Development Manager (Fundraising)

  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2.5 billion in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers in chapters across the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement, and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information please visit or follow us on Twitter @JDRF.

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. JDRF supports a diverse and inclusive workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Description


The Development Manager role is an opportunity to join a strong Chapter team reporting to the Development Director and working closely with local and Chapter leadership, regional teams and an outstanding group of volunteers to increase the reach and impact of the Chapter.  Covering the Indiana and Kentucky markets, the right person in this position is an integral member of the team, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of fundraising, chapter operations, and community engagement.  This includes managing, evaluating, and expanding cultivation opportunities and communications, oversight of various event activities, outreach, and education support.  He or she organizes and executes select administrative components of chapter operations that support the donor giving cycle, from qualification to stewardship.


  • Serves as a key staff member in implementing the chapter’s Community Engagement program as well as the Bag of Hope program.
  • Collaborates with local staff as well as national/regional staff resources to ensure the Chapter’s growth and success.
  • Helps develop and implement new family acquisition, train and coach outreach volunteers and ultimately introduce new families to chapter events and the donor cycle.
  • Identifies, builds, and stewards relationships with community, civic and corporate leaders as an integral part of volunteer and donor engagement.
  • Assist with all chapter operations including administrative support and management of the CRM database including CRM updates, duplications, and reports.
  • Strategically and consistently utilizes CRM data management tool to maximize efficient and effective moves management of donor pipeline.  
  • Assists with event planning and execution for the area, including Walk, family engagement events and volunteer-led third-party activities as well as volunteer recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Oversees assigned community engagement activities and helps establish strategic alliances with community organizations and healthcare providers in chapter territory.
  • Ensures personal accountability for meeting deadlines and responding to volunteers and other department requests.


  • 4 years of work experience including 2+ years fundraising or relevant business/volunteer experience.
  • Strong CRM database knowledge, Salesforce preferred.
  • Must be a self-starter, with the ability to collaborate as a team player.
  • Strong verbal and written communication. Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to interface with all levels of staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to create and manage process that enhances efficiency of staff work while allowing for donor centricity.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel & PowerPoint)
  • Detail oriented.   
  • Familiarity with outreach activities preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to travel within the chapter footprint. Occasional evening and weekend work as needed.
  • To protect the health and safety of our employees, all new hires are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by September 7, 2021.  The only potential exception to this rule is for applicants who cannot be vaccinated due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief.


Additional Information

JDRF supports a diverse and inclusive workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 
All information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.