Director of Development

$65,000 - $68,000 yearly
  • Global Village Project
  • Decatur, GA, USA
  • Jul 12, 2022
Full time Advancement Communications/Marketing Department Head

Job Description

The Opportunity:

GVP seeks an innovative, experienced Director of Development to be responsible for achieving the organization’s fundraising goals and overseeing all development activities to support our strategic plan and mission. Reporting to and in partnership with the CEO & Head of School, the Director of Development will serve a key leadership role and will be an active participant in strategic decision-making. The Director of Development will supervise and mentor the Marketing & Communications Specialist, part-time Grants Specialist, and development interns. The successful candidate will build a strong development team for our organization and enhance GVP's reputation, relationships, and financial resources for long-term growth and sustainability.

The Director of Development will have primary responsibility for planning and executing the fundraising initiatives to sustain and grow a $2 million budget through the solicitation of individual, corporate, and foundation gifts, and through the implementation of special events and major gift initiatives. The Director will also be heavily involved in developing strategies for effective social media and marketing and other campaigns.

After reviewing the job details below, interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to with “Director of Development” in the subject line.


  • Work closely with the CEO and Development Committee of the Board to create and execute a comprehensive development plan

  • Develop metrics and goals and create reports to enable staff and board to monitor development and fundraising progress

  • Work closely with the Board of Directors and CEO in organizational strategic planning

  • Develop and nurture the sense of community and philanthropy among faculty and staff, students, families, volunteers, mentors, board members, alumnae, neighborhood and community businesses, and other community members

  • Develop, manage, and execute strategies to achieve annual and long-range financial goals with defined metrics 

  • Lead execution of fundraising and outreach events, including the annual Global Village Welcome Walk and the Tribute to Education fundraising event

  • Develop and expand the Cornerstone Society—GVP’s major giving group

  • Work with the Grants Specialist on grant and foundation research, proposal development, grant writing, and reporting

  • In partnership with the CEO, oversee marketing and communications for the organization, including newsletters, collateral and promotional materials, social media communications, and website

  • In coordination with the Finance Committee and Head of School, develop and manage the annual revenue and expense budgets for fundraising, communications and marketing, and other development department budget areas

  • Attend Board and Development Committee meetings; assume responsibility for all development reports to the Board

  • Contribute to a culture that values community, collaboration, and lifelong learning while upholding GVP’s guiding principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Provide leadership to the communications priorities of the organization; defining and refining messaging that aligns with program priorities and fundraising efforts.


  • 5+ years of experience in development; experience in an educational setting is a plus

  • A demonstrable record of success with a broad array of development techniques and proven achievement in leading a fundraising program

  • Demonstrated ability to create and analyze data related to fundraising activities, and demonstrated progress with metrics

  • Supervisory experience 

  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills

  • Working knowledge of Salesforce NPSP highly desirable (Lightning experience a plus)

  • Passion for empowering and educating refugee young women who face structural barriers to their education.

  • Proficiency working with multilingual, multicultural communities and a personal commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Job Type: This is a full-time, exempt position that will be primarily onsite at our school in Decatur, GA. 

GVP provides the opportunity to work within a vibrant community dedicated to teaching and learning, social justice, and service. Primary elements of the benefits package include:

  • Salary range of $65,000 - $68,000

  • 20 paid personal days plus 15-20 designated paid holidays per year, with additional flexibility during summer hours

  • Health insurance, including optional dental and vision coverage, and an HRA plan

  • Paid parental leave

  • Life insurance

  • Support for professional development opportunities

  • Limited telework opportunities

We are located in downtown Decatur, across the street from the Decatur MARTA station. The position requires a criminal background check.  

About Global Village Project:

As the only school in the U.S. for refugee girls, Global Village Project removes the barriers to refugee girls’ learning and amplifies their voices as creative young leaders. GVP’s full day academic program serves 40-50 refugee young women from Clarkston, Georgia, and students pay no tuition. A model for innovative, equitable refugee education, GVP builds on our students’ existing strengths to support them in becoming highly successful students and empowered citizens. 

GVP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, social class, marital status, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. We especially encourage applications from women, people of color, and those with refugee and immigrant backgrounds who are excited about contributing to our mission. 

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to with “Director of Development” in the subject line. Resumes and cover letters can also be mailed to Global Village Project c/o Erin Alred, P.O. Box 1548, Decatur, GA 30031. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled.