Director of Development – Research America – Alexandria, VA

Research!America, located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is seeking an entrepreneurial, energetic and experienced development professional to be part of a dynamic development and membership team. Research!America is the nation’s largest nonprofit advocacy and education alliance working to make research for health a higher national priority. For more information about Research!America, visit

Reporting to the Vice President of Development and Membership, this person will be an integral part of the organization, coordinating Research!America’s overall fundraising program which includes special events, sponsored programs, individual giving, foundation and corporate grants, and membership dues. The Director of Development will provide overall strategic support for the activities necessary to attract individual donors, potential members, event sponsorships and program partners to the organization, as well as manage existing donor and partner relationships.

The Director of Development, in collaboration with the membership and development team and other departments within Research!America is responsible for:

Researching, identifying and cultivating prospects for corporate and foundation giving
Managing and growing individual giving
Managing the stewardship of donors
Assist in developing and funding member partner initiatives
Writing and managing grants and proposals for programs and fellowships
Soliciting corporate sponsorships for two signature special events
Assist in planning and implementing high end special events


Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of 5 years increasingly responsible experience with a track record of success in fundraising
Demonstrated ability to maintain best fundraising and operational practices, employing clearly defined objectives and transparent methods with which to measure success
Exceptional written and verbal communication, presentation, and astute listening skills including the ability to express ideas with clarity, confidence and sensitivity
Strong interpersonal skills to interact with a variety of constituents including CEO, board members, and members
Knowledge and/or understanding of fund development database systems
Must be able to organize priorities according to changing circumstances in a positive focused and timely manner
Collaborative work ethic with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
CFRE degree desired

How to apply

To be considered for this position, please email a cover letter, resume with salary history and writing samples to Deadline for applications is Friday, September 18. No phone calls please. EEO

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