Director of Development

Posted by
Youth Guidance
Washington, DC
Published 19 days ago

At Youth Guidance, we believe that no matter what challenges a young person faces, they are more likely to succeed when they have caring adults in their lives. Our highly trained staff guides kids to overcome the life and academic challenges facing youth. We meet kids where they are — physically and emotionally — to help them focus on their education, make positive choices, and remain on the right path toward life success.

Founded in 1924, and still relevant today, Youth Guidance is a leading provider of outcomes-driven programs serving more than 11,000 youth and touching the lives of more than 14,000 youth, parents, teachers, and community members.

Youth Guidance is undergoing incredible growth as it expands from a Chicago-based organization to a national organization. The Director of Development role is an opportunity to join a talented and dynamic team committed to social justice and ensuring that young people have the tools necessary to achieve their potential. We are looking for a mission-driven individual who brings a passion for making real change in our community and who thrives in a fast-paced environment in a value-driven culture. 

Our Director of Development is responsible for:

Achieving annual fundraising goals for Youth Guidance programming in Washington, DC. This is an exciting new role that will drive continued growth in local grant maker support for Youth Guidance's nationally known school-based social emotional learning programs. The incumbent in this role will manage the the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual, corporate and foundation donors, as well as public grants or contracts. This role will partner with the Executive Director to engage with the local Advisory Council to follow up on introductions to perspective donors.

Our Director of Development provides :

Fundraising expertise, support, leadership, and guidance to build relationships with donors and other stakeholders. The incumbent will plan and execute small donor cultivation events and site visits to cultivate potential major donors. 

Essential Duties/ Responsibilities:

Fundraising & Sustainability

  • Develops and implements plans aimed at establishing an individual donor base in local city, with a focus on public and private grants, as well as individual major gifts
  • Forecasts annual, quarterly, and monthly revenue, as well as donor renewal and acquisition. Utilizing Raisers’ Edge for constituent relationship management. 
  • Completes ongoing prospect research (online, databases, clearinghouses, professional literature, and donor prospecting directories) of current and prospective corporate, foundation and individual donors to identify viable local funding opportunities
  • Completes all stages of funding proposal development including outreach to grant-makers, and development of compelling, timely and error-free letters of inquiry, online applications, formal proposals, and grant reports
  • Develop appropriate communication plans for events in coordination with the Executive Director

Relationship Management

  • Proactive relationship-builder, working collaboratively with the local Advisory Council to cultivate additional local relationships
  • Highly responsive & proactive in engagement of key public & private sector stakeholders
  • Serves as key point of contact with current & prospective donors through letters, personal visits, phone calls, and personalized acknowledgements to achieve continued donor engagement
  • Works collaboratively with agency program, evaluation, and finance staff in the development of proposals, reports, and grant budgets

Project Management

  • Ensures site has high-quality, brand consistent digital and print collateral materials and positive public relations, with support from the Director of Marketing & Communications
  • Ensures the fulfillment of funding partner recognition and benefits (e.g. article in newsletter, acknowledgement in annual report)
  • Plan and implement, or serve as a partner on, a broad range of in-person and digital events for donors and prospective donors
  • Lead and manage logistics for events, with a focus on meeting agreed upon deliverables in the event timeline 

Our Director of Development has been equipped for this impactful work with at least:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum three (3) years of experience and demonstrated track record in development
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience planning and managing events
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office)
  • Raisers’ Edge experience preferred
  • Experience in the human services or K-12 education sectors preferred

Our Director of Development exemplifies:

  • Communication: Able to use effective written and oral communication with internal and external audiences and stakeholders; demonstrates empathy and listening
  • Client orientation: Can recognize needs of diverse stakeholders and approaches relationships with a service orientation to ultimately maximize impact
  • Planner: A problem solver who is able to manage uncertainty and adapt to changes while still performing at high levels of excellence
  • Equity mindset: Understands and is committed to goals of equity; consistently brings an equity mindset to the organization’s work and workplace
  • Growth mindset: Views growth as important for personal and professional development; seeks out opportunities to expand skills, even if change is required; Demonstrated ability to be solutions-focused, self-reflective, and dedicated the continuous improvement of service quality
  • Ownership and quality of work: Effectively manages own work and work of internal and external stakeholders ensuring delivery of high-quality work
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

 The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Ability to spend extended time on a computer in a workstation. 

*The duties performed are primarily in an office setting, vaccination is required. 

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

Youth Guidance is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Youth Guidance does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law and is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity along all of these lines. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

At Youth Guidance, we believe that no matter what challenges a young person faces, they are more likely to succeed when they have caring adults in their lives. Our highly trained staff guides kids to overcome the life and academic challenges…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

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