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Director of Development

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) seeks a seasoned Director of Development to build and sustain a fundraising program with an emphasis on foundations, corporations, and individual donors. This senior position is based at AAG headquarters, Meridian Place, near DuPont Circle in Washington, DC and reports directly to the Executive Director. AAG has a strong revenue base that is not dependent on traditional fundraising. Therefore, the Director has an opportunity to grow new revenue sources to fuel expanding member services and forward-looking initiatives that sustain the pipeline of geographers as well as the discipline of geography. The Director will hire and manage a small team and work closely with other teams.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Director will be responsible for the leadership, strategic direction, and AAG’s funding strategy from all sources, but especially from foundations, corporations, individual donors, and special events.

The Director will be a mentor and relationship builder with a deep understanding of fundraising and will create and sustain a culture of fundraising in partnership with the senior staff.

The Director will build a small team of fundraisers and develop new fundraising relationships with corporations, foundations and individuals.

The Director will also be responsible for setting fundraising targets, ensuring regular communications and managing internal and external activities to achieve development goals and objectives.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in development, including a track record of success in leading and securing resources for a nonprofit organization.
  • Fundraising experience in a comparable nonprofit advocacy or policy organization at the state or national level.
  • Experience working with foundations (particularly those that support education, science, technology, and policy), individual donors, and board members.
  • Demonstrated capacity to build, lead and mentor a team.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit finances, ability to work closely with the finance team.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with senior staff to advance the fundraising agenda.
  • Highly organized, attentive to detail, and goal oriented.
  • Self-starter with high energy who can manage multiple tasks and adapt and respond quickly to opportunities.
  • Demonstrated capacity to set strategic priorities, including soliciting input, making thoughtful judgments, and communicating priorities to colleagues and partners.
  • Demonstrated experience with, and understanding of, customer relationship management (CRM) databases and other fundraising software and tools.
  • CFRE credential preferred.

To apply:

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