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OrganizationThe READ Center
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineJune 7, 2024
College Degree Required?No
Salary Range$70,000 with bonus potential


The READ Center provides literacy education at no cost to adults (18 years and older) in the Greater Richmond region through classroom instruction, one-to-one tutoring, and workshops. Instruction includes reading, writing, math, and digital literacy skills for individuals who are reading below an 8th grade equivalent level. In Greater Richmond alone, there are over 90,000 adults who lack these basic literacy skills. Literacy skills are critical to accessing safety net resources, navigating employment changes, improving financial self-sufficiency, and building strong families. Many adults in our community currently lack the ability to read a bus schedule, fill out a job application, or navigate healthcare systems and medical directions. The READ Center offers tailored instruction and support to these adults, helping them achieve their personal educational and life goals. READ’s ethos revolves around individual respect and honoring the courage & resilience it takes for an adult to improve literacy skills, regardless of their level when they began.
The READ Center staff is small yet mighty. We thrive on collaboration, creative thinking, compassion, respect, and humor. We work hard and care deeply for the adults we serve. We value everyone’s ideas, patience, flexibility, and lives outside of work. We are growing our staff and are looking for individuals who can add their ‘flair’’ to the great team we have now.

The Development Manager works with the Executive Director, Staff and Volunteers to achieve fundraising and development goals. The Development Manager oversees all aspects of fundraising: including the annual fund, database management, special events, some grants management and other fundraising strategies. Applicants should possess patience, flexibility, compassion and curiosity.

Job Duties

Manage and oversee a multi-faceted fundraising strategy and program, including direct mail, major gifts, special events, mass email and social media, to ensure that The READ Center meets or exceeds its annual fundraising goals.
With the Executive Director, develop and maintain relationships with individuals and organizations; special focus on stewardship of current individual donors, foundations, etc.
Manage annual fundraising campaigns including the Annual Appeals
Oversee and expand corporate funding sources, volunteerism and participation in READ events and initiatives.
Assist in managing READ’s donor database and gift processing
Oversee and expand the existing READ Center fundraising events (Great Richmond Trivia Bee, A Moveable Feast, etc).
Provide regular and consistent fundraising reports to the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
Create and maintain development plans, reports and processes; if necessary, make recommendations to improve development efforts, plans and reports.
Identify long-term funding strategies for reaching development goals to ensure the sustainability of READ.
Alongside READ staff, champion the mission of READ serving as a spokesperson for the organization when applicable.

Skills Required

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in a related subject, preferred but not required.
3 years’ experience in non-profit fundraising experience.
A self-starter who is adaptable, versatile and able to handle multiple projects and deadlines.
Skilled in active listening and in making evidence-based decisions
Set high performance standards and holds themself accountable
Excellent verbal and written communication with attention to detail
High level of personal and professional integrity; experience working with diverse populations
Ability to solve problems, adapt to changing context, and work effectively with little supervision
Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills; strong goal and teamwork orientation, and the ability to work in a complex, small nonprofit environment
Travel within the Greater Richmond Metro Area and some evening/weekend work is required
Proficiency in the use of fundraising and development software systems like Donor Databases, Mailchimp, etc.

Work Schedule

40 hours/week; 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday

Additional Info

Work requires sitting for sustained periods of time, walking and light lifting, up to 10 pounds.

Benefits: Healthcare (health, dental, vision), generous PTO, simple IRA with 3% match

How to apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to by Friday, June 7, 2024 at 5:00pm. No phone calls please.

The READ Center is committed to attracting an applicant pool with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and interests and encourages applicants with transferrable qualifications to apply. READ is dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and provides consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or protected veteran status.