How to Hire a Development Director

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development director
William Schmidt
Will Schmidt

In the nonprofit world, it’s no secret that there’s a high turnover rate for development positions, especially for a development director. Unsurprisingly, this can also negatively impact your bottom line.

Without a stable leader who organizes, maintains, and expands your fundraising, it can be difficult to grow your organization and fulfill your mission. To build the right team for the long haul, you need to take the right steps starting with your hiring process.

To help you find the best fit for your nonprofit, we met with the people operations team at Classy to create the hiring guide below. We draw from their collective decades of experience working with, and hiring, quality talent. You’ll acquire a wealth of information, including:

  • How to set clear expectations across your team when hiring a new team member
  • What goes into building a pleasant candidate experience
  • The finer points of phone screening
  • A templated job description and a new hire onboarding checklist

Also included are expert insights and pro tips to give you that competitive edge when it comes to hiring not just your next development candidate, but any new staff member. Use the guide below to help you through the hiring process, and before you know it you’ll have that open job filled with the right individual.


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