Director, Donor Engagement (The Washington Center)

The Washington Center
Washington, DC

The Washington Center seeks a Director, Donor Engagement to help build a comprehensive fundraising program that supports one of the most innovative professional development programs in the country.


The Washington Center (TWC) provides immersive internships and academic seminars to students from hundreds of colleges and universities and to young professionals from across the U.S. and more than 25 countries around the world.  As the largest, most established program of its kind, TWC has 90 dedicated, full-time staff and more than 400 higher education partners and over 600 internship host partners in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Through these resources, TWC provides transformative educational experiences that change lives, giving participants a first-hand perspective on the working world, critical experience, and a professional network.


The Washington Center is seeking a Director, Donor Engagement to serve as the primary manager for all aspects of the organization’s primary annual event while gradually building a major individual giving program. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Director, Donor Engagement will have the opportunity to work with leaders at all levels and in all divisions of TWC on the annual scholarship dinner, an event that celebrates and deepens the partnerships at the heart of TWC’s programs and that finances the Scholarship Fund, which supports 85% of the Center’s participants. The growing donor pipelines that are critical to its continued success.


The ideal Director, Donor Engagement will be an experienced special events manager who is enthusiastic about engaging individuals in all aspects of fundraising programs. An exceptionally organized and systematic project manager, the Director will be equally capable of applying these skills to special event planning and to individual donor portfolio management. S/he will enjoy the process of building and growing a program and will be effective at working both individually and on diverse and multi-functional teams to make growth happen.


Minimum qualifications include:


  • 3 to 5 years of progressively responsible experience in development or alumni relations.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage all components of special event planning and to meet revenue targets.
  • Experience building volunteer networks and managing the work of multi-functional teams.
  • Experience working with program alumni in a non-profit or university setting.
  • Solid understanding of the foundational principles of individual giving at all levels.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to prioritize day-to-day and long-term projects within a fast-paced environment.
  • Equal aptitude for taking the initiative and for coordinating/communicating as part of a team.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to meet with donors.