Job Title: Development Generalist

Job Title: Development Generalist

Job Title: Development Generalist

Hours:Part Time (20 hours/week)

Start Date:This position will remain open until filled. Applications now being accepted.

Availability: Flexibility required . Candidates will need to succeed under deadlines and work some evenings, weekends, and event hours.


The Refugee Development Center (RDC) is seeking a Development Generalist to grow and advance philanthropic giving and corporate partnerships. This position requires a commitment to the RDC’s mission of welcoming and educating newcomers, as well as superior oral/written communication skills and external networking capabilities. Candidates must be self-starters and have an entrepreneurial spirit.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute the RDC’s annual fundraising plan
  • Create and refine fundraising and outreach materials for distribution
  • Through multiple channels (direct mail, email, e-bulletins, social media, donor events etc.) secure financial support from individuals, corporations, and other stakeholders (faith & educational community, entrenched immigrant groups/individuals, etc.). Coordinate and participate in meetings with prospective and current sponsors/donors
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with current donors to improve retention and promote engagement while also growing the base of new donors
  • Track, analyze, evaluate,and report on the effectiveness of campaigns. Refine strategies as needed to meet goals
  • Organize and execute planning for special events and subsequent follow up
  • Develop strategies to target new sponsors for the annual RDC fundraiser and other special programs. When appropriate, secure multi-year relationships/sponsorships
  • Produce acknowledgement letters and pledge reminders; create and maintain accurate donor records in database and produce reports
  • Work in coordination with RDC grant writing efforts and support grant writing as needed (note: the primary focus of this position is unrestricted fund procurement through donations and other philanthropic giving).


  • B.A. or B.S. required; development or related experience also required, nonprofit experience highly desirable
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills with the ability to communicate effectively to multiple audiences and stakeholders. Desire to engage and serve diverse ethnic communities of multiple national origins
  • Goal and detail-oriented, highly-organized, self-motivated, and entrepreneurial
  • Willingness to take the initiative to learn and grow in the position which includes but is not limited to developing the hard and soft skills necessary to advance RDC development goals and stakeholder engagement
  • Highly proficient in Word, Excel, Wordpress, data tracking software, and computer graphic programs for marketing materials
  • A person invigorated by a non-traditional work environment with a close-knit, team-oriented staff and leadership
  • Positive, calm and diplomatic individual with integrity, professional discretion, etiquette and a generous spirit

FOR CONSIDERATION please follow the guidelines below:

Please Email AND Mail the following documents to Shirin Kambin Timms at:

Mailing Address:

Refugee Development Center

c/o Christ Lutheran Church

122 S. Pennsylvania Ave.

Lansing, MI 48912

Application Items:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. Application Form (see below)
  4. Three (3) professional references’ contact information
  5. name, address, phone number, and email

TheRefugee Development Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer

RDC Application

Applicant Information / For RDC Staff Use Only
Degrees Awarded (please circle all that apply):
PhD MA/MS BA/BS Assoc. Degree High School Diploma
Minor(s)/areas of concentration:
Please Describe your fundraising / related experience to date
Please describe your experience working with refugees/immigrants or diverse populations
On an attached sheet, please write an essay in response to the following scenario:
You have just been hired by a small community-based nonprofit to grow their development platform. Your goal is to increase philanthropic and corporate donations/sponsorships by 40% in year one and another 40% beyond that figure in year two of your job. Outline the questions you would ask and the action plan you would implement to reach your goal.
Woven into this, explain how you would utilize the RDC’s mission in your strategy.
Please provide any other information NOT included in your resume, cover letter, essay or this form that may explain why you are best suited for this position


The Refugee Development Center, 122 South Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing MI 48912. Phone: (517) 482-2252. Fax: (517) 482-4719