Nov 18, 2021

Director of Development

  • The Acceleration Project
  • Remote (Scarsdale, NY, USA)
Full-Time Fundraising/Development

Job Description

TAP Director of Development Job Description

As The Acceleration Project (TAP) enters its 10th year, our mission of supporting under-resourced small businesses has never been more urgent. This past year we doubled in size to support small business owners struggling to survive the devastating impacts of Covid, and the demand for our services continues to soar. TAP is seeking a Director of Development who will join us at this exciting and pivotal time to help us generate the funding necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability of our organization.

The Acceleration Project is a female-founded, female-led business advisory firm dedicated to keeping small businesses vital and channeling talent into local economies. TAP supports under-resourced, high-potential small businesses, with a focus on those owned by women and People of Color. We work one-on-one with individual businesses to provide tools and resources that create financial stability and accelerate growth. We also produce scalable programs that can be delivered through webinars, workshops and microsites. TAP consultants provide support across a variety of functions, including financial analysis, marketing, strategic planning, operations and e-commerce enablement. As a 501(c)(3), we rely on fundraising to underwrite the cost of providing services and keep them accessible to all.

Position Summary: TAP seeks a Director of Development responsible for the creation and execution of a strategic development plan to generate revenue from a variety of funding sources, including corporate, government and foundation grants and sponsorships, advisory board activities, events, and individual giving. The Director will work in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, leadership team and board members to identify and cultivate major donor and sponsor relationships and secure support for the organization. The Director will forge ties with corporate, philanthropic and family foundations to secure long term multi-year funding, building capacity as well as programming. Additionally, the Director will work with other team members to identify and pursue funding opportunities to support new and existing initiatives, including fundraising activities to celebrate the 10th anniversary organizational milestone, the Annual Appeal and TAP’s Spring Benefit. The Director will work collaboratively with the CEO and Leadership Team to evaluate TAP’s operational strategy and goals, adjusting development initiatives as needed to support those goals. This paid position is full-time, partially remote, with an expectation of 40 hours/week, with day-to-day flexibility. This individual will also be asked to attend in-person meetings in Westchester as well as in-person meetings with potential funders.


  • Create and execute strategic development plan to meet short and long term fundraising goals.
  • Identify, develop and sustain relationships with key partners, foundations, sponsors and donors to achieve annual revenue targets.

  • Research prospective corporate, foundation, and individual donors.

  • Develop sponsor/major donor strategy for all fundraising efforts including the annual appeal campaign, the annual benefit, our 10th year anniversary initiatives and other related events and leverage team for execution.

  • Partner with the CEO to develop and maintain relationships, assisting with communications and meeting preparation and follow up.

  • Lead the grant procurement process with support from internal team and grant writers.

  • Utilize Salesforce database to facilitate communication, prospect management and reporting.

  • Generate new ways to increase revenue opportunities.

  • Provide necessary stewardship and support to TAP board and council members.

  • Benchmark best practices and targets from those in the space.


  • Competitive salary and PTO;

Work Environment:

  • TAP promotes a culture that affords flexibility and calendar control.

TAP is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Hiring Organization

The Acceleration Project


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Significant experience in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donors, foundations, and corporate entities. Track record of successfully soliciting six-figure gifts a plus.

  • Understanding of grant landscape and experience applying for and procuring government and foundation funds.

  • Ability to inspire, motivate and manage part-time and volunteer development team members.

  • Experience working with a nonprofit board of directors to meet the organization's fundraising goals.

  • Demonstrated flexibility, self-motivation, attention to detail, and organization, as well as a proven record of successfully managing multiple tasks and meeting deadlines.

  • Entrepreneurial, creative and innovative.

  • A team player, willing to take on whatever tasks are needed to reach a goal.

  • Embraces and models the collaborative, positive culture that is the hallmark of TAP.

  • Able to thrive and learn in a fast-paced environment and adjust to changing organizational priorities.


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent from an accredited college/university; MBA, MA/MS in Nonprofit Management, or other advanced degree a plus but not required

  • Minimum of 5-7 years of overall development work experience, which should include fundraising and/or business development, marketing and communications

  • Proven track record of securing funds for nonprofits focused on supporting small business and economic development a plus

  • Minimum of 2-3 years management experience

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Drive

  • Familiar with CRM software (e.g., Salesforce)

  • Able and willing to participate in periodic events outside traditional work hours

  • Understanding that at times Development Director might be called upon to support other TAP activities given small staff size and high growth environment

  • Demonstrated belief in TAP’s mission and values

Industry/Service Area




Application Instructions

To apply for this position: Send resume, cover letter and up to three work references to Tess Pellegrini ( with Development Director in subject line.

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