The Kelly Brush Foundation, a dynamic and fast-growing national nonprofit organization, located in Burlington, Vermont seeks an experienced and energetic Development Manager. In collaboration with the rest of the team, the Development Manager will work to fulfill fundraising objectives and advance the KBF’s mission of inspiring and empowering people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) to lead active and engaged lives. It is the vision of the Foundation that everyone with an SCI can enjoy the physical, emotional, and mental benefits of an active lifestyle.

Please see the full position description below. To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Cheryl Brodowski, Sr. Director, Development & Operations, at .

Development Manager

Kelly Brush Foundation
Burlington, VT

The Development Manager will support the fundraising success of the Kelly Brush Foundation (1) by engaging a portfolio of annual to mid-level donors, including event sponsors, granting organizations, Kelly Brush Ride team captains, and other corporate or individual donors, and (2) by executing regional fundraising events. In 2022, the goal of the Kelly Brush Foundation is to grow 20% and raise $3 million for our initiatives The Development Manager reports to the Sr. Director, Development & Operations and is a key partner in executing strategy, building partnerships, engaging our communities in world-class events, and being a champion of our mission.


  • Develop high-caliber peer-to-peer fundraising strategies for the Kelly Brush Ride to engage approximately 1,000 participants, both in-person and virtually, and raise $975,000. Recruit and cultivate high-performing participant teams, activate corporate sponsorships, and manage all fundraising needs to produce a world-class event.
  • Design and execute regional events in Boston, NYC and San Francisco and a nationwide virtual event to meet fundraising objectives. Negotiate contracts and secure venues, vendors, volunteers, attendees, and hosts.
  • Work closely with the KBF marketing department to develop all event assets including invitations, email communications, sponsorship decks, websites, ticket and donation forms, email communications, presentations, signage, etc.
  • Recruit and manage event host committees.
  • Manage all administrative tasks associated with KBF regional events, including budgets, data analytics and metrics, supply ordering and inventory, shipping needs, etc.
  • Prepare stewardship communications in collaboration with development team, executive director, and KBF Board members.
  • Manage a portfolio of New England based annual to mid-level donors, with face-to-face visits and strategies to increase gift amounts and improve retention.
  • Expand the KBF monthly-giving program, Trailblazers, to increase participation and annual giving funds.
  • Assist with other development operations, such as appeals, research, database maintenance, gift stewardship, etc.
  • Work with the entire team on mission programs and assist with mission-based events, as needed. Be a team player and assist all staff in areas of greatest need.



  • 3-5 years of fundraising/development experience
  • Superior project management abilities and communication skills
  • Proven success in developing partnerships and securing sponsorship funds
  • Experience designing and executing events, including virtual events
  • Experience in recruiting and managing volunteer committees
  • Prior experience managing budgets, preferably $100,000+
  • Ability to manage high-stress situations and be unflappable, especially surrounding pivots related to the pandemic
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • A passionate commitment to our mission
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and typical office technologies

This position includes some national travel as well as evening and weekend events. Setup and teardown at events requires you to be able to lift up to 50 pounds.

About the Kelly Brush Foundation

We are a dynamic and growing Burlington, VT–based non-profit inspiring and empowering people with spinal cord injuries to lead active and engaged lives. We provide direct assistance to individuals with SCI and partner with organizations around the country to help people live their own independent, active lifestyles. We also work closely with the alpine ski racing community to improve safety on the hill. We were founded in 2006 by Kelly and her family after Kelly sustained a spinal cord injury while racing in an NCAA alpine ski race.


To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Cheryl Brodowski, Sr. Director, Development & Operations, at