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Development Director, Government Accountability Industry

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
District of Columbia, United States
$100,000.00 - $160,000.00
Closing date
Mar 22, 2024


Job Description: Development Director


Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) seeks an experienced, results-driven, organized,  passionate Development Director to join our team and help us secure our democracy. This position is a unique opportunity to be on the frontlines of the fight for a more ethical, equitable and accountable government, while working alongside smart, dedicated and kind people. 

As a leading nonpartisan nonprofit government watchdog, CREW is committed to defending our democratic institutions, rooting out government corruption and fighting the influence of money in politics through legal action and communications grounded in research.

Reporting to the President and CEO and as part of the organization’s leadership team, the Development Director will help craft and lead the implementation of a fundraising strategic and operational plan to secure a diversified portfolio of donors.  The Development Director will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the plan, including prospecting, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding. CREW does not accept government funding. 



Organizational and Department Leadership 

    Develop, oversee and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan with clear goals focused on cultivating and stewarding major individual donors, foundations and planned gifts. Guide and support the senior leadership team and Board of Directors in their fundraising efforts. Participate in the annual budget development process by estimating revenue based on past and potential support.  Lead the fundraising team, including supervising and coaching the Development Associate, making recommendations for fundraising team expansion as required and supervising any additional fundraising hires.



    Monitor and analyze fundraising data and make recommendations for new strategies and tactics in response to changing circumstances and unexpected opportunities. Work with the Development Associate to conduct research and identify new funding prospects and ensure the maintenance of  an accurate calendar of grant processes, due dates, and reporting requirements. Serve as the main point of contact for current and prospective foundation supporters as appropriate. Serve as a primary point of contact for current and prospective major donors as appropriate.  Develop persuasive and compelling donor-focused materials, including marketing documents, acknowledgement letters, fundraising emails and other correspondence. Plan and execute in-person and virtual fundraising events and briefings in Washington, D.C., and other cities around the country. Work with the digital team to maintain donor databases on outreach and giving history and coordinate on mid-level and online donor strategy. Coordinate with the finance team to ensure accurate receipt, recording, and acknowledgement of all gifts. 




    Minimum 7 years senior-level fundraising experience, preferably in non-profit or campaign fundraising.   Proven track record of securing major gifts, including individual donors and foundation grants. Experience with securing planned gifts preferred.  Enthusiasm for, and comfort with, contacting and interacting with donors and prospects. Experience writing successful grant proposals and reports. Senior management or leadership experience in fundraising. Strong organizational, time-management and problem-solving skills. Experience planning large and small fundraising events. Database management experience. Demonstrated initiative to identify opportunities and needs, take charge of tasks and get things done in an exciting, fast-paced environment. Excellent interpersonal skills and sound judgment, including the ability to work effectively with outside consultants as necessary. The position is based in Washington, D.C., but will be hybrid with employees splitting their time between working at home and working in the office.



Extensive and competitive benefits package including generous paid holidays, vacation time and sick leave, full health, dental and vision insurance coverage, contributions for dependent care, as well as a generous 401(K) program, family planning benefits and top-notch parental leave policy, all of which you’d be included in on day one. Salary range $100k-$160k.

How to apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to Please submit your application as a single PDF and include your last name and “Development Director” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. We are only able to respond to candidates we are contacting for an interview. CREW is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in our workplace and in our work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.

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