Director of Development/Advancement

Regular, Full-time, Exempt

Of Habitat, screenwriter and director Randall Wallace, who wrote “Braveheart,” said, "Habitat for Humanity is a perpetual motion miracle.  Everyone who receives, gives - and everyone who gives, receives. If you want to stay complacent and uninspired, stay away from Habitat!  Come close to Habitat and it will change you and make you a part of something that changes the world." 

We are Habitat for Humanity of Durham (Durham Habitat), a non-profit which builds strong partnerships between home-buying partner families, donors, and volunteers to build, rehab, and repair homes in Durham, NC.  Founded in 1985, Durham Habitat is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI).

Over the years, Durham Habitat has built and sold more than 400 homes, and repaired more than 500 homes in partnership with hard-working, low-income neighbors in Durham.  And for every home we build in Durham, we help fund one internationally, especially in our partner countries Honduras, Guatemala, Malawi and Nepal. 

We are passionate, innovative and tireless advocates for affordable housing through community engagement and partnerships and invite those for whom our mission, values and work resonate to consider joining the team.   Join Durham Habitat and you’ll be joining many heroes who want to change our world.

We seek a Director of Development/Advancement who is a rock star and a compassionate servant leader.  They are a strategic thinker and a team player who will deliver results to further Habitat’s mission to serve more Durham neighbors. They have a high sense of integrity.  They are curious, a quick study, and will be able to apply new knowledge in creative and innovative ways.  They have an adaptive, fast-paced and flexible style and they will be passionate advocates for crafting partnerships to build homes, hope and community in Durham.  Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development is a key member of our senior leadership team. 

The successful candidate will have experience and success with all aspects of fund development, including donor identification, cultivation and stewardship; annual giving programs; capital and major gift solicitation; legacy giving; and grants. They will have excellent analytical, interpersonal, communication (verbal and written), influencing, framing, and leadership skills.  The successful candidate will have an easy ability to build rapport and credibility with multiple internal and external stakeholders, as well as the ability to clearly articulate Durham Habitat’s mission and value to all stakeholders.


  1. Develop, implement, and lead the development team in the execution of near-term and long-range plans related to fundraising.
  2. Develop, review, and provide reports on the development strategy, ensuring objectives align with donor and Habitat interests.
  3. Provide operational support for the ED and Habitat’s success in executing on its mission.
  4. Serve as primary donor strategist particularly in the design and execution of new fundraising opportunities for major gift level partners.
  5. Build long-term, collaborative, strategic relationships with key individuals, corporations and foundations. Develop a broader base of prospective donors.
  6. Develop and maintain a planned giving program.
  7. Review and assess effectiveness of current programs and make recommendations for improving or eliminating certain initiatives.
  8. Manage fundraising events in conjunction with staff and collaborative partners.



  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher.
  • 5-10 years of relevant development/management experience.



  • Vision, diplomacy, imagination and a strong sense of community purpose.
  • An entrepreneurial and creative mindset that can develop new ways of generating financial support. A willingness to pilot new programs and learn from experiences.
  • A love and respect for our partners and the Durham community. 
  • A passion for story-telling to fuel building new partnerships.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong project management and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with keen attention to detail and ability to multi-task to meet multiple deadlines.
  • Knowledge of complete fundraising cycle and ability to function in all phases. Experience developing a variety of fundraising strategies.
  • Technological proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Strong customer-service orientation.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge donor tracking/management software preferred but not required. 
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends. 

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 Blake Strayhorn 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

Martha partnered with North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church to build and purchase a Habitat home for her and her two sons in East Durham. "God's got a plan," Martha said. "His timing is perfect."