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Kids Win Missouri

Kids Win Missouri is actively seeking an experienced Director of Development. This pivotal role will oversee all fundraising activities for our nonprofit organization, which operates on a $2.5 million annual budget. As a key member of our senior management team, the Director of Development will work closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to drive our fundraising efforts, playing a crucial part in achieving our organization’s goals.

About Kids Win Missouri

Kids Win Missouri, a non-partisan, statewide coalition, has a rich history of impactful work. Our efforts span early childhood development, education, health, child safety, and families’ economic security. Since our formation in 2013 as the Missouri Children’s Leadership Council, we have quickly fostered a reputation as a respected and influential voice on policies impacting children and families in Missouri. Our work has led to significant achievements, including the creation of the state Office of Childhood, securing hundreds of millions of dollars of new annual funding for child care and Pre-K education, expanding health care coverage and access for children and families, raising the age of adult prosecution, increasing access to quality early childhood education, and protecting and securing additional federal funding for critical children’s programs. Join us in our mission to continue making a difference in the lives of Missouri’s children and families.

About the Position

The Director of Development position at Kids Win Missouri is a full-time role that comes with a comprehensive benefits package, including paid vacation, sick days, and health and retirement benefits. The annual salary for this position is competitive, ranging from $75,000 to $90,000. We offer flexibility in terms of location, with the Director of Development able to work from anywhere in Missouri.

The position requires regular overnight travel in Missouri throughout the year and may require occasional out-of-state travel. As travel is necessary for the position’s requirements, the individual selected is expected to possess and maintain a valid driver’s license. The physical demands of the position are typically those of a standard office environment but also include working from non-office locations. The position reports to the Executive Director.


  • Strategy Development: In consultation with the Executive Director and the Board, develop and execute a comprehensive development strategy that meets Kids Win Missouri’s annual operating goals and lays the continuing groundwork for increasing revenues.
  • Campaign Development: Support the Executive Director and Kids Win Missouri leadership in launching fundraising campaigns. Track gifts, create proposals, and provide strategic guidance for solicitations.
  • Major Gifts: Develop and implement progressive new strategies to acquire, renew, and upgrade major donors; devise program-based fundraising initiatives to attract and retain major donors and increase their loyalty. Oversee prospect research efforts and manage a portfolio of major donors.
  • Stewardship: Demonstrate extraordinary hospitality and care for donors through in-person interaction, written communication, and events.
  • Individual Giving: Oversee Kids Win Missouri’s annual giving program and its associated benefits; develop new programs to increase member participation. Identify opportunities and provide solicitation strategies for restricted gifts to support programs and special projects.
  • Institutional Fundraising: Manage the organization’s diverse relationships with public entities, foundations, and corporations for continued success in institutional fundraising. Supervise a part-time grant writer who will assist in doing the research and timely preparation of key foundation, corporate, and government grant proposals and oversee grant stewardship, administration, and reporting.
  • Financial Management: Formulate annual development budgets, track financial performance, prepare the necessary interim financial reports and fundraising projections, and monitor department expenditures.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum five years of development leadership experience.
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully closing major gifts and exceeding contributed income goals in a sophisticated donor environment.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. This includes the ability to connect with people from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds and inspire others with Kids Win Missouri’s mission through written and in-person messaging.
  • Experience managing people and working effectively within a fast-paced, creatively-driven organization, with a drive to learn and collaborate in a dynamic environment.
  • Strong planning, strategy, financial, budgeting, and analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of youth development and a passion for Kids Win Missouri’s mission, programs, and future plans.

Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion

Kids Win Missouri commits to creating environments that are equitable, just, and accessible without discrimination toward a person’s race, gender identity, class, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, and national origin. Employees at Kids Win Missouri are expected to contribute to advancing equitable, inclusive organizational practices.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Abigail Walden at with the subject line “Director of Development.” All inquiries and materials will be confidential. Applications will be acknowledged.

Kids Win Missouri is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religious or political affiliation, disability, veteran status, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.