Location: Alabama-Birmingham
Mission(s): Education
Salary: $60,000/Yr - to - $80,000/Yr
Job Type: Full Time
Posted On: May 18, 2020

Education: Bachelor's Degree
Career Level: Management (Manager/Director/Supervisor)
Nonprofit Experience: 2-10 Yrs


Development Director - ALABAMA POSSIBLE 


Founded in 1993, ALABAMA POSSIBLE is a statewide nonprofit organization that breaks down barriers to prosperity through advocacy, education, and collaboration. Our research-driven work connects Alabamians and equips them with resources to build a stronger Alabama. We also influence public policy so that all Alabamians have equal opportunities to lead prosperous lives.

Alabama has coalesced around Success Plus and its target of adding 500,000 individuals with valuable postsecondary credentials to the workforce by 2025.

Building on Alabama Possible’s success with the statewide Cash for College FAFSA completion campaign, we serve as the backbone organization for the Alabama College Attainment Network.  The Alabama College Attainment Network breaks down barriers to increase college readiness, access, and completion in Alabama, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college-going students, and students of color.

Alabama Possible will provide capacity building, technical assistance, consulting, workshops, training, conferences, advocacy, and research to educators, community-based organizations, and policymakers to drive equitable increases in postsecondary attainment.

We bring the following values to our work:

  • College is postsecondary education. College is education after high school that results in the attainment of valuable postsecondary credentials, including professional/technical certificates and academic degrees.
  • College is a necessity. Most career pathways require college credentials.
  • College is for everyone. College attainment rates among low-income students and students of color are significantly lower than those of other students. The Alabama College Attainment Network commits to closing these gaps.
  • College is a public good. Postsecondary educational opportunity and attainment are critical to a just and equitable society, strong economy, and healthy communities.


ALABAMA POSSIBLE seeks to hire a DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR who is deeply passionate about our mission and has the skills and experience to grow our family of donors, partners, and supporters.

The successful candidate will oversee the creation, coordination, and implementation of effective systems to manage the organization’s fundraising, events, and communications. They will champion diversity, equity, and inclusion and demonstrate cultural competence in understanding historical barriers to access to postsecondary education. Professionals who share those characteristics are especially encouraged to apply. 

The development director will create partnerships with public and private donors to secure resources that support Alabama Possible’s work to break down barriers to prosperity. They are also responsible for working with program and communications staff to increase the organization’s visibility through social media, traditional media, and effective outreach campaigns.

The development director will report to the executive director and supervise staff, contractors, interns, and volunteers. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the executive director and the program director, operationalize the organization’s business plan and ensure that the organization has adequate revenue to support program operations.
  • Lead all business development activities, including special events, grants, individual gifts, and earned income.
  • Support the full success of our annual Alabama College Attainment Network conference and fundraising dinner including managing the master calendar, developing and managing the budget, communicating with vendors, and day-of execution.
  • Achieve annual development goals; expand Alabama Possible’s base of support; maintain and strengthen existing relationships with effective moves management.
  • Develop and monitor project and event budgets.
  • Create and implement work plans and revise as needed to meet changing needs.
  • Manage eTapestry database to maintain donor information, track progress to goal, and generate reports and queries.
  • Maintain an annual calendar of deadlines for grant/sponsorship proposals and reports.
  • Track and analyze timelines and benchmarks to determine donor engagement towards meeting overall revenue goals.
  • Partner with Alabama Possible staff across programs to engage partners and donors in the work.
  • Facilitate regular communication with stakeholders including students, families, public and private sector partners, and donors.
  • Collaborate with the team to manage strategies for outreach and public relations efforts; ensure effective execution.


Key Competencies And Skills

  • Exceptional writing and communication skills; ability to learn Alabama Possible’s voice.
  • Experience executing highly-detailed events such as professional development conferences and fundraising dinners.
  • Patient, attentive, and tenacious in communications with Alabama Possible’s partners
  • Able to handle surprises with aplomb.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster collective leadership across institutions and sectors.
  • Vision and demonstrated ability to develop, promote, and deliver positive results in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong supervisory skills with experience developing, coaching, and leading teams.
  • Effective problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and make appropriate decisions with limited direction.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Willingness to work weekends and evenings and travel throughout Alabama as needed.
  • Enthusiastically perform other duties as assigned.


Education, Job Knowledge, & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and five years full-time, professional work experience. 
  • Excellent analytical skills, including an ability to process data to inform continuous improvement.
  • Team orientation with a strong work ethic. 
  • High levels of resourcefulness, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving. 
  • Friend of technology who can learn and use software platforms competently; hands-on experience
  • with MacOS environments and CRM databases; exceptional Microsoft Office skills.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license, a reliable car, and proof of auto liability coverage with
  • minimum limits of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per incident.
  • Complete and pass all background checks and clearances, including a credit check.



  • $60-80,000/year commensurate with experience.
  • Health and dental insurance provided by the organization; vision coverage also available.
  • Simple IRA with 3 percent matching contributions after a waiting period.
  • Long-term disability insurance after a waiting period.
  • Generous vacation, sick leave, and paid holiday schedule.
  • Ample professional development opportunities.


Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider

Alabama Possible is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train and promote/serve persons without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, political ideology, veteran status, or any other classification protected by local, state or federal law. All staff and volunteers will adhere to all anti-discrimination policies and procedures. AP will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with known disabilities as long as they do not create an undue burden in accordance with local, state, and federal law.


Why Birmingham?

Our climate, tree-blanketed and hilly terrain, and the genuine hospitality of our people make Birmingham an ideal place to live.

Birmingham has outstanding communities and public and private schools, colleges and universities, including a world-class medical research university at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Birmingham is home to the Birmingham Civil Rights District National Monument; a progressive business climate that fosters growth; a revitalized downtown where people go to work, live and play; and an unparalleled food and art scene that has grabbed the attention of visitors and publications from across the world.  With one of the lowest costs of living of any major metro in the Southeast and more green space per capita than any other city of our size, Birmingham is one of America's best-kept secrets.


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TO APPLY, submit your cover letter and resume via email to with “Development Director” in the subject line. 
   To ensure your resume is considered, PLEASE follow the submission process.  And PLEASE – no direct emails or phone calls to Alabama Possible staff.  They are focused on the mission -  to break down barriers to prosperity. Thank you.

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