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Director of Development | L’Arche St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

Director of Development

L’Arche St. Louis is offering a unique opportunity for someone seeking a collaborative, family-friendly, team-oriented work environment where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your leadership skills and your development expertise.

L’Arche is an innovative organization that combines excellence in holistic supports for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities while building inclusive community in the St. Louis area. We are poised for growth and seek a seasoned fundraiser to join our friendly and competent team of professionals. A successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape a vision of Development for the future of L’Arche St. Louis and to see their impact on the lives of many families and individuals.

In this role, the Director of Development will use expert communication skills and a keen sense of initiative to spot fundraising opportunities, develop relationships with current stakeholders and potential donors, and manage fundraising campaigns. By coordinating events, writing proposals, and recruiting and leading volunteers, the Director will collaborate with the Development Coordinator and the Executive Director and the Board to move L’Arche St. Louis to its financial goals.

The ideal candidate will be motivated, professional, and organized and have a deep conviction of the value of persons with disabilities. We’re looking for someone who believes in the mission of L’Arche St. Louis and has exceptional drive for furthering our fundraising efforts as well as strategizing and delivering on new ones.

Objectives of this Role

  • Promote awareness of the organization’s mission and work

  • Cultivate a network of dedicated donors and volunteers

  • Spot new fundraising opportunities

  • Lead a small team with initiatives outlined in the Development Plan to meet financial goals

  • Form strong relationships with external stakeholders

  • Steward and collaborate with major donors through regular communication


  • Effectively convey the organization’s mission, vision, and programs to potential donors

  • Work closely with the Executive Director to deepen relationships with current donors

  • Work with CRM to run reports and regularly communicate data and progress to the Board of Directors

  • Research individuals, corporations, and foundations

  • Write grant applications and fundraising proposals

  • Strategize and successfully execute fundraising campaigns

  • Organize fundraising events while overseeing teams of volunteers

  • Manage a budget and track whether goals are being met

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • At least three years of experience in fundraising with a non-profit

  • Exceptional communication and relationship-building skills

  • Proven ability to secure major donor gifts of $50,000 and above

  • Ability to lead and motivate colleagues and volunteers

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Passion for creating a world where people with disabilities have the opportunity to live their best lives

  • Ability to successfully balance priorities while managing multiple tasks and planning major fundraising events

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in communications, marketing, business, nonprofit management, or related field

  • Competence with donor management systems

  • Experience in writing grant proposals, press releases, and fundraising letters

  • Confidence in public speaking

  • Capital campaign experience preferred


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