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Director, Donor Engagement

Vital Voices Global Partnership
District of Columbia, United States
$111,372.00 - $154,609.00
Closing date
Jun 1, 2024

Organization Description 

Vital Voices Global Partnership is a leading international non-profit organization. We invest in women leaders who are tackling the world’s greatest challenges – from gender-based violence to the climate crisis, economic inequities, and more. We are “venture catalysts,” identifying leaders with a daring vision for change and partnering with them to make that vision a reality. What sets Vital Voices apart is that we make long-term, holistic investments in leaders with bold ideas for change — providing them connections, capacity, a network of their peers, financial support, and visibility for their work. We have provided early support for leaders who went on to become Nobel Peace Laureates, US Youth Poet Laureates, Prime Ministers, award winning innovators and breakthrough social entrepreneurs. Over the past 24 years, we have directly invested in more than 20,000 change-makers across 184 countries, who in turn have improved the lives of millions of people in their communities and countries. 

Today, Vital Voices has a staff of nearly 100 headquartered in Washington, DC. In the coming years we have a bold vision to dramatically scale our impact. In early 2022, we opened the first ever Global Headquarters for Women’s Leadership, a 30,000+ sq. ft. historic building just blocks from the White House on 16th Street. It is a hub of activity, events, and collaborations — bringing together women leaders and their allies to tackle the world’s greatest challenges.


Vital Voices invests in women leaders taking on the world’s greatest challenges and accelerates collective action towards an equitable and sustainable world. 

Organizational Goals 2030

  1. Scale our proven investment model from 20,000 to 50,000 women leaders - who together will positively impact the lives of one billion people.
  2. Make a measurable impact on 1-2 of the greatest challenges as defined by the Vital Voices Global Network - proving the power of collective action. 


The Director will work closely with the VP, Donor Engagement, Chief Development Officer, CEO, and other members of the development team to build meaningful relationships and raise financial resources from individual donors, with a focus on Vital Voices’ Regional Council volunteers. The Director will devise and implement new ideas and structures for our Regional Councils; identify and cultivate new prospects and, over time, new cities where Regional Councils should be created; deepen the stewardship of existing donors; solicit gifts; and drive and oversee individual giving fundraising systems, such as streamlining annual renewals. Regional Councils are currently comprised of donors in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Pacific Northwest, and Europe, as well as a Young Leaders Council. Travel is a necessary component of this job. This position is based in Washington, DC with the option of a hybrid work schedule. We are not accepting remote candidates at this time.

Additional responsibilities include:

 Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

  • Manage the Vital Voices Regional Councils in key markets, including New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Pacific Northwest, and Europe. 
  • Oversee the ongoing development of the Regional Councils including driving growth, securing and growing annual renewals, helping support the planning and execution of council events and communications.
  • Create new Regional Councils to expand Vital Voices’ donor base and reach.
  • Manage a portfolio of individual donors at the $5,000 to $49,999 levels, including cultivation, stewardship and solicitation.
  • Provide management and mentoring to the Development Coordinator, who leads Vital Voices Young Leadership Council and who supports the Director, Donor Engagement, on all Regional Council activities.
  • Works collaboratively with the Manager, Development Operations & Engagement, to ensure (1) efficient internal processes for individual giving; and (2) council events that raise revenue and build a pipeline of committed, engaged donors.
  • Supports individual giving tactics more broadly, as part of a collaborative Development team, to ensure that Vital Voices’ efforts at secure major gifts, mid-level gifts and lower-dollar gifts are successful.
  • Work collaboratively with Communications & Events, Programs, Finance, and Operations teams to ensure holistic, strategic growth and processes.
  • DE&I Commitment:  Embrace and model the Vital Voices guiding principles, values, investment, and leadership models with the goal of supporting Vital Voices’ organization culture and success;
  • Other duties as assigned.  

Professional Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations or a related field, plus 8-10 years of relevant work experience required;
  • Experience in individual fundraising and donor engagement, and specific expertise in managing volunteers in councils or other organized structures;
  • Ability and expectation to travel 30% of the time;
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills;
  • Successful track record in identifying, cultivating and stewarding individual donors and supporters;  
  • Ability to think creatively and make strategic adjustments to workplans in order to achieve stated goals;  
  • Ability to work independently, as part of a team, and across teams;
  • Experience with Salesforce, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint;  

This position is a full-time exempt hybrid position based in Washington, DC with two days of required in person attendance at the Vital Voices Headquarters. If and when it is safe to travel, domestic and international travel up to 30% may be required for the position.

The starting salary range for this position is $111,372 - $154,609 based on experience and ability to have broad impact early.

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