Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) is the expert resource for developing and sustaining vibrant downtowns that fuel our state’s prosperity. Our mission is to assess, educate, convene, and advocate to develop and grow downtowns. CMSC provides guidance to:

  • Build the capacity of downtowns to be place-based, inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous centers that leverage the marriage between economic development; preservation and adaption of the built environment; sustainability; and diversity, equity, & inclusion.
  • Champion vibrant, unique downtowns as the foundations of the State’s economic growth through strategically engaging and focusing efforts of diverse public and private entities.
  • Optimize CMSC to innovate, flex, and lead through the challenges that face our communities.


The Development Director is responsible for strategy development and implementation activities related to inspiring, broadening, and deepening support from constituents and funders and identifying, synthesizing, and growing complex relationships to support and enhance CMSC, its programs and services. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director is a key external voice of the organization, articulating and broadening the vision of the organization to its current supporters and potential stakeholders.

The Development Director works closely with the CMSC’s Executive Director, Board of Directors, staff, and other key stakeholders to create a culture of philanthropy, cultivating giving from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government sources, and to ensure that development activities are deeply embedded within the mission, work, and culture of the organization.


Strategic Development

  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, establishes an operating plan and fundraising priorities that incorporates short-term and long-term goals, objectives, and strategies for fundraising programs in support of CMSC’s priorities.
  • Builds, develops, and implements a comprehensive development program that incorporates capital and annual fundraising as well as securing contributions from individuals through multiple channels.
  • Regularly evaluates programs and assesses progress towards goals, reports on results to the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and staff.

Building Partnerships

  • As a face of the organization, represents CMSC in the community with funders, corporations, community, and governmental organizations.
  • Develops and strengthens individual and organizational relationships that will benefit CMSC through revenue, in-kind donations, event sponsorships, etc.
  • Leads the effort to secure business sponsorships and government support for CMSC programs.


  • Research and cultivate relationships with existing CMSC founding and growth sponsors as well as potential new funding partners.
  • Writes grants proposals to foundations and corporations in support of CMSC initiatives.
  • Works with staff to prepare, submit and report on grants.


  • In conjunction with the Board of Directors and staff, develops and implements cultivation events that support the work of CMSC.
  • Actively identifies and manages a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors by personally participating in their cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Working with the Strategic Communications Director, oversees the preparation of written proposals, endowments, and other materials needed to secure planned gifts.

Board Development and Outreach

  • Creating a culture of philanthropy and “friendraising”, enables and educates the Board of Directors, so it understands & fulfills its role in development.
  • Provides support and training to the Executive Director and Board with regard to donor solicitation and cultivation.
  • In conjunction with the Stewardship Committee, establishes a development plan that aligns CMSC’s strategic direction with funding opportunities.
  • Works closely with Stewardship Committee to develop best practices.
  • Represents CMSC at public functions and special events as appropriate.


  • Implements and manages the administrative infrastructure necessary to achieve development goals including but not limited to the acknowledgement process.
  • Updates and oversees the CMSC donor database, ensuring it is properly utilized by staff; ensure data accuracy and completeness.
  • Participates in the development of the annual budget for development activities; approves payment of invoices in accordance with approved budgets; identifies and implements methods to reduce expenses/increase income as appropriate.
  • Anticipates changes in the donor market and trends and stays abreast of giving numbers.


This is a full-time exempt position, offering a competitive salary and benefits package, partially funded via a State of CT American Rescue Plan allocation. Due to the anticipated volume of responses, we will contact only those candidates who most closely match our requirements.

How to Apply:

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 23, 2021. Qualified applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to:

HR-Development Director


No phone calls, please.


Connecticut Main Street Center is an equal opportunity employer.