Employment Opportunity: Development Director

800 450 Stroud Water Research Center

Stroud Water Research Center seeks a full-time development director to head our ongoing fundraising and outreach needs. Reporting to the executive director, the development director will lead a development team in designing and implementing fundraising strategies that include donor relations and solicitation, curating our donor database, grant writing, fundraising event management, and assisting with communications such as annual reports, newsletters, and social media campaigns.

The development director will work closely with the executive director, senior leadership from the science, education, and restoration departments, and the controller’s office in pursuit of philanthropic revenue to support the Stroud Center and its mission to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration.


The Stroud Center’s development director will lead and manage a growing fundraising program. This role involves designing, organizing, and implementing annual fundraising campaigns, large-scale fundraising initiatives, planned giving, corporate fundraising, and building relationships with donors, staff, and volunteers. The development director will oversee a comprehensive development program that encourages new gifts and inspires donor loyalty among individuals, foundations, and corporations to support our mission and the goals and objectives outlined in the Stroud Center’s strategic plan.

Responsibilities include identifying prospects and cultivating and securing gifts, building and maintaining day-to-day relationships with fundraising constituents, securing annual fund donations, major individual giving (please see details about our Future of Freshwater Initiative), cultivating gifts from foundations and corporate giving programs, directing special multiyear fundraising campaigns, and organizing events as needed.

The development director’s office is expected to contribute leadership toward accomplishing the diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives underway at the Stroud Center, particularly as this effort expands awareness among our supporters and broadens the diversity and inclusivity of our supporters.

The development office is closely coupled with the communications team at the Stroud Center, and the development director leads or co-leads the production of annual reports, newsletters, press releases, and other media. The development director is a key member of the senior staff and reports to the Stroud Center’s executive director.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Understands and appreciates the value of nature and the importance of generating and disseminating new knowledge to help conserve it for future generations.
  • Has a bachelor’s degree (minimum qualification) or a master’s degree (preferred qualification) related to the development field (business, nonprofit administration, or public administration preferred) AND interest or educational background that includes environmental science, education, or related fields.
  • Has at least 10 years of experience in the development field with experience working in either the nonprofit or for-profit industry.
  • Has superb communication skills (written and verbal) and marketing, messaging, or public relations expertise.
  • Motivates and maintains a highly organized and self-motivated development office.
  • Is able to work independently, yet is willing to work in close collaboration with the Stroud Center’s leadership, including its board of directors.
  • Has a demonstrated track record of success in securing grants from foundations and charitable entities.
  • Has strong computer and software application skills; prior experience with CRM (Customer Relationship Management) or donor tracking systems, especially Raiser’s Edge.
  • Is willing to travel, as needed.
  • Possesses strong knowledge of current and evolving trends in fundraising, including online solicitation techniques.
  • Is able to manage a system for charitable gift planning, tracking, and cultivation.
  • Personnel management skills are required and prior supervisory experience is necessary.

Expectations and Specific Duties

  • Sets fundraising objectives in collaboration with the executive director, evaluates results, and develops corrective strategies as needed.
  • Collaborates with the communications/outreach and public relations/marketing team.
  • Develops and administers the development office budgeting.
  • Develops and hosts donor events, galas, fundraising events, and public volunteer events at the Stroud Center’s campus and off-campus.
  • Assists our Education Department in securing business tax credit donations (Educational Improvement Tax Credit program in Pennsylvania) to support program delivery.
  • Recruits and trains fundraising staff and volunteer leaders.
  • Ongoing professional development of fundraising tools, trends, and the nonprofit community.
  • Communicates with donors and staff in person or via email, phone, or social media.
  • Answers donor and staff inquiries in a timely fashion.
  • Uses prospect research tools and your donor database to build donor relationships.
  • Creates solicitation materials for the fundraising team.
  • Leads/co-leads production of the annual report, newsletters, press releases, social media, and other outreach and communication materials.
  • Develops strategies for advancing the diversity, equity, and inclusivity of the Stroud Center’s supporters and external communications and messaging to the extent consistent with DEI objectives of the Stroud Center.
  • Facilitates internal, centerwide, special events and parties.

Salary and Benefits

Pay will be commensurate with qualifications/experience. Benefits include generous employer contributions towards medical and dental plans, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, defined benefit pension plan (vested after 5 years), and paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave.

Application Process

The preferred starting date is by the end of March, 2021, but some flexibility is possible. Application review will begin March 1, 2021, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, use the application form below to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, and the names and contact details for three professional references as a SINGLE ATTACHMENT. The name of the attached file should start with the applicant’s last name in the file name (e.g., LASTNAME_RESUME.PDF). No phone calls, please.

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About Stroud Water Research Center
Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water through global research, education, and watershed restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Since its creation in 1967, teams of scientists have conducted pioneering research on streams and rivers locally, regionally, and throughout the world. Today, the Stroud Center’s research team blends its talents in hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, chemistry, microbiology, aquatic entomology (insects and other invertebrates), ichthyology (fish), and ecosystem modeling in collaborative studies of the physical, chemical, and biological processes of streams, rivers, and watersheds. The Stroud Center’s education staff helps to interpret our research findings and builds education programs about freshwater ecology, management, and stewardship for a wide audience. The Stroud Center’s Watershed Restoration Group develops and implements watershed restoration programs that connect landowners, stakeholders, and the general public with best management practices for conserving, restoring, and protecting watersheds. While we work in watersheds all over the world, most of our ideas are generated and pilot tested at the Stroud Center’s main campus in the White Clay Creek experimental watershed where the Stroud Center has a 52-year research and monitoring record within a unique facility that includes indoor “wet” labs and streamside flumes fed by flowing water pumped in from the creek on our property. The Stroud Center research team maintains a long-term freshwater research program in NW Costa Rica (Guanacaste Province) as part of a tropical ecology program. In 2012, the Stroud Center expanded its campus to 50 acres and constructed a LEED Platinum-certified building for education and public outreach, the Moorhead Environmental Complex.

Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, non-advocacy 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.