Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time




1900 L Street NW
Suite 835
District of Columbia
United States


The Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA (RUF) is a non-profit organization that works to support the mission of the FDA by advancing regulatory science and research. RUF establishes public-private partnerships between FDA and external stakeholders to facilitate innovation in science and health.

RUF is seeking an entrepreneurial Director of Development with an interest in joining a small and growing team. This position would be ideal for a motivated individual interested in rolling up their sleeves, expanding their skills, and growing their career.

Job Purpose:

The Director of Development creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising which may include major gifts, corporate support, grant solicitation, and in-kind resources. The Director will focus on increasing revenues and expanding a base of support for the organization.

Duties and Responsibilities:

·       Under direction of the Executive Director create a fund development plan which increases revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization

·       Develop short and long-range plans to expand the donor/supporter base

·       Develop and maintain an understanding of partner priorities

·       Develop and manage timelines for various fundraising activities to ensure strategic plans and critical fundraising activities are carried out in a timely manner

·       Oversee the planning and execution of special fundraising events as specified in the fund development plan to generate funds for the organization

·       Identify and develop corporate, foundation, and individual prospects for the organization’s fundraising priorities

·       Prepare and submit grant applications and funding proposals to generate funds for the organization

·       Prepare pitches/presentations to current and prospective donors/supporters

·       Develop campaign strategies, timelines, revenue forecasts and an evaluation plan

·       Create and manage a funder database

·       Prepare reports on fundraising progress

·       Work with communications staff to promote the organization to supporters

·       Other duties as assigned


Bachelor’s degree required; Graduate degree preferred


8-10 years of fundraising experience gained at a non-profit; corporate or private foundation; higher education or healthcare institution; or selling experience in a professional services organization. Familiarity with the pharmaceutical/biotechnology field preferred.


·       Excellent organizational/project management skills with a particular focus on managing details

·       Outstanding listening and communication skills—both written and oral

·       Ability to develop and meet schedules

·       Expertise with fundraising software

·       Proficiency in Microsoft Office

·       A track record of measurable fundraising results

·       A comprehensive understanding of fundraising strategies

·       Knowledge of donor/prospect research and available tools

·       A strong understanding or interest in the mission of the FDA or regulatory science or public health

·       Demonstrated professional and political aptitude; team and diplomatic skills

·       Able to manage multiple priorities and take an entrepreneurial approach to problem solving

·       Behave ethically and follow best business practices

·       Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization

·       Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interests of the organization

·       Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Candidates will need to submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and salary requirements to apply for this position. Please send packet to for consideration