Director of Development

Position Description: Director of Development

Date Posted: March 25, 2022

Position Type: Full-time, Salary, Exempt

Position Reports to: Deputy Director

Overview of Role:

Equality Ohio and Equality Ohio Education Fund (referred to collectively as
“Equality Ohio”) seek an energetic professional to serve as Director of Development to lead contributed revenue strategies for both organizations. The Director of Development will be responsible for the creation, implementation, and coordination of the annual development plan, which is comprised of work with major donors, direct response and other annual appeals, corporate support of all kinds, foundation grants, and special events. As a member of the Leadership Team, this position provides strategic insight relative to the identification and cultivation of resources.

Geographical Area:

This position can be based in any of Equality Ohio’s three offices––Cincinnati, Cleveland or Columbus. The role will include travel within the state of Ohio to lead development and engagement events statewide and support other organizational efforts.  


November 2, 2004, was a turning point for Ohio’s LGBTQ+ community. In spite of the efforts of thousands of community members and allies, ⅔ of Ohio’s voters passed a measure limiting our legal rights in the state we call home. We were devastated.

Across the state, political insiders, grassroots activists, and everyday Ohioans who had never before been politically engaged, all reached the same conclusion: something new, something strategic, had to be done to protect our communities and one another. In 2005, sixty-five people, diverse in gender, race, religion, and region of Ohio, answered the call and gathered in the basement of a church in Columbus. After two long days, one vision emerged: an Ohio that everyone can call home. Equality Ohio (a 501c4 organization) and Equality Ohio Education Fund (a 501c3 organization) were born.

In the years since, Equality Ohio has changed hearts, minds and laws in service of creating an Ohio where people are welcome, affirmed and flourishing. 

Our Mission: Equality Ohio identifies and transforms systems and institutions so LGBTQ+ Ohioans can fully access legal and lived equality.

Our Vision: An Ohio where people are welcome, affirmed, and flourishing.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leadership: Serve as a senior member of the leadership team that provides strategic insight and direction to the Executive Director and Board of Directors relative to resource development, donor engagement, messaging, and fundraising tactics, particularly as they relate to Ohio’s political and social landscapes; collaborate with the leadership team and Board of Directors to set organizationa goals, priorities, and contributed income budget. 
  • Resource Development: Develop and utilize a comprehensive fundraising plan that strategically balances grant funding, corporate funding, major donors, individual donors, giving societies, giving days, giving federations, and social media channels; track and communicate fundraising plan progress and adjustments with the leadership team and Board of Directors; manage the organization’s grant portfolio, leading research, proposal drafting and reporting; cultivate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders and constituents, matching donor priorities with organizational goals. 
  • Community Engagement & Events: Produce and manage all fundraising and donor cultivation events, including, but not limited to, Ohio Allies & Advocates, Obergefell & Arthur Society Dinner, Evenings for Equality, national, regional and local giving days and events, and other community engagement activities (both in-person and hybrid as health and safety regulations allow); in partnership with the Communications Manager, develop digital and traditional fundraising campaigns and appeals; serve as an ambassador for Equality Ohio at community and partner events.
  • Supervision & Management: Provide direct supervision to the Development and Data Associate and coordinate data requests from other Equality Ohio departments; manage the organization’s CRM system (EveryAction) and provide oversight for all development-related data; recruit, train and manage fundraising and event volunteers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

    • Strong familiarity and fluency with issues facing the LGBTQ+ community
    • Demonstrated passion for public interest and social justice work with a particular passion for the mission of Equality Ohio
    • Five years or more of successful fundraising experience including experience in major gift strategy, annual giving strategy, and grant writing
    • Demonstrated record of success in positioning organizations to secure funding from a diverse range of funding streams
    • Three or more years of event planning and management experience 
    • Demonstrated comfort with making verbal and written appeals for monetary support and experience training others to do the same
    • Outstanding communication skills
    • Experience working with Boards of Directors, particularly with respect to fundraising
    • Experience in community networking and relationship building
    • Three or more years of experience with development databases (Blackbaud, Salesforce, EveryAction, etc)
  • Have availability to work evenings and weekends
  • Be willing to travel and have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle with insurance

Salary Range: $65,000 – $75,000 with medical (with Flexible Spending Account), vision, life, and dental insurance options, paid time off and non-matching investment account access

Estimated Date to Hire: June 1, 2022

Application Submission Guidelines

Please submit to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter (required)
  • Resume (required)
  • Grant writing or monetary appeal sample (required)

**Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible.

A Note to BIPOC Candidates:

Studies have shown that women, non-binary folks, and People of Color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that’s okay. We would strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

People of color, LGBTQ people, and those with gender-expansive identities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Contact Information:

Kim Welter
Phone: 614-224-0400

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.equalityohio.org