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Director of Development - Florida Region

Company: Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
Date Posted: August 17, 2016



Diabetes Research Institute Foundation

 Director of Development

Florida Region 


The Opportunity:

The Director of Development is the chief development officer for the Florida Region of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF).  S/he will be responsible for planning, directing and managing all fundraising activity in Florida, with the office based in Hollywood, Florida. 

Reporting to and working closely with DRIF’s Senior Vice President, the Director of Development will work to manage, advise and direct the Florida Region Board Chairperson and Regional Board members in the development of an active fundraising program. S/he will be responsible for planning and implementing an annual campaign to meet projected goals; identifying and cultivating and managing a portfolio of prospects for major gifts; attracting and recruiting new leadership who will assist the Board in the identification and cultivation of new prospects; and developing plans that will maximize the results of key regional events.


Working in close collaboration with professional and volunteer leadership, the Director of Development will:

  • Identify, cultivate and solicit support in the form of major gifts from individuals/families, foundations, and corporations.
  • Develop strategic and operational fundraising plans that focus on leadership development and engagement; the development of a major gifts program.
  • Organize the development work of the Florida Regional Board to ensure productive, meaningful and satisfying volunteer engagement opportunities in the DRIF’s fundraising efforts.
  • Provide leadership and support on organizational policy issues.
  • Identify, recruit and motivate leaders to serve on the Florida Regional Board and its committees.
  • Serve as the region’s spokesperson and advocate at meetings, events and conferences responsible for building the Diabetes Research Institute’s community impact in the Florida Region and promoting its uniqueness in a competitive marketplace.
  • Plan programs for public outreach to introduce and engage new potential donors to DRI and the Foundation.
  • Build and enhance donor and prospect relationships.
  • Implement a stewardship, recognition and acknowledgment program for donors.
  • Supervise development/events staff.
  • Manage prospects’ moves in Raisers Edge database, including but not limited to timely recording of contacts made, contact reports and other discovery information toward prospect cultivation strategy.
  • Other responsibilities as may be assigned.


  • A BA/BS degree with a minimum of eight years of demonstrated successful experience in major gift fundraising and fundraising management.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to conceptualize and describe funding needs in a way that is compelling to donors and prospects.
  • Self-starter and able to work independently as well as ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Highly organized and able to multi-task and prioritize effectively while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Proficient in software applications (Microsoft Office: Outlook, Word and Excel) and database management. Experience with Raisers Edge a plus.
  • Willing and able to work evenings and weekends when required.


Excellent benefits package provided. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Diabetes Reseach Institute Foundation

The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s (DRIF) mission – to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now – is a testament to the belief that tomorrow is not soon enough to cure those living with diabetes.

The Diabetes Research Institute has become the world leader it is today through the substantial funding provided by the Foundation. Supported by private philanthropy, the DRIF ensures the jumpstarting of new ideas and the continuation of innovative research projects that remain cure-focused and will ultimately benefit those with diabetes.

The DRIF’s history of commitment dates back to 1971 when it was founded by a small group of parents of children with diabetes who were dedicated to finding a cure. Driven by a shared mission, they banded together to support a promising research program at the University of Miami solely aimed at curing those living with diabetes.

 The DRIF is recognized as one of the world’s most respected diabetes organizations. Garnering the attention of influential people who are personally affected by diabetes, the Foundation has grown into an international coalition of concerned individuals who have elevated the importance of cure-focused research and provided meaningful support for the DRI’s research programs. This funding is provided through individual and corporate donations, special events, sponsorships, cause marketing relationships and planned giving.

A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the DRIF has thousands of supporters in the United States and worldwide, and, in addition to its headquarters in Florida, operates regional development offices in New York and Long Island.

Diabetes Research Institute

The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) leads the world in cure-focused research. As the largest and most comprehensive research center dedicated to curing diabetes, the DRI is aggressively working to develop a biological cure by restoring natural insulin production and normalizing blood sugar levels without imposing other risks.

Since its inception, the DRI has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes, pioneering many of the techniques used in diabetes centers around the world. Having already shown that diabetes can be reversed through islet transplantation, the DRI is building upon these promising outcomes by developing the DRI BioHub, a bioengineered “mini organ” that mimics the native pancreas, containing thousands of insulin-producing cells that sense blood sugar and release the precise amount of insulin needed, in real time.

 The DRI has always been and continues to be a strong voice for translational research, ensuring that promising findings in the lab are applied to patients in the fastest, safest and most efficient way possible.   The Institute also has an impressive track record of scientific collaboration and its most far-reaching initiative to date is the DRI Federation. Lead by the DRI, researchers from more than 20 medical centers worldwide have formed a one-of-a-kind alliance with an underlying belief that the best way to make transformative discoveries - in the shortest amount of time – is to work together towards a cure.

The Diabetes Research Institute was created for one reason – to cure diabetes – which is and will continue to be its singular focus until that goal is reached. With an aggressive approach to curing those living with diabetes, along with its unique spirit of collaboration and notable accomplishments, the DRI is leading the international effort to eradicate this disease. For the millions of people affected by diabetes, the DRI is the best hope for a cure.