Development Director - Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids Michigan

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Compass College of Cinematic Arts

Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Development Director will be responsible for creating and executing a comprehensive plan to maximize fundraising success and meet annual goals for external donor support.


  • Develop and execute Compass College’s fundraising plan
  • Cultivate and solicit individual donor prospects securing financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Arrange personal visits and engage prospects and donors through campus visits and special events
  • Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with internal and external constituents
  • Manage the implementation of database software along with data entry tracking and gift processing
  • Develop, track, and report on proposals for all foundation and corporate fundraising
  • Write timely follow-up and related materials such as contact reports, cover and thank you letters, email correspondence, reports and proposals
  • Perform other tasks or responsibilities as assigned

Skills and Abilities

  • Entrepreneurial spirit, positive attitude and energy to implement new strategies and meet goals
  • Ability to make a persuasive verbal and written case supporting projects and programs within the college, effectively matching the interests of prospects to the strategic needs of the college
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills with a proven ability to meet fundraising goals including gift closure at the five and six figure level
  • Ability to complete projects on time and on budget, while reporting status and progress
  • Solid analytical and problem solving skills, ability to work independently and with teams
  • Advanced computer skills with experience using MSOffice and databases


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 3-5 year successful development experience including cultivation and solicitation of individual donors
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license and ability to travel as needed
  • Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, motor vehicle checks and credit history based upon the requirements of the position
  • Moderate overnight travel and occasional evening and weekend commitments

Keyword Phrases

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  • advancement
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  • arts
  • christian
  • college
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: 3-5 years
Level of Job: Director
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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