Director of Development

Shepherd's Bush Green
Cedar Rapids 52401
United States
Phone : 319-743-8787
Primary Contact : DepMan

The Director of Development provides leadership and strategic direction to Demos’ fundraising efforts, and is responsible for planning and implementing strategies to raise the yearly operational budget. Reporting to the Vice President of External Affairs, she/he is responsible for ensuring the long-range financial stability of Demos and Demos Action, a 501c4 fund of the Tides Foundation. The Director of Development is a member of the Senior Leadership Counsel that provides overall strategic direction for the organization.

The Director of Development leads a talented team of six staff, and is an integral member of the External Affairs Strategy Team, along with the Vice President of External Affairs, the Director of Communications and the Director of Fellowships.

Principal responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Leads the development and implementation of a comprehensive yearly fundraising plan.

In partnership with the Vice President of External Affairs, provides the Executive Team and Board of Directors with analyses, systems, and support needed to participate effectively in fundraising and stewardship of donor relationships, including developing and tracking programs, budgets, reports and calendars related to all Demos fundraising.

Fosters a shared vision for fundraising across the organization and drives a culture of philanthropy in collaboration with the Vice President of External Affairs and President.

Directly supervises, coaches and develops a cohesive and forward thinking Development Team.

Builds and maintains a high level portfolio of foundations and major donors for her/himself, with a specific revenue goal attached. Does the same for key members of her/his Development Team.

Tracks and monitors the organization’s monthly cash flow projections, in conjunction with the Finance Team.

Represents Demos with key external audiences.

Develops strategies to grow and maintain long-range financial stability.

Assists with the development of annual and program budgets and financial reports.

Accompanies the President, Vice President of External Affairs and other key staff on fundraising visits, as appropriate.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:

Excellent fundraising strategist: You’ve worked in development for a minimum of five years, with steadily increasing responsibilities preferably at a think-tank, advocacy organization, grassroots organization, or political campaign, and are very familiar with the progressive field. You have significant experience raising money from foundations and individuals and have directly created prospect approach strategies, engaged in prospect cultivation, solicited gifts, and stewarded donors post-gift. You are flexible with an entrepreneurial spirit and can identify – and are willing to seize -- fundraising opportunities as they arise.

Dynamic leader: You know how to build a team, manage tough situations, encourage innovation, and work within an organization to set a vision and execute it effectively. You have exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to listen, develop and maintain strong relationships. You know how to achieve your goals without stepping on other people and are particularly skilled at nurturing talent and supervising staff.

Exceptional detail-oriented project manager. You can delegate effectively, manage multiple priorities, organize a large volume of work and keep it flowing through the pipeline. You are a problem solver, tenacious, and proactive with the ability to get things done, and are comfortable working in a fluid, multiple-stakeholder environment. You come to the table with ideas and a plan, and can make it happen with support and guidance.

A demonstrated commitment to racial equity: You have a sophisticated understanding of how race dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work, and can demonstrate a history of successfully intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening a racial justice approach within an organization.

Passion for our mission: You have passion for social justice and progressive movement building.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Written and verbal communication is one of your strengths and you have substantial experience with persuasive writing and editing other people’s work.

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience and skills:

A sense of humor.

Knowledge of political and electoral fundraising and/or 501c4 fundraising approaches.

Salary and Benefits:
The salary range for this position is competitive and commensurate with
experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 20 vacation days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.

How to Apply:

Send a thoughtful cover letter that speaks to how your experience and skill-set meet the qualifications for this role, and include your salary requirements, and attach a résumé. Please upload materials at We are looking for an immediate hire so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Dēmos is an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.