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Development Director

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The person we would be over-the-moon to work with wants to add to our culture.This person will share a strong commitment to our mission and building our organization with intentionality, working alongside a team made up of different personalities, cultures, experiences, and backgrounds. The Development Director will see themselves in the examples below:

  • Efficiency and Organization - You organize your time in an efficient and productive manner. You have and can further develop your own systems and tools and know how to leverage those tools to hold yourself accountable and help lead others. You are well organized and effective in your work.

  • Follow through on commitments - You live up to your professional and personal commitments and do not miss deadlines. You are reliable - in showing up in the work space and in following through on what you commit to.

  • Initiator - You are a self-starter and take the initiative to solve problems on your own. You understand how you best absorb information and will take proactive steps to ensure that you can learn what you need to know, even if you do not understand at first.

  • Detail oriented - You do not let important details fall through the cracks and use tools (e.g. pen and paper, video notes, google docs, etc.) to keep yourself and others on track.

  • Team Player - You are community-oriented. You are flexible and are willing to jump in and do things that may be outside the original scope of your work. You have a growth mindset and welcome feedback as an opportunity to learn and grow as an individual and as a team.

Honest Communicator. You communicate honestly and with transparency. You are willing to engage in courageous conversations.


  • Location: Lawrence/Trenton, NJ

  • Typical Working Hours

  • Approximately 20 hours per week.

  • Have the flexibility and ability to meet with the HomeWorks Team on Mondays to Fridays from 9-5pm, and at times with donors on nights and/or weekends.

  • Salary range: HomeWorks Trenton values our employees highly and acknowledges the importance of salary in recognizing and compensating for the value that employees create. We are continually growing in our ability to compensate staff as highly as we want to, and are actively fundraising in order to do so. Joining HomeWorks means being part of a deeply mission-driven and community-oriented organization that invests in staff development as both people and professionals. We are, however, a young non-profit, and want to be transparent about what you can expect. The salary range is $45,000 - $50,000.

  • Benefits:

  • Insurance HRA stipend of $150/month for any medical expenses

  • Start date:

  • ASAP

  • Application Deadline: Rolling

  • Application Link:

  • Non-negotiables:

  • Minimum of five years of fundraising experience

  • Proficient with social media and comfortable with general online database usage

  • Can commit to traditional business hours

  • Physical Demands: None



The Development Director will be an essential part of the HomeWorks team. Working closely with and supporting the Executive Director and Operations Director to create and execute a fundraising plan and capital campaign. The Development Director will help lead and manage our development program, including but not limited to:

  • Build and execute a development program, including an annual fund

  • Run a successful $5 million campaign

  • Research and identify potential donors and sponsors and implement strategies to foster positive relationships

  • Establish and maintain relationships and communications with individual, foundation and business donors or sponsors

  • Research donation programs, grants and opportunities available through local, state and federal programs

  • Create success metrics and evaluation reports to analyze data and determine the effectiveness for the development programs

  • Create materials and tools to assist with fundraising, such as prospectus, donor engagement sheet, etc.

  • Write grant applications

  • Manage donor relations

  • Create and execute fundraising strategies

  • Transfer and maintain the donor database

Ultimately, the Development Director will have a direct impact on the scholars by raising funds in support of HomeWorks’ innovative model. This will be achieved by building and executing a development program reflective of the HomeWorks values and goals from the ground up. Knowledge of Asana, Google, Eleo, Donor Search, Sales Force will be important for the role.

The right candidate will value justice, education, and community building. Working at an early stage, grassroots non-profit startup, they must be flexible enough to take on unknown challenges and, literally and figuratively, be “willing to sweep the floors”. They must be comfortable initiating relationships with stakeholders and know how to steward those relationships appropriately. They must be excited about the opportunity to lead and execute a successful development program that will ultimately allow us to expand our program for Black and Brown girls in Trenton, NJ.

About the Company

HomeWorks Trenton, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that runs a free, community-based, after school residential program for Black and Brown high school girls in Trenton, New Jersey. We provide a space where Black and Brown girls can authentically express themselves while receiving academic and social-emotional tools to thrive despite living in a systemically unjust society.

Our scholars live in the HomeWorks house from Sunday evenings to Friday mornings and are transported to and from their Trenton Public Schools every day to ensure timeliness. After school, scholars engage in daily activities focused on academics and identity-driven leadership, eat a family-style meal, and stay overnight in our dorm with two full-time staff members. Our HomeWorks model decreases chronic absenteeism; improves scholars’ academic performance and social-emotional skills; and celebrates the power of Black and Brown sisterhood. By providing a space to explore and define their experiences, cultures, and identities, HomeWorks offers our scholars a chance to see that their ideas, visions, and presence deserve a place in this world.

HomeWorks was started in 2016. Since then, HomeWorks has built a diverse team of full-time and part-time staff, board members, and volunteers. Together, we have run five programs and built a HomeWorks community. The HomeWorks team has been honored to be recognized by Princeton University, McKinsey & Company, Echoing Green, Comcast, Hollister, TRESemmé, Camelback Ventures, Barclays, Vital Voices, The Rachael Ray Show and more.

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