Development Specialist Position

POSITION: Development Specialist
REPORTS TO: Sr. Director of Philanthropy
COMPENSATION: Commensurate with Experience
EXEMPT STATUS: Salaried, Exempt

JOB SUMMARY: Rockwall County Helping Hands (RCHH) is actively seeking a dynamic Development Specialist to join our team. Working closely with the Senior Director of Philanthropy, the Development Specialist will play a key role in advancing fund development, overseeing fundraising initiatives, and coordinating special events. Crafting informative communication materials will be integral to keep current and potential funders informed about our programs.


  • Marketing, Outreach, and Communication:
    • Develop and update agency collateral, including social media content, press releases, and program brochures.
    • Assist in creating, producing, and mailing fundraising appeal letters and special announcements.
    • Craft monthly newsletters for each department and events.
    • Produce and edit newsletters, gather stories and photos, proofread, and manage printing.
    • Update presentation and public relations material, including brochures and PowerPoint presentations.
    • Coordinate and edit the fundraising page on the website; ensure regular updates.
    • Prepare occasional news releases and press kits.
  • Assist in Identifying and Cultivating Giving Programs:
    • Engage with small, medium, and large individual donors as part of an annual campaign.
    • Prioritize prospects, document all contacts, and track progress.
    • Coordinate efforts to increase business and civic group giving; track and document progress.
  • Fundraising Event Support:
    • Maintain guest lists, gather and prepare registration materials, and perform other duties as assigned for fundraising events.
  • Database Management and Reporting:
    • Process donations and prepare acknowledgment letters and other correspondence.
    • Generate fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
    • Conduct preliminary research on prospective corporate foundation and individual donors.
  • Adaptability and Additional Responsibilities:
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Director of Philanthropy.


Education: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university or equivalent experience required.


  • 2 – 4 years of Development/Fundraising experience preferred.
  • Exemplary planning and time management skills.
  • Self-starter who enjoys new challenges and adapts well to changing priorities.

Skills and Abilities Requirements:

  • Skilled in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Skilled in Canva and Constant Contact.
  • Experience with a CRM or non-profit database system.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well with diverse stakeholders.
  • High-level verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong strategic planning skills.
  • Creativity, resourcefulness, detail orientation, flexibility, positive attitude, tact, and good judgment.

Physical Requirements:

  • Sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, reaching, squatting, kneeling.
  • Ability to grasp, push, pull objects such as tables and chairs.
  • Lifting of office materials (up to 25 lbs.).
  • Moderate independent travel by private auto required.

Other Information:

  • Position involves some evening, weekend, and holiday hours.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and present in a positive, professional manner at all times.
  • Travel may occasionally be required for educational or business purposes.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, proof of liability insurance, and reliable transportation.
  • Expected participation in professional development activities.
  • Employment is dependent upon the successful completion of a background check.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to:

Rockwall County Helping Hands is an Equal Opportunity Employer.