Freedom House monitors, strengthens, and defends democracy
worldwide through programs that support frontline activists,
research, and advocacy. We are leaders in identifying threats to
civil liberties and political rights, and never in our 78-year
history has our work mattered more. Freedom House is in a period of
growth, which includes a strong commitment to securing new external
funds and diversifying our private fundraising. This position
presents an opportunity to be a part of a growing development team
with the enthusiastic support of the organization’s senior
We seek an experienced fundraiser to serve as Development
Officer or Senior Development Officer, based on the candidate’s
prior experience. This position will focus primarily on
foundation fundraising, through support some of the organization’s
corporate and government-related fundraising as
This position reports to Freedom House’s Vice President,
PURPOSE OF THE JOB:
The Development Officer or Senior Development Officer will be an
integral member of the Development team working with the Vice
President of Development to develop strategies to maintain current
institutional funding and secure funding from new institutional
Essential duties include:
Leads foundation fundraising in partnership Vice President of
Development. Serves as a thought partner on foundation development
strategy and plans to develop and implement long-term stewardship
and cultivation strategies.
Meets with foundation staff to secure grants for Freedom House,
including preparing Freedom House staff and leadership for these
Manages the application, renewal, and reporting process for all
foundations as provided by donor/prospect.
Has primary responsibility – in partnership with relevant
program and operational staff – for developing and submitting
foundation proposals, budget, budget narratives, and
Tracks institutional funders’ deadlines and important dates in
Freedom House’s database.
Identifies and qualifies new prospective institutional
Identifies important achievements across Freedom House with a
view to developing written content and communications for relevant
Leads foundation strategy meetings with development and program
staff to assess action required with regard to foundation
4+ years (Development Officer) or 10+ years (Sr. Development
Officer) of progressively increasing responsibility as an
institutional fundraiser. Experience with foreign and
domestic funding is preferred, but not required.
Exceptional writing ability. Able to synthesize information from
throughout the organization into clear, compelling, and concise
Proficient in creating project budgets and financial
Superb attention to detail, balanced against consistent
production of timely, error-free work.
Strong reasoning and strategic thinking skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills, including interacting with
people with a wide range of political and social views. Comfortable
serving as support to senior executives as they manage fundraising
prospects and donors. Skilled in establishing trusted partnerships
throughout the organization and using expert judgment when dealing
with internal and external constituents.
Ability to multi-task, work effectively, and produce
high-quality work in a fast-paced, high-volume, deadline-driven
environment. Ability to take initiative, prioritize duties,
and work independently, as well as collaboratively, with a spirit
of flexibility and positive outlook.
Demonstrated interest in human rights and democracy as well as
dedication to the organization’s mission.
Experience using Salesforce as a fundraising tool is
Diversity makes our work stronger. We actively seek a diverse
applicant pool and encourage candidates of all
backgrounds—particularly Black, Indigenous, and people of color,
individuals from the LGBTI+ community, and people living with
Candidates must possess authorization to work in the United
Freedom House provides a competitive benefits package, including
a 403(b) retirement account with generous matching, commuter
benefits, flexible hours, floating holidays, high employer
contributions to medical, dental, and vision programs, basic and
voluntary life and AD&D insurance, short- and long-term
disability, flexible spending account, and more.
Salaries are commensurate with experience and based on pay
grades that prioritize equity across the organization. We
offer a competitive salary range starting at around $50,000 for the
Development Officer or $90,000 for the Senior Development Officer,
depending on experience.
Freedom House is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not
discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national
origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity,
marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, genetic
information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other
non-merit factors, In compliance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA), if you have a disability and would like to
request an accommodation to apply for a position with Freedom
House, please call 202-227-4308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants are required to complete our online application form
and to submit a resume and a cover letter that outlines interests
and qualifications for this position.
Physical Requirements: Sedentary, regularly required to sit for
extended periods of time. Constantly talk, hear, and understand
speech at normal levels using a telephone. Occasionally required to
stand, walk, and bend over; reach overhead; use hands, wrists, and
fingers to grasp, push, pull, move, handle, feel, and type.
Constantly required to use close vision and distance vision for
regular computer work. Occasionally required to lift and/or move up
to 25 lbs. to waist height.
General Working Conditions: General working office environment.
Some long hours, including evenings and/or weekends as reasonable,
to complete essential tasks or attend important events and to be
responsive in a timely manner to emergency assistance requests.
Travel to event and meeting sites. Exposed to outside weather
conditions when required to attend event venues or
Freedom House is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not
discriminate in its selection and employment practices. Read more
about the application process and search for answers to common
questions here. Freedom House offers competitive compensation and a
comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness
benefits, retirement, and professional development.
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