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Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Seeks a Development Director


The Development Director is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and securing new and ongoing gifts from individuals and foundations in support of Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s (BYM) ministries and programs. The Development Director builds relationships and affinity for BYM and for the future of the Religious Society of Friends throughout the Yearly Meeting. Candidates must have a minimum of five years of relevant and successful fundraising experience.

The Organization: BYM is a vibrant organization comprised of more than 50 worshipping communities and 6,500 members across the mid-Atlantic region. Since the first great gathering of Friends in Maryland in 1672, BYM has had a long, rich history of worship and social witness. This vibrancy is demonstrated today in an array of programs, the largest of which is a residential summer camping program serving approximately 550-600 campers each year, complemented by a year-round youth activities program. Friends of all ages are invited to attend our weeklong residential Annual Session in August. Adult programs through the year include a Spiritual Formation Program and an annual Women’s Retreat. Other programs support local Meetings, helping to develop leadership and spiritual nurture. BYM staff, along with numerous volunteer committees and working groups, support a wide range of activities, including peace and social justice. BYM is dedicated to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the Yearly Meeting.

The Development Program: This BYM program focuses on developing a more explicit sense of stewardship, a shared culture of giving, and intentional planning for the future. The Development Committee guides, supports, and assists the Development Director in advancing the Committee’s priorities. The next steps for the program include increasing the number of donors and the average size of gifts, developing major gifts, increasing planned giving, and developing the camp alumni network.

The Development Director reports directly to the General Secretary and works closely with the Development Committee, other committees, and staff to carry out a comprehensive development plan. The Director communicates the importance and value of BYM to its membership, to Local Meetings, and to the many non-Quakers who participate in BYM’s camping program. This work is carried out by nurturing an understanding of the interconnectedness between members, Local Meetings, and BYM and of the spirituality of giving.

Non-Discrimination: BYM is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring based on race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, age, or national origin.

For more details and a complete job description: Please visit the BYM web site at

To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to: Development Director Search at

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Job Description

Development Director

AMENDED:              11/12/18

REPORTS TO:         General Secretary

FLSA STATUS:        Exempt – Full time

APPROVED BY:      Development Committee 11/19/18

APPROVED BY:      Supervisory Committee 11/30/18

Job Summary: The Development Director reports directly to the General Secretary. She/he works closely with the Development Committee, other committees and staff to carry out a comprehensive development plan that communicates the financial needs of Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM) to Local Meetings, organizations, and individuals within and beyond the Yearly Meeting. This work is carried out by building relationships between members, Monthly Meetings, BYM and its programs and activities. By fostering deeper connections within BYM and beyond, the Development Director is responsible for helping to build stronger relationships and to generate support from all who may appreciate or belong to BYM.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works with the Development Committee, receiving guidance and assistance on major goals, plans, policies and procedures;
  • Proposes, coordinates and carries out fundraising programs – annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, grant applications and special events in coordination with the committee;
  • Identifies, cultivates, solicits and provides stewardship of individual and organizational donors, and makes requests for financial support;
  • Acknowledges and stewards donor gifts;
  • Implements fundraising goals, objectives and action plans to support revenue objectives with organizational short-term and long-term priorities;
  • Works with the camp and youth program staff to create and manage an alumni association;
  • Works as needed with other committees and programs in carrying out approved fundraising initiatives;
  • Manages databases, analyzes data, and prepares reporting on funds raised;
  • Designs and carries out approved print, web-based and social media marketing initiatives;
  • Coordinates and trains volunteers;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of five years’ experience in fundraising;
  • Successful track record of fundraising;
  • Understanding of and experience with the spirituality of fundraising;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Knowledge of and sympathy for Quaker faith and practice;
  • Successful track record in the solicitation of funds;
  • Experience in all areas of fundraising, including annual appeals, capital campaigns, strategic planning, and the creation of fundraising resources and programs;
  • Business management skills, including budgeting, financial management, and program development;
  • Self-starter and able to work with minimal daily oversight or guidance;
  • Capable of managing multiple demands;
  • Excellent project manager;
  • Experience in working with volunteers;
  • Possess persuasive interpersonal talents;
  • Comfortable with details as well as the big picture;
  • Demonstrated customer service skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Experience managing donor databases.

Qualified candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of related fundraising experience. Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word. Knowledge of Fundraising software, PowerPoint, Adobe products, including but not limited to InDesign.

This job will require frequent evening and weekend work. Frequent travel is necessary, mostly in the mid-Atlantic region. Attendance and work at Yearly Meeting and Interim Meeting sessions is required. A background check is required for employment.

Salary and Benefits: BYM endeavors to provide salaries and benefits in line with those of other similar positions in the not-for-profit sector in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include health and dental coverage; long-term disability insurance; term life insurance; eleven paid holidays; annual, personal, medical, maternity/paternity and adoption, and sabbatical leaves; retirement contribution.

Non-Discrimination: BYM is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring based on race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, age, or national origin.

Physical Demands: Candidates must be able to drive. Weekend and overnight travel is required. The physical demands of the position described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment: BYM has a relatively small staff and depends heavily upon volunteers and committee members to accomplish its work. Staff members are expected to work cooperatively with volunteers and committee members.

The BYM office building and grounds are smoke, drug, alcohol and weapon free.

This document describes the position currently available. It is not an employment contract. Baltimore Yearly Meeting reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time.

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