Development Director, Sustained Dialogue Institute

Job Type

Part Time




Details: Dependent upon experience




District of Columbia
United States


Job Description

Job title: Development Director, Sustained Dialogue Institute

Job type: Part time – possibly 2/3 days/week

Reports to: President, Sustained Dialogue Institute

Location: Washington, DC is preferential, though any location in the United States is possible

Salary Range: Dependent upon experience

The Position

The position will cultivate and lead development and fundraising efforts that will undergird the financial stability of the organization as part of the ongoing growth of SDI. It will help to support the fundraising strategies that will significantly expand the revenue base of the organization. Under the direction of the President, the Development Director will have responsibility for planning, logistics, and execution of fundraising, and responsibility for coordination and execution of operational tasks in the Office of the President.

Duties and Responsibilities

The position will develop, in partnership with the president and staff, a multi-year approach to development and fundraising that works in collaboration with organizational priorities. The post will particularly focus on expanding development through the annual National Dialogue Awards evening and other event-based fundraising opportunities, sponsorships and individual gifts. It will also seek to deliver funding from relevant foundations.

The position will seek to:

  • Secure financial support in the form of sponsorships, grants and major gifts from foundations, individuals, and other organizations through events and activities. The position will have a strong hand in shaping and helping steer efforts around fundraising events;
  • Support the work of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, the Dartmouth Conference, and other programs;
  • Provide support for Development through a rejuvenated SDI Advisory Board, organize logistical details for Advisory Board meetings and correspondence, take notes and create minutes
  • Seek out, cultivate and maintain relationships with major donors both existing and new, especially seeking to grow a database of annual individual donors;
  • Maintain clear and accurate records of all prospect data.

Position Requirements

Experience, Abilities, and Skills

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree, equivalent, or higher;
  • Set measurable goals along with others in the team and be accountable for them;
  • Be comfortable in a team setting – but also willing to take individual responsibility for raising money;
  • Have direct marketing experience;
  • Have familiarity with social media;
  • Possess excellent communication, organization, customer service skills, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills;
  • Have strong database management and presentation software skills;
  • Have the following skill qualifications: word processing and spreadsheet skills are required (For ex. Microsoft Office, typing skills, and excellent grammar.);
  • Be able to handle multiple tasks and work with deadlines;
  • Bilingualism is a plus;

In the area of individual fundraising, Major Gifts and sponsorships, the candidate should:

  • Have a background of networks and contacts;
  • Have at least 8 years of experience in the field;
  • Demonstrable history of fundraising success at a comparable level;
  • Be comfortable asking for money and other resources;
  • Be a relationship builder with great communication skills, enthusiastic, committed; someone who loves to work a room, to motivate contacts and develop professional friendships.

In the area of grant-making, the candidate should:

  • Have a demonstrable history of successful grant raising, and experience in the detail, time management and careful tending of foundation and other grant opportunities;
  • Have a broad knowledge of the non-profit world, and where historically funding has been found;
  • Have an ability to research and understand contemporary circumstances and opportunities.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Physical requirements are generally limited and non-strenuous. The general work environment is typical of an office setting. The office and building are wheelchair accessible. SDI is an EOE.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree