Director of Development

About NewBoCo

The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) is a 501c3 non-profit located in the heart of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The organization is dedicated to making the state of Iowa more resilient to a changing economy by supporting entrepreneurship, innovation and tech education.

We are committed to creating a diverse and welcoming workplace that includes partners with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We believe that enables us to better meet our mission and values while serving customers throughout our global communities. Black, Indigenous, People of color, Women, LGBTQIA+, Veterans, and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Position Summary

NewBoCo is looking to hire a Director of Development (DOD) to develop, lead and implement a strategy to increase the size, scope and capability of the non-profit organization. The DOD will oversee, plan, and implement a comprehensive program for NewBoCo that secures significant philanthropic resources from individuals, corporations, and foundations for entrepreneurship, innovation and technical education, both regionally and statewide. This position will be deeply involved in a wide variety of exciting projects and events that NewBoCo operates. This role requires significant experience in donor stewardship, securing major gifts (including planned giving & multi-year fundraising campaigns), business development, grant writing, and experience managing a team. Additionally, the DOD is personally responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of donors capable of making six-figure gifts over time. They must be a strong, inspiring and accountable leader able to collaborate with a number of community partners and stakeholders.

Due to COVID-19, the NewBoCo team is currently working remotely with a flexible plan surrounding the return to a traditional office environment. There is the potential for this job to be remote longer-term.


Managing the development team and leading efforts to fundraise in excess of $1.5 million annually in support of NewBoCo’s programming and organizational priorities.
Developing and communicating a vision with multi-year fundraising goals, and accountability to achieve these goals.

Overseeing grant seeking, including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
Building a planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies.
Maintaining and growing strategic relationships both outside (donors/corporate partners)) and within the organization.

Conceiving, designing, and leading strategic initiatives and goals through collaboration with NewBoCo leadership in order to enhance overall performance in accordance with short and long-term objectives.

Financial management of programs; setting budget and fundraising objectives, analyzing results, and taking corrective actions.
Demonstrated ability to stay focused on the big picture and not get mired in the details.
Providing regular updates, reports, and projections to our staff and our Board of Directors.
Serving as the Product Owner of the SDG team by helping the team determine overall direction and prioritization of work.


  • 7 years related experience
  • Experience asking for and closing major gifts of $50,000 or more
  • Experience working with donors on, and securing, gifts of stock, real estate and other tangible assets.
  • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents such as major donors, foundations and corporations.
  • Experience in planning and delivering budgetary responsibilities.
  • Experience managing and supervising a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in principles, practices, and procedures of charitable giving, particularly in the areas of capital campaigns, major gifts and planned giving.
  • Ability to develop and execute plans on your own.
  • Exceptional, professional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience developing marketing plans and strategies to support fundraising efforts.
  • Public speaking, community relations, and PR skills.
  • Experience identifying, writing, and securing major grant dollars.
  • Willingness to travel, as needed, to build donor relationships across the state of Iowa.

Preferred Knowledge & Skills:

  • An appreciation for the mission of NewBoCo
  • Experience working in a mid-range, fast-paced, nonprofit environment
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent training/experience
  • Knowledge in current and evolving trends in the fundraising and tech space
  • Understanding of best practices in nonprofit leadership and management
  • Reasonable expertise in using social media (Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, Google for Business
  • Expertise in CRM systems
  • Experience working in an Agile environment

Some details you should know:

  • This is a full-time, salaried role commensurate with experience.
  • Requires flexibility to work limited evening and weekend hours (rare, but may occur throughout the year) as needed for meetings, projects and events.

You’ll be required to pass a background check, and enter an agreement to safeguard proprietary information of NewBoCo and our clients, as a part of the onboarding process.
Benefits include Open PTO Policy, company contributions to health/vision/dental insurance plans and a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with company match.

If you are interested, apply and include:

  • A resume
  • Why you are interested in this position and what previous related experience you have
  • Answers to our optional Equal Opportunity questions

Equal Opportunity

New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative is committed to the principles of Diversity, Equity Inclusion as well as Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action. To monitor our EEO/AA efforts and to comply with government record keeping, grant reporting and other legal requirements, we need to collect information from our job applicants. Completion of this self-identification form is voluntary. This information is not provided to the hiring manager. You will not be subjected to any adverse treatment if you do or do not provide the information requested. We would, however, appreciate your response.

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