Statewide Development Director – [Alaska]

Agency: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska
Location: Anchorage, Fairbanks or Juneau
Status: Full Time
Vision: All children achieve success in life.
Core Values: Children – Community – Commitment – Quality Outcomes – Connection

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska is dedicated to providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.


Responsible for leading statewide fund development efforts through the acquisition, cultivation, and stewardship of individual donors. Works with the event coordinator to develop and manage local fundraising events.  Acts as the primary staff contact for the local leadership council and works to develop and steward those relationships. Implements the fund development process within the parameters of the Statewide Fund Development Plan and in coordination with the Fund Development Team.   Develops and implements statewide development plans.


Donor Development

  • Maintain donor cultivation and stewardship at levels that meet or exceed expectations of donors
  • Maintain the highest ethical and donor stewardship principles. Adhere to the Association of Fundraising Professional Code of Ethics.
  • Implement a mission-based fundraising system of individual donor development
    • Identify, research and rate prospective donors (individual and corporate)
    • Develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies based on capacity and readiness to give.
    • Prepare written corporate and foundation proposals for support.
    • Personally steward donors and solicit gifts
    • Assist other staff and volunteers in cultivating major corporate and individual donors
  • Work with staff, Local Leadership Council and other volunteers to identify and cultivate donor prospects and conduct appropriate follow-up
  • Follow policies and procedures for database management and entry and maintain a working knowledge of database reports

Local Board/Leadership Council Coordination

  • Serve as primary staff liaison to Local Leadership Council (LLC)
    • Work with LLC chair to schedule and prepare for meetings
    • Prepare agendas, meeting notes, metrics, and other documents as required for the Council
    • Provide support as required to LLC’s fund development, volunteer recruitment, and board development efforts


  • Drive the change that is required within the organization to move toward a strong culture of philanthropy
  • Develop annual community Fund Development Plans in order to achieve the objectives of the statewide Fund Development Plan
  • Evaluate and account for true costs of raising money and donor-focused efforts
  • Work with local Community Directors to coordinate and facilitate local Annual Plan and Budget. The Community Directors and Statewide Development Director will coordinate community staff to connect efforts with Annual Plan and Mission and monitor progress on the budget.
    • Work with Community Directors on team development/building.
    • Work with Community Directors to ensure that local community meetings happen on a monthly basis.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the Community Team to maximize development opportunities
  • Develop and implement an ongoing and collaborative system of Community Team involvement and personal commitment in local fundraising efforts to maximize development opportunities
  • Represent the local office with United Way, Chamber, and other networks to promote the work of the agency, partnership opportunities, and overall agency visibility

Statewide Fund Development Team Membership

  • Collaborate with and provide support to Community Directors as needed to maximize revenue statewide.
  • Collaborate in strong partnership with CEO
  • Lead Fund Development Team activities, which may include:
    • Developing fund development procedures
    • Developing statewide annual plan for fund development
    • Creating an annual budget
    • Creating statewide fundraising event goals and strategies
    • Creating statewide products such as pledge sheets, videos, banners, and posters
    • Planning and implementing direct mail campaigns
    • Developing professional development plans
    • Establishing performance metrics and monitoring progress
    • Participating in the hiring process and evaluation of team members as requested by the CEO.

 Events Management

  • Manage annual “Dream Big!” Event
    • Establish event goals; identify and cultivate table hosts, guests, and participants; direct post-event follow-up with all stakeholders
    • Work with Community Team and volunteers in the staging of the event.
  • Manage annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake (BFKS) Campaign
    • Establish event goals; identify and cultivate team captains, local sponsors, and appropriate media coverage (in conjunction with Marketing and Communications); direct post-event follow-up
    • Work with Community Team and volunteers in the implementation and staging of the event
  • Oversee the activities of the Events Manager in the community, and evaluate annually.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 3 to 5 years experience in fund development, special events management, or a related field. CFRE preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience managing staff and volunteers.
  • A strong belief in the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • Valid US driver’s license and ability and willingness to travel. Access to a personal vehicle.


  • Agreement and endorsement of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Ability to reflect Big Brothers Big Sisters values in the community in a positive and professional manner.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with diverse populations and geographic areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and lead collaboratively to inspire, motivate and focus internal and external team members to the agreed upon goals.
  • Excellent public speaking, oral and written communications skills, including a honed reflective listening ability.
  • Skilled with computers and common office programs. Results-oriented approach. Ability to adapt to change.
  • Integrity.
  • A sense of humor.


Routine office environment Satellite Office/Location
Occasional Statewide and National Travel Required


Ability to sit in meetings for long periods of time. Ability to work effectively using a personal computer for long periods of time.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and required skills. Contents may be subject to change to meet the needs of the organization.