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The science of Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACEs) shows that childhood adversity is the root cause of the most prevalent and costly childhood/adult diseases, as well as most social, economic and mental health issues.

PACEs Connection brings together resources to integrate trauma-informed and resilience-building practices in identifying and healing the impact of childhood adversity in families (abuse, bullying, addiction to alcohol or other drugs), communities (witnessing violence, racism, historical trauma) and the environment (pandemics, hurricanes, wildfires). It supports individuals, organizations, communities and systems to solve our country’s most intractable problems.

PACEs Connection is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE (


The Development Director will be a part of an exciting, growing non-profit organization and help PACEs Connection with finance, development, fundraising and overall sustainability. They will work to create structure and streamline PACE’s processes and continue building on our fundraising efforts. The Development Director will thrive on fostering relationships with funders, partners, and advisory members and work closely with the Director of Strategic Partnerships. They will be responsible for building and maintaining various fundraising systems and tools; identifying and applying for grants and contacts and writing and producing content related to development for distribution.  Sets the organization’s development strategy and implementation, which includes grants, individual donors, events and corporate sponsorship revenue streams. Serves on the executive team with the CEO.

  • Develop long term plan to further grow and diversify the organization’s revenue streams over the next 2-3 years.
  • Assess and evaluate existing fundraising efforts.
  • Individual donors: Develop and maintain a database for managing PACEs Connection’s individual donations to keep track of individual donations.
  • Lead individual campaign and appeal strategy.
  • Oversee the growth of our individual donor base administratively through donation processing, communications for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Oversee a strong and consistent acknowledgement system to ensure donors are recognized in a timely manner for their support, and ongoing strategic engagement.
  • Major gifts: Strengthen the organization’s major gifts program, and serve as a relationship manager for this growing donor base. Leverage the CEO as needed for communications and strategy efforts.
  • Grants: Identify, research, write and oversee the timely submission of grant proposals, LOIs, reports, and related materials as appropriate. Make necessary proposal revisions based on feedback, and schedule requested funder interviews in coordination with the CEO.
  • Funders: Cultivate and manage relationships with funder contacts and new funder prospects, including email, one-on-one conversations, attending occasional donor meetings, and etc
  • Corporate sponsorships: Work with Director of Strategic Partnerships to create and oversee corporate sponsorship strategy and logistics. Serve as primary liaison with corporate partners.
  • Events + Sponsorships: Lead the strategy and implementation of fundraising event planning, with support from the Executive Team. Collaborate with staff on fundraising events.
  • Maintain content and data for all development materials and event materials including direct mail appeal, campaign-specific and project-specific solicitation materials.
  • Give regular funding updates at All Staff meetings.
  • Other duties as needed.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • A genuine resonance with and commitment to our mission.
  • 5+ years of nonprofit fundraising/development experience and management and supervising individuals.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence with diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-economic groups and understanding of the role social determinants, including racism, play in its impact on health outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and steward new and existing donors and funders, as well as a proven commitment to relationship-focused fundraising principles.
  • Proven success track record in conducting research on grant opportunities and submissions.
  • Proven project management, leadership experience, and ability to work independently.
  • Strong partnership-building and event planning skills.
  • Strong verbal/written and public communication skills, including experience engaging community, funders, and internally with staff and advisory board members.
  • A general understanding of marketing, promotion, branding, and communications strategies.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; Google Suite, Canva, Eventbrite, and open to learning new systems and software.

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/PACEs Connection will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  

TSNE/PACES strives to achieve excellence through a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment that embraces all of our individual and collective differences. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Middle Eastern and North African, Bilingual and/or Bicultural candidates, and LGBTQ2SIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We value and honor the unique talents, learning styles, and lived experiences of each individual that enrich and strengthen our workplace culture, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

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