Development Director

Development Director

The Carying Place
Located in: Cary, NC

Ask yourself:

Are you passionate about helping homeless families and children live independently? Do you have the heart to ensure those living in the local community break cycles of homelessness by learning life/budgeting skills while in temporary housing?

Do you excel in a collaborative team driven by impact and supporting each other like family? Are you excited about the opportunity to create your development shop and put your stamp on an organization’s fundraising plan and strategy?

Are you the first ever Development Director of The Carying Place?


The Carying Place serves working homeless families with children by teaching life skills for attaining independent living while providing short-term housing and support services to address their individual needs. As a non-profit transitional housing program in Wake County, The Carying Place (TCP) supports families in their journey to independence and self-sufficiency. This is achieved through the mentoring and guidance of Support Partners and staff. Families are paired with a volunteer team of Support Partners that provides weekly guidance in managing personal finances, setting attainable goals, seeking permanent affordable housing, and maintaining employment. Over a 16-week period, these families learn about the skills required for self-sufficiency through mandatory once-a-week meetings with Support Partners.

What will you do as The Carying Place’s Inaugural Development Director?

As a member of the leadership team, the Development Director brings a philanthropic lens to strategic organizational discussions. The Development Director plans, organizes, and executes all development efforts to meet or exceed organizational revenue needs. The Development Director works closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to provide input and guidance on strategy for organizational development.

The Carying Place is in the initial phase of a $16M+ capital campaign and the Development Director will be a key player helping to carry out a comprehensive campaign raising funds for both the capital campaign and the annual fund.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as a member of the leadership team, helping to ensure strong staff relations and fulfillment of mission, vision, and core values.
  •  Serve as staff liaison to the Development Subcommittee of the board.
  • Develop and drive a relationship-based annual development plan in partnership with the Executive Director, board, and staff.
  • Oversee the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donor constituent groups including board, individuals, corporations, and foundations, utilizing staff and board for execution.
  • Collaborate with capital campaign counsel to ensure a successful campaign.
  • Manage a personal portfolio of donors resulting in direct face-to-face solicitation.
  • Direct the annual general operating fund program, including helping to plan a strategy for targeted mailings, annual fundraising drives, or special events that help TCP to reach the annual target for the general operating fund.
  • Collaborate with grant writer(s) to ensure a seamless grants process.
  • Create and execute a formal stewardship plan to further engage donors and volunteers in the mission and to show appreciation for their investments.
  • Collaborate with the CFO to help track all revenue sources and ensure campaign pledge payments are fulfilled.
  • Work with the team to conduct fundraising events designed to increase awareness, raise funds, and offer an effective entry point to the organization as needed.
  • Build external relationships to link prospective funders and donors to the organization.
  • Share stories of impact to motivate volunteers, board members, donors, and partners in ways that inspire support.
  • Ensure database (Salesforce) utilization and gift maturation.

Why The Carying Place?

The Carying Place (TCP) began operations in May 1993 as part of the Christian Community in Action (CCA). TCP was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1998 with its own Board of Directors. Since our inception, TCP has served over 500 families. About 80% of families who graduate from TCP are living independently. Currently, the program supports 13 families at a time. Families live in homes owned by TCP in an environment similar to permanent housing and TCP pays for all housing expenses.

Want to know more? Visit The Carying Place’s website at Home – The Carying Place.

Key lived experiences, attributes, and skillsets sought in the Development Director

  • Passion for The Carying Place’s mission and ability to articulate its philosophy, values, practices to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in business OR at least 5 years of proven leadership in a comprehensive fundraising program in a social services setting.
  • Track record of successful face-to-face solicitations of major gifts ($5,000+) for a nonprofit organization.
  • Experience soliciting funds for capital needs.
  • Success building relationships with teammates and members of the community who can personally invest, or who can influence individual, congregational, foundation or corporate giving.
  • Success working with a non-profit board of directors and fundraising committees.
  • High energy connector whose default is to engage the community to increase awareness of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within an interdisciplinary team and across multiple community partners.
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and presentation skills.
  • Organized and detailed-oriented with demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments.
  • Demonstrated understanding of using data to drive fundraising efforts and CRM database experience.


Think you are The Carying Place’s Development Director?

To apply, click on the link to The Carying Place Development Director position profile at You will see instructions for uploading your compelling cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and professional references. Please provide all requested information to be considered. In case of any technical problems, contact No phone calls, please, and no applications will be accepted by email or directly from third-party posting sites.

The Carying Place works together with the community, other nonprofits, funders, and stakeholders to empower homeless working families and their children. We believe our mission is most effectively fulfilled through a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness as a core value and practice.

We maintain that building and sustaining diversity requires an ongoing commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms, and behaviors. Throughout our work, we support diversity across all lines of difference, including accessibility, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience. We aim to lead by example, viewing
and encouraging diversity as a fundamental and abiding strength of our community.

Salary is commensurate with the requirements of the position at $70,000. Benefits includes a comprehensive medical (80% paid by The Carying Place), dental and vision insurance plan as
well as a retirement package; 15 days accrued vacation and sick time and 7 paid holidays.

Review of candidates will continue until the position is filled.

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