Dec 15, 2022

Managing Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships

$175,000 - $200,000 yearly
  • Drug Policy Alliance
  • Hybrid (NY, DC or San Francisco Bay Area preferred, but not required, New York)
Full-Time Fundraising/Development

Job Description


DPA is seeking a dedicated and highly motivated Managing Director, Development & Strategic Partnerships to design and execute a fundraising strategy that ensures organizational longevity and expands strategic opportunities with influential constituents, friends, and allies. This is a key role on DPA’s senior leadership team.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Managing Director, Development & Strategic Partnerships will have two primary responsibilities:

  • As a senior advisor to the Executive Director and leadership team, identify, develop, and drive new initiatives, projects, and partnerships that are critical to the intersectionality of DPA’s work 
  • Provide strategic leadership for the planning, implementation, evaluation, and administration of all fundraising activities

The ideal candidate will be creative and analytical, collaborate well with a passionate and fun staff, and be adept at building relationships with a diversity of stakeholders, including leaders in philanthropy and partners in the movement. A strong manager of people and systems, they will lead a Development team of five in achieving annual revenue goals of $12-$15 million annually.

They will have a deep commitment to ending the drug war, advancing racial equity, and treating people who use drugs with respect and dignity. They will also have an in-depth understanding of philanthropy, social justice, criminal legal reform, health, advocacy, and/or politics.


  • Work closely with the Executive Director and senior leadership team to establish fundraising goals, set strategic priorities, advise on program development, and formulate annual budgets
  • Advise the Executive Director and leadership team on organizational strategy and partnerships with organizations in and beyond the drug policy reform movement to expand our reach and impact.
  • Cultivate relationships with individual and institutional donors and prospects. Solicit major gifts. Steward long-term relationships with DPA’s growing network of funders
  • Develop the fundraising potential of an active and energized Board of Directors
  • Manage a team of four other development professionals. Provide guidance, direction, and motivation. Ensure strong internal communication and coordination. Evaluate development staff performance and offer opportunities for professional growth
  • Partner with Communications & Marketing to ensure message consistency and use of proprietary communication channels for fundraising purposes
  • Collaborate with Finance to develop annual budgets and three-year fundraising projections. Generate quarterly financial reports to senior leadership, the Board, and staff
  • Stay abreast of political and philanthropic trends and ensure that Board and staff are informed of changes in laws and other trends that might impact DPA’s strategic partnerships and influence

Hiring Organization

Drug Policy Alliance


  • 15+ years of relevant professional experience in nonprofit management, preferably with political systems, fundraising, electoral, and/or legislative campaigns
  • Commitment to DPA’s mission and understanding of the organization’s policy issues and political landscape
  • A persuasive communicator. Ability to persuade and influence others around ideas, decisions, and financial support in individual and group settings
  • Proven commitment to diversity across all lines of difference
  • Experience managing teams and programs, including creating and building successful fundraising campaigns
  • Clear understanding of 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) nonprofit legal issues and structures
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with various constituencies, including allied organizations, active board members, and leaders in philanthropy
  • Well-developed writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel a minimum of 10%

Industry/Service Area

Advocacy/Social Action



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