Development Director,  
Birmingham, AL

Metro Birmingham


Fundraising: Individual Giving and Special Events

Development Director

Banks Academy

Position Summary


Through education change a direction, change a life, and change a community!  Are you ready to build a rewarding career making a real impact, changing the lives of children through education, helping to end generational poverty, and thus building a better and productive community?


Banks Academy is a private Christian urban high school serving northeast Birmingham, AL.  The Director of Development for Banks Academy will drive engagement and revenue generation and lead the implementation of development efforts.  The Director will manage part-time staff and volunteers for direct solicitation, events, and ongoing communication.  This position will collaborate with market leaders, key volunteers, and board members to reach revenue goals. This position will report directly to the Board of Directors and have a dotted-line reporting to the school Executive Director.


Drive Banks Academy donor and fundraising revenue:

  • Continue existing and further develop market specific strategy and tactics for increasing engagement with existing donors and creating new corporate, foundation, and individual donors.

  • Drive key strategies by organizing volunteers, staff, and participants during critical periods of the revenue campaigns and events.

  • Oversee and assist with school marketing efforts of print and digital media.

  • Responsible for portfolio oversight and ensuring consistent use of relationship management tools and collaboration through staff, volunteers, and board members.

  • Manage and grow revenue and engagement of assigned relationship portfolio.

  • Ensure highest level of event experience by working in collaboration with event production and volunteer engagement to determine event dates, locations, and components within the plan that can be highlighted or enhanced on event day.

  • Engage market leaders in promoting the school, increasing donations, and participate in recruiting and developing board members.

  • Manage and grow the grant solicitation process. Manage all foundation relationships. Prior grant writing or contract/proposal experience a plus.

  • Implement processes that enable rapid adoption of successful tactics into the assigned event revenue portfolio.

  • Other duties as assigned


Facilitate Volunteer Engagement for fundraising and event experience in the assigned event revenue portfolio:

  • Engage volunteers through meaningful and impactful work that is well defined and structured by employing the strategies, tools, and resources in their local market.

  • Identify, develop, and grow volunteer capacity to achieve measurable and sustainable results while removing obstacles.

  • Work with volunteer coordinator to engage donors into volunteer activities.

  • Attend all board meetings.


Minimum Education/Experience/Competencies:

  • Bachelor's Degree; relevant experience will be considered in lieu of a degree

  • 4 + years related experience including 2 years in a leadership position; nonprofit experience preferred but an extensive career in outside sales qualifies.

  • Knowledgeable of development best practices

  • Goal driven, innovative, and confident

  • Strategic relationship builder able to gain trust and credibility both internally and externally. Is comfortable calling on high individuals or business leaders and has a track record of results.

  • Ability to analyze metrics and adjust plans based on the data 

  • Ability to motivate and lead staff and volunteers holding them accountable to results 

  • Strong collaborator - seeks diverse opinions and input while building consensus 



  • Microsoft Office Proficiency

  • Ability to use Reporting Tools and development platforms (Donor Search, Bloomerang)

  • Ability to work nights and weekends as required to support events

  • Commitment to the mission, vision, faith, cultural values, and expectations of the Banks Academy. A personal faith testimony will be required during the interview process.

  • This position will be required to drive/travel on school business. Candidate must possess a valid driver's license, proof of insurance, and reliable transportation. The school runs motor vehicle checks for all positions which require driving, and the applicant must meet the guidelines.

  • A background check is required since working with or around children.

  • The is position provides opportunity for professional development via direct training, conferences, associations, and webinars.

Estimated hiring range for this role is $66,000 - $80,000.  Final offers will be based on career experience and may vary from this range due to these and other factors.  Our client is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.

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