Senior Associate Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time




United States


The District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the number of Washington, DC, public high school students who enter and graduate from college. Specifically, DC-CAP provides: high school advisors at college information resource centers within all of the public and public charter schools in DC, college application assistance; financial aid assistance; parent education about the college application process; college retention advisors who support students once they’re in college to insure they will graduate; and scholarships to help defray the expense of attending college.

DC-CAP is seeking a Senior Associate Director of Development who will play a strong role in spearheading development efforts at DC-CAP. The Senior Associate Director of Development will have the opportunity to play a key role in expanding the development function of the organization. The selected individual will report to and work in partnership with the Director of Development and the President and CEO.


  • Identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and maintaining a portfolio of individual and corporate donors and prospects;
  • Working collaboratively with the Development Team and the President & CEO on contribution and execution of the strategic fundraising plan;
  • Conducting grants and prospective donor research;
  • Writing grant requests, including letters of support, proposals, presentations and reporting;
  • Helping develop strategies for cultivation events and stewardship events;
  • Track progress utilizing Raiser’s Edge; maintain Raisers Edge by updating gift plans, gift details, and proposals on a timely basis based on interaction and communication with prospects and donors; and
  • Other duties as assigned, related to the DC-CAP Development Department.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum five to seven years of development experience to include annual giving and major gift giving; experience in corporate and planned giving a plus
  • Experience in writing funding proposals in the higher education or education arena in a clear, concise and compelling manner.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills are essential.
  • Experience using online funding resources tools, databases and other sources for prospect research.
  • Demonstrated experience managing a personal portfolio of donors, including meaningful relationship building and proven ability to solicit and close philanthropic gifts of five-figures
  • Knowledge of prospect or donor screening strategies including wealth screening;
  • Solid knowledge of current and effective fundraising tools, techniques, and practices
  • Highly detail-oriented and disciplined disposition with proven ability to accomplish goals, meet deadlines, and create outcomes
  • Proficiency with IT, including Microsoft Office Suite and Raiser’s Edge

DC-CAP offers a competitive benefits, and compensation package. Please email resume, salary requirements and references to Please no phone inquiries.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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