Development Director

Job Title: Development Director

Deadline to Apply: November 29, 2021. Application review will begin immediately.

Location: Hartford, CT  / Remote (temporarily)


About us: The Katal Center for Equity, Health, and Justice works to strengthen the people, policies, institutions, and movements that advance equity, health, and justice. We have three big, interrelated goals:

  • building leadership and organizing capacity of neighborhood residents, organizers, advocates, and community groups, to effectively drive and shape systemic change;
  • ending mass criminalization, mass incarceration, and the war on drugs; and
  • advancing evidence-based solutions to promote and secure equity, health, and

What we offer:  Katal offers competitive benefits, including employer-paid full health care, dental and vision coverage for the employee and their partner or children; competitive pay; generous paid time off; paid parental leave; short and long term disability coverage, along with life insurance and 401k offerings; and more. This position comes with multiple professional development opportunities.

Who We’re Looking For

Katal seeks a dynamic Development Director to join our team and our mission, working for equity, health, and justice.

The Development Director develops and contributes to fundraising strategies, writes grant proposals, and supports grant and donor management. This role will report to the Co-Executive Directors, and work in close collaboration with the Director of Organizing to foster a healthy and collaborative fundraising culture across the organization.

The ideal candidate is a mission-driven development professional with strong writing, database management, and prospect research skills, who thrives in a team-oriented environment and is energized by sharing the impact of the Katal Center’s work with donors and external partners. We are looking for a candidate with a minimum of 5 years of fundraising and/or nonprofit development experience, with a proven track record of foundation grant writing success, and a deep commitment to racial justice. Candidates need not have held “Development Director” position if they can demonstrate a proven track record of successfully securing funding.

About the position

The Development Director, in collaboration with the Co-Executive Directors, will be responsible for developing the organization’s fundraising strategies across institutional and individual giving; creating and executing long and short-term fundraising plans and activities; and strengthening the organization’s profile and financial health. 

Foundation and Grant Responsibilities (70%)

  • Manage the full grant process including research, cultivation, writing, reporting, and stewardship;
  • Work closely with Co-Executive Directors to build and foster relationships with foundations
  • Prepares grant applications and writes compelling, effective proposals, correspondence, and other documents for both the 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) sibling entities;
  • Conducts ongoing foundation research and prospecting;
  • Coordinates closely with Co-Executive Directors to monitor progress of grant proposals;
  • Collects information from organizing team and compiles for grant reporting
  • Coordinates closely with CFO to ensure proper financial reporting on all grants;
  • Assists in developing organizational annual reports, newsletters, and funder materials;
  • Maintains development calendar to ensure timely submission of grant letters of inquiry, grant proposals, grant reports, other funder reporting requirements, and other key development dates;
  • Builds positive professional relationships with existing and potential funding sources.

Individual Giving Work (30%)

  • Support growing the individual donor base of the organization, and work to deepen engagement with current donor base;
  • Work with the Co-Executive Directors to development of a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors;
  • Provide fundraising recommendations and support to organizing staff in order to build a culture of fundraising within the organization, including guidance on making fundraising asks, organizing house parties, and cultivating individual donor relationships;
  • Collaborate with appropriate Katal staff to ensure all donation, funder contact, and relationships are tracked in organizational database, keeping all development records up-to-date;
  • Coordinate the annual report and year-end solicitation process;
  • Meet reasonable quarterly targets for growing relationships;
  • Meet reasonable quarterly targets for fundraising;
  • Perform other responsibilities as may be required.

Priority Skills:

  • Strong commitment to racial, social, and economic justice;
  • Experience managing the grant pipeline from pre-award to post-award is required. Demonstrated experience with major gifts and donor relations is highly desirable. Prior foundation and philanthropic relationships in the Tri-state area are a plus;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to cultivate relationships, show empathy for people and community, listen well, and communicate with a wide variety of audiences, including donors, is required;
  • Superb writing and analytical skills and the natural curiosity and creativity needed to conduct online research are required. Writing skills should reflect the ability to make complex information understandable to lay audiences;
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines, stay organized, and have a strong attention to detail;
  • Self-motivation and the ability to take initiative and work independently is required. This includes the ability to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls;
  • Some evening and weekends required;
  • Based in or near Hartford, CT, and have the ability to travel in CT and to NYC.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with community organizing or other social justice work;
  • Strong time management, organizational, and work planning skills; ability to adjust work activity as needed and manage multiple projects according to timelines;
  • Experience with CRM databases for fundraising data management;
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment; independent, proactive and able to work under the pressure of tight deadlines and changing priorities; comfortable with on-the-ground learning;
  • Commitment to embodying the change we seek; able to act with integrity, compassion, and openness to feedback.

Location:   Working remotely for now. Once back in office in early 2022, this position will be based in Hartford, CT.

Salary: The pay range for this position is $90k - $100k, based on experience. Details about benefits are below.

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample (1 or 2 pages long, or a link to an online post) to [email protected], with “Development Director – Your Name” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until Monday, November 29th.

Katal is values-oriented Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ folks, people with disabilities, and formerly incarcerated individuals are encouraged to apply. The entire staff at Katal is looks forward to welcoming the new Development Director to the team!