Director of Development

Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut | Stamford, Connecticut

Job Summary

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut (CGC) is a renowned non-profit children's mental health agency that serves children ages birth through 18 who experience mental health challenges that interfere with their daily lives. We are seeking a creative and dynamic Director of Development with experience leading all aspects of fundraising, who brings an excitement about our unique programs and values the work we do in our community.


Key responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement all fundraising activities, supervising a part-time Communications Manager and a grant-writing consultant
  • Develop annual and long-range fundraising and communication plans in collaboration with the CEO
  • Research, cultivate, and directly solicit individual and major gifts donors and corporate sponsors, working with the CEO and Board to strategize and manage relationships
  • Take a proactive and creative leadership role in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and tracking of corporate and foundation grants, and support other leaders with government grants
  • Serve as a positive and engaging representative of CGC in the community, with a focus on building close working relationships with the region's philanthropic community, individual and corporate donors, sponsors, Board members, and volunteers
  • Coordinate the donor experience at CGC events in collaboration with development and production staff
  • Provide detailed, accurate, and timely reports on fundraising activity to the CEO and Board
  • Manage the development department in a fiscally sound manner by ensuring that the appropriate systems, staffing, and procedures are in place to support fundraising goals
  • Oversee all branding, advertising, and communications


As the incoming Director of Development, you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:

  • You are hard-working, organized, and detail-oriented, with at least 5 years of professional experience in non-profit fundraising roles, with past success in managing a multi-faceted fundraising program
  • You demonstrate a strong connection to the mission and vision of CGC, with a passion for supporting children's mental health
  • You bring experience working across all aspects of development, with prior success crafting and implementing comprehensive development plans; ideally, this will include experience creating and executing special events, planned giving programs, and communication, branding, and marketing plans
  • You have excellent interpersonal and oral and written communications skills, and you have successfully built relationships with individuals giving gifts of $10,000 or more as well as corporate sponsors and foundation supporters
  • You are excited by the opportunity to act as an external representative of CGC and to share our work with new audiences
  • You are fluent in standard software applications and donor management software and familiar with non-profit accounting rules and procedures, and you are comfortable working in a data-driven environment
  • You thrive as part of a collaborative, positive, and flexible small team, and you seek out opportunities to take initiative and implement new strategies
  • You hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • You hold a valid driver's license, auto insurance, and reliable access to a car, and are able to work outside of traditional office hours as needed to manage events and cultivate donor relationships



CGC offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience and skills, and excellent benefits package, including generous vacation/sick policy, health and dental insurance, 403(b) plan, and a flexible work schedule.

How to Apply


The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume, addressed to Dr. Eliot Brenner, at .

The Child Guidance Center is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut


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