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Become A Development Director

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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

  • Stressful

  • $105,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Development Director Do

A Development Director plans and coordinates the implementation of business plans and the penetration of new markets. They are responsible for the management of all strategic and operational marketing and customer relationship activities.

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.


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 Demographics


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  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Italian

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Japanese

  • Dutch

  • Korean

  • Hebrew

  • Hindi

  • Swedish

  • Cantonese

  • Greek

  • Carrier

  • Vietnamese

  • Filipino

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Real Development Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Clinical Development Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation East Hanover, NJ May 01, 2015 $270,000
Director of Aplication Development Atlantic Spine Center, LLC West Orange, NJ Feb 15, 2016 $250,000
Director, Clinical Development-Arikayce Insmed, Inc. Bridgewater, NJ Dec 26, 2016 $245,000
Director of Clinical Development Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Shirley, NY Feb 23, 2015 $235,000
Director, Development Informatica LLC Redwood City, CA Sep 23, 2016 $221,000
Director of Category Development Fiverr, Inc. New York, NY Aug 01, 2015 $220,000
Director of Development Impossible Ventures, LLC Austin, TX Jul 24, 2015 $210,000
Director, Development Informatica Corporation Redwood City, CA Sep 09, 2015 $205,000
Director, Development Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc. Daly City, CA Jun 09, 2016 $200,366
Software Development Director Oracle America, Inc. CA Dec 21, 2015 $199,981 -
Software Development Director Oracle America, Inc. CA Oct 07, 2016 $197,300 -
Director, Development Intergen Services, Inc. Burlington, MA Feb 09, 2015 $195,000
Senior Development Director Zynga, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 07, 2015 $195,000
Director of Development Star Micronics America, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 16, 2015 $148,035
Franchise Marketing and Development Director Schakolad of International Drive Inc. Kissimmee, FL Mar 18, 2016 $147,160
Technical Development Director Ngmoco, LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 06, 2016 $145,726
Director of Membership Development Sierra Club San Francisco, CA Aug 24, 2016 $144,893
Director of Creative Development The Rabbit Hole San Francisco, CA Feb 01, 2015 $142,960
International Biorefining Development Director Poet LLC Sioux Falls, SD Sep 22, 2016 $142,600
Director of Brand Development Yum! Brands, Inc. Louisville, KY Sep 28, 2015 $141,700
Director of Brand Development Yum! Brands, Inc. Louisville, KY Sep 14, 2015 $141,700
Client Development Director Catalyst Online LLC New York, NY Aug 02, 2016 $105,000
Director Engineering & Development Horus Renewables Corp West Sacramento, CA Sep 21, 2015 $102,000
Development Director EYM Group Inc. Dallas, TX Dec 08, 2016 $100,922
Development Director World Pulse Voices Portland, OR Dec 04, 2016 $100,693
Technology Development Director Gwynnie Bee Islandia, NY Feb 01, 2015 $100,000 -
Marketing Development Director Focusvision Worldwide Inc. Stamford, CT Sep 25, 2015 $100,000 -
Director of Development Dealersocket, Inc. Oshkosh, WI Sep 11, 2015 $100,000
Director of Culinary and Concept Development Areas USA Inc. Miami, FL Aug 31, 2015 $100,000

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Top Skills for A Development Director


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Top Development Director Skills

  1. New Donors
  2. Special Events
  3. Major Gift Prospects
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Tracked cultivation activities, outreach to new donors and cultivation of current/past donors for both Annual Fund and major gifts.
  • Designed and implemented annual fund strategy and coordinated Symphony special events throughout western Massachusetts.
  • Recruited to manage portfolio of major gift prospects at one of Oregon's three law schools.
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations.
  • Participated in two formal strategic plans and a major capital campaign to renovate shelter facility.

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