Director of Development - National Democratic Training Committee

Organization Overview:

The National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC) is the largest Democratic training organization in the country. We have trained more than 150,000 Democrats to run for office, work on campaigns, and build long term local party infrastructure. We build the long term progressive and Democratic power needed for success not just in 2022, but for years to come.

After several incredibly successful cycles as an organization, we are looking for a Director of Development. The Director of Development will build and lead a collaborative team of regional and national fundraisers to ensure that NDTC has the resources to effectively train candidates, staff, and local leaders across the country. As a member of the leadership team, this role will help take NDTC’s impact to the next level in 2022 and beyond.

 

Job Description:

The National Democratic Training Committee seeks an experienced, highly motivated, and detail-oriented Director of Development to oversee the management and growth of NDTC’s fundraising initiatives.

This senior level role will work closely with and report directly to the CEO as an integral part of the NDTC leadership team.

The Director of Development will:

  • Build and oversee the organization’s fundraising capacity; solicit major contributions both directly and in concert with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), national development consultant, regional fundraising consulting teams, program directors, and National Advisory Board members
  • Design the strategic and operational direction of the team and ensure that fundraising targets are met
  • Provide strategic support and feedback on external affairs as they relate to fundraising and building the national profile of NDTC and the CEO

This position is remote with a strong preference to be based in Washington D.C. or Chicago, IL.

 

Responsibilities:

Development:

  • Create, execute, and iterate on development plans to grow NDTC supporters, meet in-cycle fundraising goals, support longer-term objectives, and build a sustainable funding base for NDTC’s ongoing operations.
  • Collaborate with the CEO, national & regional consulting team, senior staff, and the National Advisory Board to help envision and execute a strategic fundraising plan that includes major gifts.
  • Manage and grow a portfolio of current individual supporters giving five- and six-figure annual gifts.
  • Oversee weekly check-ins with the finance team to review progress, discuss plans, or provide course corrections as needed.
  • Lead the day-to-day management of all national high dollar fundraising activities, including prospect research, cultivation, and stewardship.
  • Travel as necessary to meet goals. Estimated at 10-20% or more when travel is able to safely resume.
  • Oversee and collaborate with the Marketing team on creation of all necessary fundraising materials, videos, and other media needs.
  • Track and prepare monthly analysis of income and progress, including qualitative and quantitative results.
  • Seek out and participate in external events and networking opportunities.
  • Utilize Numero CRM to plan, implement, and evaluate fund development.
  • Perform other related duties as they arise or are assigned.

Internal and External Leadership:

  • Engage as a member of NDTC’s senior leadership team supporting organizational wide priorities including strategic planning, diversity and inclusion efforts, and budgeting.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion within NDTC using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Represent NDTC as a leader in the Democratic ecosphere.

Staff Management:

  • Manage and oversee a team of regional and national consultants with potential for additional team members as needed.
  • Build and manage team-wide processes and workflow prioritization for the Development team.

 

Position Requirements:

  • Ideally, at least seven-eight years of experience in progressive fundraising roles for political or nonprofit organizations, with confirmed track record of soliciting major gifts.
  • Experience directly managing others to meet shared organizational goals.
  • Able to translate executive-level organizational objectives into specific departmental outputs and outcomes.
  • Ability to present and communicate well, both verbally and in writing, outside the organization and within NDTC.
  • Experience and ease with donor CRM databases, political, FEC, ActBlue, donor privacy policies, and maintaining development related files.
  • Familiarity with electoral politics, the progressive ecosystem, and federal campaign finance laws regulating political contributions and related activities.
  • Commitment to building relationships marked by respect, trust, and integrity; treating everyone as would like to be treated, and unthreatened by others’ strengths.
  • Ability to build collaboratively and secure buy-in through persuasion, logic, and a problem-solving perspective.
  • Ability and willingness to contribute as a team player within the organization and to delegate responsibility and empower team members as appropriate.
  • Strong communication skills that facilitate deep collaboration and the ability to prioritize work across teams in the organization.
  • A genuine appreciation for and commitment to the mission of NDTC.

 

About NDTC as an Employer:

The National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC) is a hybrid PAC that offers free, interactive online and in-person training (when public health allows) for Democratic candidates, staff, and leaders. We aim to empower any Democrat who wants to be involved in politics with the tools they need to be successful.

NDTC is a fully remote workplace, with a strong preference for this position to be based in Washington D.C. or Chicago, IL.

NDTC believes that our differences enhance our strength as a political party—and as a nation—and we as an organization benefit from staff of diverse races, ethnic origins, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, economic backgrounds, abilities, and all other facets of our identities.

 

Travel and Vaccine Requirements:

Candidates must be willing to fly and live near (or be willing to relocate to) a major metropolitan area with reasonable access to a major airport. NDTC does not provide relocation funding in these circumstances. Examples of reasonable access to a major airport include being located in or near cities such as Chicago, D.C., St. Louis, Atlanta, Austin, Philadelphia, San Diego etc. that have airports that are easily traveled to for frequent air travel.

  • Ability to travel, on average, approximately 10-20% or more of time to event sites across the U.S. This historically has included Alaska and Hawaii and could grow to include U.S. territories. International travel is not anticipated.
    • Travel may be scheduled at any time for donor meetings, to attend/host fundraising events, or to attend industry events and conferences. This travel most often requires overnight stays and may occur during weekends. While meetings often occur during normal business hours, events and conferences are generally held in the evenings or on weekends.
  • Ability to travel to event sites across the U.S. via plane as primary travel method. Occasionally driving, train, or bus travel may be available for travel to off site locations as determined based on project location.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, candidates must adhere to CDC public health guidelines, as well as follow NDTC COVID safety protocols during travel and in-person events. Some precautionary measures include receiving full vaccination as defined by the CDC (or have an approved exception), the use face masks, and social distancing.
  • NDTC works with staff to ensure they have predictable schedules as dictated by our program’s design. Standard work schedules will be adjusted and planned to accommodate any recurring evening and weekend commitments. If other evening and weekend events are assigned, all salaried employees will be provided with comped time off within 2 weeks of the event.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: NDTC requires all full-time, exempt employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination per CDC guidelines, unless a medical or religious accommodation is requested and approved. Reasonable time frames for compliance will be provided for candidates who need to complete a full vaccination cycle under this policy. Please reach out if you have further questions or concerns about this policy and how it may apply to your candidacy at NDTC.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Pay: Salary is commensurate with experience, with a starting range of $110,000 – $130,000 per year.
  • Healthcare: 100% employer-paid health, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, and life insurance available at the start of the first full month of employment
  • Retirement Option: 10% employer match on contributions to 401(k)
  • Flexible paid time off + all Federal holidays off + NDTC’s offices close for one week for Thanksgiving and a two-week winter break at the end of December
  • Equipment: Laptop, keyboard, mouse, monitor
  • Professional Development: At NDTC, we value professional development and career growth. We provide $700 per calendar year for each staff member’s professional development.

 

Application Process:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled and will include a four-step interview process.To apply, please email Akiya Brown at [email protected] with:

  • Your resume.
  • Instead of a traditional cover letter, please include a PDF with a 1-2 paragraph response describing your approach to cultivating relationships with new major donors. Please also include the date on which you would be available to start.

Please list “Director of Development” in the subject line. No calls, please.