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Director of Development and Community Engagement

It’s time to make a difference.

Help cultivate, steward and expand relationships between DWC and individual donors, who make some of the most significant contributions in support of the Center’s mission! 

DWC is seeking an enthusiastic leader who will be responsible for the strategic planning, management, and implementation of DWC’s fund development and community partnerships/volunteer activities. The ideal candidate will be a fast learner, dynamic, intuitive, creative, and able to keep pace with rapid change, and s/he must bring a rigorous, systematic, disciplined, and strategic approach to her/his work.! S/he must be an innovative and strategic self-starter to manage all elements of our individual and annual giving efforts by connecting supporters with tailored giving opportunities, providing extraordinary service, guiding fundraising events and managing donor information. Also a vital contributor to DWC’s annual development strategy, the ideal candidate can integrate detailed data analysis with interdepartmental knowledge to inform big-picture decisions. Reporting directly to the Chief Development & Communications Officer, this position is an integral part of DWC’s Development team, and manages a staff of three.


  • Manage all individual giving programs, including major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, and third-party campaigns
  • Direct all public and private fundraising activities for the organization to achieve an annual goal of $6.68 million, as well as any related capital campaigns
  • Cultivate and steward relationships to build visibility, impact, and financial resources
  • Develop short- and long-term strategic goals for the Department, including timelines and budget; assess areas for growth and provide leadership in launching new individual and event-related initiatives
  • Direct staff in the implementation of day-to-day volunteer program operations, including volunteer recruitment, retention, appreciation, and tracking; managing established volunteer programs for individual, group, and corporate social responsibility activities; facilitating volunteer trainings; and managing annual volunteer events
  • Oversee strategic planning and implementation of direct mail and email appeals to support annual giving
  • Build donor relations, conduct individual donor research, and develop proposals
  • Manage donor recognition and retention program and donor database
  • Guide strategy and support implementation of annual fundraising Dinner With a Cause, as well as other special events
  • Collaborate with Communications Department on the creation and distribution of key communications materials, oversee Development-related contributions to website, social media,  printed materials and e-Newsletters
  • Supervise Development Associate and Events Coordinator
  • Provide staff support to Board of Directors’ Resource Planning Committee and other Board fundraising efforts as needed
  • Assist with additional activities in support of DWC’s Annual Resource Development Plan, including grant writing, in-kind contributions, and volunteer management, as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree and 4-6 years of progressive experience in, nonprofit fundraising, the development of strategic partnerships, or business/program management, as well as a history of direct staff supervision and volunteer management
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree or professional certification preferred
  • Broad knowledge and experience in all aspects of fund development, including grant writing, event planning, direct mail, corporate engagement, and donor relations
  • A proven ability to establish, maintain, and deepen relationships that contribute to the increasing visibility, impact, and financial resources of an organization/organizations over time
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, including the ability to articulate and explain complex funding and financial issues in a clear, non-technical manner  
    • Detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to set and meet goals and deadlines
  • Proven experience managing large-scale projects
    • Self-starter capable of working independently
    • Demonstrated public speaking and presentation skills to a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated record as a successful team player, including the ability to develop and maintain a goal-oriented, positive attitude throughout the organization; must be able to interface equally well with all DWC stakeholders
    • Compassion and understanding of the Center’s unique approach to service provision.


This is a full-time exempt position and is eligible for DWC’s comprehensive benefits package that includes training, paid time off, medical, vision, dental, parking and transportation benefits. Office hours are 9:00am to 5:30pm, with flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed. Salary: $78,000-90,000 annually, depending on qualifications and experience.



Send cover letter, salary history, and resume to: Please include "Director of Development and Community Engagement" in the subject line.

The Downtown Women’s Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or medical condition.