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Development Director

Washington, DC


Title: Development Director
Location: Washington, D.C.
Classification: Management
Employment Type: Full-time
Reports to: Executive Director

About the Solidarity Center
The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization helping workers attain safe and healthy workplaces, family-supporting wages, dignity on the job and greater equity at work and in their community. Its programs are based on the fundamental principle that working people can, by exercising their right to freedom of association and forming trade unions and democratic worker rights organizations, collectively improve their jobs and workplaces, call on their governments to uphold laws and protect human rights, and be a force for democracy, social justice and inclusive economic development. Founded in 1997 and allied with the U.S. labor movement, its programs in more than 60 countries focus on human and worker rights awareness, union skills, occupational safety and health, economic literacy, human trafficking, women’s empowerment and bolstering workers in an increasingly informal economy.

Purpose
The Solidarity Center seeks a Development Director to lead the organization’s efforts in developing an overall strategy and implementing the organization’s fundraising operation from private sources, specifically in the areas of foundation, low dollar individuals, and major donor work.

The Development Director is primarily responsible for meeting the philanthropic goals of the organization. Working with the Executive Director and other members of the SC management team, the Development Director will create and implement development strategies focused on private sources to sustain operations and foster growth of the organization consistent with the Solidarity Center’s strategic plan.

The Development Director is a member of the senior management team. He/she reports to the Executive Director and works directly with regional program directors and the Board of Trustees to advance the organization’s private fundraising goals.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan to maintain existing support and broaden the base of support with foundations, labor allied businesses and individual donors.
  • Research and cultivate new potential funding sources
  • Assist senior staff in identifying organizational and project-specific funding opportunities.
  • Manage and expand the foundation fundraising program, including writing, production, and submission of proposals and grant reports, orchestrating contact and maintaining relationships with foundation leadership.
  • Work with the finance team to prepare financial reports including foundation proposal budgets and reporting.
  • Coordinate the annual fundraising event.
  • Develop an individual donor program.
  • Develop fundraising messaging and materials, in coordination with program staff and program plans.
  • Build and maintain relationships with current, new and potential donors.
  • Provide support to the Executive Director for all aspects of her fundraising activities/responsibilities.
  • Provide leadership and training to staff in developing donor relationships.
  • Develop and maintain a regular system of contact with donors across all giving levels.
  • Ensure that established systems are followed for donor acknowledgement, recordkeeping and donor recognition.
  • Oversee strategy for donor database and tracking of donors in other organization data management systems.
  • Facilitate “team approach” to fundraising and fostering culture of philanthropy within the organization.
  • Ensure that all development policies and procedures are consistent with those of the finance department and that they satisfy all requirements of the auditor.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A strong commitment to the Solidarity Center’s mission.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum 5-7 years’ experience in non-profit fundraising.
  • Successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating and soliciting individual donors and foundations.
  • Significant experience working with major donors, including coordinating executive outreach, ensuring appropriate follow up, and managing cultivation calendars and scheduling. Ability in person and in writing to communicate a compelling vision of our work.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to craft successful development communication materials.
  • Fundraising database experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated success meeting fundraising goals and budgets.
  • Knowledge of national philanthropic communities.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and manage own work.
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems independently, effectively and creatively.
  • Ability to simultaneously juggle multiple projects while also consistently meeting goals.
  • Excellent analytical, oral communication, teamwork and people skills.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Understand global economic issues.
  • Good sense of humor is a plus.

The Solidarity Center is an equal employment opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other status protected under applicable law. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

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