Greater Nashville Nonprofit Job Opportunities

Manager of Development Events - Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)

TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: To lead with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities, and support economic vitality.

POSITION SUMMARY AND GOAL: The Manager of Development Events and Services will lead and manage all aspects of the production of Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Development department-driven events while being responsible and accountable for event planning, timelines, budget management, and plan implementation to help ensure financial and other goals are met or exceeded. OBJECTIVES: 1) Lead, manage, and be point-of-contact for the production of all aspects of TPAC Development’s events and activities: TPAC Gala, TPAC Partnership Luncheon, President’s Dinner, and all other applicable activities (e.g. VIP Reception at TPAC’s Season Announcement Party, Regions’ Free Day, Tony Awards Viewing Party, TPAC Donor Lounge operations, community events, etc.) to ensure all measurable successes are met and/or exceeded. 2) Manage and maintain appropriate budget comprehension and oversight. 3) Manage all applicable vendor relationships in support of these events/activities. 4) Coordinate and aid in creation of all appropriate event invitations and collateral. 5) Help to increase visibility to the programs that comprise TPAC Education. 6) Help promote TPAC institutionally in the community. EXEMPT: Yes; DEPARTMENT: Development; REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) With SVP for Institutional Advancement and Development team, create and execute plans of action and timelines for all aspects of TPAC Development department-led events and activities during the fiscal year. 2) Oversee and manage all aspects of TPAC Gala (an annual black tie fundraising event comprising cocktails, dinner, awards program, entertainment, and auction), including any ancillary events, by coordinating with appropriate TPAC staff, event leadership, and volunteer committee members as needed; acting as liason with TPAC Gala Chairs to ensure communication is clear and expectations are addressed and satisfied; coordinate any and all event fulfillment with Development team. 3) Oversee and manage all aspects of TPAC’s annual Partnership Luncheon (a stewardship and appreciation event celebrating the support of the organization’s corporate and community sponsors and partners) by coordinating with all appropriate TPAC staff. 4) Oversee and manage the creation and execution of The President’s Dinner (a newly created donor benefit for key supporters) with appropriate team members, hosts, and venue. 5) Manage, with oversight from the Senior Director of Individual Giving, all operational aspects of the TPAC Donor Lounge—including catering, food and beverage staff, volunteer scheduling, and institutional calendar coordination. 6) Oversee and manage the annual VIP Reception at TPAC’s Season Announcement Party (a reception preceeding the unveiling of TPAC’s new performance season). 7) Work in tandem with other TPAC departments on all additional and potential events, e.g. the annual Tony Awards Viewing Party, Regions’ annual Free Day performance, and other community events to ensure seamless coordination between all departments. 8) Manage all applicable vendor relationships in support of all events/activities. 9) Coordinate the creation and scheduling of all applicable event invitations and collateral material with Development team and Creative Services Director, including electronic creative pieces. 10) Gain a thorough and complete understanding of all department budgets—how they work, how revenue streams are comprised and connected to expenses, and the impact they have on overall organizational bottom line. 11) Help create event budget(s) and be the primary lead on budget management by tracking both revenues and expenses regularly to ensure goals are met with support of the Manager of Development Information—notifying SVP for Institutional Advancement immediately of any impending non-trivial variances (revenue or expense) as soon as identified. The above listed duties are not all inclusive. This position is expected to perform other work-related duties as assigned even though they may not be considered primary duties.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Experience Required: Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a four year college or university and two (2) years related experience in development, administration, and event planning, preferably in a nonprofit setting. Skills and Knowledge Required: 1) Strong knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office programs such as Excel 2) Excellent verbal, communication, and interpersonal skills. 3) Knowledge of theatrical, catering, marketing, fundraising, and printing industries terminology a plus. 4) Working knowledge of Tessitura software a plus. 5) Ability to work in a fluid, dynamic, and fast-paced environment. 6) Ability to work very flexible hours. 7) Personal interest and knowledge of the arts and humanities a plus.

How to Apply: Please submit your resume to or mail / fax a resume to: TPAC Human Resources, PO Box 190660 Nashville, TN, 37219 Fax 615-782-4001.

