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Director of Development, Washington Area Women's Foundation

The Organization

Washington Area Women’s Foundation is a community-supported foundation that invests in the power of women and girls of color across the Washington, DC metropolitan region.

Women and girls of color make change happen. While too often unsung, the work of women and girls of color have advanced human rights and gender, racial, and economic justice in our communities for decades. The Women’s Foundation believes that by increasing resources to, and recognizing the leadership of, women and girls of color, they will ignite needed change.

To advance our mission and theory of change, we are:

  • Grant makers – We make grants to organizations that are actively pursuing gender, racial, and economic justice, and we award women and girls of color directly.
  • Advocates – We center the voices and lived experiences of women and girls of color to influence policymakers and the local philanthropic sector to advance systems and institutional change with a gender, racial, and economic justice lens.

Position Overview

The Director of Development will develop, coordinate, and lead The Women’s Foundation’s overall fundraising capacity and infrastructure with a focus on developing and executing a comprehensive and robust fundraising plan that enables the organization to grow. The Director, along with the senior leadership at The Women’s Foundation, will drive the creation of a culture of philanthropy throughout the staff and board leadership.  This leader will help to expand individual and major gifts fundraising and grow opportunities like multi-year giving, planned giving, and donor engagement. In addition, the Director of Development will be expected to report regularly to the board and other stakeholders as appropriate on fundraising progress.

This position will also oversee a new development department of two other team members with plans to expand to six in a few years. The team will drive a significant increase in funding to include more unrestricted giving through the solicitation of individual major gifts, special events, and corporate and foundation support. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Design, implement and manage the annual plan for all fundraising activities including annual giving, special projects, planned giving, and other organization related solicitations.
  • Steward and manage an existing portfolio of 50-75 individual large-gift donors, fostering relationships to help donors feel connected to The Women Foundation’s work and impact with a goal of ongoing support at similar or increased levels of giving.
  • Lead creation and oversight of all donor engagement activities including donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Coordinate with the Director of Communications on the creation of donor communications that steward and inspire.

Relations with the Board of Directors

  • Work with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and the President and CEO to design strategies that initiate and meet increasing fundraising goals.
  • Develop fundraising training for Board members and other leadership volunteers, as appropriate.
  • Provide Development reports to the Board and attend all Board meetings.
  • Assist the Board with recommending and researching potential new members.

Development Office Infrastructure

  • Participate actively as a member of the Senior Management Team to develop and execute strategic goals for the department and the organization.
  • Recruit, lead, and mentor the development team of two with intentions to grow the team to 6 in 2025 and ultimately to 7-10 by 2028.
  • Develop and manage annual fundraising budgets, track fundraising metrics and quarterly goals.
  • Ensure the department has the donor management system, infrastructure, policies, and procedures needed to effectively operate.


We offer our employees a total rewards model, pairing a compensation package that reflects our organizational values, culture, and mission with meaningful and significant work content, a supportive environment, and worklife flexibility.

The salary range for this position is up to $125,000. The Women’s Foundation compensation package also includes comprehensive, 100% paid medical, dental and vision insurance for employees, generous paid time off, and flexible work hours within a 36-hour work week.

People with lived experience relevant to the position program area and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with strong ties to the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

How To Apply

Read full job description here:https://thewomensfoundation.org/careers/

Send resume and cover letter to jobs@wawf.org with Director of Development in the subject line.

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