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Assistant Director of Development


Company Overview: Valley Forge Educational Services (VFES) offers a continuum of educational, summer and employment-related programs for people with disabilities. The hallmark of our programs is our collaborative and holistic approach to each child, adolescent and adult, recognizing his or her unique abilities and needs through team efforts. Individuals of all ages come to learn, share, appreciate and respect one another while developing skills necessary for success. We are committed to helping students and participants develop a strong sense of self-worth to realize their value as contributing members of their communities.
Industry: Education
1777 N. Valley Road
Malvern, PA 19355

Job Description:

So you want to make a difference?  Join our growing team!

As VFES enters the initial phase of our capital campaign, we seek to build our Development team with the addition of an Assistant Director.  In this new role, the Assistant Director of Development will be responsible for supporting strategic initiatives to expand the organization’s fundraising revenue.  Primary responsibilities include:  cultivating individual donors and foundations; preparing funding requests; assisting with various donor communications; and planning and executing stewardship events, donor recognition activities and personal visits.  The Assistant Director will also support other development efforts including the annual appeal and Community Day.

This is a full-time, year-round position with full benefits --- paid health and dental insurance, generous paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and a 9% employer contribution to our retirement plan.


  • Working with the Director, develop and cultivate relationships with prospective and current donors through a variety of channels including mail/email/web-based communications, personal visits, and special events, with the goal of soliciting major gifts for VFES programs and the upcoming capital campaign.
  • Contribute to various aspects of the capital campaign.  Assist with collecting and managing prospect donor research from internal and external databases. Assist with strategizing and preparing campaign correspondence including solicitation proposals, meeting requests and follow up; personally soliciting individual gifts; and acknowledging campaign gifts and pledges. Help plan and execute donor recognition and special events.
  • Manage the Development grant-writing process with the goal of increasing grant and corporate funding for VFES programs and the capital campaign. Identify and research new funding opportunities and cultivate foundation, corporation, and EITC prospective and existing funders. Prepare and finalize letters of inquiry, grant proposals, progress reports, and other related grant documents.
  • Manage details associated with the grant submission process. Create and maintain a foundation and corporate calendar. Track grant applications and progress reports on a monthly and annual basis.
  • Collaborate with the Directors of Development and Marketing & Communications to develop tailored donor communications, solicitations and case statements for support. Write grant or individual donor funded success stories for inclusion in newsletters, annual report, and other donor and organizational materials.
  • Identify specific needs within VFES that can be fulfilled through external funding. Interact with staff to stay abreast of programs, projects and activities. Gather and update pertinent program information for inclusion in grant proposals, case statements and reports.
  • Assist in organizing and supporting other development activities such as the annual appeal, Community Day and other special events. Special events will occasionally be held in the evening and weekends.
  • Demonstrate competency in each of the VFES core values:  Communication and Listening, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Ethics, Professionalism, and Teamwork.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, English, Business Administration or a related field.
  • A minimum of 3 years fundraising experience, preferably in a non-profit, educational organization serving children and adults with special needs.
  • Experience with grant identification, research, writing, and stewardship of private foundations and corporations.
  • Experience with major gift solicitation of individual donors for new programs, capacity building and capital campaign experience is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent writing, analytical and research skills. Knowledge of correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.  Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with tight deadlines. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as an effective team member.

To Apply for this position:

To apply for this position, interested applicants should e-mail their Cover Letter, Salary Expectations, and Resume to Applications will be accepted through February 1, 2018. The anticipated start date for this position is early March, 2018.

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