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Working As A Development Director

  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $110,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Development Director Do

Public relations managers plan and direct the creation of material that will maintain or enhance the public image of their employer or client. Fundraising managers coordinate campaigns that bring in donations for their organization.

Duties

Public relations managers typically do the following:

  • Write press releases and prepare information for the media
  • Identify main client groups and audiences and determine the best way to reach them
  • Designate an appropriate spokesperson or information source for media inquiries
  • Help clients communicate effectively with the public
  • Develop their organization's or client’s corporate image and identity
  • Assist and inform an organization’s executives and spokespeople
  • Devise advertising and promotion programs
  • Assign, supervise, and review the activities of staff

Fundraising managers typically do the following:

  • Manage progress towards achieving an organization’s fundraising goals
  • Develop and carry out fundraising strategies
  • Identify and contact potential donors
  • Create and plan different events that can generate donations
  • Meet face-to-face with highly important donors
  • Apply for grants
  • Assign, supervise, and review the activities of staff

Public relations managers review press releases and sponsor corporate events to help maintain and improve the image of their organization or client.

Public relations managers help to clarify their organization’s point of view to its main audience through media releases and interviews. They observe social, economic, and political trends that might ultimately affect their organization, and they recommend ways to enhance the firm's image based on those trends. For example, in response to a growing concern about the environment, the public relations manager for an oil company may create a campaign to publicize its efforts to develop cleaner fuels.

In large organizations, public relations managers often supervise a staff of public relations specialists. They also work with advertising, promotions, and marketing managers to ensure that advertising campaigns are compatible with the image the company or client is trying to portray. For example, if a firm decides to emphasize its appeal to a certain group, such as young people, the public relations manager needs to make sure that current advertisements are well received by that group.

In addition, public relations managers may handle internal communications, such as company newsletters, and may help financial managers produce an organization’s reports. They may also draft speeches, arrange interviews, and maintain other forms of public contact to help the organization’s top executives.

Public relations managers must be able to work well with many types of specialists to report the facts accurately. In some cases, the information they write has legal consequences. As a result, they must work with the company's or client's lawyers to be sure that the information they release is both legally accurate and clear to the public.

Fundraising managers oversee campaigns and events intended to bring in donations for their organization. Many organizations that employ fundraisers rely heavily on the donations they gather in order to run their operations.

Fundraising managers usually decide which fundraising techniques are necessary in a certain situation. Common techniques may include annual campaigns, capital campaigns, planned giving, or major gifts. In addition, social media has created a new avenue for fundraising managers to connect with more potential donors and to spread their organization’s message.

Those who work on annual campaigns focus heavily on contacting donors who have given in the past, and request that they give again. Finding new contacts for future donations is also a component of a successful annual campaign.

Capital campaigns are different; they are generally used to raise money over a shorter time period and for a specific project, such as the construction of a new building at a university.

Fundraisers who spend most of their time on planned giving must have specialized training in taxes regarding gifts of stocks, bonds, charitable annuities, and real estate bequests in a will. Major gifts are a feature of many different campaigns and are generally requested in person given the large value of the potential donation.

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How To Become A Development Director

Public relations and fundraising managers need at least a bachelor’s degree, and some positions may require a master’s degree. Many years of related work experience are also necessary.

Education

For public relations and fundraising management positions, a bachelor's degree in public relations, communications, English, fundraising, or journalism is generally required. However, some employers prefer a master’s degree, particularly in public relations, journalism, fundraising, or nonprofit management.

Courses in advertising, business administration, public affairs, public speaking, and creative and technical writing can be helpful.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not mandatory, public relations managers can get certified through the Public Relations Society of America. Candidates qualify based on years of experience and must pass an exam to become certified.

The International Association of Business Communicators offers a credential to demonstrate a level of knowledge and expertise.

