Head of Development

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (The Center) is an engaging cultural center located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, which connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s ongoing struggle for human rights. The Center is currently in search of a Head of Development to lead our ongoing nonprofit development and fundraising efforts.



The Head of Development will lead all fundraising and development activities for the organization. This role will help maintain current donor relationships and expand our donor network and ongoing opportunities for donor support of The Center’s work. In collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer, the Head of Development will provide oversight of development team members, build and nurture donor relationships, ensure grant submission deadlines are met, and work cross-functionally throughout the organization to identify opportunities for financial support of The Center’s work. 

Reports To:  Jill Savitt, President & CEO 

Duties & Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Support and partner with CEO on all major fundraising initiatives 
  • Work to support ongoing fundraising plan to include corporate, major gift donors and foundation grants 
  • Monitor all donor information and present statistical analysis to board and senior leadership 
  • Identify, develop, and mentor the development team 
  • Identify and develop corporate, community and individual prospects for organizations fundraising priorities and opportunities 
  • Assist with identifying new grant opportunities 
  • Oversee and/or develop and execute all proposals, write and archive all proposals with a long-term management approach  
  • Understand and respond to the need of donors to meet or exceed their expectations within NCCHR parameters  
  • Leverage current programs and nurture relationships with current donors and organizations to produce increased levels of engagement and funding 
  • Oversee systems, policies and procedures for development efforts including, gifts, pledge processing, fund reporting, acknowledgments, and tracking 
  • Ensure integrity of CRMS database content  
  • Operates within anti-racist frameworks when approaching tasks, community, and colleagues 
  • Handle execution and support other programs and projects as assigned 


Required Skills and Competencies 

  • Bachelor’s degree required 
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in nonprofit resource development and fundraising 
  • Minimum 5 years’ leadership and supervisory experience 
  • Excellent relationship building and verbal communication skills 
  • Excellent research and written communication skills 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and other commonly used business technology tools 
  • Working knowledge of maintaining constituent records and donor management in CRMS database; experience with Blackbaud’s Altru database a big plus 
  • A genuine commitment to the mission, values, and work of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights 

Physical Requirements 

  • Capable of working on a computer for extended periods of time 
  • Extended periods of sitting and/or standing 
  • Cognitive ability to process information, analyze and make decisions 
  • Ability to lift, carry, and or move up to 25 pounds 
  • Bending, reaching, kneeling

Employment Eligibility 

NCCHR is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on age (40 and over), race, sex, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, and the statuses protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. 

About Us 

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (The Center) is an engaging cultural center that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s ongoing struggle for human rights, whether at a local, national, or global level. Our purpose is to create a safe space for visitors and attendees to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they come away inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities, workplace, and lives. The Center has a local footprint in downtown Atlanta, Georgia with a national reach in the ongoing pursuit of civil and human rights for all. To learn more, visit our website civilandhumanrights.org.

Application Instructions

Interested and qualified candidates please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to [email protected].