Position: Senior Director of Development  

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer


Organization Description: For the last 16 years, the Voter Participation Center (VPC), a 501(c)(3) civic engagement organization, has led the way in recognizing and harnessing the potential power of the Rising American Electorate (RAE) – unmarried women, people of color, and young people – as a vital voting bloc. VPC has positioned itself as the leading experimental and scientific civic engagement organization by accumulating more than a decade’s worth of knowledge and experience in registering and turning out the new majority of eligible voters. VPC’s programs have consistently proven to be some of the most impactful and cost-effective—and to date VPC has registered almost 4 million Americans to vote. VPC continues to innovate with its approach and techniques to impact greater civic engagement, registration, and turnout.


The Center for Voter Information (CVI) is a separate but affiliated progressive 501(c)(4) nonprofit that works to engage and persuade both the RAE as well as the broader electorate.


Position Description: The VPC and CVI seek an experienced, talented individual to join our team as the Senior Director of Development in our Washington, DC office. Reporting directly to the CEO, the Senior Director of Development will design and implement a strategic, aggressive fundraising plan with performance benchmarks to raise annual budget from diverse sources, including foundations and individual donors who are interested in maximizing civic participation. The Senior Director of Development will also hire and manage staff and consultants towards overall fundraising goals. This is an excellent opportunity for an entrepreneurial, driven individual to build their own shop and play a senior leadership role in an organization poised to have a huge impact in the upcoming presidential election cycle. 


Specific Duties:

  • Develops, leads and implements a strategic fundraising plan for the organization to meet goals for election cycle programming, as well as to ensure sustainable revenue streams for “off” years

  • Project manages all fundraising work including grant reports and proposals, ongoing stewardship of major donors, donor communications, and prospecting new donors

  • Manages staff and consultants towards overall fundraising goals and strategy

  • Cultivates and stewards relationships with donors, including overseeing donor engagement events, webinars, and targeted communications 

  • Works closely with Program team to frame the most effective pitches for donor interest, using metrics, research, and data analyses

  • Works with a surrogate group of donors and influencers to leverage gifts from donors

  • Works with Manager, Executive Affairs on strategic scheduling of the President and other principals for fundraising trips and meetings, staffs trips and meetings, ensures principals are well prepared for meetings, and that follow-up from meetings is prompt

  • Creates and improves fundraising systems, including database maintenance, fundraising materials, gift acknowledgments, and tracking of funds towards matching programs and programmatic priorities 

Skills/Qualifications: 7-10 years relevant experience desired. The most important criterion is a passion for, and deep understanding of, the success of our research- and metrics-driven program and ability to translate its unique value to donors. Strongly prefer candidates with experience on campaigns, political committees, or nonprofit organizations. The ideal candidate will be strategic, politically savvy, an excellent writer and communicator, and entrepreneurial. Passion for the mission of increasing voter participation is a must-have. 


The annual salary range for this position is $140,000 – $160,000, commensurate with experience. VPC/CVI offers an excellent benefits package, including 100% coverage of healthcare premiums. To apply, email resume, cover letter and at least two professional references to info@voterparticipation.org. References are not contacted until you are notified. 


VPC/CVI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We strongly value the leadership of people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other traditionally marginalized communities, and encourage diverse candidates to apply.