Position: Development Manager Girls Inc. of Delaware (GIDE)

Reports To: Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Delaware


Girls Inc. of Delaware (GIDE) seeks a Development Manager with a passion for inspiring girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold. The Development Manager oversees the fundraising activities in Delaware and reports to the Executive Director. In addition to raising funds, the position includes hands-on leadership of event planning, developing three appeals, completing small grants, and a critical part of the marketing committee. The Development Manager will continue to expand the organization’s development program by meeting targeted financial goals and executing activities designed to attract annual giving. The Development Manager will also be responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers and volunteer committees for all special events in Delaware.


  • Oversees planning, organizing, executing and evaluating all fundraising and special events to include at least three major fundraising events each year, third party beneficiary events, and other programming which advances GIDE’s profile, reach, and mission in Wilmington.

  • Creates and executes event plans which includes: key staff, board members, and volunteer roles, budgets, and timelines.

  • Continues to expand GIDE statewide annual appeal (three a year).

  • As a critical part of the marketing committee participates in monthly meetings to ensure GIDE is coordinating our materials, website, and social media, and utilizing most effectively.

  • Develops strong networks within the local community, cold call or develop and grow prospects for potential income streams, event sponsorships, and volunteer opportunities.

  • Coordinates all logistics and fundraising materials for donor-related events, including friend-raisers and other cultivation opportunities.

  • Responsible for identifying, recruiting and managing volunteers for special events and committees.

  • Lead the drafting, editing, and submission of funder-facing materials including letters of inquiry, concept papers, proposals, and collateral materials in partnership with GIDE’s Executive Directors.

  • Assists with functions related to the day-to-day operations of the New Castle County office.


  • Passion for inspiring girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold GIDE’s mission.

  • Hands on, daily contact with girls and alumna of GIDE.

  • Dynamic and experienced development professional with ability to work and connect with a diverse constituencies of businesses and community groups.

  • A record of fundraising success.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong relationships.

  • Robust knowledge of fundraising program building, donor acquisition, research, cultivation, organization, stewardship, and management.

  • In-depth event planning experience.

  • Ability to understand and create budgets and other financial documents.

  • Creative problem solving and critical thinking skills.

  • Able to work comfortably both independently and as part of a team.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to work in a small office environment.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Excellent organizational abilities; especially ability to prioritize and attention to detail.

  • Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends is necessary.

  • Events are hosted throughout Wilmington.  The Development Manager must have a valid driver’s license, access to reliable transportation to complete various responsibilities of the position.

  • Computer competency in Microsoft Office, Excel, and desktop publishing software.

  • A minimum of 2-4 years of proven development/fundraising experience preferred in the non-profit field.


Apply by submitting a cover letter, include salary requirement, and resume detailing your interest and qualifications for the position.  Place in the subject line Development Manager-Girls Inc. of Delaware (GIDE) to: Tharris@girlsincde.org incomplete submissions will not be considered for the position. No phone calls or stop/drop ins.


Girls Inc. of Delaware is an equal opportunity employer. This job posting in no way states or implies these are the only duties to be performed by the employee incumbent in this position. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise other than an “at will” relationship.

All resumes submitted are confidential.