Director, Development

Organization Description:  

Vital Voices Global Partnership is a leading international non-profit organization. We invest in women leaders who are tackling the world’s greatest challenges – from gender-based violence to the climate crisis, economic inequities, and more. We are “venture catalysts,” identifying leaders with a daring vision for change and partnering with them to make that vision a reality. What sets Vital Voices apart is that we make long-term, wholistic investments in leaders with bold ideas for change — providing them connections, capacity, a network of their peers, financial support, and visibility for their work. We have provided early support for leaders who went on to become Nobel Peace Laureates, US Youth Poet Laureates, Prime Ministers, award winning innovators and breakthrough social entrepreneurs. Over the past 24 years, we have directly invested in more than 18,000 change-makers across 182 countries, who in turn have improved the lives of millions of people in their communities and countries.

Today, Vital Voices has a staff of nearly 70 headquartered in Washington, DC. In the coming years we have a bold vision to dramatically scale our impact. In early 2022 we will be opening the first ever Global Headquarters for Women’s Leadership, a 30,000+ sq. ft. historic building just blocks from the White House on 16th Street. It will be a hub of activity, events, and collaborations — bringing together women leaders and their allies to tackle the world’s greatest challenges.

We are seeking a strong, high-energy, organized, Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships with a creative, entrepreneurial spirit to support this dynamic, fast-paced organization that reaches out to women across the globe.


The Director will work closely with the Chief Development Officer, the President/CEO, and other members of the development team in the management and further development of major donors and corporate partnerships. The Director must be able to drive and oversee all fundraising systems, including overseeing efforts to identify new prospects, deepen the stewardship of existing donors and streamline annual renewals. This role supports the development of 2-3 members of the Strategic Partnerships team including a Manager of Development and Senior Coordinator.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

  • In partnership with the Chief Development Officer, is responsible for overseeing short- and long-term strategic planning designed to meet the organizations financial goals and objectives. Including coordinating fundraising efforts between all fundraisers in the organization, overseeing efforts to identify new prospects, deepen the stewardship of existing donors, streamline annual renewals and grow overall fundraising efforts.
  • Responsible for managing a portfolio of individual donors, working in partnership with Chief Development Officer to further maximize and grow individual giving in target regions across the country.
  • Manages the Vital Voices regional councils in key markets across the United States including Washington D.C. New York, Seattle and San Francisco. Expected to oversee the ongoing development of the regional councils including driving growth, securing and growing annual renewals, helping support the planning and execution of council events and communications.
  • Drives annual fundraising goals and oversees fundraising systems and processes by either streamlining existing ones or creating new ones.
  • Responsible for building strong relationships with both internal and external key stakeholders.
  • Responsible for managing 2-3 members of the Development team who are responsible for budget management, grant and proposal writing, prospect identification, grassroots fundraising, online giving, digital fundraising and development of Young Leaders Councils.
  • Ability and expectation to travel domestically 30% of the time.

Primary qualifications include: 

  • Minimum 8 years of experience in fundraising, donor engagement, partnership building, and nonprofit development
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to build successful partnerships and negotiate effective agreements
  • Successful track record in short and long-term strategic planning and implementation
  • Successful track record in identifying, cultivating and stewarding a wide range of donors and supporters
  • Ability to think creatively and make strategic adjustments to workplans in order to achieve stated goals
  • Ability to work independently, as part of a team, and across teams
  • Ability to respond flexibly and graciously to unanticipated requests and assignments
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint and strong database management skills – Salesforce experience considered a plus.

This position is a full-time, exempt position based in Washington, DC. Vital Voices does not provide work visa sponsorship or relocation assistance for this position.

The starting salary range for this position is $80,021 to $127,826 based on experience and ability to have broad impact early. The compensation package includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401k match, and generous PTO including wellness flex days, generous parental leave, sabbatical time and volunteer leave as well as short- and long-term disability, life insurance, HSA, EAP, and a professional development stipend.

Vital Voices provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Vital Voices complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Vital Voices expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Vital Voices’ employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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Applications that do not include the following will not be considered for review:  

  • Salary expectations 
  • A writing sample 
  • Resume and Cover Letter 
  • Three references with contact information  

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. NO CALLS PLEASE. Only short- listed candidates will be contacted.  

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