Girl Scouts Fund Development Specialist

Job Description

Position Summary:

The Fund Development Specialist maintains and grows funding opportunities for the council. S/he builds relationships with foundations, corporations and individual donors; and assists in providing direction to the council's overall fundraising program.

Essential Duties:

  • Serve as project manager for the organization's fund development plan and fund development plan of work.
  • Seek funding opportunities from foundations and United Ways through solid organizational knowledge.
  • Research, compile, write, edit and submit all council grant proposals and coordinates needed council resources during the decision process.
  • Direct work of the contracted grant writer.
  • Oversee and maintain a grant tracking schedule for the council.
  • Support council fund development database (Donor Perfect).
  • Plan and administer fundraising activities for corporate and individual donors.
  • Build long-lasting relationships between Girl Scouts and our donor base.
  • Identify and build relationships with new and prospective donors.
  • Research, cultivate and solicit major gifts by moving donors through the giving continuum.
  • Develop corporate relationships resulting in annual donations and financial sponsorships.
  • Make direct, face-to-face solicitations.
  • Develop and utilize a plan to track progress for daily activities for individuals and corporate donors.
  • Report on progress toward council goals.
  • Maintain accurate records in the corporate database to track and cultivate donors and prospects.
  • Maintain memberships in appropriate professional societies, such as AFP, and keep abreast of the latest trends in philanthropy.
  • Complete other duties as assigned to meet the council's goals.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education experience. 


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education experience.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Three to five years' experience in fund development with background in grants management and donor relations.
  • At least one year experience as a project manager on a small to medium-sized project.
  • Experience with issues management and risk management.
  • Strong word processing, Excel, PowerPoint and donor database skills (Donor Perfect preferred).
  • Experience with MSProject or other scheduling tools.
  • CFP designation a plus.

Essential Skills:

  • Ability to manage formal project plans.
  • Relationship management.
  • Ability to make formal presentations in public settings.
  • Resourcefulness and initiative to solve problems.
  • Partnership and team player inclinations.
  • Excellent judgment, with the ability to work independently and manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Ability to plan, organize and execute with attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Passion for female/youth issues.

Physical/Mental Essential Requirements:

  • Walking, standing, bending, stooping, reaching, moderate lifting and carrying (up to thirty (30) pounds). 
  • Full range of body motion, including manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination.
  • Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range.
  • Ability to sit at a computer work station for extended periods of time. 
  • Occasional need to stand for long periods of time. 
  • Ability to focus on detail and accuracy of work product. 
  • Work is performed primarily in a non-smoking office environment.
  • Travel may expose employee to inclement weather conditions.
  • Valid driver's license and willingness to travel to work and meeting locations to meet with volunteers, donors and staff.
  • Insurable under council's automobile insurance company.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Occasional high stress may be experienced in dealing with staff and volunteers.
  • A commitment and passion for the Girl Scout mission and an ability to effectively promote and communicate the mission and vision to external and internal stakeholders.
  • Willingness to become of member of GSUSA.

Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Diversity