The Certified Fund Raising Executive program, offered by CFRE International, is voluntary, but fundraisers who pursue certification demonstrate a level of professional competency to prospective employers. Candidates are required to have 5 years of work experience in fundraising and have 80 hours of continuing education through conference attendance and classroom instruction to qualify. Fundraisers must apply for renewal every 3 years to keep their certification valid.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Public relations and fundraising managers must have several years of experience in a related or entry-level position, such as a public relations specialist or fundraiser.

Lower level management positions may require only a few years of experience, whereas directors are more likely to need 5 to 10 years of related work experience.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Managers deal with the public regularly; therefore, they must be friendly enough to build rapport and receive cooperation from their media contacts and donors.

Leadership skills. Public relations and fundraising managers often lead large teams of specialists or fundraisers and must be able to guide their activities.

Organizational skills. Public relations and fundraising managers are often in charge of running several events at the same time, requiring superior organizational skills.

Problem-solving skills. Managers sometimes must explain how the company or client is handling sensitive issues. They must use good judgment in what they report and how they report it.

Speaking skills. Public relations and fundraising managers regularly speak on behalf of their organization. When doing so, they must be able to explain the organization’s position clearly.

Writing skills. Managers must be able to write well-organized and clear press releases and speeches. They must be able to grasp the key messages they want to get across and write them succinctly in order to keep the attention of busy readers or listeners.

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Development Director Career Paths

Development Director
Vice President
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
President
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Chief Development Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Advancement
11 Yearsyrs
Business Development Director
Senior Director Of Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President, Sales
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Managing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Of Staff
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
Sales And Marketing Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Executive Director Of Development, Gift Planning
11 Yearsyrs
Deputy Director
Director Of Public Affairs
7 Yearsyrs
National Director
10 Yearsyrs
Interim Executive Director
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director
Director Of Product Development
11 Yearsyrs
Board Of Directors Member
Chairperson, Board Of Directors
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Communications And Marketing
Marketing Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Sales Vice President
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Development Vice President
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Marketing Vice President
Senior Vice President Of Marketing
13 Yearsyrs
Area Director
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Finance Officer
Chief Administrative Officer
11 Yearsyrs
President/Chief Executive Officer
Advisory Board Member
5 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
State Director
8 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Communication
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Vice President
Corporate Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Operations And Development
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Strategy
Senior Director Of Marketing
12 Yearsyrs
Corporate Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Product Development
Director Of Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
External Relations Director
8 Yearsyrs
State Director
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Center Director
Division Director
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Vice President
Client Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of Software Development
Research And Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Engagement Director
10 Yearsyrs
Sales And Marketing Vice President
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Information Technology
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Events
Director Of Alumni Relations
5 Yearsyrs
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
Director Of Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
National Director
Account Director
9 Yearsyrs
Co-Owner
Community Relations Director
8 Yearsyrs
Area Director
District Director
8 Yearsyrs
Corporate Development Director
Director New Business Development
11 Yearsyrs
Interim Director
Director Of Marketing & Development
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Advancement
Director Of Outreach
6 Yearsyrs
Owner/Director
Partner-Director
10 Yearsyrs
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Top Careers Before Development Director
Director 10.1%
Consultant 6.1%
Manager 4.6%
Internship 4.0%
President 3.8%
Top Careers After Development Director
Consultant 9.3%
Director 9.1%
President 5.4%
Principal 4.6%
Owner 4.1%
Manager 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$110,000
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$66,000
Min 10%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$183,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Apple
Highest Paying City
Washington, DC
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Development Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Development Director in the United States is $110,282 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $66,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $183,000.

