Senior Director of Philanthropy (Year Up)

Year Up National Capital Region
Washington, DC

More than 6 million talented and motivated young adults in the U.S. are disconnected from stable career pathways. At the same time, U.S. companies have jobs available, but more than 12 million of them will go unfilled in the next decade. Year Up seeks to close this Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up runs intensive 1-year programs that offer professional skill development, college credits, staff support, and mentorship. 85% of graduates are employed or attending college full-time within 4 months of completing the program. 

Year Up is seeking a Senior Director of Philanthropy to play a critical role in rapidly growing Year Up and closing the Opportunity Divide for more students. Reporting to the National Director of Development and to the Executive Director of the National Capital Region, the Senior Director will generate new fundraising prospects, deepen the engagement of existing donors, and work with Year Up’s national and local leaders and volunteers to cultivate and steward significant donor relationships. The successful candidate will take personal satisfaction in matching donor interests to strategic goals and will be a sophisticated relationship builder with a proven track record of securing 6-figure gifts from individuals and family foundations.

The ideal Senior Director of Philanthropy will have:

  • At least 7 years of fundraising success with an emphasis on 6-figure and larger individual major gifts.
  • Experience and confident knowledge of donor pipeline development.
  • Experience working with prospects and donors within both the philanthropic and business worlds in the Washington, DC market.
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, PowerPoint; experience in SalesForce or donor database preferred.
  • Communications skills sufficient for clearly discussing complex issues with and energizing diverse audiences, both in writing and in presentations.
  • Passion for working with urban young adults, unshakable conviction of their potential, and strong commitment to and investment in Year Up’s mission.
  • Personal dedication to diversity and inclusion.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of others in complex team environments that engage supervisors, volunteers, and colleagues at the national and regional levels; assiduous attention to sharing information is critical.
  • Undergraduate degree is preferred.