Development Manager (IWF)

International Women's Forum
Washington, DC

The International Women’s Forum, an organization that forges networks among than 6,800 women leaders from 33 nations on six continents, seeks a Development Manager to play a crucial role in supporting its donor relations.

The International Women’s Forum (IWF) was founded in New York in 1972 with a mission of bringing women of diverse accomplishments together, providing them with a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences, and enabling them to speak in concert on issues confronting them all. Today, IWF works across the country and around the world, allowing women of significant achievement—across all sectors, beliefs, and backgrounds—to unite under a common purpose.

Development at IWF is distinct from other national organizations in its donor engagement model. Most of IWF’s donors are corporations, and the initial point of contact with them is an IWF member who holds a senior leadership position within the corporation. Corporate donors are cultivated in a high-touch stewardship model. IWF is seeking a Development Officer who will support the Chief Executive Officer, Stephanie O’Keefe, in executing this program, maintaining existing relationships and building new ones.

Reporting to and supporting the CEO, the Development Manager provides day-to-day management

for a high-value portfolio of corporate accounts generating more than $2M annually. The Development Manager is responsible for bringing an organized, resourceful, and creative approach to all phases of account management, helping the CEO to maintain and grow the pipeline of donors and annual revenue and foster continued expansion of IWF’s programs.


The Development Manager’s specific qualifications include:

  • At least three years of professional experience in a development role; experience in a membership organization is useful but not required.
  • Knowledge of best practices of comprehensive donor relations and stewardship; experience applying these practices to successful corporate account management is desirable.
  • Superior communication skills in both verbal and written registers.
  • Understanding of how to effectively utilize database functions to support fundraising activities; knowledge of Nationbuilder is a plus.
  • Unfailing attention to detail in working with a high volume of information.
  • Experience collaborating with and supporting senior leaders in fundraising activities; ability to anticipate and meet leaders’ needs.
  • Fluency in Spanish is useful but not required.
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally.