Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships

Organization Description:

Vital Voices Global Partnership is a leading international non-governmental organization committed to working with women throughout the world to provide them with the support and tools they need to have a positive impact in their communities. Through mentoring programs, leadership trainings and individualized support, Vital Voices provides credibility, builds capacity and enhances connections for emerging and established women leaders internationally.


Vital Voices is 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 Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Engagement, the President/CEO, Vice President of Principal Gifts 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 VP of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement, 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 VP of Principal Gifts to further maximize and grow individual giving in target regions across the country.


  • Manage portfolio of ‘New Business’ (primarily new corporate partners) working in collaboration with VP of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement.


  • 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.


Primary qualifications include:

  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience 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
  • Exceptional time management, project management, and organizational skills
  • 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.


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, genetics or any other federal, state or local protected characteristic. Vital Voices does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.


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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.