Development Director

  • Camp Hill, PA 17011, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF has invested nearly $2B in research over the past 45 years and is sponsoring scientific research in 17 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit

As a JDRF team member, you can look forward to interesting and challenging work, building strong relationships with fellow staff and our network of volunteers, and having a meaningful impact on the lives of everyone affected by this devastating disease.

Job Description

The Senior Development Manager role is a great opportunity to join a strong Chapter team and work closely with the Executive Director and local leadership, regional teams and an outstanding group of volunteers to increase the reach and impact of the Chapter. 

The Senior Development Manager will manage, evaluate, and expand campaigns that build and strengthen links to potential and existing volunteers and donors and grow the Chapter’s revenue through increased corporate, individual, volunteer, and other community involvement. He or she will organize and coordinate appropriate committees with volunteers to expand fundraising and non-fundraising programs focusing primarily on the chapter’s signature event, its annual One Night gala. The ideal candidate must be a self-starter, able to work in a fast paced environment while managing several key projects.  

Other responsibilities include:

Serve as a key staff member in implementing the strategic direction and purpose of the Chapter. Collaborate with an outstanding team of local staff as well as national/regional staff resources to ensure the Chapter’s growth and success, discuss best practices, and share new ideas to execute a financially successful event.

Help develop and implement strategies for chapter fundraising activities, primarily the signature events program, to sustain continued growth, maximum penetration of core market areas and opportunities for expansion where appropriate.

Provide management and active leadership for all aspects of planning and executing the annual gala through increasing major chapter external and community development activities such as corporate partnership development, volunteer leadership development, marketing, and communication and education programs.

Identify, build, and steward relationships with community, civic and corporate leaders throughout the Central Pennsylvania area as an integral part of volunteer and donor prospect development and engagement in JDRF’s annual gala. 

Manage and continually develop assigned volunteer committees (Gala and Corporate Development) providing leadership, cultivation, acknowledgement, material support, and assistance in building and implementing committee plans.

Establish, evaluate and maintain standards for all JDRF priority events and non-events programs, primary focus on the annual gala, but also includes Major Giving, Walk, and other Special Events. In partnership with chapter staff, develop an annual plan for the annual gala including financial goals, objectives and calendar of activity.

Maintain accurate and complete financial records for the gala, and help ensure that the logistics and budget/timelines are met for the gala. 

Utilize social media to increase visibility and promote chapter programs and events.

Identify and cultivate potential new board members. Make recommendations about volunteer leadership development opportunities to the Chapter Executive Director.

Assist in identifying, cultivating and stewarding major donors.

Ensure personal accountability for meeting deadlines and responding to volunteers and other department requests.


Five+ years of fundraising experience or relevant business/volunteer experience. CFRE a plus.

Two+ years of supervisory experience, preferred

Knowledge of both special event and non-event fundraising activities (major gifts, stewardship, etc.) is a must.  Prior experience managing galas or large scale special events is a plus.

Must be a self-starter and able to manage several key projects while also being collaborative and an amazing team player!

Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills. Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills.

Ability to interface with all levels of staff and volunteers.

Significant computer literacy. 

Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent experience required.

Must be able to lift at least 40 lbs.  Ability to travel locally required. Occasional evening and weekend work required as needed.

Additional Information

JDRF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and infrequently up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.