Associate Executive Director - Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a highly regarded national voluntary health services agency, is seeking a talented Associate Executive Director for its Nashville and Knoxville Chapter office, located in Nashville, TN.

Responsibilities: The Associate Executive Director will be responsible for all aspects of fundraising, including Special Events, Major Gifts, Corporate Sponsorships and Planned Giving and will provide leadership and staff oversight. Requirements: In addition to a proven track record of successful fundraising, with an ability to “raise the bar” annually, the Associate Executive Director will possess excellent leadership and managerial skills, including volunteer recruitment and retention, board development, previous equivalent P&L responsibility, and a passion for operational excellence. The successful candidate must be proactive, with superior communication skills and an entrepreneurial spirit. This chapter conducts a variety of special events annually that range from our signature GREAT STRIDES fundraising walk, hike, cycle and more. The Associate Executive Director will be principally responsible for the cultivation of new relationships with corporate and individual benefactors.

How to Apply: This is an outstanding opportunity that offers a high degree of visibility, opportunity for ongoing advancement, and an excellent compensation package. For immediate consideration, please click on this direct link to apply:

Director of Development - The Discovery Center

The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of Discovery Center's fundraising including, the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events, and capital campaigns. The Director works closely with the President and CEO and the Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors.

Responsibilities - Meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications with them. Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors. Have an understanding of grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements. Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies. Develop and direct the annual fund program including mailings and annual fundraising drives. Direct capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives. Coordinate fundraising special events. Oversee prospect research. Work closely with Discovery Center President and CEO and Board of Directors. Make public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about the Discovery Center with the community. Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems with Altru. Supervise and collaborate with other development and grant staff. Oversee creation of publications to support fundraising activities. Maintain gift recognition programs. Demonstrate professional conduct at all times. Perform other related duties as requested.

Qualifications: Must embrace the mission of Discovery Center. Strong interpersonal and writing skills. Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising. Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members, and other volunteers. Ability to relate to persons of all ages, diverse backgrounds, skills, and abilities. Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships. Be a "self-starter" and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls. Be organized and exhibit "follow through" on tasks and goals. Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense, and good listening ability. Be able to comply with a flexible work schedule. Requires periods of standing, sitting, walking, use of hands and arms, bending, lifting, use of computer and keyboard, listening and speaking in person and on the phone. Noise level varies from quiet to loud. Temperature varies from hot to cold. A bachelor's degree minimum.  5 years minimum experience in professional fundraising. Salary/Benefits Competitive/commensurate with experience and other qualifications.

How to Apply: E-mail resume to Veronica Bosnak ( at Discovery Center.

Annual Giving Manager - Centerstone Foundation

The Annual Giving Manager works closely with the Director of Advancement to significantly expand the breadth and depth of philanthropic support to our organization by managing activities that generate annual fund revenue including, but not limited to: identifying, qualifying and cultivating prospective and current donors, developing and managing special events, supporting the local employee giving campaign, managing donor stewardship activities and special projects as needed. The Annual Giving Manager will report to the Director of Advancement with accountability for producing fundraising revenue while maintaining expenses for local and enterprise Centerstone activities as defined in the annual fundraising plan.

Responsibilities: Achieve a significant increase in philanthropic contributions to Centerstone through annual giving and special events. Expand our donor base with strategies to continually grow the donor pipeline. Convey the organizations mission, objectives, services, outcomes and impacts in fundraising solicitations. Manage a personal portfolio of donors; formulate engagement strategies. Achieve organizational fundraising targets. Build relationships based on credibility, trust and knowledge/understanding of the prospective and current donor’s values and priorities. Identify opportunities to achieve efficiency and effectiveness through the implementation of new/modified approaches, practices and processes. Collaborating with the Director of Advancement and broader foundation team, develop an annual budget and plan of activity required to achieve fundraising goals

How to Apply: Annual Giving Manager

Development Manager - Moves and Grooves Inc. 

