Work Hours: 40 hours/week with some nights and weekends
Compensation: $45,000
Benefits: Insurance (health, vision, dental, life), retirement matching, generous PTO
Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Organizational Values: Connection, Adventure, Curiosity, Respect, Intention, Responsibility

The Development Director is responsible for creating, implementing, and communicating an annual and long-term development strategy. With exceptional communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team the Development Director will contribute to the strategic expansion of Grand Canyon Youth’s (GCY’s) mission.
The Development Director reports to the Executive Director.


Fundraising 30%
Identify, cultivate and solicit major donors with support from the Executive Director.
Produce multi-channel annual fund appeal.
Manage the recording and receipt of all donor gifts.
Research and write grant proposals to support GCY’s strategic objectives.

Donor Stewardship 20%
Support individual giving initiatives through donor communications such as writing and distributing publications such as the annual report, fundraising appeals, and newsletters.
Support fulfillment of grant expectations through thorough communication, tracking and collaboration with GCY staff.

Events 10%
Lead or assist with fundraising events including setting event goals, securing venues, promotion, and sponsorship.
Utilize volunteers to assist with fundraising activities.

Communication 20%
Developing messaging in support of GCY’s mission, vision, and values.
Review and update website content.
Create and implement a social media plan.

Admin 10%
Database entry.
Participate in regular staff meetings.


Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to articulate GCY’s mission.
Ability to build strong relationships with donors, community members, co-workers, stakeholders, and the GCY Board of Directors.
Knowledge of the basic functions of a nonprofit organization, including fundraising and budgeting.
Demonstrated ability to successfully build and create rather than maintain the status quo.
Knowledge of use and practices for successful social media use.
Knowledge or willingness to learn media and design skills.
Willingness to work as part of a professional small nonprofit team.
Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision.
Experience in project management.
Experience with data/records management and upkeep.
Ability to remain flexible in a dynamic work environment

Tagged as: Development, Full Time, Fundraising


Bachelor’s Degree and/or lived experience demonstrating ability to learn, think critically, and work well with others of varying backgrounds.
Experience with fundraising for non-profit organizations.
Experience in successful grant writing, donor communications, and relationship management.
Pass a pre-employment background check and drug test.
Comfortable using common office equipment, including computers and printers, and google suite or a willingness to learn.
An understanding of or willingness

About Grand Canyon Youth

Grand Canyon Youth, Inc. is a non-profit organization based in Flagstaff, Arizona. We offer educational outdoor expeditions that connect youth to the transformative power of the river and canyons of the Southwest. GCY is a small organization where most staff have multiple responsibilities and roles. We strive to uphold community values in everything we do. Our ideal candidate will be dependable, trustworthy, and able to follow up with and complete tasks in a timely manner. Applicants must be very organized and whole-heartedly embrace our values and mission. We actively seek diversity in our candidate pools. Applicants of all identities are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

submit a cover letter and résumé to [email protected] (references will be requested from applicants later in the hiring process)

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