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- Director of Development, DC or CA, USA

Director of Development
Muslim Advocates (MA)

USA – Washington, DC or San Francisco, CA

Description – Overview

Muslim Advocates (MA) is a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths. Our experienced lawyers and policy experts address some of the most pressing civil rights and human rights challenges facing our nation today. We are seeking experienced applicants for a full-time Director of Development to lead all fundraising activities. The Director of Development will report to the Executive Director. MA is seeking an experienced and passionate professional to lead and manage all aspects of MA fundraising to ensure that MA raises the annual and special funds it requires in order to fulfill its vital mission. The development director will manage a growing team and collaborate closely with senior staff and board members.


The Director of Development will be an integral part of the organization, serving as a member of the senior team and working closely with the Executive Director, Deputy Director, Communications Director, program staff, and the Development Committee of the Board of Directors. Duties include:

  • Evaluate the organization’s annual financial needs and budget, and, in collaboration with staff and the Development Committee, develop comprehensive annual and long-term fundraising plans to meet organizational and programmatic goals
  • Direct strategic participation of key staff and board members in development activities, including guiding the Development Committee to lead fundraising projects through the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual, foundation, and corporate donors
  • Work with staff to prepare and provide monthly, quarterly, and annual development status reports to the senior management team and board of directors
  • Coach and manage (recruiting and hiring as needed) a growing development team, including supervising three existing staff members
  • Manage a portfolio of major donors and foundations to meet and exceed quarterly and annual targets and to provide ongoing stewardship
  • Support the development staff to implement on-time, on-budget donor events, direct response campaigns, foundation relations, and all development systems
  • Collaborate with MA communications staff and consultants to develop impactful, motivating, and coordinated messaging and communications strategies for events, phone, print, online, and social media channels of communication
  • Oversee development calendar for current and prospective foundation funders, and ensuring timely development, approval, and submission of proposals and reports
  • Communicate effectively with donors through both verbal and written communication, as well as face-to-face solicitation and stewardship meetings
  • Provide fundraising training to staff, board and volunteers when needed
  • Participate as a member of the senior team, including organizational planning


Muslim Advocates seeks an individual with the following skills and experience:

  • At least five years’ of relevant experience in nonprofit philanthropic development
  • Integrity, intellectual agility, and demonstrated ability to think strategically
  • Experience in social justice, civil rights, interfaith, and/or American Muslim nonprofits preferred
  • Proven leadership, strategy, management, organizational, and fundraising skills
  • Success in raising significant individual, corporate, and foundation support
  • Substantial experience in designing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising plan that includes major gifts, annual giving, corporate, and foundation fundraising
  • Both a coach and a respected strategist who can encourage staff and motivate board members to participate in direct solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship activities
  • Strong leadership and management experience with the demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines, mentor staff, and guide decision-making
  • Articulate with proven ability to write effectively and speak persuasively
  • An ability to listen to others attentively and learn from their best ideas – a sense of inquisitiveness and intellectual curiosity
  • Ability to function either independently or as an active team member
  • Able to supervise remote staff members
  • Experienced and adept at dealing with sensitive political and social situations
  • Experience preparing budgets and producing reports (updates and projections)
  • Event planning experience
  • Proficiency with Salesforce, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel highly desirable.
  • Strong cross-cultural awareness and the ability to build effective strategic alliances
  • Willing and able to travel up to 25 percent of the time
  • Demonstrated ability to manage sensitive and confidential information with integrity
  • Have a four-year college degree and a demonstrated interest and commitment to the organization’s mission


Muslim Advocates offers a generous and competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

To apply, candidates should submit a cover letter describing their interest, skills and experience, a resume, three writing samples, and three references. Please email your application with “Director of Development” in the subject line to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications are being accepted now.

About Muslim Advocates:

Muslim Advocates is a leading national legal advocacy and educational nonprofit organization founded in 2005 and operating in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, DC. Our mission is to use legal advocacy, policy engagement, and education to promote and protect equality, liberty and justice for Americans of all faiths, and to promote the full and meaningful participation of Muslims in American public life. For more information, visit: www.muslimadvocates.org.

July 20. For more information about Muslim Advocates, visit: www.muslimadvocates.org.

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Posted on 09 August 2017
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