Title:                        Director, Development
Department:           Corporate
Location:                Headquarters: 1826 Claiborne Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71103
Wage Category:     Exempt
Report To:              President and CEO


The Director, Development has a strategic vision to identify emerging gaps, trends, grants, and fundraising opportunities. This includes identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gift prospects and financial donors to increase the revenue for the company.

Responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:

Strategic Planning

  1. Work with the President & CEO to determine the organization’s mission, purpose, and priorities.
  2. Collaborate with the President & CEO and departmental leaders to prepare annual budgets and projections.
  3. Submit annual monetary goals and budgets according to short- and long-term goals.
  4. Manage strategic bids by closely monitoring opportunities via federal, state, local, and commercial bid processes, including developing and submitting proposals.
  5. Conduct research and/or analyzes economic development program activities.
  6. Develop and maintain strategic relationships that contribute to the organization’s overall visibility, credibility, and growth.
  7. Prepare grant applications and fundraising proposals.

Grant Writing

  1. Identify, evaluate, and apply the criteria for grant-eligible opportunities and ensure the  grants meet regulations.
  2. Apply for various grants that meet the organization’s needs.
  3. Oversee the grant application process from beginning to end. Complete all documents, forms, or reports required by grants. Ensure grants are submitted on time and within application parameters.
  4. Coordinate, monitor, and evaluate the programs and projects that are funded by grants.
  1. Discuss available sources of funding with administrative managers.
  2. Develop and maintain master files on grants and documents connected to grant-funded programs.
  3. Perform other related duties as assigned.


  1. Attends industry functions, such as events and conferences, to seek financial prospects and grants for the organization to develop.
  2. Develop and establish fundraising objectives for the organization, setting one-year, five-year, and longer-term goals.
  3. Research potential funding sources and identify and contact potential financial donors (including corporations, foundations, and individuals).
  4. Produce relevant and informative fundraising literature for distribution to donors and the public.
  5. Oversee the fundraising process and maintain records of receipts and disbursements of funds.
  6. Plan fundraising events that effectively communicate the purpose/mission of the organization.
  7. Research previous fundraising efforts by studying literature and mailings available from government funding sources, private foundations, the United Way, and other generous contributors.
  8. Provide data for available funding sources.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Ability to establish, develop, and maintain effective working relationships with departmental staff, municipal employees, local business owners, and the general public.
  2. Excellent analytical abilities to align the organization’s objectives with available funding opportunities.
  3. Thorough understanding of local, state, and federal grants and funding sources and the ability to locate their potential financial sources.
  4. Thorough understanding of grant writing, program research, development, and implementation techniques.
  5. Must be creative, see beyond current product lines, and recommend areas for expansion based on local business and organization’s capabilities.
  6. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  7. Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, organizational, and project management skills, including the ability to prioritize work and projects.
  8. Ability to interpret financial data and prepare budgets and financial grant reports.
  9. Confidentiality awareness to maintain personal/confidential information that may be used for grants or upcoming projects (i.e., employee salaries).


  1. Bachelor’s degree with some coursework in related field.
  2. Frequent travel required (including overnight) (up to 15%).
  3. If sighted, a current driver’s license and insurance are required.

Louisiana Association for the Blind (L.A.B.) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. L.A.B. does not discriminate based on age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. All persons hired will be required to verify their identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. L.A.B. is a drug-free workplace. Applicants are required to pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

Apply via L.A.B.’s website: https://52over52weeks.com/employment.php