Work for Democracy

Senior Director of Development

Faith in Public Life

Faith in Public Life

Sales & Business Development
Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Position Title: Senior Director of Development
Exempt or Non-Exempt: Exempt
Reports To: Chief Strategy Officer
Location: Remote, with a preference for Washington, DC (DMV area staff will be expected to be in the DC office once a week); this position will include limited travel.
Salary Range: $115k-$125k

About FPL/A

About Faith in Public Life/FPL Action: Faith in Public Life (FPL) and Faith in Public Life Action (FPLAF), our sister organization, advance the moral imperative for a just, inclusive, and equitable country that allows each of us to live into our full humanity and advocate for policies that protect and advance our sacred human rights. Our coalition of influential faith leaders – who reflect the diversity of the nation – collectively discern, set faith-forward strategy, and take transformative action. By building cultures of belonging, leveraging the collective power of our multi-faith and multi-racial coalition, and advocating for policies that protect the full humanity of each of us, our strategy hub leads us closer to realizing a healthy and equitable democracy.

Position Description

The Senior Director of Development is a pivotal leadership role at FPL/A responsible for developing, managing, and implementing a proactive fundraising strategy for the organization. The Senior Director of Development works closely with the CEO, Senior Leadership Team, and the Board of Directors. The Senior Director of Development also manages the Development Team, which is responsible for executing the organization’s fundraising strategy and day to day development activities.

Job Responsibilities:

Manage all aspects of the organization’s fundraising efforts

  • Creates and implements strategies to meet annual and long-term fundraising goals, including the diversification of funding streams.
  • Oversees all fundraising activities including: grant writing, events, donor stewardship, record keeping, reports, and external communications with funders.
  • Develops and manages successful relationships with new donors; recommends and implements creative strategies and tactics to further steward current and prospective donors. 
  • Builds and manages a Development Team made up of a Grants Manager and Individual Giving Manager.
  • Develops and leads on advancing racial equity goals within the development department.

Provide Board Support to the CEO

  • Develops board fundraising and donor engagement strategy, determining how to best leverage board members’ networks to reach organizational fundraising goals. 
  • Prepares detailed fundraising status reports for Board Meetings.
  • Supports board members in achieving their fundraising commitment goals.

Manage Fundraising Systems

  • Manages Development Team’s use of Salesforce to track fundraising activities including foundation grants and individual donors.
  • Manages CEO outreach to prospective and current donors in collaboration with Executive Assistant.
  • Manages revenue coding and deposits in collaboration with Operations Team.

Hold Organizational Responsibilities

  • Contributes to and shapes high-level organizational decision-making and strategy as a member of FPL/A’s Senior Leadership Team.
  • Demonstrates significant leadership in internal organizational initiatives and group settings as they arise.
  • Serves as a member of  the Senior Leadership Team which promotes and encourages clear processes and procedures, strong project management (including adherence to goals and deadlines), leadership development, staff autonomy and creativity, and overall organizational culture.
  • Supports the CEO in FPL/A board engagement and management, exploring effective and creative ways to leverage the board’s talents and resources, as well as recommending new board members in accordance with FPL/A’s diversity and fundraising goals.

Job Qualifications

  • At least 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, at least five of which has been directly in development/fundraising
  • Experience building and managing a fundraising team
  • Highly relational with strong organizational and  interpersonal skills, attention to detail, independent thinking and problem solving
  • Able to engage and respond on a professional level to a broad range of stakeholders, especially the ability to work effectively with foundation funders and individual donors
  • Passion for the mission of the organization
  • Appreciation for cross-team collaboration

Approach to the Job

  • Relationship-building: Part of your job is connecting with people from many different backgrounds. You find (and even create) opportunities to deepen connections and build authentic, mutual relationships with [teammates, donors, funders] across lines of difference, such as race or other identities. You truly welcome viewpoints that differ from your own, and you’re able to “sit with” discomfort when people express themselves in ways that aren’t familiar to you.
  • Adaptability and problem solving: You are always ready to take advantage of unexpected opportunities and address obstacles. You look for the root of both simple and complex problems, so you can seek solutions. You approach work with a spirit of “yes” and adapt as things change, which they often do.
  • Ownership and resilience: You care deeply about getting results. You gather information, seek input, and drive work forward to the finish line. You think 3 (or 30) steps ahead to develop solutions, anticipate problems, and course-correct when needed. You hold a high bar even when things are hectic and bounce back from setbacks by turning each hurdle into a learning opportunity.
  • Attentive, empathetic leadership: As an organizational leader ensure your team is clear on what role they play. You empathize with the communities we serve and put people at ease, especially when there are lines of difference or power. You listen to understand people’s needs and take steps based on that input.
  • High volume, high efficiency: You maintain systems for keeping tasks from slipping through the cracks. You’re able to juggle competing demands and prioritize without sacrificing quality. You get back to people in a timely manner and take pride in providing clear, helpful information. 
  • Attention to detail: You aim to leave things better than you found them. As the owner of our fundraising strategy you notice and fix errors that others might overlook. When mistakes happen (which they will!), you address them quickly and look for ways to prevent similar errors.

Compensation and Benefits

We offer a generous and comprehensive benefits package including full medical, dental, and vision premium coverage, life insurance, and an FSA/DCA savings plan. Faith in Public Life provides a 401k benefit that offers a dollar-for-dollar match of up to 3% of an employee’s contribution. In addition to that, Faith in Public Life offers stipends for, work-related mobile phone and internet use, and professional development. We provide 4 weeks of vacation paid time off,10 paid sick days,13 paid federal holidays, and additional paid leave, including the week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.

To Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to with “Senior Director of Development” in the subject line.


Equal Opportunity Statement:

Faith in Public Life provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.