Feb 22, 2023

Development Director

$85,000 - $95,000 yearly
  • The Appellate Project
  • Remote (Washington D.C., DC, USA)
Full-Time Fundraising/Development

Job Description

The Appellate Project (TAP) is expanding its team with the addition of a Development Director. As the organization’s fifth full-time staff member, this individual will set the vision and strategy to secure funding from public and private philanthropic sources towards a $1M+ annual budget. This newly-created position will work closely with the Founder/Executive Director and Program Director, an active and engaged Board of Directors, and a Board-led Development Committee. The ideal Development Director will be a high-performing professional who thrives on the innovation, creativity, and collaboration required in a start-up nonprofit environment.

The Development Director is integral to TAP’s success, particularly over the next 3-5 years as the leadership team sets an ambitious growth and expansion plan into action. If you are excited to support programming that aims to redefine how we think about racial equity in our highest courts, we encourage you to apply!

Hiring Organization

The Appellate Project



The Development Director reports to the Founder/Executive Director. Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Organizational Growth and Administration

  • Create, develop, and implement a comprehensive strategic development plan to maximize funding streams and reach annual goals through a varied portfolio of public, private, and corporate philanthropic support.

  • Create and oversee the annual department budget, building metrics to measure progress towards established goals.

  • Play a key role in the development of the organizational budget and specific program budgets.

  • Serve as staff liaison for the Board-led Development Committee.

  • Stay abreast of nonprofit fundraising trends and best practices.

Individual Donors

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward all prospects and donors, providing an exceptional experience that attracts new supporters and regularly engages donors in TAP’s mission.

  • Organize fundraising, cultivation, stewardship events, and campaigns.

  • Maintain donor database, ensuring the timely and accurate acknowledgement of all gifts and pledges.

  • Collaborate with the Founder/Executive Director and Board of Directors to build on and support TAP’s major gifts program.

  • Develop and implement communication strategies and materials to increase visibility, reach new and diverse donors and audiences, and enhance understanding of and financial support for TAP’s mission.

Grants and Institutional Support

  • Actively work with the Founder/Executive Director to develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include corporate, foundation, and government grants.

  • Develop and monitor grants calendar to ensure that all proposal and reporting deadlines are met.

  • Prepare and submit letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports in collaboration with the Program Director and with the Founder/Executive Director.

  • Monitor donor information, providing and presenting statistical analysis and reports to board and senior leaders.

  • Staying abreast of fundraising and philanthropic trends to help position TAP ahead of major funding changes and new developments.

  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit corporate gifts and grants, in partnership with the leadership team and Development Committee.

Industry/Service Area

Social Justice, Other




Benefits include paid vacation, paid sick leave, paid holidays, generous stipends for technology and a home office, and robust professional development resources. A company-wide health care plan is not currently in place, but we are committed to providing this if/when staff needs it.         

Application Instructions

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to info@taplaw.org with “Development Director Position” in the subject line. We will review applications on a rolling basis, with priority to applications received by February 17, 2023.

If you require a disability-related accommodation to submit your application, please email info@taplaw.org. Otherwise, due to high volume we are unable to respond to queries about application status.

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