Director of Development

The Fairness Project

Posted: 8/15/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Fundraising/Development

Primary domain: Other

City: Washington

Postal code: 00000

State: Washington, DC

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M


Mission statement:

Since 2016, no organization has a better track record of delivering results for workers at the ballot box. The Fairness Project has now won 16 out of its 17 statewide ballot campaigns, delivering health care improvements for low-income Americans and putting more than $7 billion into the pockets of workers through our efforts to raise the minimum wage.

In 2018, our movement for change nearly doubled in scope, and we took the fight for health care and economic fairness into red states like Utah, Nebraska, Idaho, Arkansas and Missouri where we demonstrated how much Americans support progressive economic and health care policies across the country.

As a result of ballot initiatives this year, more than 330,000 Americans gained access to health care through Medicaid and two million more will get a pay raise through new minimum wage increases. 

Position Details:

Job Description:


While Congress and state legislatures across the country remain paralyzed by partisan disagreement, ballot initiatives provide a path forward for improving the lives of millions of Americans. The Fairness Project (“TFP”) incubates, funds, and provides strategic and technical assistance to state-and city-based ballot initiative campaigns and drives a national narrative to elevate issues of economic fairness. Through ballot initiatives, TFP offers voters the opportunity to do what politicians cannot or will not: take direct action to enact sound economic policy and change their own lives.


In the 2018 election cycle, TFP worked with state-based groups on ballot measures to raise the minimum wage in Missouri and Arkansas; provide paid sick leave in Michigan; and expand Medicaid in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah. And they’ve already helped deliver victories in Massachusetts to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and in San Antonio where the city council passed earned paid sick time – both in response to ballot initiatives.


In 2017, TFP was a key player in the nation’s first successful ballot campaign to expand Medicaid in Maine, bringing health care to more than 70,000 people.


And in 2016, a historically polarizing election year, TFP partnered with grassroots organizations in six states on ballot initiatives raise the minimum wage, two of which also guaranteed paid sick and safe leave. The organization’s local partnerships with campaigns in Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, Washington state and Washington D.C. ultimately led to higher pay for eight million working Americans and paid sick days for nearly two million. To date, this has put almost $8 billion dollars in working families’ pockets.


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Reporting to TFP’s Executive Director, the Director of Development will lead the organization’s fundraising efforts through this pivotal time by researching and actively engaging prospective individual and institutional donors, while building, expanding, and cultivating TFP’s existing circle of supporters and friends. This is an ideal opportunity for a tenacious, creative, and risk-friendly fundraising leader who is passionate about growing TFP’s impact, who thrives in dynamic situations. Successful candidates must have the endurance and resolve to deploy a variety of strategies and tactics to affect progressive policy change through ballot initiatives. 

Key responsibilities of this position will include:

Vision-Setting & Leadership

  • Develop and manage the execution of the overall strategy for the TFP multi-channel development function to ensure long-term, recurring, diversified fund development that meets the needs of the organization

  • Refine and manage the systems that ensure that all TFP funders, prospects and partners receive accurate and timely reports, proposals, and other items as outlined in agreements

  • Enhance and maintain the development database and produce accurate reports and dashboards to track progress against goals

  • Build and manage a team of staff and consultants to create and execute TFP’s communication schedule for major contributors that includes an update on the usage of funds, current state of initiatives, and future needs of the organization


  • In partnership with the Executive Director, identify, develop, and cultivate major gifts prospects – both individual and institutional -- and develop and execute closing and stewardship strategies, in service of TFP’s current fundraising goal of $3.2 million, which it intends to grow to $7.5 million by 2020

  • Work collaboratively across TFP’s team and network of consultants to ensure everyone at the organization is well-positioned to be a storyteller on behalf of the organization in front of prospective funders 

  • Build and develop board capacity and goal-setting in order to drive fundraising impact

  • Design and execute any capital campaigns, as deemed necessary (none planned at the moment)


Washington, DC strongly preferred; remote candidates considered on a case-by-case basis as long as regular travel to DC can be accommodated



To be considered for this exciting position, candidates should possess the following:

  • Intoxicating enthusiasm for TFP’s mission

  • A minimum of five years of development experience in the non-profit sector required; fundraising experience for progressive political causes and/or from within a 501c4 environment strongly preferred

  • Track record of identifying, cultivating, and soliciting significant individual and institutional donors with success; knowledge of the 501c4 funder community strongly preferred

  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to develop and deliver successful presentations to engage key stakeholders and build a movement

  • Experience liaising with a Board of Directors to drive fundraising impact 

  • Strong time-management skills and ability to work efficiently and effectively in a deadline-driven, fast-paced environment

  • A proven track record of innovating and creating multiple paths forward in the face of ambiguity 

  • Collaborative, passionate, “all hands on deck” orientation around going to work 


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

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The Fairness Project is an equal opportunity employer and encourages eligible candidates from all backgrounds.

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