Director of Development

To apply for this position, email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to humanresources@ispu.org. No phone calls please.

Role Overview

The Director of Development is responsible for leading strategy, planning, organizing, and directing ISPU’s fundraising, including annual fund campaigns, individual donor cultivation and stewardship, and special events. The Director will also have the opportunity to build up planned giving, corporate giving, and other giving strategies. The Director will have one direct report and will direct strategic participation of key staff and board in development activities. As a member of the management team, the Director will be involved in strategic planning, evaluation, and professional development initiatives.


Dearborn, Michigan

Ideal Candidate Profile

The Director of Development will have at least 5–7 years of professional experience, characterized by a proven track record of management in a growing $USD1 million to $USD5 million organization. ISPU is poised for growth, and its next Director of Development is an experienced, results-oriented self-starter who can hit the ground running and lead our organization to the next level of fundraising performance. Additionally, skills and experience will include:

  • Experience developing, implementing, and managing fundraising systems for nonprofits. Demonstrated experience utilizing technology to improve systems and efficiencies. Experience with ASANA and/or Etapestry preferred.
  • Successful experience working with private philanthropy with individuals, including raising significant individual gifts and growing a pipeline of major donors from prospecting to solicitation. Experience in foundation and corporate giving a plus.
  • BA in Nonprofit Management, Business, Management, Finance or related degree. MA preferred.
  • CFRE or CFRM or equivalent experience.
  • Data-driven decision maker, able to assess ROI of various channels, troubleshoot and implement solutions to increase fundraising effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, and guiding investment in people and systems.
  • Proven effectiveness leading professionals in development and fundraising.
  • Good knowledge and experience using donor software to organize, manage and evaluate fundraising goal setting, tracking, and reporting.
  • Flexible and a self-starter; able to multitask while also being highly detail-oriented.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to ISPU’s mission.
  • Experience working collaboratively and collegially with a diverse group of individuals and communities.


ISPU is an equal opportunity employer.  We will not discriminate in hiring decision based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, and genetic information.

Salary will commensurate with experience.


  • Employer provided health insurance
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • 3 weeks paid vacation (up to 5 weeks with 5+ years of service)
  • 12 days paid office holidays
  • Professional development opportunities
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