Development Director

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Public International Law & Policy Group | Washington, DC

Public International Law & Policy Group

Published 14 days ago

Public International Law & Policy Group Overview

The Public International Law & Policy Group, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is a non-profit organization that operates as a global, pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to governments, sub-state entities and civil society groups engaged in negotiating and implementing peace agreements, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and establishing and operating transitional justice mechanisms. To facilitate the utilization of this legal assistance, PILPG also provides policy formulation advice and training on matters related to conflict resolution.


PILPG has advised over 30 governments, sub-state entities, and civil society organizations involved in the negotiation and implementation of peace agreements, post-conflict constitutions, and transitional justice mechanisms, including in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burma, Egypt, Darfur, Georgia, Kenya, Kosovo, Iraq, Libya, Montenegro, Nepal, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Yemen. PILPG has also provided legal assistance to every international criminal tribunal.


Position Description

Reporting to and in partnership with the President, Executive Director, and Vice Presidents, the Development Director will spearhead development efforts as PILPG continues to grow. The Director will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow an expansive and complex budget, primarily through the solicitation of federal and international grants, as well as through individual, corporate, and foundation support.



Development Strategy

  • Work with senior management to create an annual fundraising plan, including funds needed, preferred funding sources, and expected approaches to development
  • Critically evaluate new business development opportunities for PILPG and provide recommendations on solicitations to PILPG’s senior staff
  • Monitor and report regularly to senior management on the progress of the development strategy
  • Communicate fundraising goals and progress throughout PILPG
  • Establish a strategy for PILPG to expand fundraising in the areas of individual and corporate giving

New Business Development

  • Research and track funding sources from US Government, foreign government, and private foundation donors
  • Identify and track trends to help position PILPG appropriately to respond to any changes
  • Build and maintain relationships with major donors and key donor prospects
  • Conduct outreach to potential partners for new business opportunities, including as sub-contractors on large bids, IDIQs, and other Consortium-based funding opportunities
  • Conduct research, prospecting, and application to multiple donor sources
  • Prepare outward facing materials to support development efforts

Proposal Drafting

  • Have primary responsibility and oversight of the development and submission of all proposals
  • Coordinate and lead brainstorming sessions on project design and development with PILPG team members
  • Lead the development of Monitoring & Evaluation plans for all proposals
  • Provide expert guidance to shape proposals that are responsive to donor solicitations and/or requirements 
  • Integrate sections submitted by PILPG team members into coherent and comprehensive proposals
  • Review and edit proposals to ensure that they are responsive to donor solicitations and/or requirements before submission
  • Manage the overall proposal-drafting schedule for all involved staff and deliver completed proposals to donors in a timely manner
  • Coordinate with PILPG’s finance team to ensure that they have necessary parameters and inputs for project budgets and other financial elements of donor solicitations
  • Review budgets from finance team to ensure that they capture all proposal activities
  • Contact donors for feedback on unsuccessful proposals to identify opportunities for improvement in drafting process

Operational Support

  • Train and mentor staff connected to development activities, including providing feedback on proposals written by other staff members
  • Maintain necessary records, files, reports, databases, and resource materials pertinent to grants and other development activities
  • Ensure that opportunities, contacts, and awards are up to date in Salesforce, and staff are using Salesforce for development purposes



  • Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree or seven-plus years of professional experience preferred
  • At least seven years of experience in planning, leading, and managing development processes, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress to senior managers
  • Skill in designing, writing, and editing complex grant documents, and a proven track record of success with proposal submissions (to be outlined in cv and/or cover letter)
  • The ability to clearly and effectively communicate the impact of proposed programs
  • Familiarity with other international development organizations located within Washington, DC, and relevant donors around the world
  • An in-depth understanding of relevant donors’ funding processes, and the funding environment in the fields of human rights, international peace and security, conflict mediation, and democracy and governance.
  • Ability to juggle multiple proposals at once and thrive in a fast-paced working environment with competing demands
  • Strong organization skills, display acute attention to detail, and demonstrate a commitment to excellence
  • Experience with establishing individual and corporate giving initiatives
  • Demonstrated skill in establishing and cultivating strong relationships with internal and external personnel, across many levels of an organization
  • Entrepreneurial spirit in taking initiative and actively seeking ways to deepen current donor relationships and forge new ones
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Salesforce
  • Passion for PILPG’s mission

Application Instructions

To submit an application, submit a resume, cover letter, and three references online at The cover letter should outline the applicant’s interest in PILPG. After receiving completed application materials, PILPG will follow up only if the candidate is selected for an interview.

Public International Law & Policy Group Overview

The Public International Law & Policy Group, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is a non-profit organization that operates as a global, pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Contract
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional


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