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Director of Development

Who We Are:

Imagine a world where every child in the Greater Richmond region has the essentials they need to thrive. At Little Hands Virginia, we’re making that vision a reality. Since 2018, we’ve provided diapers, clothing, safety gear, and essential supplies to over 5,000 children under three, equipping them for a healthy, safe, and promising start in life. We play a unique role in our community’s support system, and our growth has been remarkable. With revenue growing by an impressive 220% in the last two years, we’re poised for even greater impact. As we continue to expand, the Director of Development will be a crucial part of our small but impactful team.

Director of Development:

As our Director of Development, you’ll play a crucial role in shaping the future of our organization. You’ll develop strategic fundraising initiatives and build out the development program, with the immediate opportunity to lead and expand a dedicated team. You’ll manage a $1.8 million revenue budget and serve as a dedicated leader to help us grow further. We have a well-defined development plan in place, setting you up for success from day one. Step into this position and lead us to new heights.

What You’ll Do:

  • Lead with Vision: Develop and implement a comprehensive annual Development Funding Plan to ensure our financial stability, providing monthly update reports to the Board of Directors.
  • Fundraising Champion: Oversee all fundraising initiatives, including cultivating and maintaining relationships with donors, crafting compelling grant proposals, and managing special events.
  • Event & Community Engagement: Manage the execution of our signature fundraising events (Night at the Museum & Spring Tablescapes Showcase), and act as the primary point of contact for third-party and community fundraising efforts.
  • Storyteller: Craft impactful donor materials, including acknowledgments, impact updates, sponsorship packages, and annual reports.
  • Stewardship Advocate: Collaborate with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and program staff to cultivate strong donor relationships.
  • Ambassador: Represent Little Hands Virginia at community events and professional gatherings.

Current Focus:

Jump into the action with our First Steps campaign, which has just completed its warehouse goal and staff hiring. Now, we need your expertise to build a sustainable financial future through donor cultivation, stewardship, community outreach, and special campaigns. Additionally, the FY25 fiscal year’s budget includes plans to hire two supporting positions, providing you with the resources to grow and enhance the development team right from the start.

What You’ll Bring:

  • At least 5 years of experience in development and fundraising, with a track record of achieving revenue goals.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Proficiency in donor management databases (Bloomerang), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.), and Google platforms.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with financial management.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Self-motivation and a willingness to collaborate as a team player.
  • A deep understanding of customer service and experience working with the public.
  • A passion for serving young children, especially in areas related to health, development, and social disparities.

What We Offer:

  • Salary commensurate with experience; starting salary $75,000
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) plan, plus additional paid leave time of two weeks (one week in August and one week in December).
  • Paid federal holidays.
  • In-person work set up with flexible hours and the ability to work remotely when mutually agreed upon with Executive Director. 
  • Membership to a local fundraising professional organization (AFP/VAFRE).
  • $900 annual technology reimbursement.

    How to Apply:
    Interested candidates should email their resume, cover letter, and at least one development-related writing sample to