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Director of Development


Reports to: Executive Director     

Terms: Full-time

Location: Hartford, CT

To Apply: Email your resume to

Position Summary:


The Director of Development will spearhead the emerging development efforts of Everyday Democracy.  As the organization launches its new plan for growth and expansion, this newly created senior-level position will play a key role in building development capacity, establishing the organization’s development strategy and advancing it through individual gifts and grants from foundations, corporations, and government sources.  The Director of Development will have primary responsibility for establishing and overseeing development strategies and tactics to support the organization’s expanding impact. This exciting opportunity would be right for someone with non-profit fundraising experience who wants to build something meaningful from the ground up and to play a significant role in an organization working to ensure democratic practice, the advancement of racial equity, and the power of community engagement. This is a key leadership position at a crucial inflection point in both the organization’s trajectory and in United States history.


Desired Outcomes of the position include:

  • Partner with the Executive Director, the Board and other senior leaders to create and advance a development strategy that is aligned with the organization’s mission and strategic direction;
  • Develop prospect management strategies.  Proactively identify prospects to include individuals, corporations and foundations. Pursue opportunities for philanthropic support of the organization, by influencing donors and building development capacity;
  • Communicate and deliver clear and consistent messages about the organization’s fund development goals with major funders and prospects. Build and maintain strategic relationships with key stakeholders;
  • Manage the implementation of a new donor database, internal development operations and systems.


Essential Duties:

  • Partner with staff and Board to fully understand Everyday Democracy’s work and to foster collaborative relationships to best position our work for development activities and increased financial support.
  • Stay abreast of current events relevant to Everyday Democracy’s mission, engage with philanthropic and civic leaders at all levels, and network to advance development goals.
  • Set up and maintain systems and operations to achieve development targets, utilize resources within budget, and adhere to the legal requirements for accepting and recording monetary donations and gifts.
  • Work with the Executive Director, the Board and consultants to solicit major gifts, cultivate and steward donors, provide an impetus for donating to our cause, and attract new supporters, while retaining current donors and maintaining an ongoing program for giving.
  • Oversee the creation and maintenance of a donor database and systems to track development activities and outcomes, and to support ongoing activities including stewardship of donors, special events, reporting for financial and management purposes and the creation of fundraising collateral, both online and print. 
  • Shape, staff, cultivate and manage the new Development Unit.   

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S. or B.A.) is required. Master’s (M.S. or M.A.) or a post-graduate degree in Finance, Business Administration, Non-Profit Management, or a related field is preferred.

Required Work Experience:

  • At least seven (7) years of experience working in the field of development, with at least four (4) years working at the level of management having responsibility for development strategy; experience building development capacity within a non-profit organization is preferred.
  • Work experience should:
    • Demonstrate excellence in development;
    • Show responsibility for developing and executing development strategy for social change, racial justice, democratic reform, civic engagement or related fields;  
    • Provide evidence of organizational, managerial and communication skills;
    • Describe supervisory experience, including coaching, inspiring, and effectively leading a diverse team to high performance;
    • Indicate development and maintenance of mutually beneficial relationships with a broadly diverse group of people and institutions.
  • Computer skills:
    • Have facility with donor management databases;
    • Have knowledge of and ability to utilize Spreadsheet software (Excel); Word Processing software (Word); Electronic Mail software (Outlook); Presentation software (PowerPoint); Timekeeping software; and Project Management software.

Desired knowledge, skills and abilities: 

  • Knowledge of: not-for-profit organization and management, including budget management; full range of development techniques, particularly goal setting and tracking, donor relations, marketing, and grant writing; 
  • Excellent skills in writing and editing;
  • Interpersonal, listening, communication, and persuasive skills;
  • Ability to engage people;
  • Show concern for people and community, demonstrate self-confidence;  
  • Embrace the mission of Everyday Democracy and have a strong understanding and passion for racial equity;
  • Knowledge of civic engagement, participatory democracy, racial justice, and/or related fields;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, time, shifting priorities, and expenses defined by a budget.

Work Environment:

  • Works in office setting Comments;Up to 30% travel is required


Everyday Democracy is an EO Employer-MF/Veteran/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. Everyday Democracy will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at or via phone at 860-928-2616. Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary.  Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with Everyday Democracy prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to

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