Development Director, Alpha Grand Rapids (AGR)

Job Title

Development Director


Alpha Grand Rapids (AGR)

About the Position

Position type: Staff (full-time, salaried)

Department: Development

Reports to: Executive Director

Basic function of position: The Development Director is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all Alpha Grand Rapids (AGR) fundraising, including the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events, and capital campaigns. He/she works closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and the Marketing Department in all development and fundraising endeavors and is responsible for overseeing the Community Engagement Manager.

Job Duties

Fund development

  • Coordinates various meetings between staff and prospective donors to establish relationships and manages ongoing prospective donor communication
  • Builds a major gifts program including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of donors
  • Overseas donor management software
  • Develops a church engagement strategy to better involve churches in events, fundraising, and volunteer opportunities and improves communication with churches
  • Conducts grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting or other follow-up requirements
  • Builds the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts
  • Directs capital campaign strategy
  • Oversees research of prospective donors
  • Makes public appearances/accepts speaking engagements to share information about AGR with the community
  • Maintains gift recognition programs, including the development of a tracking and thanking plan for donor milestones


  • Coordinates special events, such as capital campaign luncheons or networking events
  • Assists the Marketing Department with the spring and fall fundraising events by soliciting corporate sponsors, table hosts, and attendees
  • Maximizes event attendance by promoting events at area churches, schools, and businesses


  • Supervises the Community Engagement Manger
  • Promotes and attends spring and fall fundraising events
  • Participates in monthly employee meetings
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor


Education: Bachelor’s Degree or higher in relevant field

Prior work experience: At least five years of experience in fund development, donor relations, and/or grant writing, as well as past experience in supervising staff

Language proficiency: English required

Skills and abilities

  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to interact well with both individuals and groups, represent AGR in the community, handle multiple responsibilities at once, manage time well, and take initiative
  • Desire to get out of the office and seek out partnerships with donors, churches, foundations, and community organizations

Essential requirements

  • Belief in the sanctity of human life
  • Demonstrated emotional and spiritual maturity
  • Committed Christian who faithfully attends a local church
  • Full agreement with the AGR Statement of Faith and AGR Statement of Lifestyle
  • Proven ability to respect diversity and confidentiality

Position Elements

Available guidelines: AGR Employee Handbook

Exercise of judgment: Uses independent judgment on how to interact with donors and the general public, consulting with the Executive Director for difficult situations

Nature and level of contacts: Employees, donors, churches, foundations, volunteers, and the general public

Supervision exercised: Direct supervision of the Community Engagement Manager

Time to perform full range of duties after entry into the position: Six months

How to Apply

If interested, please email or mail a resume and cover letter to:

Attn: Colleen Geisel

Alpha Grand Rapids

1725 Division Ave S

Grand Rapids, MI 49507

For questions, please call 616.459.9955.

About the Organization

Mission Statement: Motivated by the love of Christ, we promote abundant life by providing holistic services to women and men affected by unplanned pregnancy.

Minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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