Nov 08, 2023

Director of Development

  • YWCA National Capital Area
  • Hybrid (2303 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC, USA)
Full-Time Fundraising/Development

Job Description

The YWCA NCA is seeking a Director of Development who is passionate about improving the quality of life for women and girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced, collaborative and high-performing development professional capable of designing and executing a strategic fundraising strategy to successfully meet annual fundraising goals, and set the organization up for long-term sustainability. The Director of Development is an integral member of the senior leadership team and is responsible for leading all fund development and donor cultivation activities, including growing and stewarding the donor base, prospect research, major gift fundraising, corporate fundraising, foundation grants and fundraising events The Director of Development manages relationships with grant writing and development consultants. 

Position Responsibilities

Planning and Strategy

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive and multi-year fundraising strategy.
  • Collaborate with CEO and executive team on strategy and content for donor outreach.
  • Develop strategies for targeted growth in individual, corporate and foundation fundraising.
  • Develop annual revenue projections and support development of organizational budget.

 Donor Prospecting, Cultivation and Stewardship

  •  Work closely with the CEO and Board of Directors to identify and engage new stakeholders.
  • Conduct prospective donor and stakeholder research.
  • Engage, cultivate and steward partnerships.
  • Initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.
  • Work closely with Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors to achieve annual revenue goal ($2.7 million for 2024)
  • Serve as a point of contact for various stakeholders. Foster and maintain positive relationships with all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Manage follow-ups after meetings.
  • Write and edit compelling donor communications letters and appeals.
  • Identify potential new resources and revenue opportunities.

 Grants Management

  •  Research and identify foundation and local and federal government grant opportunities.
  • Write, proofread and edit grant proposals, as needed.
  • Manage relationships with grant writers and grant consultants. 
  • Track, coordinate and submit grant/sponsorship reports.   

 Management/Administration and Other

  •  Serve as the staff lead for the Board Sustainable Funding Committee meetings.
  • Support and collaborate with the CEO, board members and events team on fundraising and community-building activities.
  • Prepare fundraising and donor reports for Board and Leadership Team meetings.
  • Track fundraising progress against the organization’s goals and targets.
  • Ensure timely recording and processing of gifts and generate standard and custom reports and development analytics.
  • Lead planning and execution of fundraising events.
  • Assist with development of marketing and event collateral and materials.
  • Represent the organization at business networking events, professional conferences, meetings and community events.   
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the CEO.

Hiring Organization

YWCA National Capital Area


  • Commitment to the mission of the YWCA NCA.
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree. 
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant fundraising and development leadership experience. 
  • Proven track record of achieving fundraising targets and goals.
  • Strong knowledge of the Washington, DC region’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities.
  • Outstanding relationship builder capable of initiating contact with prospective donors.
  • Ability to articulate a compelling case for giving and financial support.
  • High emotional intelligence, highly motivated, collaborative and flexible. 
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Exceptional writing and presentation skills.
  • Self-directed and able to multi-task in a fast paced environment.
  • Event management experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Google applications and CRMs such as Raiser’s Edge and EveryAction, with ability to quickly learn new software and database applications. 
  • Ability to work as necessary, for donor engagement, events and time-sensitive projects.
  • Ability to pass a background check.

Industry/Service Area

Advocacy/Social Action, Education, Youth Development




Benefits include paid holidays, three-weeks’ vacation, twelve paid sick days per year, generous health insurance contribution, life insurance and short-term disability.

Application Instructions

Candidates must submit a resume and a thoughtful cover letter to be considered for the position. Cover letter should address why you want to join the YWCA NCA and must include salary requirements.  We regret that due to the volume of applicants the YWCA NCA receives, we are unable to respond by telephone or email to each candidate individually regarding the status of their application.

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