Director of Development & Programs

Published 8 days ago

About the Memorial Foundation:

As the builders of The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington DC, The Memorial Foundation Inc., keeps the spirit and work of Dr. King relevant by leveraging the monument’s role as a beacon of inspiration and by creating events that enlighten, educational programs that trains people to live the ideals of democracy, justice, hope and love.

As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Memorial’s dedication, we have embarked on an ambitious plan to create programs, functions and activities commemorating this milestone. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, this position has been created with two goals:

  1. Significantly increase the our fundraising activity; and,
  2. Manage and Coordinate a portfolio of programs in line with the Foundation’s Mission and Values.

Key Duties & Responsibilities


Corporate and Foundation Grant Writing

  • Build a deep understanding of the work and impact of The Memorial Foundation in order to persuasively communicate our mission and programs to potential funders. 
  • Lead, manage and direct the funding/revenue base for the organization, generating a comprehensive strategy that identified prospects and donors and business and community partners to enhance the short- and long-term diversified funding base.
  • Research and qualify public and private grant opportunities aligned to The Memorial Foundation’s growth, programmatic, and long term goals. 
  • Author, prepare and submit high-quality grant applications, proposals, and letters of inquiry to government (federal, state, city) and private (foundation/corporation) sources. 
  • Systematically manage public and private grant applications, proactively engaging other team members and, where applicable, external stakeholders to ensure high quality applications are submitted. 
  • Develop a grant portfolio and project plan considering team bandwidth, internal talent and capabilities, and budget in consideration of multiple deadlines. 
  • Serve as project lead on all grants. 
  • Manage the creation and submission for a portfolio of grant reports. 
  • Maintain record-keeping for all grants. 

Individual Major Gifts Fundraising

  • Identify, recruit, cultivate, nurture, and solicit philanthropic support from new individuals, and maintain ongoing relationships with these new donors.
  • Develop strategies for donors to effectively move through a meaningful cycle of giving. 
  • Systematically manage all donor relations, proactively engaging other team members as needed to provide excellent and timely donor stewardship. 
  • Prepare and submit high-quality donor reports, soliciting feedback from CEO/COO prior to submission. 

Program Management/Implementation-

  • Serving as initial contact and lead for a portfolio of programs, including but not limited to, the Social Justice Fellows Program, Global Youth Leadership Conference, and Films at the Stone.
  • Implement and monitor all major tasks associated with program administration.
  • Support internal application processes for the Social Justice Fellows Program.
  • Maintain the programs’ databases by entering data, and providing reports/updates for leadership.
  • Monitors logistics for major events and programs
  • Actively participate in and provide administrative and technical support during in-person and virtual events.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master's Degree in related area, a plus.
  • Minimum 5-7 years' experience in development or non-profit fundraising-related field.
  • Possess a track record that demonstrates solid fundraising results and success soliciting and closing major gifts from corporations, foundations and individuals. Experience should be in progressively responsible positions.
  • Evidence of an energetic, flexible, and creative style that produces high quality deliverables with meticulous attention to detail. Must be metrics-driven and results-oriented with excellent analytical skills. Ability to provide quick turnaround and updates for multiple requests while maintaining high quality work.
  • Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral) evidenced by background in preparing comprehensive reports and executive summaries incorporating complex, highly technical information.
  • Highly developed organizational skills.
  • Computer proficiency in programs such as Microsoft Office, Zoom, contact management databases, and fundraising software required (Raiser’s Edge preferred).

The Memorial Foundation provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status. We encourage applications from people of color.

About the Memorial Foundation:

As the builders of The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington DC, The Memorial Foundation Inc., keeps the spirit and work of Dr. King relevant by leveraging the monument’s role as a beacon of…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 21, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Commensurate with Experience


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

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