LifeWorks Austin
  • Development
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Full Time

LifeWorks is looking for a Director of Sustainable Philanthropy to join our Development team. The Director of Sustainable Philanthropy sustains and increases philanthropic support to LifeWorks by maximizing the engagement, involvement and commitment of individuals, corporations and family foundations; builds ongoing productive relationships with donors and prospective donors by effectively investigating and listening to donors' passions/motivations and matching those to LifeWorks' mission; and maintains an active prospect portfolio that places individuals at different stages of development cycle and measures their progress as they move from an unqualified lead to donor.


Front-line Fundraising

  • Devotes significant effort to cultivating relationships that lead to gift negotiations, actively managing approximately 75-100 prospects drawn from the pool of major, multi-year pledge, and annual giving donors, tour attendees, and referrals.
  • Develops and maintains complex/sensitive relationships with individuals critical to funding success, including making significant contacts/touches with prospects consisting of visits, telephone calls, correspondence, and event cultivations on a monthly basis. Individual meetings should be the primary method of making/maintaining contact.
  • Attends meetings and events on weekends, evenings, and out of town in order to cultivate or solicit donors.
  • Maintains a robust prospect portfolio by actively discovering and assessing a prospective donor's interest, affinity and capacity at all gift levels.
  • Develops and tracks individualized strategy plans, including dollar goals, for top 25% of portfolio, in consultation with CDO and ED (as appropriate).
  • Supports key leadership and program staff in prospect relationships including planned strategies leading to gifts, briefings for development-related meetings, and coordinated individual meetings with prospects, as well as expending and tracking gifts and grants for donor stewardship.
  • Drafts necessary correspondence, donor proposals, and gift documentation generated by events, personal visits and solicitations.
  • Records activity on prospect moves and solicitation proposals in donor management system.

Donor Relations and Events

  • Plans and executes events, and other activities as appropriate for fundraising purposes, to attract new prospects and donors, and to raise the visibility for LifeWorks.
  • Increases the visibility of LifeWorks by maintaining an active role in attending events in the Austin community as they closely align with agency fundraising strategies.
  • Works with various volunteers on behalf of LifeWorks, including the Board of Governors.
  • Reviews gifts to ensure that the donor's intentions and the organizations needs are congruous.
  • Initiates donor acknowledgements and recognition, as appropriate.

Administration and Planning

  • Works with the CDO and the team to create and execute a master plan for Sustainable Philanthropy, including annual operating plan, budget expenditure and revenue goal projections, communications plan, and strategy plans for major donor prospects.
  • Reviews and tracks meeting, supply and entertainment expenses.
  • Ensures compliance with all LifeWorks' development policies and procedures.
  • Participates in various LifeWorks meetings and committees, and handles other duties as assigned.


  • Requires a Bachelor's degree; and
  • Requires 7+ years of related experience; or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Skill in maintaining contacts involving significant visibility and requiring a high degree of tact and judgment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to make persuasive presentations and proposals to internal and external constituencies.
  • Ability to work independently and under deadlines; self-direction, exceptional organization, and acute attention to detail in the initiation, coordination and completion of tasks.
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