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6 Aug 2021

Full-Time Development Director

gcyouth – Posted by gcyouth Flagstaff, Arizona, United States

Job Description

Work Hours: 40 hours/week with some nights and weekends 

Compensation: $45,000

Benefits: Insurance (health, vision, dental, life), retirement matching, generous PTO

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona

Organizational Values: Connection, Adventure, Curiosity, Respect, Intention, Responsibility


The Development Director is responsible for creating, implementing, and communicating an annual and long-term development strategy. With exceptional communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team the Development Director will contribute to the strategic expansion of Grand Canyon Youth’s (GCY’s) mission.

The Development Director reports to the Executive Director.


Fundraising 30%

  • Identify, cultivate and solicit major donors with support from the Executive Director.
  • Produce multi-channel annual fund appeal.
  • Manage the recording and receipt of all donor gifts.
  • Research and write grant proposals to support GCY’s strategic objectives. 

Donor Stewardship  20%

  • Support individual giving initiatives through donor communications such as writing and distributing publications such as the annual report, fundraising appeals, and newsletters. 
  • Support fulfillment of grant expectations through thorough communication, tracking and collaboration with GCY staff. 

Events 10%

  • Lead or assist with fundraising events including setting event goals, securing venues, promotion, and sponsorship.
  • Utilize volunteers to assist with fundraising activities. 

Communication  20%

  • Developing messaging in support of GCY’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Review and update website content.
  • Create and implement a social media plan.

Admin  10%

  • Database entry.
  • Participate in regular staff meetings.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to articulate GCY’s mission.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with donors, community members, co-workers, stakeholders, and the GCY Board of Directors.
  • Knowledge of the basic functions of a nonprofit organization, including fundraising and budgeting.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully build and create rather than maintain the status quo.
  • Knowledge of use and practices for successful social media use. 
  • Knowledge or willingness to learn media and design skills. 
  • Willingness to work as part of a professional small nonprofit team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Experience with data/records management and upkeep.
  • Ability to remain flexible in a dynamic work environment


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or lived experience demonstrating ability to learn, think critically, and work well with others of varying backgrounds.
  • Experience with fundraising for non-profit organizations.
  • Experience in successful grant writing, donor communications, and relationship management.
  • Pass a pre-employment background check and drug test.
  • Comfortable using common office equipment, including computers and printers, and google suite or a willingness to learn.
  • An understanding of or willingness to go on GCY’s multi-day river expeditions with youth or donors.


  • This position is subject to the availability of funds.
  • This job description may evolve as the needs of the organization change.
  • Grand Canyon Youth, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.



Grand Canyon Youth, Inc. is a non-profit organization based in Flagstaff, Arizona. We offer educational outdoor expeditions that connect youth to the transformative power of the river and canyons of the Southwest. Visit for more information. We are committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in every aspect of our organization. We work actively to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of identity including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, parental status, national origin, age, religion, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression etc. We actively seek diversity in our candidate pools. Applicants of all identities are encouraged to apply. 

GCY is a small organization where most staff have multiple responsibilities and roles. We strive to uphold community values in everything we do. Our ideal candidate will be dependable, trustworthy, and able to follow up with and complete tasks in a timely manner. Applicants must be very organized and whole-heartedly embrace our values and mission.

How to Apply

How to Apply: submit a cover letter and résumé to by September 8th, 2021   (references will be requested from applicants later in the hiring process) 

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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