You will see instructions for uploading your cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and professional references.  Please provide all requested information to be considered. In case of any technical problems, contact No phone calls, please, and no applications will be accepted by email or through third-party sites.

Habitat Success Stories

Lucy has led construction volunteers in more than five Women Builds. A civil engineer, Lucy has volunteered to teach hundreds of neighbors who have no construction experience how to build beautiful homes, and she can teach you as well.