Director Of Development Special Events resume example with 14+ years of experience

(555) 432-1000,
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Professional Summary
Highly motivated Sales Associate with extensive customer service and sales experience. Outgoing sales professional with track record of driving increased sales, improving buying experience and elevating company profile with target market.

Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign & Photoshop, Blackbaud, Convio/Luminate, Salesforce, Hootsuite, WordPress

Wheaton College Norton, MA Expected in 05/2006 Associate of Arts : Theatre & Dramatic Literature - GPA :

Graduated Cum Laude; Lillian Hellman Award; Semester at the Moscow Art Theatre

Columbia University in The City of New York New York, NY Expected in 08/2019 Master of Science : Nonprofit Management - GPA :

Highlighted Coursework: Grant Writing; Corporate, Private & Community Foundations; Data Analytics/Metrics in the Nonprofit Sector; Nonprofit Financial Management; Major Gifts; Fundraising for Large Institutions (Eds & Meds)

Work History
Aza - Director of Development & Special Events
Corpus Christi, TX, 04/2011 - Current


  • Gift Solicitation: Successfully solicits gifts ranging from $5,000 to $500,000; Works with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and other donors and volunteers on solicitations up to $2.5M.
  • Board of Directors: Work includes managing relationships with board members as well as identifying and recruiting potential board members.
  • Corporate Relationships: Builds and manages relationships with over 50 corporations in sectors including finance, small business, retail, marketing/communications, legal, insurance, athletics, etc. including patient visits, event sponsorships, donor presentations, gift solicitations, etc. Also includes managing relationships with high net-worth individuals who are also individual donors
  • Individual Relationships: Maintains a portfolio of over 150 individuals who are both current and prospective donors.
  • Proposals: Writes proposals for individuals and corporations to request funding and/or create other partnership opportunities.
  • Committee Management & Leadership: Manages & leads several other donor groups including event committees, young professional council, etc.

Special Events:

  • FY19 Highlight: Raised $1.85M through three events
  • Hope & Heroes Walk: Joined Hope & Heroes after the first year of this event, which raised $75,000 and had 350 participants. In 10 years, the event has grown to raise over $2.8M and has 1,200 participants every year.
  • Hope & Heroes Annual Dinner: Have grown the event from 300 attendees raising $300,000 to 500 attendees raising $1.5 Million through growth in both individual and corporate sponsorship
  • Hope & Heroes Golf Tournament: Have grown the event from 100 attendees raising $400,000 to 230 attendees raising over $550,000 through building an active event committee, increasing golfers and creating a robust non-player sponsorship offering.
  • Other: Oversees events for the pediatric cancer patients at Columbia including holiday parties, craft activities, celebrity visits, gift distributions, etc.; Works with all speakers (including cancer patients, donors, board members and media professionals) including writing and reviewing their remarks; Oversees over 20 community events per year; Oversees and manages all event vendors.


  • Communications: Oversees all communications including email, website, social media, video, and print; Helped lead the organization through a complete re-branding ;Manages any media requests
  • Staff/Vendor Management: Manage the Development & Database Assistant and Communications & Marketing Manager on related work; Manage several vendors with year-round contracts on event management work
Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship - Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
City, STATE, 01/2009 - 04/2011
  • Sole direct staff for the President & CEO of an international education non-profit.
  • Worked on coordination and execution of national events as it related to VIP attendees.
  • Worked on the planning and coordination of national board meetings, including agenda, materials and preparation.
  • Coordinated preparation for all potential meetings as well as conferences (including Aspen Ideas Festival, Clinton Global Initiative, and the World Economic Forum).
  • Worked with development to identify new funders and cultivate relationships.
  • Worked with senior staff on behalf of the President & CEO on programmatic and fundraising projects including setting priorities, prospect research, and proposals, etc.
  • Coordinated all communication between the CEO and board members and other funders.
  • Managed the budget & expenses for the office of the CEO
  • Worked with offices within the White House to help further NFTE’s work.
Arts Horizons - Program Manager & Artistic Director
City, STATE, 08/2007 - 01/2009
  • Oversaw 56 assembly programs including program creation and review, supportive materials, etc.
  • Managed marketing efforts including mailing, e-newsletters, department website sections, program guide, group flyers, representing the organization at conventions and conferences, etc.
  • Supervised the Program Associate as well as high school and college interns.
Centerstage - Community Programs & Education Intern
City, STATE, 08/2006 - 08/2007
  • Facilitated a mentorship program between CENTERSTAGE and Baltimore School of the Arts
  • Organized, promoted, and managed all student matinee performances (included providing resource guides, and scheduling in-class visits).
  • Recruited, marketed, interviewed, administrated and creatively co-facilitated the after school theatre and leadership training program made up of 35 inner city and county teens.
  • Developed new partnerships with schools and organizations, and established better communication systems with local and regional teachers.

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School Attended

  • Wheaton College
  • Columbia University in The City of New York

Job Titles Held:

  • Director of Development & Special Events
  • Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
  • Program Manager & Artistic Director
  • Community Programs & Education Intern


  • Associate of Arts
  • Master of Science

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