Director of Development – Nashville & Middle Tennessee Market


Palmer Home provides superior care for children while introducing the love of God through our service to each individual child. Palmer Home ensures restorative environments where children feel safe, connected and supported. Each child served by Palmer Home has a safe place to call home with trustworthy, supportive adults to guide them as they grow and develop into all that God created them to be. Palmer Home provides holistic care to each child based on their unique physical, emotional, spiritual and educational needs.

Position Summary

Founded in 1895, Palmer Home for Children provides superior care for children while introducing the love of God through service to each individual child.

Program Descriptions

  • Campus Care – Our residential campus for children provides a Christ-centered family atmosphere where children feel safe, connected to trustworthy adults, and supported as they grow and develop in our care. Each child is placed with a caregiver couple in one of our six on-campus homes.
  • Foster Care – Our foster care program allows children the opportunity to experience the support and connection of a family while in the care of Palmer Home. We provide private foster care through Palmer Home certified families.
  • Family Care – Our Family Care ministry provides nurturing care for the infants of mothers in prison. Additionally, we provide support to mothers in prison and after release. With reunification as the ultimate goal, our certified foster families work to cultivate the bond between the mother and child in their care.
  • Transitional Care – Our transitional program provides continued guidance and coaching for children between the ages of 18 – 24. Our goal is to prepare each child for independence through career and vocational development, as well as other life-skills to succeed as young adults.


Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Director of Development will raise vital financial monetary resources and community awareness for the mission. The Director of Development will meet general operating and capital revenue goals by identifying, engaging, and securing current and prospective individuals, churches, businesses, foundations, and community partners through major gift solicitation, grant request, regular communication, and the coordination of enrichment activities and sponsorships. The Director will ensure that gifts are properly solicited, recognized, cultivated, and stewarded.

Work Location / Status

  • This position will work remotely (from home) in the Nashville Metro Area with travel throughout the surrounding counties and occasional travel throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, and other states.
  • This is a benefit-eligible (medical, dental, vision, 401k w/match, vacation/sick time, etc.) full-time salaried/exempt position.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.


  • Identify, solicit, and cultivate financial support by developing and maintaining relationships with prospective and new donors within market and solicitation assignments.
  • Generate new corporate and foundation revenue with local, state, and regional partners through corporate giving, employee engagement opportunities, grants, foundation support, and endowments within market assignments.
  • Secure sponsorships for in-house fundraising special events
  • Respond promptly and appropriately to inquiries, questions, complaints, and concerns
  • Enlist, as appropriate, Board members, the President, and other Palmer staff to assist in making major gift asks.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of the tools and techniques related to major gift fund-raising
  • Support and assist with fundraising strategies and activities to ensure proper acknowledgement and recognition of donors.
  • Represent Palmer Home in the community by attending and speaking to local civic groups, chamber programs, school, and church groups when appropriate.
  • Ensure proposals and follow-up reports are submitted on a timely basis
  • Serve as the point of contact for any third-party fundraising effort within market
  • Manage external inquiries with donor appointments, follow-up, research, database management, expense reports, etc.
  • Participate in special projects and other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, or a related field
  • Minimum of 6 years of applicable experience in development, fundraising, marketing, sales, communications, or public relations
  • Demonstrated successful major gift fundraising and goal-reaching experience
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent time and project management, interpersonal, decision making, presentation/public speaking, and organizational skills
  • Able to work collectively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and collaboratively; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • A strategist who can anticipate and support the needs of both internal and external audiences
  • Prioritizes multiple expectations based on the organization(s) strategy and goals
  • Must be in agreement with the Palmer Home for Children Statement of Christian Beliefs and demonstrate a strong commitment to Christ consistent with the mission of Palmer Home status as a non-profit religious organization.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of this position.


For consideration of employment, please send the following documents:

  • Cover letter to include a statement of your religious affiliation
  • Resumé

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