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Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives
Post Date: 06/28/18   Company: New Horizons of Southwest Florida

Job Description:

Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives
New Horizons of Southwest Florida


The mission of New Horizons of Southwest Florida is to empower at-risk youth in Lee and Collier counties to reach their full potential through tutoring, mentoring, and faith-building. Since its founding in 2002, New Horizons has grown to nine sites serving over 600 at-risk students (grades K-12) annually. The program has a compelling success rate, with participants demonstrating dramatic improvement in reading skills, grade point average and graduation rates. Still, there are far more children who need access to these life-changing programs than are currently receiving them.  New Horizons is committed to reaching students who are growing up in concentrated areas of poverty and families that do not speak English at home.  New Horizons has ambitious plans to continue growing its programs and impact.  Hiring the right person for this position will be critical to its success. For more information about the organization, visit

Position Summary

The Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives is a new position that will be accountable to the Executive Director for expanding its community-based growth strategy and seeking the resources required to implement the plan. New Horizons is recruiting for this position with a leadership succession plan in mind. Accordingly, the Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives will immediately begin to assist the Executive Director in the overall management of the organization. Proven effectiveness in that role will offer a clear path to succession to the Executive Director’s position upon her retirement in 2023.


  • Serve as acting Executive Director in the absence of the Executive Director.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and volunteer committees, manage New Horizon’s fundraising efforts.
  • Develop strong relationships across the community with individuals, churches, organizations, and businesses.
  • Develop and implement a well-rounded, community-based strategy to raise monetary support and awareness.
  • Assist the Executive Director in leading a planned giving and endowment-building campaign.
  • Network across Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, and south Ft. Myers to nurture community partnerships.
  • Assist the Executive Director in writing grants.
  • Manage the donor database and analyze it for giving trends to make recommendations to the Executive Director for actions needed.
  • Local travel required to program sites and area communities, up to 25% of overall time.


Professional Qualifications & Personal Characteristics

  • Passion for the mission of New Horizons as a Christian ministry.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in management, business or related advanced degree preferred.
  • Management or supervisory experience.
  • Previous history of fundraising with individuals, corporations and community organizations, grant-writing, special events and working with volunteers.
  • Excellent people skills and the ability to work with diverse communities.
  • Strategic, “big picture” thinking, but not at the sacrifice of attention to detail.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Consensus builder.
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and ability to read and interpret financial statements.
  • Understanding of donor database management. Familiarity with Donor Perfect is a plus.
  • Unquestionable ethics and integrity.



Salary commensurate with experience. Vacation policy and health insurance plan are competitive with sector norms.


It is the policy of New Horizons of Southwest Florida to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants on the basis of experience, training, education, and ability to do the available work without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Application Process

To apply for this position, submit cover letter and resume to Steven Byers, The Moran Company. APPLY NOW