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Seattle, Washington, United States

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The Salvation Army’s Northwest Division seeks an inspirational, savvy fundraising Divisional Director of Development (DDD), an entrepreneurial and motivating manager who will rally the troops and serve as the lead strategist and primary executor of initiatives, taking this vital nonprofit to a whole new level of success in fundraising.


The successful candidate will be a goal-oriented, dynamic leader with demonstrated and proven abilities in generating diverse, contributed income revenue streams and managing teams of matrixed fundraising and marketing professionals. Preference will be given to those who have a background in working for a faith-based organization and possess a working knowledge of the philanthropic community within the northwestern states. The Divisional Director of Development will bring a heart for the hunt – a deep desire and energy to break into new grounds to exceed fundraising goals, coupled with a gift to identify and develop opportunities for donors and the Army to come together.


The Salvation Army offers a competitive salary and a robust benefits package. The final candidate will be required to submit full background and reference checks. Relocation assistance may be offered.

The Salvation Army is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria.


Specific Requirements Include:

  • Passion for The Salvation Army’s mission, coupled with a strong commitment to know and understand the Army’s history, mission and structure, as well as its services, policies and procedures.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Marketing or related field; Advanced degree and/or CFRE credential preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of successful development and a minimum of 5 years executive-level management experience in all aspects of fundraising, including direct mail, grant writing, online giving, major gifts, planned giving, special events, capital campaigns, and public relations of a mid- to large-sized team.
  • Career track record that shows stability with a nonprofit organization, with preferred tenures of 3-5 years in recent positions.
  • Proven ability to develop, nurture and build relationships with diverse individuals in different geographies, including executives, volunteers, donors and internal stakeholders such as staff, program operators, Officers (Army leadership) and professional colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to set, achieve or exceed goals and meet deadlines with a natural capability of juggling and managing multiple projects and people.
  • Engaging personality and good listener, excelling in stewardship with direct donor interaction, including discussions of personal and family finances and solicitation of funding support.
  • A team leader and player, with an ability to effectively motivate staff, leaders and key volunteers to collaborate for the successful achievement of departmental and organizational goals.
  • Aptitude to work independently in a complex environment, managing conflicting priorities with internal and external diplomacy, while maintaining integrity and confidentiality.
  • Detail oriented, accurate, precise and strong decision-maker with skillful approach that evaluates options, resources and outcomes in light of the strategic plan of the Northwest Division.
  • A management style that exhibits the principles and values of the Army, as well as fosters team relationships and effectively communicates information.
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentational communications skills and management style that exhibits the principles and culture of the Army.
  • Willingness and ability to travel on a regular basis throughout the Northwest Division. It is estimated that travel will not exceed 25% out of Divisional boundaries, based on the needs of the local Corps/Programs. Valid Driver’s License and a clean driving record required. Administrative and management meetings will be held mainly at Divisional Headquarters (DHQ) in Seattle, with occasional travel outside the Division for conferences and territorial meetings.
  • A proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and with donor CRM database software, especially in the generation of reports; working knowledge of Portfolio a plus.


To apply, candidates must complete the online application at https://alfordexecutivesearch.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2713pb1avk5 and thereon submit their cover letter and resume. To assure confidential tracking of all applicants, no applications will be accepted via email.


This search is being managed by Heather Eddy, President & CEO and Laura Weinman, Senior Consultant of Kistner Eddy Executive Services (KEES). Questions may be addressed to lweinman@alfordexecutivesearch.com.


KEES is a retained search firm that builds transformative teams and leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors. For more information, visit www.kees2success.com.


More about The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical member of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


The Salvation Army’s Northwest Division is active in 194 locations: 30 Corps (churches) 9 institutions, 164 Service Extension Units (social services offered by volunteers in small communities) and two camps. Services range from homeless shelters, addiction treatment, thrift stores, domestic violence programs, youth centers, after-school programs, services for seniors, disaster services, counseling, basic social services, nutrition, services for veterans, youth and senior camps, senior housing, music programs and large Christmas programs.


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