Development Director - Horizons Albuquerque (Albuquerque, NM)

Position: Development Director
75 - 100% FTE, Exempt

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to by March 11, 2022, in order to be considered.


The mission of Horizons Albuquerque is to improve life opportunities for children from under-served families by addressing their academic needs through a summer academic and enrichment program and year-round, wrap-around, supportive services for students and their families.

The Horizons Albuquerque program began in the summer of 2014 on the campus of Bosque School, welcoming 46 students entering 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. In 2017, our program expanded to include Manzano Day School as a partner site, and again in 2019 with the addition of Sandia Preparatory School (Sandia Prep). Today, our students in rising grades 1-5 attend our program at Manzano Day School, rising grades 6-8 at Bosque School, and rising grades 9-11 at Sandia Prep.

In summer 2021, Horizons Albuquerque served over 140 students from rising 1st grade to 11th grade. The program has added a grade level each year since its inception, and in summer 2022, the program will reach its goal of serving rising 1st grade to rising 12th grade. Once enrolled in the program, students and families make a long-term commitment to return each year. 


The Development Director is responsible for securing funding needed to advance the mission of Horizons Albuquerque and meet the organization’s financial goals by cultivating relationships with potential donors, establishing new partnerships, maintaining connections with current donors, writing grants, seeking public funding, and developing fundraising initiatives. The Development Director reports directly to the Executive Director with oversight from the Horizons Albuquerque Board of Directors. 


  • Successful creation of the development strategy, planning and implementation of fundraising efforts in collaboration with the Horizons Albuquerque development committee to support Horizons Albuquerque program budget requirements
  • Fundraising goals and objectives will be met to ensure successful program implementation
  • Successful donor retention strategies and a portfolio of prospective donors for active cultivation will be created and regularly analyzed to capitalize on development opportunities
  • Strategies to enhance individual, public, and corporate philanthropy across the broader community of Greater Albuquerque, Bernalillo and Sandoval counties as well as the State of New Mexico will be developed and successfully implemented
  • Marketing and promotional activities will support and broaden stewardship opportunities and attract new donors 
  • Development of a full grant life cycle, including research, outreach, donor visits, proposal development and writing, tracking, relationship management and reporting
  • Broaden Horizons fundraising by planning donor events, stewarding planned giving prospects, increasing solicitation of major gifts, and implementing endowment plans


  • Fundraising 
    • Advance the mission, vision, and short and long-term fundraising goals of Horizons Albuquerque in concert with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Horizons Albuquerque staff 
    • Develop and implement a strategy for financial resource advancement with the Executive Director and Board of Directors
    • Create and execute an annual fundraising development action plan, evaluate success and identify opportunities for improvement
    • Research, identify and solicit prospective funding from diverse sources, including major donors, annual donors, foundations, public sources, corporations, and planned giving prospects
    • Develop effective cultivation strategies for prospective donors and move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure
    • Cultivate and maintain community partnerships that provide in-kind resources to support summer programming initiatives
    • Ensure donor tracking, cultivation, recognition, and stewardship activities are integrated with Horizons ongoing development and marketing efforts
    • Analyze and make accurate forecast of donor commitments and the availability of financial resources
    • Coordinate presentations to targeted donors and funders with the Executive Director
    • Research, write, and apply for grant funding
    • Complete and submit required reports to grant funders
    • Maintain up-to-date donor database
    • Oversee recording and acknowledgment of all gifts in a timely manner
    • Stewards relationships with potential and current donors
    • Stay informed about current trends in foundation, corporate and public sources of funds, governmental law, and regulations applicable to fundraising
    • Analyze data to determine the effectiveness of various fundraising efforts and adjust the overall development strategy to focus on the most lucrative fundraising opportunities
  • Board Support
    • Attend all Board of Directors meetings and provide the necessary development reports and updates in advance of meetings to facilitate discussions
    • Provide clear vision and direction to maintain and improve programs and services
    • Strategically focus resources to yield the greatest impact to students
    • Communicate regularly and effectively with parents and students
    • Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse, top-quality staff
    • Hire, supervise, and evaluate Program Director
    • Oversee the evaluation of student outcomes annually in conjunction with Horizons National
    • Regularly meet and communicate with host school personnel
    • Ensure compliance with all state and local licensing requirements
    • Complete all required reports, including to Horizons National
    • Oversee the year-round student tutoring and family engagement programs
    • Coordinate with teachers on special/seasonal events for the students 
  • Community Relations
    • Represent Horizons Albuquerque in a professional and culturally-responsive manner, maintaining the integrity and reputation of the organization
    • Display passion for the mission of Horizons Albuquerque and optimism for fundraising while demonstrating Horizons core values
    • Work with Marketing & Communication Specialist to prepare brochures, reports, newsletters and media, and social media releases to showcase the program
    • Promote community awareness of Horizons Albuquerque, including networking with civic groups, educational collaboratives and other non-profit organizations
    • Coordinate with the Executive Director to schedule donor-focused visitor days during the Summer Program
  • Revenue Oversight
    • Work with the Executive Director and Finance Committee on the creation of the annual revenue budget to ensure fundraising efforts meet operational needs
    • With support from the Business Manager, establish and maintain adequate fundraising systems and controls
  • Miscellaneous
    • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director


  • Bachelor’s degree required in Nonprofit Management, Public Administration, Education or equivalent degree
  • At least 2 years experience with fundraising in the nonprofit, corporate and/or governmental sectors, with proven ability to close large gifts and maintain an annual donor base 
  • At least 2 years experience with grant research, development and writing, with proven results 
  • At least 2 years experience with program supervision, employee management and team building
  • At least 2 years of nonprofit experience and/or experience in education
  • Knowledge of development principles and ethics related to development activities
  • Strong networking skills; knowledgeable about the donor community and fundraising climate
  • Self-motivation showing initiative and innovation to expand and implement project activities 
  • Cultural competency to cultivate relationships with diverse stakeholders 
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred 
  • Experience with budget creation and management 
  • Competent in Microsoft Office and Google Suite 
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and successfully adapt to changing priorities and demands 
  • Outstanding communication skills (oral, written, presentation skills) 
  • Discretion and respect for confidentiality 
  • Highly developed organizational skills and attention to detail


Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to by March 11, 2022, in order to be considered.


Horizons Albuquerque is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions, including those related to recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, and recognition of individuals on the basis of their ability and job-related qualifications and without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or any other classification proscribed under applicable federal, state, or local law. We actively seek diversity among staff and students. Horizons Albuquerque complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application/interview process are requested to contact us in order to arrange such accommodation.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.