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Development Manager

Are you an energetic, results-driven person? The Development Manager will play a key role in helping to execute a strategic annual campaign cultivating relationships with board members, individual donors, partners, and grant-making foundations. Reporting to the CEO, the Coordinator will identify sources for grant funding, research, and write proposals and report outcomes.


  • Fundraising Targets and Portfolio Management: Accountable for achieving or exceeding minimum fundraising targets, maintaining a database of donors and prospects, and making face-to-face donor solicitations. Grows and executes a grant portfolio to generate revenue. Manages annual giving, direct mail, and other revenue-generating campaigns such as Give Big Knox and Giving Tuesday appeals. Responsible for entering contributions into the donor database and sending acknowledgments to donors via letters, emails, phone calls, and other special recognitions.
  • Special Events: Oversees the implementation of major fundraising special events such as Marblegate and Homecoming. Maintains events calendar, plans, schedules and executes events in conjunction with key volunteers, staff, vendors, etc. Solicits in-kind goods and services, schedules and documents post-event de-briefings.
  • Strategic Planning: Implements a Development Plan including annual and multi-year development strategies. Works closely with the CEO, Board of Directors and partner organizations to execute the fundraising strategy in order to significantly grow annual revenues in the short-term while diversifying the funding base towards long-term sustainability and building the endowment. Implements a written plan to identify, educate, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors. Responsible for submitting fundraising reports to board meetings.
  • Relationship Development: At the direction of the CEO, serves as staff liaison to representatives of foundations and corporations for solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship purposes. Collaborates with the National Park and partner organizations to identify and maximize fundraising opportunities. Serves as staff liaison on the Board’s Fundraising Committee. Orients new Board members to their fundraising responsibilities and ensure they receive the support they need to be successful volunteer fundraisers.
  • Collaborates with the Marketing Manager on Tremont’s communication, storytelling, and outreach strategy.
  • Collaborates with the CEO, Marketing Manager, and other staff to recruit, manage and effectively implement a volunteer program for fundraising and marketing goals, including the Special Event board subcommittee.
  • Updates databases (mailing lists, donor lists, event information) and website content for donations.
  • Works with the Director of Finance and Administration to ensure accurate financial reporting of grants and donations. Will perform monthly reconciliation of fundraising revenue.
  • Attends board meetings and takes the minutes of each meeting.
  • Submits accurate donor lists and grant award information to the Marketing Manager for inclusion in the Annual Report.
  • Works with staff to collect data, metrics and outcomes from grant-based programs for grant reporting purposes.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree is desirable. Minimum of 5 yrs fundraising experience.
  • Established track record of increasing philanthropic revenue from diverse constituencies.
  • Established record of identifying, writing, and winning grants.
  • Significant expertise with the region’s funding community is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a passion for our mission of connecting people and nature.
  • Flexibility to adjust work hours as needed for events, meetings, etc.
  • Ability to travel for face-to-face meetings with donors in our area.
  • Experience with donor management software.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience.  Other benefits include: Medical, Dental, Vision, 403b Employer match, and meals

Application deadline: Until filled

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