826DC Director of Development
Employment Type: Full-time, salaried, exempt
Reports To: Executive Director
Start Date: Spring 2021
826DC is an award-winning youth writing and
publishing center that has operated in the District of Columbia
since 2008. We believe that great leaps in learning can happen with
one-on-one attention and that all youth deserve the opportunity to
share their stories widely through writing. In service to our
commitment to amplifying student voices, 826DC’s young authors have
been featured in eleven professional anthologies, The New York
, The Washington Post
, and on NPR and CBS
826DC is part of a national network of youth writing
centers, 826 National, which was founded by veteran educator Nínive
Caligari and author Dave Eggers and was voted one of the top 30
companies to work for by GOOD Magazine
. 826 National has
garnered the American Literacy Prize from the Library of Congress
for its pioneering work to eradicate illiteracy in the United
States, and 826DC was honored with the Mayor’s Arts Award for
Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education in the District of
The Director of Development develops and manages the
execution of 826DC’s ambitious but thoughtful fundraising and
external relations strategies across all funding streams. This
individual will work with the Executive Director, Board of
Directors, a team of two staff members, and volunteers to raise
826DC’s annual budget of $900k. 826DC maintains a human-centric,
collaborative, and flexible workplace culture and is looking for an
individual who can support the organization in upholding these
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Work closely with the Executive Director, the Board
of Directors, the Development Committee, and 826 National to
develop and execute fundraising strategies that meet aggressive
annual and long-term fundraising and communications goals for the
Develop and implement a fundraising plan for 826DC,
including prospect research, cultivation, solicitation, and
Maintain a centralized database of all 826DC
fundraising initiatives, tracking, and responding to reporting
Manage Development & Communications staff,
interns, and service members.
Develop a portfolio of major gift donors and
prospects, meeting revenue goals, and moving prospects through the
cultivation/solicitation cycle. Effectively manage and track donor
cultivation activities in database and/or grant calendars.
With the assistance of the Development &
Communications Manager, work with ED and BOD to design and manage
profit-producing events and giving campaigns.
Ensure that appropriate recognition and reporting
occurs for all donations, grants, and contracts.
INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS MANAGEMENT
With the administrative support of the Development
Specialist, build and maintain strong, positive relationships with
existing and prospective corporate, foundation, and government
Prepares and ensures submission of high-quality grant
proposals, project budgets, and reports, and manage the grant
writing development specialist. Ensures application to and manages
a diversified pool of municipal, regional, federal, and corporate
Maintains a centralized database of all 826DC grants, tracking
and responding to reporting requirements.
With support from the Development &
create and work with external designers on all fundraising
collateral and annual reports. Develop collaterals to support
fundraising events, campaigns, and outreach to donors.
ensure the success of 826DC’s social media channels—Twitter,
maintain 826DC’s website.
produce and coordinate 826DC’s monthly e-newsletter
AND MARKETING MANAGEMENT
Work closely with the staff of 826 National, as assigned.
With support from the Development & Communications Manager
and a part-time Deputy Store Manager, ensure the success of 826DC’s
Work closely with 826DC leadership team to ensure consistent
communication and collaboration across departments. Through the
2022-25 Strategic Plan, ensure that 826DC’s development operations
demonstrate our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion values, and that
826DC strives to be a leader in the movement for anti-racist
Participate in 826 National Development Calls.
Provide other services as reasonably requested by the Executive
Working Conditions and Physical
This an exempt position with regular hours
Monday through Friday from 10am – 6pm, with evening and weekend
work to cover special events and development activities. The DoD
should be very comfortable interacting with a diverse range of
people including students, staff, volunteers, customers, donors,
and visitors. Accommodations will be made to ensure an inclusive
The Director of Development will directly supervise
the Development & Communications Manager, the Development
Specialist service member, and interns, as appropriate.
Possesses a flexible, creative, and dynamic spirit
and demonstrates enthusiasm for the mission, vision, and values of
Possesses exceptional organizational and
administrative skills and the ability to manage up;
Experience managing a team of individuals (managing
an entire department is a plus) and supporting the professional
growth of team members;
Firsthand experience with fundraising, which may
include individual or institutional solicitation as well as revenue
generating events, and a proven track record of maintaining fiscal
integrity and budget compliance;
Passion for and knowledge of the donor moves
Experience in grant writing and demonstrates
exceptional written and oral communication skills;
Understands how to engage with a diverse set of
audiences and centers 826DC’s mission with integrity
Experience in a nonprofit setting, working in the
context of a strategic plan, and experience working with a board of
directors are preferred.
The ability to delegate tasks, inspire volunteers,
and work with a variety of personalities; and
The ability to support the cultivation of a positive,
collaborative, and human-centric workplace.
The salary range for this position is $60,000 -
$65,000. Compensation package includes health care reimbursement, a
generous vacation and sick leave policy, 401k match, and ongoing
professional development opportunities.
Please send a cover letter and résumé to
HR@826DC.ORG with the subject “826DC Director of Development.” We
will reach out to selected candidates to coordinate interviews. No
phone calls, please.
Individuals of all ages and backgrounds are
encouraged to apply. 826DC is an equal opportunity employer and
strongly encourages persons of color, women-identifying
individuals, LGBTQIA persons, and individuals with disabilities to
apply for this position.