Responsibilities: The Development Manager assists in the overall operation of the Development Department. Oversees donor stewardship (communication, recognition, and retention). Manages large-scale appeals (direct mail campaigns, e-mail campaigns, etc.). Responsible for soliciting sponsors for special events. Will provide other assistance to all special events as time permits. Works closely with Executive Director to achieve organization’s fundraising goals. Development Manager will accurately scope out length and difficulty of tasks and projects and will sets objectives and goals to meet and or exceed. Measures performance against goals; evaluates results. Relates well to all kinds of people inside and outside the organization. Builds appropriate rapport, constructive, and effective relationships within the organization and community while using diplomacy and tact to diffuse any potential high-tension situations

Qualifications: 2+ years of experience working in the development space. Advanced computer skills. Familiar with the Kindful System is a huge plus. Management Experience a plus. Must be extremely well organized and have leadership qualities. Can work well under tight deadlines and in stressful environments. Must be able to change directions quickly and with ease. Must be a positive and forward-thinking person; high energy; dedicated; and have a passion for the non-profit world. Supporting documentation and criminal background check s are required for all positions. Moves and Grooves, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to

Development Director - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

The Development Manager role is a great opportunity to join a strong Chapter team and work closely with the Executive Director and local leadership, regional teams and an outstanding group of volunteers to increase the reach and impact of the Chapter. 

The Development Manager will oversee the planning, development, cultivation and stewardship of the JDRF Promise Gala, as well as a few other small events throughout the year. This is an excellent opportunity for a talented, fundraising professional to be involved in one of Middle Tennessee’s largest and most successful gala events. The Development Manager will grow revenue and deliver successful events of the signature events program and help ensure that the Promise Gala is positioned for significant, sustainable growth in a manner that allows donors and volunteers to exceed their JDRF related goals.

Responsibilities: Serve as a key staff member in implementing the strategic direction and purpose of the Promise Gala. Collaborate with an outstanding team of local staff as well as national/regional staff resources to ensure the Chapter’s growth and success, discuss best practices, and share new ideas. Lead the development and delivery of chapter signature event fundraising strategies for chapter gala fundraising activities to sustain continued growth, maximum penetration of core market areas and opportunities for expansion where appropriate. Includes key performance indicators, benchmarks and best practices in the areas of fundraising, donor, volunteer and guest experience. Analyze all gala revenue streams, including local sponsorship, Fund A Cure and auction to maximize fundraising capacity. In coordination with the Associate Executive Director and Executive Director, identify and cultivate new corporate partners for the Promise Gala. Identify, build, and steward relationships with community, civic and corporate leaders as an integral part of volunteer and donor prospect development and engagement in JDRF activities. Manage and continually develop assigned volunteer committees providing leadership, cultivation, acknowledgement, material support, and assistance in building and implementing Promise Gala committee plans. Manage and develop the JDRF Promise Gala auction committee and all of the activities and solicitation related to the auction. Maintain accurate and complete financial records for the Promise Gala, and help ensure that the logistics and budget/timelines are met. Lead the management and marketing of the Promise Gala. Assist in identifying, cultivating and stewarding gala sponsors and major donors. Represent the best interests, professionalism and integrity of JDRF in all activities and relationships through a unified message of the JDRF mission and a commitment to organizational standards and leadership by personal example. Manage special projects as opportunities arise.

Qualifications: 4-5 years of relevant fundraising/business experience required or equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of both special event and non-event fundraising activities (stewardship, etc.) is a must. Gala experience required. Committee management experience preferred. Understanding and knowledge of donor-centered fundraising. Team player that has the ability to interface with all levels of staff and volunteers.  Must develop, maintain, and utilize relationships. Capability to leverage relationships and negotiate agreements. Excellent written, oral, and communication skills.  Ability for presentation delivery, conveying ideas, and instructing effectively.  Superior active listening, observation, analytical, and problem recognition and solving skills.  Exercise sound judgment. Ability to work and make judgments independently and take initiative.  Well-disciplined and a self-starter that is extremely resourceful. Effectively multi-task, establish priorities, and work in a fast paced environment. Proficient in event software systems and CRM database.  Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel & PowerPoint). Ability to travel locally required. Occasional evening and weekend work required as needed. Bachelor’s Degree Preferred or equivalent experience required.

How to Apply: If you’d like to join our team, please submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to JDRF by clicking the job URL

No Phone Calls Please. Only those candidates who meet our qualifications will be contacted. No staffing agencies please. JDRF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.