Director of Strategic Partnerships (AAUW)

Washington, DC

One of the nation’s leading nonpartisan gender equity organizations is seeking a Director of Strategic Partnerships to help take advantage of a pivotal opportunity to expand its impact.

AAUW is a pioneering organization dedicated to advancing equity and education for women and girls and empowering them to reach their highest potential. What began in 1881 as a group of 17 like-minded women has grown into a powerful grassroots network with more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 local branches, and more than 800 college and university partners across the United States. AAUW recently completed a CEO transition designed to steer the organization in new directions as its demographics and the public policy challenges it confronts continue to evolve.

CEO Kimberly Churches has begun a robust strategic planning process that will weave all of AAUW’s initiatives into a clear and compelling voice that advances non-partisan engagement with members and other stakeholders in an increasingly polarized and still inequitable political and socio-economic environment. The Director of Strategic Partnerships will help advance this effort by building collaborative partnerships that create new programmatic opportunities and enable women to participate as equals not only in educational spaces but also in the workplace.

The Director is responsible for expanding and managing a portfolio of foundation and corporate donors, cultivating lasting partnerships that generate five-to seven-figure investments and create new programmatic opportunities. Reporting to the Vice President of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships and supervising a Development Associate, the Director conducts sustained outreach to foundation and corporate prospects and develops a comprehensive suite of funding opportunities—including grants, gifts, and sponsorships—to maximize support and deepen engagement.

The Director’s specific qualifications include:

  • At least 5 years of successful fundraising experience (or equivalent combination of experience and training), including experience in a complex advocacy or other non-profit organization with multiple programs and services.
  • Demonstrated ability to build a thriving institutional donor pipeline that increases the number of donors, gift size, and renewal rates.
  • Track record of securing significant 5-and 6-figure funding agreements, including direct involvement in developing contracts.
  • Experience with a wide range of giving vehicles, including grants, gifts, sponsorships, and cause marketing agreements.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with diverse audiences, including individuals, groups, program officers, corporate executives, and non-profit executives and Board members.
  • Demonstrated ability to approach problems from multiple perspectives and to promote their creative and tactful resolution.
  • Ability and willingness to travel 30% of the time.
  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.