Employment Opportunities at NAMI Vermont


Development Director

Full-Time – 35 hours a week with benefits

The Development Director creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising which includes soliciting resources for the organization from philanthropic sources –  including individuals, foundations, and corporations. Plans, oversees and implements annual appeal, sponsor and donor relations, fundraising events, marketing opportunities, and other outreach. This is a permanent 35-hour a week position and will report to the Executive Director.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

Donations and Grants

  1. Identify, foster and maintain relationships with corporate, community and individual prospects for the organization’s fundraising priorities
    1. Oversee the administration of a donor mailing list and database
  2. Solicit, prepare, and submit appropriate grant applications
  3. Plan and implement the annual appeal fundraising campaign
  4. Develop a comprehensive communication plan to promote the organization to donors and maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities of the organization
  5. Maintain complete records; prepare and submit timely reporting

Annual Major Fundraising and Outreach Events

  1. Develop timeline of activities for Events
    1. Coordinate, direct and support the activities of the volunteer Event Committee
    2. Coordinate Kick-Off Event for volunteers/team captains/other supporters
    3. Recruit, engage, and support volunteers/team captains/fundraisers
    4. Coordinate Event day activities, entertainment, attractions, speakers and logistics
    5. Coordinate adequate volunteers for smooth Event operation and logistics
    6. Recruit sponsors, in-kind donations, and conduct media outreach
  2. Reporting: Maintain complete records and reports relating to the Event including: teams, sponsors, exhibitors, fundraisers, impact, registration, and financials
  3. Marketing and Public Relations
    1. Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials (electronic and paper) for development efforts
    2. Coordinate post Event volunteer recognition

Additional Responsibilities

  1. Monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that fundraising goals are achieved
  2. Participate in the implementation and monitoring of the development budget; ensure that events/activities are operated within established budgetary guidelines  
  3. Coordinate and support other fundraising and outreach events including events by Affiliates and presence in community at exhibits
  4. Provide training and oversight to Board members so they can fulfill their responsibilities for fundraising and outreach
  5. Maintain facebook and website as it relates to development activities

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  1. The ideal candidate will have a BA/BS and/or 3 to 5 years of related experience in organizing and managing successful major fundraising and public awareness events
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of successful fundraising practices and principles
  3. Effective event management skills
  4. Proficiency in MS Office, Google Office products, and database systems required
  5. Experience and/or aptitude for outreach to foundations, corporations and individuals for grants and contributions
  6. Experience with grant writing or willingness to learn
  7. Strong public speaking, interpersonal communication and public relations, organizational skills and experience with volunteers, committees and community leaders are essential
  8. Ability to work independently as well as on a team but with a high regard for accountability and outcomes  
  9. Ability to manage multiple long-term priorities

Work Environment:

  • Ability to drive—must have own vehicle and hold valid operator’s license
  • Ability to travel in-state (mileage reimbursed)
  • Available for occasional evenings and weekends (meetings and events)
  • Employer-paid training at national NAMI conferences or other professional development


  • Paid Holidays and generous accrued paid time off
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Wellness Program
  • Flexibility in work schedule

Please email cover letter and resume to: lemerson@namivt.org. No phone calls, please.



We are currently accepting applications for an Internship beginning in Spring Semester, 2018.

Be a part of taking action to support mental health care in Vermont!

NAMI Vermont seeks motivated interns who want to learn about the operations of an active nonprofit and get hands-on experience with projects such as community programming, event planning and management, and legislative advocacy. We are looking for open minded self-starters, with experience or a strong interest in contributing to mental health awareness. Internships are available during the spring, summer and fall, and many NAMI Vermont interns gain academic credit for their experience.

Want to learn more about internships at NAMI Vermont? Or are you ready to apply? Send an email to program@namivt.org