Raleigh, North Carolina

Development Director, Interfaith Prison Ministry For Women

The Organization







Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women (IPMW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to equip women with the tools and support they need to heal, grow and thrive while in prison and in the communities to which they return. The organization also educates and trains the interested public to welcome women back into the community after a period of incarceration.  Since hiring the first female Chaplain in the North Carolina prison system in 1980, IPMW has grown to serving more than 500 women each year through chaplaincy programs and services, transition education, reentry support, and community engagement.

IPMW is a unique organization operating at the nexus of prison chaplaincy, women’s issues, and social justice, and operates with a set of core values that include empowerment, intentionality, caring, dignity, inclusiveness, and compassion. The organization is funded through individual donations, foundation grants, faith-based giving, and service-based contract income.  The organization will be rebranding and expanding its programming this year and has a projected operating budget of $600,000, which is expected to grow in 2021. To learn more, please visit IPMW’s website at www.ipmforwomen.org.

Position Overview


IPMW celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2020, and after a rigorous organizational assessment as part of a broader strategic planning process, the organization is poised for growth with significant new programmatic opportunities ahead.  The Development Director will be a vital part of the team and will enhance the capacity of IPMW to sustain the range of exciting work upon which we are embarking.

The successful candidate is highly organized, and able to take initiative and work autonomously and independently.  This individual will be a strategic business partner with the Executive Director and work collaboratively with the Board and staff.  The successful candidate can operate in a fast-paced environment – sometimes under pressure – while remaining good-natured, resourceful, and efficient.  A high level of maturity, integrity, professionalism, discretion, sound judgment, tact, confidentiality, and self-care are crucial.


The Development Director will create and execute a philanthropic vision that will sustain and expand IPMWs mission and reach. The ideal candidate has led a successful and verifiable resource development program and has a record of securing individual, foundation, faith-based and business gifts.  Responsibilities will include:

·         Developing, managing, and implementing the fundraising strategy of the organization, with emphasis on expanding the donor base.

·         Sustaining a philanthropic spirit and unified sense of purpose among all staff, Board members, other volunteers, donors, and partners.

·         Managing annual, major donor, capital and other campaign giving.

·         Devising, recommending, and implementing donor cultivation and solicitation strategies, including solicitation appeals.

·         Creating and presenting proposals for consideration, according to the donor’s or foundation’s interests and financial circumstances.

·         Working closely with the Executive Director, volunteer Fundraising Committee, Board of Directors and Communications Manager to build relationships with donors and other charitable sources.

·         Ensuring the successful implementation of industry best practices in pursuit of excellence in all facets of resource development operations.

·         Working with Office Manager to ensure accuracy of donor data and timeliness of communications.

·         Developing and managing the fundraising and marketing budgets.


The Development Director must demonstrate a passion for and willingness to support IPMW’s mission, vision, values, and work. The ideal candidate will possess sufficient experience and training to execute the responsibilities of the position and demonstrate the following:

·         Inclusive, empathetic worldview and demonstrated skill working across lines of difference.

·         Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years’ experience in management and development of fundraising program, including donor cultivation, solicitation and recognition strategies, grant writing and special events.

·         Successfully soliciting donations from individuals, foundations, and faith-based organizations.

·         Proven track record of achieving revenue targets and/or performance metrics.

·         Excellent interpersonal, organizational, communication (both verbal and written), analytical and negotiating skills to interact with a broad range of individuals in a professional and pleasant manner.

·         Self-motivated, results-oriented, and able to set priorities and work on numerous projects simultaneously coupled with the ability to work well in a collaborative environment.

·         A personal commitment to excellence and strong organization skills, accuracy, and ability to successfully manage multiple and sometimes competing projects, tasks, and deadlines.

·         Experience with supporting senior staff, Board and/or supervising staff, interns and/or volunteers.

·         Understanding and appreciation of equity issues, and desire and humility to grow and learn with the team.

·         Willingness to extend kindness, compassion and accountability to oneself and others.

·         Proficient with computer skills and knowledge of database programs.

·         Willingness to operate in compliance with organizational policies and procedures and external (donor/legal/IRS) requirements.

·         Sense of humor and ability to have fun a plus. 


This position will work closely with Executive Director and will interact regularly with other staff and volunteers.  Will have substantial contact with key stakeholders, including members of the Board of Directors and its committees, clients, community members, other volunteers, donors, funders, and partners.   


This position requires ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations, as well as the ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and occasionally manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of 10-30 pounds. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand, and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment, read information and perform basic math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, standard measurements).  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

SALARY RANGE: Salary is in the high fifties.  This is a full-time position with a generous benefits package.

How To Apply


Armstrong McGuire & Associates, based in Raleigh, NC is conducting this search. To apply, click on the link to the  position profile at www.ArmstrongMcGuire.com/apply. You will see instructions for uploading your cover letter, resume and professional references. In case of any technical problems, contact april@armstrongmcguire.com.  Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.  No phone calls please. No applications by email please. 

Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by law.  Formerly incarcerated individuals encouraged to apply.

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