Director of Development, Greater Nebraska Region (55 counties)

Make-A-Wish   Kearney, NE   Full-time     Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations
Posted on March 25, 2021

JOB TITLE: Director of Development, Greater Nebraska Region (55 counties)
OFFICE LOCATION: Make-A-Wish Nebraska Kearney Satellite Office
REPORTS TO: Vice President of Development
STATUS: Exempt, Full-Time

This position reports to the Vice President of Development. This position is accountable for all areas of fundraising/development activities for the Greater NE region, including Major Gifts, Corporate Giving, Internal/External Events, Planned Giving, etc. This position works closely on development and marketing/communications strategies with the CEO, VP of Development, Lincoln Program Director, and the Board of Directors. This position supervises the Regional Program Coordinator - Kearney


  • 5-7 years’ proven development experience in the Greater Nebraska region
  • Relevant experience pertaining to public relations/communications
  • BA/BS in business, marketing, non-profit fundraising, or related field
  • A broad understanding of the principles of fundraising
  • Demonstrates exceptional communication skills both written and oral
  • Must have experience with public speaking and be comfortable with multiple audiences including media
  • Proficient in computer skills including Microsoft Office products and donor software (Raiser’s Edge and/or Salesforce preferred)
  • Must be a self-starter and possess the ability to work independently and possess effective organizational skills to manage and prioritize responsibilities
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the mission of and passion for the work of Make-A-Wish
  • Has the ability and willingness to travel for the position, including evenings/weekends


  •  Establish with the VP of Development the development plan, strategies, programs, and goals for the Greater NE region.
  • Implement a comprehensive fundraising and development plan for the Greater NE region
    with detailed and corresponding strategies that are consistent with development efforts within the Chapter
  • Supervise the Regional Program Coordinator - Kearney
  • Execute Chapter stewardship program and processes, steward donor relationships to increase the base of support from current and potential donors in the Greater NE region
  • Solicit, cultivate and manage donor relationships with individuals, corporations, foundations, schools, and other entities consistent with the Chapter’s annual fundraising goals, strategic plan, and mission
  • Utilize the features of Raiser’s Edge in providing a moves management approach to donors and prospects
  • Manage procedures to ensure effective collecting, acknowledging, and follow-up on all gifts received in the region
  • Manage and oversee all functions of the Kearney Friends Council and the events they host
  • Oversee and implement all aspects of the annual Kearney Dinner and Auction working collaboratively with the Kearney Friends Council and the Regional Program Coordinator - Kearney
  • Oversee External and other events, working collaboratively with the Regional Program
    Coordinator - Kearney
  • Ensure that a positive image and consistency of message is maintained through all internal and external communications; serve as a speaker when appropriate.
  • Solicit pro bono media space and/or airtime.
  • Write and produce communications pieces as needed (speeches, invitations, copy, etc.)
  • Operate within the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s standards, policies, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.



Kearney , NE