Director of Development
Job Type


About YWCA South Hampton Roads

YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world. YWCA South Hampton Roads (YWCA SHR) is dedicated to the fullness of its mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Serving approximately 8,000 individuals each year, YWCA SHR is a source of strength, courage and empowerment for women and families facing crisis. We are a community catalyst for meaningful change and the advocate for shaping vital impact through quality services responding to the critical needs of survivors of sexual violence and domestic violence. YWCA SHR works across racial, gender, religious and social lines with organizations-partners in all sectors to educate about disparities, advocate for change and provide resources and tools to dismantle oppressive systems. 

YWCA SHR is in the midst of a rapid transformation from a well-established direct service provider for women and families facing crisis to an organization working at the intersection of eliminating racism, empowering women and standing up for social justice, helping families and strengthening our community. 

About the Position

Under the supervision of the CEO, the Director of Development serves on the CEO’s senior leadership team and provides strategic leadership in financial development to advance the YWCAs mission through annual giving, government and foundation grants, endowment bequests and gifts and capital campaigns. 


The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following: 

Strategy and Planning

  • Collaborate with the CEO to create a fund development plan which increases revenues to support the strategic direction of the  organization
  • Implement the fund development plans in accordance with ethical fundraising principles
  • Monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that the fundraising goals are being achieved
  • Monitor trends in the community or region and adapt fundraising strategies as necessary


  • Develop and manage timelines for various fundraising activities to ensure strategic plans and critical fundraising processes are carried out in a timely manner
  • Develop policies and procedures for the development department which reflect ethical fundraising practices
  • Prepare and submit grant applications as outlined in the fund development plan to generate funds for the organization
  • Oversee the planning and execution of special fundraising events as specified in the fund development plan to generate funds for the organization
  • Identify and develop corporate, community and individual prospects for the organization's fundraising priorities
  • Oversee the administration of a donor mailing list and database which respects the privacy and confidentiality of donor information
  • Coordinate in-kind donations and make decisions regarding the issuing of receipts
  • Develop and gain approval for an annual income and expenditure budget for the fund development program
  • Prepare regular reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditure related to fundraising and the management of the fund development activities
  • Monitor expenses and analyze budget reports on fund development and recommend changes as necessary


  • In consultation with Human Resources, recruit, interview, and select well-qualified fund development staff
  • Engage volunteers for special fund development projects using established volunteer management practices

Additional Duties

  • Adhere to all YWCA SHR policies and procedures
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Three to five years’ experience in non-profit fundraising with donors, grantors, and corporations
  • Proven success in soliciting and closing major gifts through face-to-face solicitation
  • Minimum of two years of supervisory experience
  • Experience cultivating and stewarding purposeful relationships with board members, donors, volunteers and community members and organizations 

Other Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must complete the training programs of YWCA SHR
  • Must complete a successful background check

Skills and Competencies

  • Demonstrated commitment to YWCA SHR's mission
  • Strategic thinker with effective planning, organizational, and time management skills 
  • Solid facilitation skills including reflective listening and conflict management      
  • Understanding of the core concepts related to all forms of racism, bias and oppression; white privilege and supremacy; and intersectionality 
  • Self-directed; team player and must have a positive attitude 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and public speaking skills with ability to research field-related, intersectional topics, and develop/deliver written reports and presentations 
  • Ability to maintain composure during constructive dialogue about sensitive subjects 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently with short deadlines 
  • Ability to collaborate with groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds 
  • Ability to work effectively with community, board and team members to implement racial justice and gender equity strategies
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and social media platforms      
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, the board of directors, employees, and the general public


The Director of Development is expected to model YWCA SHR Core Values:

  • Compassion
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Ownership
  • Responsibility
  • Empowerment

WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed in a typical office environment with a high standard of confidentiality. A typical workweek is M-Th 9:00am-5:00pm; F 9:00 am-4:00 pm.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. 

  • Ability to travel in varying weather conditions
  • Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle or feel objects and controls
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to:   
  • Frequently walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls and talks or hears
  • Often required to stand and sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, squat or crawl
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus
  • The noise level in the work environment is moderately loud
  • Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as but not limited to, a personal computer, calculator, copier and fax machine           

COMPENSATION: This position offers a hiring range of $65,000-68,000 that is based on experience and a full benefits packet to include health, vision, and dental insurance, 17 paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, retirement and other benefits. We actively welcome all candidates from a wide range of backgrounds who have the skills to fulfill this role – regardless of compensation history. This is a full-time, exempt position.

START TIMEFRAME: Position will be open until filled. Interested applicants are requested to submit cover letter and resume to: Human Resources at  

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO) DISCLOSURE: We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and any other status protected by applicable local, state or federal law.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) REQUIREMENTS: ADA requires YWCA SHR to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations by contacting Human Resources at or 757-625-4248.

Salary Description
$65,000-68,000 per year