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Knoxville: (865) 540-1311 Chattanooga: (423) 954-1911

Development Director

Part Time position: (25 hours/week-$24.00/hour)

Location: Bridge Refugee Services- 3839 Buffat Mill Rd Knoxville, TN 37914

Bridge Refugee Services is looking for a highly qualified Development Director. This position supports the programmatic work of Bridge Refugee Services by securing sufficient resources to meet the needs of our organization and clientele. The Development Director will work with the Executive Director to create a fundraising strategy and identify potential funders in the community and beyond. Successful candidates will have a diverse skill set including grant-writing, donor relations, event planning, public relations, and branding. The Development Director will be in charge of maintaining and managing the donor management system. Additionally, the Development Director will assist with advocacy and community outreach on behalf of Bridge.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, Nonprofit Leadership, Communications or Public Relations
  • At least two years of grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Experience in a non-profit work environment is preferred
  • Excellent verbal, persuasive writing and communication skills
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and techniques
  • Track record of successful grant applications
  • Commitment to Bridge’s mission
  • Ability to work well with a small, collaborative team of staff
  • Experience and skill in public speaking
  • Strong relationship building and solicitation skills

Essential Functions:

  • Research and write grant applications to support Bridge’s programs and operations
  • Cultivate, recruit, and recognize community and corporate partners
  • Create and implement Bridge’s development plan and a fundraising policy alongside the Executive Director
  • Participate on the fundraising committee
  • Plan, oversee fundraising events and manage the development of event materials (brochures, invitations, posters, etc.)
  • Coordinate database and tracking of donors and prospective donors
  • Maintain social media and Bridge’s website
  • Meet with potential donors in person to solicit funds
  • Write monthly newsletters to the broader community

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, one page essay about your fundraising experience, and three professional references to the Drocella Mugorewera at