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Collegiate Directions, Inc.
4827 Rugby Avenue, Suite 001
Bethesda, MD 20814


Open Positions at CDI:

Date:  January 2018

Reports to:  President

Location:  Bethesda, MD

Development Director

Organization Overview:

Collegiate Directions, Inc. (CDI) is a nonprofit organization based in the National Capital Region committed to closing the education, achievement, and opportunity gap for low-income, primarily first-generation college students. CDI provides comprehensive college counseling, targeted tutoring, test preparation, study skills, leadership training, and ongoing support to students—starting with rising juniors in high school and continuing through successful college graduation.  CDI also has a consulting arm, which supports counselors, principals, and schools with the training and tools to prepare their students for admission to and success in selective four-year colleges.  CDI is a rapidly growing organization focused on closing the opportunity gap for its students which makes now an exciting time to join this dynamic team.


The Director of Development will take the lead role as a member of the senior executive team to grow and build a vibrant fundraising program, with special emphasis on expanding a major/leadership gift program and building a corporate engagement strategy. The Director of Development will be a high-energy individual with a passion for the mission of Collegiate Directions. This individual will work closely with the president, director of programs, communication manager, grant writer, and board of directors to shape and execute the long-term plan for revenue growth. She or he will implement a comprehensive, yearly development plan and will establish goals to support development and program operations.  The Director of Development will be charged with growing the donor base by working strategically on donor and prospect engagement activities.  She or he will manage and drive the senior leadership and all key stakeholders to take a more active role in advancing all aspects of the fundraising efforts of CDI.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a key adviser to the president and the board of trustees on development strategy and execution.
  • Review and refine CDI’s development plan annually, with a focus on stewarding the existing donor base and cultivating new donors through the development of a corporate engagement and major gifts program. Drive and assist the senior leadership team in determining the long-term vision and strategy for the CDI development operation.
  • Expand and diversify the prospect pool at all levels of giving and manage strategies around implementing these plans; manage portfolio of top prospects and donors and guide this work for other senior members of the team and board.
  • Lead the execution of the annual benefit and other special events to raise funds and advance the stature and visibility of CDI.
  • Coordinate and strengthen the annual giving campaign.
  • Review, adjust, and implement the best internal systems to build a successful development operation.
  • Initiate the establishment of a Scholar Alumni giving program.
  • Support and guide the development of CDI’s consulting arm and make connections with interested donors.
  • Provide oversight of and collaborate with CDI’s grant writer to develop proposals for individual donors, corporations, and foundations.
  • Become engaged in the intellectual and programmatic life of CDI and explore and design opportunities for support to meet the growing needs of the organization.
  • Serve as an ambassador for the organization and help drive excellent communications to all parties affiliated with CDI.
  • Foster an environment that incorporates a creative, entrepreneurial spirit but also builds a sophisticated system of practices and procedures.


  • Bachelor’s degree required with a minimum of seven years of development experience.
  • Excellent fundraising strategy development and execution capability in addition to strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Superior attention to detail and experience in crafting formal proposals and grant writing.
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word and fundraising database software; familiarity with Wealth Engine preferred and a solid knowledge base of current research tools and methodology.
  • Knowledge of both the K-12 and higher education landscapes are essential.
  • Occasional off-hour travel for events and meetings.


To apply, please put “Dir, Development” in the subject line and submit cover letter, résumé and salary requirements to president@collegiatedirections.org. The cover letter should demonstrate your fundraising strategy development and execution experience as well as dollars raised. Please also discuss your approach and experience managing the operations of a development department (please note the fundraising software with which you have experience). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For more information, see www.collegiatedirections.org