Director of Development, Conductive Learning Center of North America

Job Title

Director of Development


Conductive Learning Center of North America

About the Position

Positions Supervised: Administrative Assistance

Reports to: CLC Board President

Location: 2401 Camelot Court SE, Grand Rapids, MI

FLSA Status: Full-time, exempt

The Conductive Learning Center of North America is seeking a full-time Director of Development to lead our growing fundraising efforts. In collaboration with the Board of Directors, the Director of Development is responsible for directing the strategies, planning, and implementation of CLC’s fundraising program.

This is a self-directed role that requires the leadership and vision to drive all fundraising activities.  This role supports and provides leadership for all functions of fundraising such as annual appeals, grants, events, major gifts, planned giving, corporate giving and sponsorship, and special campaigns. 

CLC is entering an exciting time at a new location, embarking on campaign to expand capacity.  Joining our organization at this critical point is an opportunity to be a part of leading CLC in a new direction.  The successful candidate must have experience and demonstrated results with metrics-driven cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship planning at a growth phase non-profit.

Compensation: Full-time salaried position. Salary is commensurate with experience. CLC offers a benefit package that includes medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, benefit time (vacation and sick leave) and retirement.

Job Duties

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive fund development plan to meet strategic objectives and financial goals, including annual revenue and long-range strategic plan goals.
  • Translate high-level donor strategy into detailed annual implementation plan (including activities, priorities and milestones) to ensure fundraising goals are met.
  • Establish systems, processes and tools to effectively carry-out development activities.
  • Grow major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.
  • Ensure proper donor stewardship, acknowledgment and recognition, and regular communication.
  • Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
  • Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives.
  • Lead and direct capacity building campaign.
  • Engage and direct board members, staff, and volunteers in the fundraising process, including cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Prepare and manage budgets, including projecting and achieving goals for both revenue and expenses.
  • Establish performance metrics and prepare periodic analysis of the progress, effectiveness, and efficiency of development program and systems, identifying potential challenges and recommending solutions.
  • Manage day-to-day activities, workflow, and processes of the development department.
  • Oversee fundraising events from planning through execution.
  • Oversee the development of all donor communication and appropriate fundraising materials.
  • Oversee donor database (CRM) and ensure complete and accurate constituent records and regular donation reports.
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of the Administrative Assistant.


Competencies and Skills:

  • 5 years experience in professional fundraising, including demonstrated development leadership experience. Preferably 10 years experience in nonprofit management.
  • Proven track record of building successful development programs and raising funds from diverse sources, including major gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations.
  • Proven track record of managing people, developing high-performance teams, managing budgets, and achieving goals.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in all facets of major gifts fundraising, including prospect identification, relationship building, and solicitation with record of securing $10K plus level donations.
  • Knowledge of financial management to allocate resources, prepare and manage budgets, analyze financial data, donor analysis, and project fundraising income.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate and inspire staff, board, volunteers and donors.
  • Must be an active listener who is able to discern the priorities of donors and cultivate those relationships resulting in long term funding and support for CLC.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – ability to translate complex content to key decision-makers and stakeholders, adapting framing and messaging based upon the audience.
  • Must thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and be able to strategically prioritize time and competing initiatives, focusing on those that will have the greatest impact.
  • Competency with CRM (donor databases) and research applications.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:  Dr. Harry Knopke, CLC Board President, c/o Megan Geerling, Philanthropy Consultant,

About the Organization

The Conductive Learning Center provides opportunities for children from birth to age 26 with motor challenges to achieve optimal physical, cognitive and social independence through the application and promotion of conductive education principles. Conductive education (CE) is an intensive, educational rehabilitation approach for children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and other motor challenges.

The Conductive Learning Center of North America (CLC) is a national leader for conductive education.  We provide a model CE program, a lab school for the training of conductor teachers, and serve as a resource for other conductive education programs. CLC is the only conductive education center in North America that is affiliated with and supervised by the Semmelweis University Andras Peto Faculty in Budapest, Hungary.

The Conductive Learning Center of North America is recognized by its values: Compassion, Respect, Excellence, Openness, Wholeness. (

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