Outward Bound is an international educational movement dedicated to the belief that people are capable of far more than they know. Founded in 1992, the mission of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) is to change lives through challenge and discovery. POBS serves PA, NJ and northern DE, and is one of 11 regional Outward Bound USA schools.

A robust non-profit educational organization, in 2019 POBS engaged over 8,000 participants (youth and adults) in experiential education programs that inspire character development, leadership and community service. All programs, whether single or multi-day, are designed to help participants realize their true potential.

POBS currently has a $3M annual budget, of which just over 50% is contributed. The balance is earned through tuition and fees for service.

The Director of Development is a key member of the senior leadership team. Working closely with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees, they are responsible for setting and achieving annual fundraising goals. They have a strong track record in creating and managing an annual fundraising plan, including events and grants, and demonstrated success in achieving results; cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donors; supervising a small staff; and engaging and supporting board and committee members to be effective ambassadors and networkers. Familiarity with the local funding community and with Outward Bound (or eagerness to experience programs first-hand) are important for success in the role.


• Work with colleagues and key stakeholders, including the Board of Trustees, to promote a culture of philanthropy and help build fundraising skills within the organization;

• Collaborate with the Executive Director to develop and implement POBS’s short-term and long-range financial and strategic plans;

• Create annual fundraising plan with goal to double current annual raise of $1.5M from corporations, foundations, events, government, and individuals for operating, capital projects, and special initiative support;

• Be responsible for setting and achieving annual fundraising goals;

• Prioritize major individual donors and work with current and emeritus board members and other ambassadors to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and prospects;

• Manage own portfolio of major donors, and help keep Executive Director and board and committee members on track to meet engagement goals for their own portfolios;

• Plan and manage all major fundraising initiatives and events, including biannual “Building Adventure” peer-to-peer fundraising rappel and annual donor appeals;

• Create planned giving strategy to promote and facilitate legacy gifts;

• Monitor and report regularly to colleagues and the board on the progress of annual and long-range fundraising;

• Assess and recommend staffing and consulting structures required to meet goals; supervise and mentor 2-3 direct reports.


• Represent POBS at external events and donor visits;

• Engage with peer network within the OB system, and in the local nonprofit community;

• With financial staff/consultants, track and report on restricted/released funds;

• Other duties as assigned.


• Passionate about POBS’s mission and core values;

• Visionary, collaborative, and dedicated professional with a successful track record of providing strategic direction and operational management of fundraising initiatives;

• Experience with prospect research, donor cultivation, program design, and grant writing with demonstrated success securing individual, institutional, and event support;

• Excellent writing and public speaking skills;

• Familiarity creating all donor communications, including direct mail, newsletters, brochures, and social media;

• Exceptional interpersonal skills; success in cultivating strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders; collaborative and team-oriented approach to getting results;

• Ability to manage budgets; develop business plans; use Salesforce effectively; create reports, analyses, and dashboards; and conduct performance evaluations.


• 7+ years of experience in fundraising;

• Supervisory skills, along with ability to work hands-on with small team;

• Bachelor’s degree required.


• Salary commensurate with experience (range $80,000 - $120,000);

• Benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Short-Term Disability insurance; Paid Time Off; and 401(k) retirement plan with employer match;

• Opportunities for professional development.


• Please send a cover letter and resume to: [email protected]. Materials will be reviewed as they are received.

Applications will be considered as they are received. The Philadelphia Outward Bound School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.