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My Sister’s Place is a supportive place to work, which combines community-based services with a high level of clinical professionalism. We provide free health insurance, generous leave, and a number of other benefits.

Development Director

We seek an enthusiastic and experienced Development Director to join our team at a pivotal moment of organizational growth to manage and advance the fundraising efforts of a $3.8M+ growing organization, with a focus on expanding the base of major gifts, foundation philanthropic support, and corporate donors.

The Development Director is responsible for setting the vision and strategy for My Sister’s Place’s development efforts and for leading the day-to-day functions of this department. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director has primary responsibility to secure funding from private philanthropic sources and to grow community engagement and awareness of all My Sister’s Place’s programs, especially as the organization further expands its programs and services in the DC region.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

• Plan, organize, and implement a comprehensive strategic development plan to realize and exceed the organization’s fundraising goals through major gifts, annual giving, corporate contributions, foundation support, and special events.

• Work in partnership with the Executive Director to engage, cultivate, and steward existing and prospective donors, providing an exceptional donor experience that enhances giving, attracts major gift supporters, retains existing and re-engages lapsed donors, and builds a pipeline for future support from individuals, corporations, foundations, religious organizations, civic organizations, and major donors.

• Oversee public and private grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.

• Report regularly to the Board of Directors on progress toward annual fundraising goals; serve as staff liaison to the Board Development Committee.

• Manage donor database, data entry, and list management to leverage opportunities to align constituent interest with program and development priorities.

• Stay abreast of trends and best practices in corporate social responsibility, major gifts, database management, corporate and foundation relations and other related topics to help strategically position efforts, communications, and activities.

• Supervise, mentor, and manage one direct report, the Volunteer and Development Manager.

Essential Qualifications, Experience and Skills:

• 5-7 years of fundraising experience and progressive leadership, including significant experience in major donor fundraising and donor relations or equivalent development experience. Knowledge of the DC philanthropic community a big plus.

• Demonstrated success in five-and six figure major gift solicitation for a direct service or community-based organization. The ideal candidate is highly motivated and eager to connect with new and existing funders and to solicit and close gifts from individuals and foundations.

• Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques, particularly donor relation and grant writing.

• Experience building and leading teams, including managing staff, consultants, and contractors.

• Excellent written, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

• Strong organizational skills, including financial oversight and planning capability, and ability to troubleshoot, multitask and manage several projects at once.

• Energetic self-starter who is open-minded, creative and able to make connections to build and sustain authentic relationships.

• Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community; Demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense, and good listening.

• Strong technical, computer and software skills; experience with Donor Perfect (or a similar database) is a requirement.

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position with flexibility. Occasional nights and weekends required.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and between $85,000 and $95,000. Excellent benefits, including free Kaiser health insurance (or equivalent contribution toward any other plan offered by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement), 401(k) matching, disability insurance, an Employee Assistance Program, and generous leave provisions.

To Apply: Please email resume and cover letter (with salary expectations) to: No phone calls please.

My Sister’s Place is committed to equal employment opportunity. We follow a policy to afford equal employment opportunity to all individuals, regardless of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions or related medical conditions, age, marital status, familial status, family responsibilities, personal appearance, disability, citizenship status, uniform service member status, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, status as unemployment, tobacco use or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.

To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references, to, with the job title in the subject line.