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Job Title and Job Description

Director of Development

I raise money to support a non-profit organizations. This includes grant writing, events, and asking people for donations. What I like best is meeting the goals that help others.

What are some related career opportunities and job titles in your company or in your career area?

fundraising, development, event planner, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, major gifts, advancement, annual fund

What new technology will be important?

Online fundraising, social networks, new universal databases

What education or training did you have to prepare for this career?

I have a masters degree in psychology and an undergraduate degree in English. I think my writing skills helped. When I first began raising money, there were no classes in it. Now you can major in it.

What education or training do you recommend for students today who want to enter this field?

At least a 4-year degree. The more courses taken in business and development the better. This is a competitive industry.

When you were in high school, did you know that you would enter this field?

No - I did not.

Skills Profile

Skills UsedRating (5=Most Important thru
1=Not Important)
Comments

Artistic 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Athletic / Physical 1-Not Important 
Bilingual 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Computer Technology 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Coordination / Using Hands, Tools, and Equipment 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Creative Thinking 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Interpersonal 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Investigative / Fact Finding 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
leadership and Supervising 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
Logical Thinking 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Math 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
Mechanical Understanding 1-Not Important 
Sales and Negotiation 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
Scientific and Experimental 1-Not Important 
Social Service / Helping Skills 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Teaching / Instructing 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Verbal Communication 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Understanding Nature, Plants, Animals 1-Not Important 
Understanding Yourself 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
Writing 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
 

Interview By: D. Andrews