Director of Development, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Reports to: Executive Director
Job Status: Full Time, Permanent

The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia is building a just, green, and thriving economy. We empower the region’s diverse independent businesses to do well by doing good; we advance industries critical to a vibrant, local, equitable, and climate resilient economy; and we advocate for an economic ecosystem that centers localism, serves community needs, shares wealth, and protects the environment.

SBN’s members are local independent businesses that practice – and measure success by – the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit. Our programming educates business owners about financially, socially, and environmentally responsible best practices; facilitates honest and supportive discussions among peers; and provides important opportunities for civic dialogue. Our advocacy focuses on solutions that advance a just, green, and thriving economy.

Since our founding in 2001, SBN has remained the region’s only membership and advocacy organization playing the important role of serving Greater Philadelphia’s independent values-driven business community.

About the Position:

The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) is seeking a Director of Development to ensure the organization has the necessary financial resources to support our current operations as well as our strategic response to an increasing need for our services.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Develop and execute multi-year fundraising plan that supports the organization’s strategic plan, and includes:
    • Securing and maintaining grant funding from foundations
    • Securing and maintaining financial support from individuals through donations
    • Securing and maintaining financial support from mission-aligned corporations through sponsorship
    • Securing and maintaining financial support from diverse local independent mission-aligned businesses through membership
  • Develop and maintain long-term relationships with current and prospective donors, sponsors, and members
  • Manage Neon and maintain accurate record-keeping; oversee data entry and gift processing for all donations, sponsorships, and memberships
  • Liaise with the Board of Directors in support of development-related activities
  • Form, mentor, and manage SBN’s development team
  • Manage department budget
  • Other duties and special projects as needed
  • Demonstrated commitment to SBN’s mission and values
  • Comfort and sophistication in applying a race and equity lens to all matters of work
  • Proven ability to secure and maintain increasing financial contributions from multiple channels
  • Experience in planning, leading, and managing development projects, and tracking and reporting on progress to Executive leadership
  • Experience related to impact investment and the creation of public private partnerships a plus
  • Takes initiative; actively seeks to deepen current relationships and forge new ones
  • Skilled in creating compelling written and verbal communications for fundraising; ability to convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials, and to credibly present materials to external audiences
  • Enjoys and is skilled at designing, refining, and documenting effective and efficient workflows
  • Proficient in using technology as a management and reporting tool; knowledge of Neon is strongly preferred
  • Ability to be flexible with morning and evening hours as needed (when we return to non-remote work)
  • Ability to work off-site functions (when we return to non-remote work)
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 8-10 years’ relevant experience

The position is full-time and based in Philadelphia, though we are open to remote work arrangements as long as the individual can fulfill SBN’s need for in-person events as they become safe to do.


This is an outstanding opportunity for a motivated and seasoned professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a highly respected organization. SBN has a generous benefits package which includes employer contributions to medical, dental, and vision insurance; 10 paid holidays and 2 floating holidays; 15 accrued paid vacation days per year; 8 accrued paid sick days per year; and the opportunity to contribute to an impact-oriented 401k plan.


How to Apply Email a thoughtful cover letter and résumé as a single .pdf to [email protected], with the subject line “Director of Development: Last name, First name.”

We are looking for an immediate hire, so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls or emails please. SBN is an equal opportunity employer. SBN is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage people of color and all gender identities and sexual orientations to apply for this and all open positions. SBN’s non-discrimination policy can be found here.

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