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Resource Development Director needed for the Center for Responsible Lending


The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) has an opening for a Director of Resource Development.  This position can be located in Durham, NC, Oakland, CA, or Washington, DC.  To apply, please send resume, cover letter and writing sample to  Please include position title as the subject of the email. 


Position: Director of Resource Development- CRL


The Organization:
Self-Help is a community development lender founded in 1980 that creates and protects ownership and economic opportunity for minority, women-headed, rural and low-wealth families through home and small business lending.  It has provided over $5.5 billion in financing to help more than 62,000 low-wealth borrowers buy homes, start and build businesses, and strengthen community resources across the country.


Self-Help’s affiliate, the Center for Responsible Lending, researches and advocates for state and national legislation to address predatory lending practices and policies.  Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending are national organizations based out of Durham, North Carolina with offices in North Carolina, Washington DC, and California. Nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in community development lending, Self-Help is one of twelve nonprofits featured in Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High Impact Nonprofits.

The successful candidate can be located in DC, Oakland, or Durham, with some preference for the latter location.  Some travel will be expected.

Principal Responsibilities:

The Director of Resource Development will be chiefly responsible for coordinating and executing efforts to cultivate relationships and solicit support from foundation, corporate, and individual funders.  The Director will work closely with the management team, Board members, and CRL’s development associate to set the strategic direction for fundraising activities, carry out this strategy, and raise in excess of $3 million annually. 


Responsibilities will include:


  • Lead the establishment and implementation of development plans including: foundation giving, major individual gifts, endowment growth, and corporate giving (including research, identification, solicitations, cultivations and proposal development).
  • Identify potential funders and strengthen the number and quality of relationships with foundations, individual donors, partners and other constituents who can support CRL’s fundraising activities.
  • Track solicitation amounts, anticipated gifts, pledges, and income, and provide regular revenue and cash flow updates on projections versus actual revenues and expenses. Coordinate grant tracking and reporting in conjunction with CRL staff, Self-Help’s resource development team, and accounting staff.
  • Write and/or manage the writing of proposals, reports, and other solicitations or stewardship communications to funders.
  • Initiate, coordinate and/or attend meetings with funders and potential funders.
  • Advise and coach CRL team members who are interacting with funders.
  • Working closely with internal stakeholders, manage the resource development strategy, calendar, and staff roles to meet CRL’s goals and deadlines.
  • Supervise the work of the development associate.
  • As appropriate, engage CRL Board or Advisory Board members in limited funder contacts and solicitations.
  • Assist CRL in identifying and pursuing opportunities to meet members of the funding community particularly at conferences and relevant events.

Required Qualifications

  • §  Since resource development at CRL is a collaborative process, an ability to work well as part of team and also as a leader is critical to the success of this position.
  • College degree with minimum five to seven years development experience with foundations, corporations, and/or major gifts from individual donors.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to CRL’s mission and to working as part of a diverse organization.
  • Familiarity and facility with lending and financial services terms and legal language, or the ability to absorb this knowledge quickly. Experience in marketing, investor relations, and/or in the community economic development or financial services fields a plus.
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate programmatic and organizational budgets and financial statements.
  • Ability to act and react quickly to urgent, unplanned opportunities or needs.
  • Ability to initiate and juggle multiple projects and work independently.
  • Willingness and ability to travel, with overnight stays.


Physical Requirements:

Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.  Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.


Competitive nonprofit salary, based on experience, plus a generous benefits package.


The Application:

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and writing sample to  Please include position title as subject of email.


Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.

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