New Opportunity: Director of Development

Position Summary

The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter (NSKS) seeks a dynamic and innovative Director of Development to lead all fundraising initiatives and activities of the agency. Guided by a strong and sincere commitment to NSKS’s mission, the Director will strategically develop and implement a detailed fundraising plan to support the agency’s evolution and growth. Responsibilities will include:

Strategic Planning

  • Work closely with the Executive Director to develop fundraising strategic plan, designed to meet the funding needs of NSKS.

Annual Fund

  • Supervise execution of annual fundraising campaign, including but not limited to direct mail appeals, annual benefit, grants and individual donor cultivation.
  • Build the major gift program through donor research, strategizing and outreach.
  • Research foundations and write and/or edit grant proposals.
  • Grow the volunteer base, with the goal of increasing volunteer confidence and involvement.
  • Develop materials to be used as tools in the development process: impact statements; donor letters; fundraising brochures; email solicitations, newsletter articles and more.
  • Oversee gift acknowledgement, donor recognition and stewardship.
  • Collaborate with staff and volunteer committees on special events, taking lead responsibility for sponsor solicitation.
  • Cultivate area corporate relationships to increase both financial and in-kind support.
  • Develop a planned giving program.

Capital Campaign

  • Provide staff leadership in the ongoing planning, coordinating and managing of the capital campaign for major gifts and community efforts.
  • Staff the Campaign Leadership Committee.
  • Manage and monitor the campaign timeline.
  • Work directly with campaign consultants.


  • Work with communications staff and consultant to maintain clear and consistent messaging in all media venues, including print and online solicitation materials.

Board and Staff Leadership/Support

  • Provide quarterly updates to the Board of Directors on fundraising efforts and progress towards goals.
  • Participate in committees and sub-committees of the Board of Directors.
  • Build the board’s understanding of their role in fundraising and their fundraising activity.
  • Keep staff informed of development efforts and results.
  • Communicate with program staff in order to be fully informed of NSKS’s work.
  • Provide fundraising training to staff and volunteers.

Requirements & Qualifications

  • A commitment to the mission and activities of NSKS
  • At least 4 years of nonprofit fundraising/development experience, with demonstrated success in major gift solicitation and grant writing.
  • A strategic approach to management that balances control of details with the big picture.
  • Innovative thinking and an eagerness to take on ambitious goals.
  • Outstanding interpersonal communication skills and diplomacy.
  • Comfort with public speaking, and the ability to deliver a message concisely and effectively.
  • Excellent written communication, research, and organizational skills.
  • Strong leadership qualities, with the ability to inspire a team toward a common goal.
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent timelines and projects.
  • Experience with budget management and preparation of financial reports.
  • Computer proficiency and experience with fundraising databases.
  • Bachelor’s Degree (advanced degree preferred).

The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter offers competitive compensation ($65,000 – $75,000), excellent benefits, and a supportive workplace culture.

Please submit your resume, along with a thoughtful cover letter, via email to:; Subject line should contain Attn: Michael Reinke, Executive Director. Kindly note that resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. No telephone calls, please.

About the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter: Established in 1981, the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter is a volunteer-driven, community-supported agency which, through the sharing of goods and talents, responds to individuals and families who lack the basic necessities or resources to improve their lives. With a financial budget of over $1.6M, an additional $2M in annual “in-kind” donations. NSKS is a well-managed and innovative agency. More than 90% of all donations go directly to programs, which include a permanent food pantry, multiple mobile pantries, a community kitchen serving 80,000 meals annually, a meals for kids program providing frozen evening meals for 13 public schools, financial assistance for a client’s situational crisis, a single adult male emergency shelter and the only emergency shelter for single adult women and families. For more information, please browse our website.


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