(Aug. 28, 2006) When should a nonprofit organizations hire its first development director? The short answer is sooner rather than later! If a nonprofit organization is beginning to ask whether it needs a professional development director, it probably should have hired one months—even years—ago.
The biggest mistake nonprofits make in hiring their first development director is waiting until the board, executive director and other key personnel have arrived at a consensus that one is needed NOW. An organization that waits until it is necessary to hire a development director has waited too long."