Development Director

Job Type

Full Time




Minimum: $100,000.00
Maximum: $120,000.00
Details: The salary range for this position is $100K to $120K for applicants in the Bay Area, New York, and DC markets. It's adjusted based on cost of living for other markets.



Application Deadline:



San Francisco
United States


Development Director is a fiercely nonpartisan nonprofit startup that uses technology to simplify political engagement, increase voter turnout, and strengthen American democracy.  We believe that Americans want to vote, and will vote in higher numbers -- and more consistently -- as voting becomes more convenient. We launched in April of 2016, and have since helped millions of Americans register to vote and cast ballots via a combination of best-in-class technology, and innovative proactive outreach. Most recently, we ran the single largest nonpartisan GOTV (get out the vote) drive in Alabama history.  Our work has the potential to change the outcome of elections by bringing millions more voters into the voting booth.

We’re looking for a Development Director to help us raise 5 million dollars by November 2018, and another 20 million by November 2020.  We’ll use these financial resources to power three major initiatives: (1) re-engaging first-time 2016 voters in the 2018 election, so that voting becomes a habit and not a hobby for this critical voting block. (2) Challenging antiquated voting laws the unfairly burden young voters, low income voters and voters of color, and (3) Working to make Election Day a holiday by encouraging employers to give employees this day off instead of Columbus Day (learn more at is deeply committed to diversity. We strongly encourage women, people of color, first-generation Americans, new parents, single parents, people with disabilities, and members of the queer community to apply.

You’ll thrive in this role if:

  • You’re a strategic thinker, who is equally comfortable with planning and execution.
  • You’re a systems person. You’re ready to impose order on what has been a gentle sort of chaos.
  • You’re adept at working someone else’s rolodex. Our CEO already has the connections. She needs your help to systematize engagement.  
  • You’re comfortable with major donor fundraising. 98% of’s money comes from major donors, specifically venture capitalists and successful start-up founders.
  • You’re ready to fundraise alongside a loud and proud female founder.
  • You’re excited by start-up culture and non-traditional philanthropy.
  • You love to write, and prefer to do so on a daily basis.
  • You’re high impact, low-ego, and kind to yourself and others.

The Development Director will work closely with our CEO and Board to develop the 2018-2020 fundraising strategy.  We’ve been able to fundraise just over 6 million dollars in two years despite lacking a professional development staff. Imagine what we can accomplish with you -- an actual expert -- driving our fundraising strategy. Your job will be to professionalize our fundraising strategy, and to implement the necessary systems to grow our supporter base of major donors.  There is no written fundraising plan: you’ll need to draft the plan, and work with the CEO and the board to execute it.  You’ll be given the opportunity to take, an organization that already inspires major donors, to the next level of financial growth.

Some specific responsibilities include:

  • Working directly with the CEO and Board to develop our fundraising strategy, and working side-by-side with the CEO to execute strategy.
  • Assuming the lead on the day-to-day management of fundraising activities.
  • Identifying prospective donors, developing strategies to cultivate those relationships, and ultimately pitch them on our work.
  • Implementing systems and processes to track leads, active opportunities, important deadlines.
  • Actively communicating with and engaging our current donor base.
  • Drafting proposals, concept notes, grants, grant reports, presentation decks, donor communications, and other written materials.
  • Taking the lead on donor cultivation events and fundraising trips
  • Managing all fundraising related outside consultants as needs arise.
  • Evaluating opportunities with major foundations, and building out that revenue stream

Required skills and experience:

  • At least 5 years of fundraising experience, with a proven track record of success with high net worth individual donors.
  • Experience managing donor portfolios of $3 million or more annually.
  • Strong interpersonal skills: you enjoy meeting new people and you immediately build a rapport with them.
  • Superior writing skills, with the ability to prepare quickly development materials (e.g. thank you notes, concept notes, and proposals).
  • Exceptional and proven project management skills
  • Willingness to work some night and weekend events, and travel domestically up to 25% of the time.

Bonus skills:

And we’re hoping you bring 2-3 of these bonus skills to our team (possibly more):

  • You have existing relationships with high net worth individuals, foundations, and/or corporate donors you can bring to
  • You’ve helped raise a round for a for-profit startup.
  • You’ve got prior experience working with or for venture capitalists.
  • You’ve managed a fundraising team and/or supervised outside consultants.
  • You’ve worked as a political fundraiser for a candidate at the state or federal level.
  • You’ve worked as a program officer for a major foundation
  • You’ve raised money from major foundations, and enjoy writing grants, working with program officers, and positioning an organization for success with major foundations.
  • You’ve got strong financial skills and can quickly pull together budgets and cash flow projections.
  • You’ve produced small or large scale fundraising events
  • You’re familiar with the civic engagement funding sector, the other organizations operating in it, and how they position themselves.
  • You’ve worked remotely
  • You’ve worked on a small team (fewer than 10 people)
  • You have a sense of humor. is deeply committed to diversity. We strongly encourage women, people of color, first-generation Americans, new parents, single parents, people with disabilities, and members of the queer community to apply. is an equal opportunity employer.  This means that we don't discriminate against people because of their race, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, personal appearance, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, genetic information, or political affiliation.


Some of the benefits of working for

  • High impact, meaningful work. 2018 often feels like a kick in the teeth. Working at is an antidote to this feeling.
  • Short commute. We all work from home, and it is just the best. Live and work wherever you’d like as long as it’s in the United States, and you can get to a major airport when needed.
  • Flexible work schedule. Need to take 3-5pm off every day to hang out with your kids after school? No problem.
  • Excellent health benefits. Fully covered health, dental and vision for the employee, and generous coverage for your children.
  • Generous time off.  3-5 weeks of mandatory vacation, 12 paid holidays, and we all take the week between Christmas and New Years off.
  • Retirement accounts. We offer both a 401(k) and a Roth 401(k) since we want you to retire one day.
  • Awesome slack channels. Including #pets, #politics, and #OMG-WTF-LOL.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To Apply:

Submit at application via Recruiterbox. You’ll need a resume and the ability to answer a handful of short questions in lieu of a cover letter.  We may process a round of early applications first, and we will close applications if we fill the position early. Applications officially close on Monday, May 7, 2018.