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From: leadership [mailto:leadership-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Eric Bridges via leadership
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Subject: [leadership] ACB Vacancy Announcement: Director of Development


ACB Vacancy Announcement: Director of Development

Link to announcement: https://acb.org/vacancy-announcement-director-development

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) is seeking a full-time Director of Development to work in its national office in Alexandria, VA. The Director of Development will report to the Executive Director and work in conjunction with the ACB team in the areas of fundraising, resource development, and public relations.

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) is a national membership organization formed by people who are blind to promote the independence, dignity and advancement of people with blindness and visual impairment. Members are blind, visually impaired or fully sighted people from all walks of life, and range in age from teens to seniors. Issues which receive ACB’s attention include civil rights, education, employment, Social Security benefits, rehabilitation services, guide dog access, pedestrian safety, travel and recreation, expanded public transportation, adaptive technology, braille literacy and more. When appropriate, ACB works in coalition with other disability groups worldwide to create a range of effective programs for people who are visually impaired. 

The primary responsibilities of this position will include:

  • Direct fundraising activities including major giving, grants, special events, and direct mail appeals.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor progress toward short- and long-term fundraising strategy and goals.
  • Create a gift program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.
  • Develop relationships with new foundations and grow the number of individual donors.
  • Engage new donors and build their awareness on ACB.
  • Communicate and build relationships with prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis.
  • Maintain long-term relationships with existing donors.
  • Generate new ideas that increase revenue and donor loyalty.
  • Research new income streams.
  • Research and identify foundations to engage in development-related conversations.
  • Keeping engaged in the fundraising community and staying on top of fundraising trends
  • Preparing monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as requested by the Executive Director and Board.
  • Partner with the CFO and support the development of the annual budget.
  • Attend the ACB annual convention and connect with donors.
  • Oversee research of prospects and grant seeking.
  • Oversee the Angel Wall Donation Program.
  • Lead the Development Committee meetings.
  • Work with a third party to design and complete direct mailings.
  • Work with the Executive Director in development related projects.
  • Understanding media and more modern avenues as a method to gain support or donations.
  • Document connection with donors in Donor Perfect.
  • Understanding media and more modern avenues as a method to gain support or donations.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.


A successful candidate must have the following skills and abilities:

  • Driven to take initiative with limited guidance.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously.
  • Ability to effectively direct and manage the performance of direct reports.
  • Ability to respond promptly and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to travel as circumstances require.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed, including participating in meetings and conference calls with ACB committees and affiliates.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people.
  • Demonstrates accountability and a results-oriented culture.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, donor tracking systems, and social media.
  • Resourceful, creative, and strong problem-solving skills.
  • Past fundraising including major gift experience preferred.
  • Some knowledge of the connections to the funding community in Washington D.C. and nationally.
  • Experience with collaborating, planning, and delegating program development is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in business administration, nonprofit administration, or public administration.


Applicants must send a resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample by e-mail to jobs@....

Applications must be received by Monday, February 10, 2020.

The American Council of the Blind, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. At the American Council of the Blind, we strive to develop an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse make-up of the blind and visually impaired community. Blindness touches people from all walks of life; ACB embraces this diversity. ACB works to bring in members of all nationalities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disabilities, ages, genders, and other minority groups to fully represent the blind and visually impaired community in all the advocacy work we do.