Director Of Development

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $80,000.00
Maximum: $120,000.00
Details: Salary: $80,000-$120,000. Negotiable depending on experience and qualifications.



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3070 M Street NW
United States


Potomac Riverkeeper Network

Director of Development March 5, 2018


The Ideal Candidate           

The ideal candidate for this position has solid experience foundation grants, events, corporate partnerships, and individual donor stewardship/board development. We will consider up and coming development professionals who are ready for a Director Level position as well as professionals who have experience at the Director Level who are looking for a new and exciting environment. Management experience is a plus.

The Organization

Since 2003, Potomac Riverkeeper Network (PRKN) has been defending the public’s use of the Potomac River. We are local and regional in scope, and we’re dedicated to stopping pollution and restoring clean water in the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and their tributaries through community engagement and enforcement. Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s primary office is Georgetown, Washington DC, with field offices in Virginia and Maryland, and has a membership of more than 1,200 people. Over the past three years PRKN has become very visible in the region by developing programs capable of passing state level laws and taking part in solving national environmental issues. However, our core work remains at the local and regional level rooted to our goal of protecting the region’s drinking water and people’s recreational use of the river.

Position Summary

The Director of Development will be responsible for creating and implementing Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s overall development and fundraising strategies in an effort to raise approximately $1.3 million per year through private and institutional donations. Working collaboratively with the President, Board and Executive Team, this position will develop, cultivate and solicit donations from a diversified portfolio of foundation funders, corporations and individual donors. The Director of Development will also be responsible for managing and aligning the organization’s external communications to funders and partners

Responsibilities Include:

Manage Development Associate

Develop and implement fundraising schedule, including annual and long-range development plans to ensure that annual and long-term operating and program budgets are met or exceeded in the following four areas:


·        Manage relationships with numerous foundations in collaboration with the president and program staff

·        Manage and track foundations calendar. With the assistance of Development Associate and grant-writing consultant, help write, package, and submit grant proposals, grant reports, and related materials to a high standard of quality and in a timely manner

Corporate Partners Program

·        Work with consultants to launch corporate giving program which has already largely been developed by staff and board

·        Continue to culture relationships with river outfitters who also contribute to our program work

Individual Gifts and Membership Development

·        Guide program staff, the executive team and the board of directors in building relationships with individuals, including major donors, in order to facilitate funding growth

·        Maintain individual fundraising calendar for membership renewals and appeals

·        Working with staff and consultants, plan and write development content for newsletter, e-news, mailings, events, website, and social media.

·        Staff the Board Development Committee

·        Oversee stewardship and use of the organizations donor and prospect database

·        Work with the Governance Committee and the President to identify and cultivate board prospects

Event Management

Direct event planning for major fundraising functions:

·        Serve as lead planner and strategist for Annual Law and Water Gala. Directly supervise event consultants who are contracted to implement gala fundraising and event planning/execution

·        Develop and implement a series of special donor events to reward high level or high potential donors and create time for relationship building.

·        Organize and develop a series of house parties with board members and major donors


1.      At least 5 years of on-the-job nonprofit fundraising experience

2.      A successful development track record

3.      Specific experience with major gifts and corporate giving

4.      High degree of organizational skill and ability to prioritize

5.      Excellent written and oral communication skills

6.      High energy and an interest in protecting the environment

7.      Flexibility to plan or attend evening and weekend events with modest frequency

Salary: $80,000-$120,000. Negotiable depending on experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package including health/dental/vision, retirement plan, disability and life insurance.

Start Date: April 1, 2018

To applyPlease send thoughtful cover letter, resume and references as a single PDF to jobs(at) Please no phone calls.


Excellent benefits package including fully covered health/dental/vision for employee, retirement plan including 3% salary match, short-term and long-term disability and life insurance. Vacation negotiable. Comp time program for evening/weekend obligations to help with work/life balance.

PRKN is closed during Federal Holidays as well as during the one week period between Christmas and New Years.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply: Please send thoughtful cover letter, resume and references as a single PDF to jobs(at) Please no phone calls.