Position Description

Director of Development
Location Washington, DC - US
Job Code 901
# of Openings 1
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Position: Director of Development 
Location:  Washington, DC 
Reports to: Chief Development Officer, Freedom House


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 77-year history has our work mattered more. We seek an experienced fundraiser to serve as Director of Development. This position reports to Freedom House’s Chief Development Officer.  

Qualified candidates possess the following traits: a passion for donor-and-prospect outreach and gift solicitation; creativity, initiative, trustworthiness, and curiosity -- tempered by pragmatism, patience, and close attention to detail; a collaborative, flexible, optimistic leadership style; and an understanding of and passion for our mission. Experience managing staff and interns is desired.

Essential duties include:

  1. Fundraising: Proven ability to cultivate, solicit, and steward new and existing donors for Freedom House.  Mastery of best-in-class development office characteristics including: prospect qualification, proposal writing, planned giving, database management and maintenance of funding prospects, event conceptualization, management, and execution, and stewardship planning and implementation. Support fundraising and prospect management activities for Freedom House’s senior leadership and Board, as appropriate. 
  2. Internal and external communications: Serve as trusted liaison and collaborator for colleagues at all levels of the institution, offering innovative ideas to increase income for Freedom House in priority areas. Ability to serve as proxy for Chief Development Officer with members of the executive leadership team, staff, Board of Trustees, and other external contacts. Responsible for preparing a variety of public and private correspondence, reports, and documentation, and tracking/follow up as necessary. Collaborate across departments to establish and enact unified approach for reaching prospect and donor audiences.
  3. Donor/Prospect Focus: Coordinate closely with the Chief Development Officer to meet or exceed annual fundraising goals, increasing unrestricted revenue for Freedom House with an emphasis on major gifts.  Bring new prospects and donors to Freedom House, achieving visit, proposal, and income goals while maintaining robust prospect pipeline and internal records. Skilled at prioritizing outward-facing fundraising activities. Prepare materials for prospects, donors, and Board members. Maintain general awareness and interest in the different programs and activities of Freedom House.
  4. Management and delegation: Oversee at least one member of the wider fundraising team, assuring high-quality work, professionalism, and consistent approach and adherence to organizational policies. Oversee electronic solicitations and donations, including developing appeals and other collateral for fundraising purposes.    


  • 8-10 years of progressively-increasing responsibility as a frontline fundraiser operating in fast-paced environments with donors of all types: individuals, foundations, corporations, and foreign and domestic governments
  • Proven track record in soliciting and securing six and seven figure gifts and ability to lead cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities for portfolio of 100-150 prospects, following strategies approved by the Chief Development Officer
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including interacting with people with a wide range of political and social views
  • Skilled in establishing trusted partnerships throughout the organization; maintaining and managing highly-confidential information; using expert judgment when dealing with internal and external constituents
  • Superb attention to detail, balanced against consistent production of timely, error-free work
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize under pressure to meet tight deadlines
  • Proficient in prospect and pipeline management. Experience using Salesforce as a fundraising tool is preferred.  
  • Comfortable serving as support to senior executives as they manage fundraising prospects and donors
  • Experience in developing policies and procedures for growing fundraising department
  • Strong capability to take on additional tasks when required, to work independently without supervision, and to coordinate the efforts of other professionals to effectively meet objectives in a timely manner
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field; master’s degree preferred
  • Preferred: experience or interest in democracy promotion or human rights
  • Preferred: knowledge of legislation related to fundraising at national and international levels

Additional Information
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 travel.

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 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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