Hiring or Replacing Your Development Director: What to Look for, Expect, and Do to Get the Best Results

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On-Demand (OD)     $299.00
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE
Price: $299.00, On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? CEOs, executive directors, executive leadership, development staff, program managers, supervisors, board members

Hiring a development director is an exciting (and scary) time for most nonprofits. Where do you find a development director, and what should you look for? Is experience necessary, and isn’t finding an experienced development officer expensive? Can you hire someone from within your organization and, if so, what challenges will that present? How will your organization’s staff and board welcome a new development person and set them up to succeed?

Please join Linda Lysakowski for a webinar that will help nonprofit leaders – from the executive director to the board chair – get off on the right foot, support the development office, and measure success.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • What a development officer actually does (It might not be what you think)
  • Where to find a development director
  • What qualities to look for
  • Where the development office fits into your organizational structure
  • Does the development office need to support staff in order to grow?
  • What role do the executive director and board play, once we have development staff?
  • What should we expect during the first 100 days?
  • How do we measure whether the development program is effective?


Our conference leader for “Hiring or Replacing Your Development Director: What to Look for, Expect, and Do to Get the Best Results” is Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE. Linda is one of just over one hundred professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. In her thirty years in the development field, she has managed capital campaigns, helped dozens of nonprofit organizations achieve their development goals, and has trained more than 30,000 professionals in Mexico, Canada, Egypt, Bermuda, and most of the fifty United States. Linda is a graduate of Alvernia College in Reading, PA with majors in banking and finance; communications; and theology/philosophy. She is a graduate of AFP's Faculty Training Academy and has received two AFP research grants. She is also a prolific writer, having authored more than a dozen books, and is currently working on several more books. She serves as acquisitions editor for CharityChannel Press and For the GENIUS Press. Linda has received the Outstanding Fundraising Executive award from the Eastern PA, Las Vegas, and Sierra (NV) chapters of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and was recognized internationally with the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Service to AFP. She was honored in November with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Las Vegas Chapter of AFP.

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