Senior Director, Membership & Development

Democracy Alliance

Posted: 11/22/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Fundraising/Development

Primary domain: Other

City: Washington

Postal code: 20005

State: Washington, DC

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available


Mission statement:

The Democracy Alliance (DA) is a growing network of progressives who partner with, contribute to, and encourage collaboration among progressive organizations, strategists and donors at the national, state and local levels.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Over the last decade, more than $500 million has been raised to build and sustain elements of the progressive infrastructure – from multi-issue think tanks to a sophisticated media monitoring apparatus – that did not previously exist. As a result of DA strategy and funding, there have been numerous progressive electoral victories, and many progressive ideas and policies have been enacted – and achieved broad popular support.

In a nearly year-long consultative process, the DA has created its Vision 2020, setting out ambitious goals for the next five years that build on previous achievements. By 2020, the DA seeks to build an America where progressives hold the reins of power and use them to make significant impact on several of our nation’s greatest challenges: a fair democracy where everyone can participate; an inclusive economy that works for all; and a planet that is healthy and safe. The DA is committed to addressing the issues of democracy, economic fairness and climate change together because they are deeply connected, and sustainable progress will build on that principle.

As it has in the past, the DA is committed to building progressive power that produces electoral and policy victories, and to the infrastructure that can support those efforts. In addition, the DA will make new investments in state-based infrastructure and the key constituencies that comprise the Rising American Electorate (voters of color, young people and single women) and work closely with other communities that share our progressive values.


The Senior Director of Membership and Development
will report to the President as a member of the Senior Management Team. In
addition to bringing significant major donor fundraising experience, the
Director will play an important role in developing an overall development
strategy for the DA, including compelling programming to engage and retain
Partners and in marshaling funds toward the DA’s investment recommendations.  The Director should have a proven track record
of success working with high net worth individuals.

The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated
professional with a passion for politics, social and economic justice, democracy
and the environment. S/he will be a collaborative leader, helping the DA reach
new levels of funding. S/he will be a strong communicator capable of developing
productive relationships, both internally and externally, with various



  • Manage Partner Services team including a Research
    Director and Partner Services Manager

  • Work with Communications Manager and Investment
    Strategy Associate to ensure regular communication between members of the
    program staff, fundraising, and communications departments to develop a
    cohesive progressive message for DA
  • Ensure that the DA is represented effectively at conferences and public events to disseminate the DA’s progressive values and ideals.

Engage (Recruitment and Retention)

  • Create a strategy to retain and renew current
    Partners while identifying and acquiring prospective Partners and allied
    funders to support the Investment Recommendations.
  • Work with President to grow the donor pool by
    expanding the DA’s membership and identifying new funders and foundations with
    whom to leverage our investments.
  • Engage closely with Partners in order to maximize
    the Partner experience as part of the DA; organize and facilitate Partner
    meetings with staff, recommended organizations and other Partners in order to make
    strategic connections between Partners and movement/issue leaders.
  •  Strategize and organize a series of targeted
    cultivation gatherings, receptions, roundtable discussions, and intimate
    dinners in major cities.


  • Oversee the planning of a multi-year fundraising strategy to support the goals of the DA’s vision and investment recommendations
  • Coordinate and support outreach efforts to allied
    foundations, individual donors and funding networks in order to help leverage
    DA funding within the progressive community.
  • Create and manage legacy fundraising plan supported
    by Board of Directors Chair and DA President.
  • Direct senior staff fundraising travel, meetings,
    and calls; includes staffing meetings when appropriate



The Democracy Alliance seeks a candidate with:

  • A demonstrated commitment to the DA’s mission and progressive values as well as a first-hand understanding of the elements of movement-building
  • 10-15 years of fundraising experience in progressive settings and with diverse funding sources
  • A capacity for strategic and creative thinking to develop a multi-year resource plan for the DA
  • Experience in senior management in nonprofit organizations
  • Experience working directly with Boards of Directors


  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work quickly, under pressure, and adapt as needs and priorities change
  • The ability to work with a broad range of people and as part of a team.
  • Strong work ethic, resourcefulness and willingness to take initiative on wide-ranging responsibilities
  • The ability to adapt in a fast-changing environment
  • A sense of humor and an interest in building a strong culture and a high-performing team

REPORTS TO: President

BASED IN:  Washington, DC


START DATE:  January 1, 2020

TRAVEL: Some travel will be required

SALARY:  Commensurate with experience


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:


Applicants should email [email protected] and must include a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample and salary requirements.  Email MUST reference “SENIOR DIRECTOR, MEMBERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT” in the subject line.  No calls, please.

We seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool in the belief that employees from diverse backgrounds are critical to achieving our goals.


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