Development Guild DDI is seeking a strategic and experienced fundraising professional who shares our firm’s commitment to philanthropy as a driver of creating a stronger and better society. Ideal candidates will believe in the importance of quality services, best practices, and being an exceptional resource to nonprofit leaders. Reporting directly to Suzanne Battit, Senior Vice President and Principal, this position will work as part of a team to provide fundraising counsel to our nonprofit clients.
The Fundraising Consultant will join Development Guild’s client teams to design and deliver fundraising assessments and recommendations, provide campaign counsel that ranges from feasibility study to implementation, as well as interim onsite fundraising counsel. This position represents an opportunity for a senior fundraising professional to work closely with organizational leadership on impactful projects while applying and further developing their own fundraising expertise.
This position is project-based and provides a variety of ongoing work, exclusively for Development Guild. Regular travel to client locations will be expected. Development Guild’s fundraising work is conducted nationwide, with an occasional internationally based client.
Key responsibilities include:
Development Guild seeks a talented and experienced fundraising professional who shares our commitment to quality, innovation, and thoughtful change for nonprofit organizations. Successful candidates will have a strategic perspective, experience in senior management roles, excellent writing and analytic skills, and demonstrated success in a fundraising leadership role. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate a full array of leadership characteristics, including the ability to chart a course of action and develop a vision of a desired outcome. More specifically, Development Guild is seeking the following qualifications:
We are a leading consulting firm that provides fundraising counsel, campaign services, and executive search services to nonprofit leaders. We bring a powerful combination of discipline and innovation to every client engagement, delivering solutions that are both strategic and deeply rooted in experience and analysis. Drawing upon more than 2,500 client engagements and 40+ years working in every nonprofit sector, our collaborative approach is distinguished by candid dialogue and supported by cutting-edge technology. We commit to understanding each clients’ opportunities and challenges and to translating that knowledge into viable solutions.
We partner with our clients to drive fundraising opportunities from concept and vision to dollars raised and goals met. Our fundraising services include capital campaigns, assessments and planning, acquiring and training talent, and providing resident counsel while an organization builds its own capacity. We join client leadership in their efforts to increase philanthropic revenue and ROI – and deliver on their plans.
Executive Search Services
Our executive search services are noted for delivering exceptional candidates. As retained counsel, we lead searches for CEOs, C-suite leaders, and fundraising talent. Employing a trusted search process that understands and respects each organization’s unique culture along with our proprietary research technology, we support our clients in hiring candidates ready for impact on day one.
years in nonprofit
client engagements across
the nonprofit spectrum
balance of search and fundraising services
successfully completed executive searches
in campaigns currently
under our management
offices: New York
What Sets Us Apart
“The insights that Development Guild provides are unique in the field and in part this is a result of their search services being deeply informed by their fundraising practice.”
We know the marketplace. By providing both fundraising and executive search services and working across the breadth of the philanthropic sphere, we gather insights that expand and refresh our knowledge of industry trends. Furthermore, many of our leads have held senior fundraising positions, and they continue to provide fundraising counsel to our clients today. This means we’re up-to-date and actively applying best practices and industry trends to our current clients.
Clients trust us. They know we share their passion. And they appreciate our track record of repeatedly creating tangible, lasting value. We have successfully worked with a diverse roster of clients, including the following representative list:
For a more complete list, explore Our Clients page to discover the diverse range of nonprofit institutions with which we have partnered.
We strongly believe that talent is the critical differentiator in our ability to deliver a higher level of strategic thinking, high-caliber ideas, a collaborative work style, and solutions that offer real impact. We apply the same discipline and rigor to developing our own talent that we bring to our clients—and as a result have established a second-to-none team of professionals.
We are on a serious growth trajectory. Join us for the opportunities to deliver impact, to lead, and in our universal commitment to excellence.
Fundraising and Executive Search Practices
The number of fundraising and campaign clients have increased by 50% during this past year. At the same time, the number of client executive searches has doubled over the past year.
Innovative Service Development
We originally opened our doors with planning and evaluation services. Our Fundraising and Executive Search practices were developed to meet the nonprofit needs identified through this work. 20 months ago, we began development of software which combines AI with human intelligence to engage large constituencies in major planning initiatives. Developing this new product and service matches our long-term commitment to innovation and ongoing development of new best practices.
Marketing and Business Development
We have been investing significant resources in our marketing and business development programs and have seen substantial results, including a 250% increase in sales referrals over last year, a 150% increase in RFP submissions, and a 23% increase in our website traffic.
We have begun a five-year strategic planning initiative for 2020-2025. The Principals of the firm, our strategic leadership group, are committed to expanding Development Guild DDI’s national impact on nonprofit and educational organizations’ best practices and excellence.
Our key goal areas include plans for investment in:
For consideration, please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to: Fr@developmentguild.com
Senior Director of Research
Development Guild DDI
All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.