Position Title: Development Director


Laurel House, Inc., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, helps individuals and families achieve and sustain mental health to lead fulfilling lives in the community.  Our core purpose is social inclusion, early intervention and recovery.  In the course of our 38 year history, Laurel House has provided direct service to help people achieve their mental health recovery goals through a family of evidence-based programs called Resources to Recover.  Among the programs are:  Supported Education; Supported Employment; Thinking Well (Cognitive Remediation); Supportive Housing and Community Support Services; skill building and wellness workshops.  In 2014 we launched www.rtor.org (for Resources to Recover), a free service of Laurel House, that connects families with expert treatment and provides personalized response by phone and email to requests for help.


The Development Director works closely with the CEO to develop and implement a comprehensive multi-year plan.  The plan includes strategies and programs for:  cultivation of new individual, major gift, corporate and foundation donors, sponsors, and partners; retention of existing donors; fundraising (annual and special campaigns); grant writing; and support of the annual fundraising event.  The Development Director oversees the efficient and timely performance of the Development Department.  He/she coordinates all day-to-day development operations, including:  supervision of the Development Associate; oversight and use of Salsa CRM system and donor reporting; production of communication materials; meeting grant application and reporting deadlines; timely communication with constituents; and recruitment and coordination of volunteers for event activities. The Development Director also has ongoing use of contracted resource for:  design and production of collateral materials; social media; website development; video production; and A/V support for annual fundraising event.

Reports to:

The Development Director reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer and works closely with the senior management team including the Chief Financial Officer and Laurel House’s Vice President and rtor.org Editor in Chief.

Job Criteria

Position Responsibilities
  • Lead all aspects of donor outreach to meet revenue goals, with particular emphasis on: acquiring new donors; thanking, informing and retaining existing donors; developing relationships with businesses and new major gifts sources.
  • Oversee timely update of donor information in CRM system, production of thank you communications, and periodic reporting on donor database.
  • Maintain and publish dashboard (existing) for Annual Appeal results and update and publish Grants in Progress Report (existing) for use in Board of Directors meetings.
  • Identify and solicit business sponsors for direct service programs and www.rtor.org, as well as new sponsors for the annual spring fundraising event.
  • Assist senior management in annual budgeting and planning process for fundraising; review Development results by segment (e.g., individuals, grant funding, major gifts, corporate, annual event) to compare actual to budget and address shortfalls.
  • Coach and develop skilled support team, providing daily direction to the Development Associate; integrate the use of volunteers into Development’s outreach where possible.tilize integrated direct marketing, exploiting social media tools.
  • Work closely with CEO and marketing and website contractors to develop marketing and collateral materials (including Annual Report), public relations initiatives, and to advocate for the cause of mental health recovery.
  • Identify and use best practice procedures to enhance the organization’s performance.
Hours and Work Location

Full Time (40 hours per week) in the Stamford, CT office and the lower Fairfield County marketplace.  3 – 4 days per month available to work from home, based on team coverage schedule.

Knowledge and Skills Required
  • Bachelor’s degree required; relevant Master’s degree or financial expertise, a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal and persuasive communication skills (written and oral).
  • Broad knowledge of Development operations in a nonprofit organization.
  • Leadership of fundraising campaigns and success in personally securing donors.
  • Previous success in identifying, soliciting and winning incremental funding sources.
  • Technologically savvy, with success in implementing digital marketing and the effective use of social media.
  • Has network of individual and business contacts in Fairfield County.
  • Well organized, attentive to detail and timely follow through.
  • Proven ability in project and event management and budgeting for fundraising.
  • Personal qualities of integrity and compassion for those Laurel House serves.

Laurel House is an equal opportunity employer.  Laurel House and www.rtor.org, a free service of Laurel House connecting families to expert mental health treatment, are committed to the advancement of racial equity and social justice, and to making mental health services accessible to all.

To apply for this position please send your cover letter and resume to coverlettersandresumes@laurelhouse.net.