Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time




420 Lexington Avenue
16th Floor
New York
New York
United States



The Resolution Project (“Resolution”) is a unique pathway to action for aspiring young leaders committed to changing the world. Resolution identifies and empowers undergraduate students across the globe who wish to launch new social ventures supported by Resolution’s international network of resources. More than 350 Resolution Fellows, in 70 countries and on all six inhabited continents (including across the United States), are working in diverse, high-impact fields such as water, food, sustainable development, education, energy and the environment, equality and empowerment, health and wellness, and humanitarian relief. Supporting our Fellows are over 500 volunteers, a dedicated staff, and dozens of partners from both the public and private sectors. We are now seeking exceptional talent to join our growing staff!


Resolution seeks to hire a Director of Development (“Director”) as a senior member of the staff team. The Director will provide strong vision, leadership, and direction on effective strategies for meeting Resolution’s annual revenue goals and fulfilling its greater revenue potential. This individual will work closely with the CEO and the Board Chair to design fundraising approaches; oversee a robust portfolio of corporate partners; and identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individual, foundation and corporate donors. The Director will partner with the events planning team to plan, execute, and grow two major annual fundraisers and several smaller events throughout the year. The Director also will also collaborate actively with the Development Committee of the Board and lead a Development Working Group of volunteers to support various fundraising approaches. The Director will be supported by an outstanding Development Coordinator and will be responsible for directly managing this individual. The candidate must have a flexible schedule, be prepared to join meetings and conference calls earlier and later than regular business hours – including some weekends – and be willing to travel.


- Work with the CEO and Board Chair to design, execute, manage and evaluate a comprehensive fundraising strategy.

- Develop and deepen relationships with foundation and corporate prospects and partners, and expand Resolution’s network of individual donors.

- Develop and implement a plan for major gifts.

- Manage and expand a portfolio of individual donors and prospects with the capacity to make annual contributions of at least $5,000 and some substantially higher than this.

- Engage in face-to-face solicitations and other direct engagement with donors and prospects, and arrange and support engagement for the CEO.

- Develop goals, strategies, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans for each donor, ensuring that each one receives frequent personalized "touches."

- Draft donor correspondence, and maintain primary responsibility for developing messaging, talking points, proposals, and materials for development activity.

- Conduct prospect research and outreach.

- Secure major event sponsors.

- Design, execute, and assess giving campaigns and donor appeals.

- Prepare regular fundraising activity reports

- Provide goals and projections to inform the annual budgeting process.

- Represent Resolution at relevant conferences, workshops and meetings.

- Mentor and support a Development Coordinator.

- Lead on special projects as determined by opportunity and need.


The ideal candidate has at least 5 years of demonstrated fundraising experience and success with progressive responsibility in a demanding work environment. This opportunity is perfect for someone with a relentless drive to deliver results and who thrives at building and sustaining meaningful relationships. The position requires a high-energy, detail-oriented, hard-working individual who can help set direction, execute on planned activities, and build deep and lasting relationships with donors and team members. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of success in front line fundraising and will ideally bring a network of their own, as well as the ability to expand on Resolution’s existing base.

- Bachelor’s degree.

- Demonstrated success in major gift solicitation.

- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies, including board members, donors, and high net worth prospects.

- Connections and influence within the philanthropic community.

- Self-motivated strategic thinker with a proven record working independently and achieving results.

- Experience managing staff.

- Proactive approach to daily work, problem solving and long-term project implementation.

- Ability to work successfully in a collaborative environment and manage cross-organizational relationships.

- Ability to handle sensitive information about donors, team members, Resolution Fellows, methodologies, etc. with discretion and good judgment.

- Ability to work with a small and entrepreneurial professional staff; flexibility in supporting other staff and volunteer team members and other functions as needed.

- High level of professionalism with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work closely with staff and volunteer leadership, as well as external partners.

- Vigilant attention to detail and demonstrated commitment to meeting high-quality standards.

- Excellent written and oral communication skills.

- Passion for young people making an impact, and commitment to social change and social entrepreneurship.

- Computer literacy, including extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

- Experience with donor database software (Salesforce preferred).

- Friendly and outgoing personality, a sense of optimism and enthusiasm, and dedication to teamwork.


Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to You must include “Director of Development” as the subject line of the email. No phone calls or faxes, please.

The Resolution Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, religion, sexual orientation or political beliefs.