May 05, 2021

Director of Development and Community

$125,000 - $145,000 yearly
  • NPAG
  • Washington, D.C., USA
Full-Time Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging Fundraising/Development Strategic Planning

Job Description

The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) is pleased to invite nominations and applications for Director of Fund Development and Community (Director). In collaboration with visionary philanthropic families as partners, NCFP unlocks the potential of philanthropic families to create meaningful and enduring change.

The National Center for Family Philanthropy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of NCFP to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. NCFP prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.

Today, the field of family philanthropy is calling for support to respond to an increasingly intersectional world, such that individual and collective social-impact investments are more strategic, justice-minded, and effective. Technological advances are allowing us to engage, magnify, and measure impact in ways we could not have envisioned 20 years ago. Covid-19 has further pushed the nonprofit and philanthropic sector to reimagine systems of funding and support for addressing growing health and economic crises. Motivations for engaging in philanthropy, the structures that support giving, and the very definitions of philanthropy and family, are changing and being challenged.

The new Director of Development and Community is invited to build upon NCFP’s strong base of support from families and partner organizations who engage as participants, investors, community members, and co-creators in NCFP’s efforts to catalyze and strengthen the field of family philanthropy. Reporting to the Chief Impact Officer and in direct partnership with the CEO, the new Director will contribute to the evolution and execution of NCFP’s next-stage vision internally and externally. Internally, the Director will lead the work of the development team, supporting alignment and integration of fundraising strategy with the work of the program and events teams, leveraging data and technology to ensure NCFP supporters experience the responsive programming, community building, and impact that their contributions enable. Externally, the Director will build upon his/her/their deep understanding of the field of philanthropy to identify and cultivate opportunities for families and partner organizations to meaningfully engage with and support NCFP.

NCFP seeks a proven fundraiser and partnership builder with a minimum 10 years of experience across a variety of fundraising strategies, including campaigns, and relevant knowledge of the field of philanthropy - particularly with family philanthropy, high-net-worth individuals, and institutional donors. The successful candidate will be an exceptional relationship builder, increasing rapport, trust, and investment across a diverse and growing community of passionate stakeholders. S/he/they will be a strong listener, communicator, and storyteller who can articulate and amplify the values, lived experiences, and lessons that demonstrate the potential and impact of the work.

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Hiring Organization

National Center for Family Philanthropy


The ideal candidate will be first and foremost committed to NCFP’s mission and intent to grow and reach more philanthropic families, resulting in both increased and more sustainable social impact. S/he/they will be experienced in motivating and supporting internal and external stakeholders to work together to uphold a focus on creating a culture that centers the many intersectional aspects of equity and racial equity.

While no one person will embody all the qualities enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

Foundational Requirements

  • Commitment to and passion for the impact family philanthropy can have in improving the lives of others.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Committed to a workplace that values different backgrounds and life experiences and allows everyone to bring their authentic self to work. Builds equity into structures, systems and processes for our employees and the communities we serve.
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines within designated timeframes as well as demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities; strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, take initiative and contribute ideas for enhancing performance.
  • An optimistic outlook and the humor, integrity, kindness, and patience necessary to work within a transformative environment.

Desired Leadership Competencies

  • Establishes Vision & Crafts Strategy: Design’s process and structure to build organization alignment around and drive effective execution of fundraising and community building strategy.
  • Fosters Innovation & Continuous Improvement: Ensures that systems and processes are in place to identify new ideas and support a culture of continuous improvement. Nurtures a learning environment that continuously benefits from the perspectives of NCFP’s communities, is willing to take risks, and can fail forward by learning, being agile, and accepting invitations to co-create.
  • Translates Strategy to Operational Goals: Translates organizational mission and programmatic strategy into practical goals for the individual and development team level. Supports highest and best use of organization resources and maximizes efficient use of resources. Empowers teams to execute against agreed upon projects with approved resources. Monitors strategic progress and provides transparent feedback to all levels of the organization.
  • Drives Change (Takes Action): Supports NCFP’s next stage organizational development process by bringing experience, wisdom, and insight to the work of development and community building. Leverage’s data-based observation and interpretation to engage stakeholders in shaping and implementing solutions.
  • Leverages Experience in Philanthropy: Track’s areas of interest, need, and challenge in the sector and translates this into areas for development and growth for the organization. Identifies potential challenges or threats and develops plans to respond.
  • Manages for Results & Delegates Effectively: Helps team members set goals and achieve measurable results, promoting accountability at the team and individual level for delivering against agreed upon goals. Holds self and others to high standards. Pushes decision making authority to the lowest possible level by establishing clear goals, providing supportive coaching and direct feedback.

Desired Technical Competencies, Experience, Certifications, & Education

  • Experience across many facets of Development, particularly with family philanthropy, high-net-worth individuals, and institutional donors.
  • Utilizes a macro view on relevant trends in philanthropy and fundraising with a strong curiosity and interest in tracking needs and developing areas in the field of family philanthropy.
  • Strong organization, planning, and budgeting skills. Understands how to integrate fund development, program planning and financial management.
  • Strong communication and critical thinking skills and the ability to build collaborative and productive relationships with other departments.
  • Have experience making the case for growth capital, change capital, and general operating support.
  • Strong project management skills, virtual facilitation and engagement skills, and experience managing up and down toward a successful execution of a fundraising campaign.
  • Excellent writing, editing, analytical, and oral communication skills including the ability to collect, review, synthesize and present information and findings.
  • High EQ, including strong written and verbal communication skills and experience managing teams in transition.
  • BA/BS preferred. 8-10 years relevant and progressive professional experience with specific experience managing fund development, donor engagement and stewardship efforts, development team operations and developing and executing campaign strategies strongly preferred.

Industry/Service Area

Advocacy/Social Action, Community/Capacity Building




The salary for this position is $125,000 - $145,000 plus benefits, which include paid vacation; 10 holidays; new parent leave; 100% employee premium paid for medical/dental/vision insurance; retirement contribution; short and long-term disability and life insurance; and professional development.

Application Instructions

For more about the National Center for Family Philanthropy, please visit:

This search is being led by Katherine Jacobs and Andres Marcuse-Gonzalez of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s candidate portal.

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