Define American is seeking an experienced, energetic and multi-talented leader to join its team as a full-time Development Director. The successful candidate will build our brand and oversee fundraising and strategic initiatives for our growing organization.

The Development Director will report directly to the Executive Director and work closely with the board. Required travel: 20-30%.


Develop and execute Define American’s annual fundraising plan, including growing a major gifts program and executing sponsorship strategies for key organization-wide initiatives
Secure financial support from foundations, corporations, and build an individual donor base using both online and offline strategies.
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities to solicit and maintain funds and sponsorships for special projects and maintain a favorable public image for the organization
Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising
Nurture the development and maintenance of ongoing relationships with major donors
Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
Manage the implementation of databases and help oversee staff responsible for data entry, gift processing, and reporting


Experience growing an organization from roughly $2 million to $4+ million annually
At least five years of progressively gaining responsibilities and experience in fundraising and a strong familiarity with and network of funders in the cultural, arts, and social justice space
BA/BS or higher required
Valid driver’s license; travel is necessary for this position

Successful candidates will possess most of the following qualifications:

Must be an exceptional strategist, adept communicator, expert collaborator, and superior project manager with the ability to build trust, inspire confidence, manage change, and work in partnership with key partners to communicate major initiatives to key stakeholders both within and beyond the organization
Ability to integrate into a faced-paced, team-first work environment, embracing and supporting coworkers in their objectives and goals as necessary.
Experience developing and maintaining fruitful relationships with foundations and philanthropic professionals
Knowledge of the techniques for disseminating information through various channels of communication including print, web, email and various existing and new social media channels
Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
The ability to write clearly and succinctly
Strong interpersonal, problem solving, planning and organizational skills, and the ability to handle several duties simultaneously
Self-sufficient and proactive
Community-mindedness and a passion for social justice a plus


Candidates residing in (or willing to relocate to) Los Angeles, CA, New York, or Louisville, KY are preferred to facilitate in-person collaboration. Applicants throughout the United States will be considered.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience
Excellent benefits available
The ability to grow with and contribute to a creative, collaborative team on the cutting edge of one of the key issues facing our nation today
The ability to partner and meet with America’s most notable organizations and leaders in every sector


Please send cover letter and resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it attn: Define American Hiring Team, with the words “Development Director Application” and your name in the subject line
Will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled

Job posted on 3rd February 2017
Please mention Human Rights Jobs when applying to this position


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