Director of Development and Engagement

Welcome! Your Meridian Career Starts Here!

Position Title: Director of Development and Engagement
Department: Advancement
Location: Gainesville
Pay Range: $60,000 - $65,100|Exempt

Starting your career journey with Meridian is just the way to do it!

Why Meridian?

Meridian Behavioral Health is a private, non -profit organization with roots in the mental

health community since the 1960's. Since that time, we've expanded to 13 counties in

North Central Florida. We us a multidisciplinary approach to treating to those facing

mental health challenges and substance use disorders.

We want you! We welcome your knowledge, experience, story and expertise!

  • Develop and implement an overall Strategic Giving Plan Annually
  • Create measurable goals, strategies and activities related to individual annual and/or major giving.
  • Steward donors and build partnerships and engagement.
  • Track and report results based on pre-defined quarterly milestones.
  • Identify and connect with potential donors and business partners. Discover who they are and what they care about most.
  • Willingness to relentlessly search for and seek out champions for Meridian.
  • Engage regularly in face-to-face cultivation and solicitation contacts with key donors.
  • Continuously invite new donors to support Meridian.
  • Keep donors' feeling connected, updated, and valued as true partners. Communicate vision and program strategies for growth.
  • Provide personalized reports annually showing the impact of donors' giving and why it matters. Adjust according to donors' preferred mode and frequency of reporting. Work with Boad of Associates on developing fundraising strategies.
  • Grow the donor base by 10-15% annually by discovering and developing new annual and major donor partnerships through intentional networking and research.
  • Responsible for collaboration with staff in the areas of online and direct mail marketing, community relations, gift processing, database maintenance, and events.

Who are we looking for?

Education: BA in nonprofit management, public administration, business administration, public relations, community relations, marketing, or a related field. Fundraising credentials or certifications a plus. MA preferred.

Experience: A minimum of 5-7 years of direct, professional experience in development, (raising gifts of $50K-plus) and community engagement/relations. Hosting virtual fundraising events such as Amazing Give and Giving Tuesday.

    Drivers Requirement:

    Must have a current Florida Driver's License with a clean driving record while meeting company insurance requirements.
    In order to qualify as a Center Driver, the candidate must at least 21 years of age and have an active Florida Driver's license. Motor Vehicle Record will be reviewed for eligibility. No more than 3 moving violations and/or accidents within the past 3 years and no major violations during the past 5 years. Drivers over 65 years old must provide a current doctor's note stating they have no driving limitations.

    What You Will Love!

    · Friendly, flexible and lively work environment - To all Meridian employees we offer free activities like Zumba classes! We also believe in companywide celebrations and blood drives. Our employee engagement committee is always coming up with other fun activities for all.

    · Work-life balance - Generous PTO accrual for vacation, sick leave and holidays.

    · Benefits - Several health insurance plan options available including tax sheltered health savings account. Vision, dental, retirement, life insurance, Aflac and Long-Term Disability insurance, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and accidental death are also available.

    · Wellness Programs - Employees have an opportunity to earn a monthly discount on their medical plan premiums by participating in the Vitality wellness program.

    · Compensation & Retirement - Competitive salaries and 403(b) retirement savings program with a gradual increase in company match, reaching up to 8% after 7 years of service.

    · Growth & Education- Opportunities for growth and career advancement. Tuition reimbursement. Public service loan forgiveness and free clinical supervision.

    · Perks - Cell phone plan discounts, travel reimbursement, LegalShield, pet insurance and more!

    · Bonus structures/Incentives

    Our Hiring Process:

    · We pre-screen your application. If we find that your skills are a match for the position you applied for, we will then send your resume over to the hiring manager to schedule an interview.

    · If the interview is successful our talent acquisition recruiter from Human Resources Department will reach out to you with a verbal job offer and send over your background check paperwork as well as your follow up & next steps email.

    · After you have cleared the background screening process our talent acquisition team will then send you an overview with expectations for New Employee Orientation start date.

    Our team is committed to helping you grow into the best version of yourself you were always meant to be. Thank you for considering joining the Meridian family!

    How to apply:

    If you are interested in making an impact while positively impacting the community apply below.

    Simply apply through this website or visit us directly at

    Join us in our mission to bring education about mental illnesses and substance use disorders and the treatment of those affected to the world.

    "Hope, Recovery, and Wellness are within everyone's reach."

    Meridian is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are fully committed to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, age, marital status, disability (physical or mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service or because they are a protected veteran or other non-merit based factors.