Development Director

Development Director

NEW YORK OR DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (other major cities may be considered)         


About She Should Run

She Should Run is a nonpartisan nonprofit working to dramatically increase the number of women considering a run for public office. We believe that women of all political leanings, ethnicities, and backgrounds should have an equal opportunity to lead in elected office.

The Challenge: Women are less likely to run for public office and therefore are seriously underrepresented. According to the World Economic Forum, "Gender parity has a fundamental bearing on whether or not economies and societies thrive."

Our Solution: We motivate women from all walks of life to explore the possibility of public office by identifying and tackling the barriers to elected leadership. We do this through data-driven content, education, and collective action. We are driven by a vision of seeing 250,000 women run for office by 2030. #250kby2030

About the Role

She Should Run is seeking a proactive, relationships-driven Development Director to help shape the organization’s fundraising strategy and quickly grow a pipeline of corporate, high-net-worth/philanthropic individuals, and foundation donors. You will collaborate with the CEO & Founder and Donor Relations & Partnerships Manager to lead the organization to strong financial sustainability beginning with an aggressive 3YR fundraising plan. You are a highly-organized, exceptional communicator who loves prospecting, outbounding, true relationship building, and making big ‘asks.’ You are self-motivated, bring a deep bench of potential supporters in new sectors such as tech and finance, have experience with capital campaigns and thrive in an environment of change and flexibility as we scale the organization over the next few years.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the development and execution of a multi-million dollar 3YR fundraising strategy growing existing operating budget from $1.5M to $3M annually
  • Define appropriate goals, track metrics, and prepare progress reports for the Board and other external stakeholders
  • Lead prospecting efforts with a focus on corporations and major donors
  • Project manage foundation grant cultivation
  • Diversify revenue streams and identify and secure multi-year funding opportunities
  • Show up as an influential, prepared, and knowledgeable representative of She Should Run
  • Grow existing fee-for-service model and develop additional opportunities
  • Develop and execute fundraising campaigns to increase issue awareness and generate revenue
  • Utilize donor database (Salesforce) to maintain comprehensive, accurate records of contact details and revenue opportunity stages and deadlines

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Passion and commitment to internalizing She Should Run’s mission and goals
  • 7+ years of successful corporate fundraising, sponsorships, and major gifts experience
  • Experience successfully moving nonprofit dollars from prospecting phase to renewal
  • Demonstrated track record leading and growing annual organizational revenue of $5M+
  • Knowledge of fundraising and legal compliance
  • Evidence of high social and emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written storytelling ability
  • Experience leading, building, and working with small development/fundraising teams (including remote team members a plus)
  • Flexible and adaptive work style with the ability to thrive in a lean, fast-paced environment
  • Ability to travel as needed
  • Proficient in Google Suite (Mail, Drive, Docs, Sheets)
  • Experience using Salesforce required


Competitive compensation package including 100% medical benefit premiums paid by She Should Run, company-matched retirement plan, four weeks paid vacation plus sick and personal time and flexible work arrangement.

To Apply

​Please email your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to jobs@sheshouldrun.orgApplications are due by 3/02/2020. Include the job title in your email subject line.

She Should Run is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining an inclusive, diverse group of team members. We promote a policy of equal treatment and opportunity, and prohibit discrimination in any aspect of our hiring and promotion process in regard to disability, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, partnership status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital, parental or familial status, national origin, ethnicity, alienage or citizenship status, veteran or military status, or any other basis protected by law.