Director of Philanthropic Engagement (NWLC)

National Women's Law Center
Washington, DC

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a strategic, experienced Director of Philanthropic Engagement to oversee the Center’s individual giving program, with a specific emphasis on major gifts.

About NWLC

The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice — in the courts, in public policy, and in our society — working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls.

It uses the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us — especially those who face multiple forms of discrimination, including women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.

For more than 45 years, NWLC has been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women.

About the Position

Working in close partnership with the Center’s President and CEO, COO and Chief of Staff, Senior Vice President for External Affairs, Vice President for Development, and other senior staff, the Director of Philanthropic Engagement leads and integrates the Development Team’s growing individual giving program with the goals of managing individual donor relationships in a more systematic and sustained way and identifying potential new supporters—ultimately improving donor retention rates, broadening the base of donors, and significantly increasing revenue in the years to come.  The Director of Philanthropic Engagement is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual donors at all giving levels, and personally manages relationships with 200+ prospects and donors capable of giving at least $10,000.  Reporting directly to the Vice President for Development, and closely coordinating with the Senior Vice President for External Affairs on specific projects, the Director of Philanthropic Engagement supervises the Manager of the Annual Fund and the Database Manager.  This is an exempt position.

About the Candidate

The minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • 7 years of progressively responsible development experience, including significant experience designing and implementing integrated individual giving programs, preferably at a major national advocacy organization.
  • Aptitude for fundraising strategy and passion for fundraising for social justice and equity-centered organizations.
  • Proven track record in fostering professional relationships with high-net-worth individuals, managing a dynamic portfolio of donors and prospects, and personally implementing sophisticated, multi-year cultivation strategies that lead to successful major gift and planned gift closures.
  • Superior communication and storytelling skills, with the ability to frame and write in compelling language about the Center’s work and to prepare complex proposals, reports and related materials.
  • Experience with fundraising galas or other high-profile special events, and with integrating these events into an organization’s overall donor relations and communications plans;
  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge (or similar database) and prospect research tools.
  • Ability and willingness to travel—approximately 30-50% of the Director’s time will be spent on travel.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.