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Real Development Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Clinical Development Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation May 01, 2015 $270,000
Director of Aplication Development Atlantic Spine Center, LLC Feb 15, 2016 $250,000
Director, Clinical Development-Arikayce Insmed, Inc. Dec 26, 2016 $245,000
Director of Clinical Development Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Feb 23, 2015 $235,000
Director, Development Informatica LLC Sep 23, 2016 $221,000
Director of Category Development Fiverr, Inc. Aug 01, 2015 $220,000
Director of Development Impossible Ventures, LLC Jul 24, 2015 $210,000
Director, Integration Development Ralph Lauren Corporation Apr 01, 2016 $205,000
Director, Development Informatica Corporation Sep 09, 2015 $205,000
Director, Development Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc. Jun 09, 2016 $200,366
Director, Development Intergen Services, Inc. Feb 09, 2015 $195,000
Senior Development Director Zynga, Inc. Sep 07, 2015 $195,000
Director of Brand Development Thing Daemon Inc. Aug 06, 2016 $190,000
Development Director The Advisory Board Company Jul 27, 2016 $138,958
Director, Developer Markit North America, Inc. Apr 23, 2016 $138,133 -
$153,133
Director-Solution Development Eby-Brown Company, LLC Sep 21, 2015 $135,044
Data Warehouse Development, Director Grand Circle LLC Apr 10, 2015 $135,000 -
$155,000
Director, Development X1 Discovery, Inc. Oct 01, 2015 $135,000 -
$175,000
Director of Device Development Ubiquitous Energy, Inc. Mar 23, 2015 $133,120 -
$166,040
Director of Development Education Management Services LLC Apr 30, 2015 $130,000
Director of Development Acquisitions WNC & Associates, Inc. Feb 17, 2015 $130,000 -
$215,000
Director, Organization Design and Development ELC Management LLC Jul 18, 2015 $105,000
Director, Design and Development Ralph Lauren Corporation Oct 01, 2015 $102,102
Director Engineering & Development Horus Renewables Corp Sep 21, 2015 $102,000
Development Director EYM Group Inc. Dec 08, 2016 $100,922
Development Director World Pulse Voices Dec 04, 2016 $100,693
Director of Development Dealersocket, Inc. Sep 11, 2015 $100,000
Director of Culinary and Concept Development Areas USA Inc. Aug 31, 2015 $100,000
Director of Development Metropolis Ensemble, Inc. Jan 03, 2016 $99,487

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Top Skills for A Development Director

  1. Donor Database
  2. Special Events
  3. Major Gifts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Solicited seed money successfully, developed donor database, established annual fund, and solicited government funding.
  • Organized and coordinated various cultivation, donor recognition and special events annually, which maintained and deepened relationships with donors.
  • Shared responsibility with Vice President for University Advancement for major gifts, planned giving, and building a corporate/foundation relations program.
  • Developed and submitted proposals to foundations and corporations to seek financial support for the Capital Campaign and general operating support.
  • Developed a comprehensive stewardship program that successfully prepared the organization for a second capital campaign within 3 years.

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Development Director Demographics

Gender

Male

48.6%

Female

46.9%

Unknown

4.5%
Ethnicity

White

64.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.9%

French

17.5%

German

6.5%

Portuguese

4.5%

Italian

4.2%

Chinese

3.3%

Russian

2.6%

Mandarin

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Dutch

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Korean

0.9%

Hindi

0.8%

Swedish

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%

Greek

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Turkish

0.3%

Catalan

0.3%
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Development Director Education

Schools

New York University

8.4%

George Washington University

7.6%

Arizona State University

6.8%

Columbia University

5.6%

University of Southern California

5.6%

Florida State University

5.2%

University of Florida

5.0%

University of Texas at Austin

4.9%

University of Washington

4.9%

Purdue University

4.9%

American University

4.7%

Ohio State University

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

University of Georgia

4.2%

University of South Florida

4.1%

Michigan State University

3.9%

Georgia State University

3.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.8%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

27.6%

Communication

8.4%

Management

6.9%

Political Science

6.3%

Marketing

6.3%

Psychology

4.4%

Education

4.3%

English

3.9%

Finance

3.7%

Public Administration

3.2%

Law

3.2%

Public Relations

3.2%

Computer Science

2.7%

Social Work

2.6%

History

2.4%

Journalism

2.4%

Kinesiology

2.2%

Elementary Education

2.2%

Fine Arts

2.1%

Sociology

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.7%

Masters

34.4%

Doctorate

5.5%

Certificate

5.5%

Associate

3.7%

High School Diploma

1.3%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.3%
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