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Development Director
Center for Civilians in Conflict in Washington, DC
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Date Posted 11/20/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

About The Position

The Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) is an international nonprofit with offices around the world working to improve protection for civilians caught in conflict zones. We work with armed actors and civilians in conflict. Together, we develop and implement solutions to prevent, mitigate, and respond to civilian harm. We are advocates who believe that no civilian caught in conflict should be ignored, and advisors who provide practical solutions to preventing and responding to civilian harm. Learn more at

CIVIC seeks a highly qualified, senior development professional to lead the organization’s strategy for generating revenue. The development director’s objective will be to increase CIVIC’s unrestricted support, particularly by establishing a major-gifts program and introducing CIVIC to HNWIs who can make significant contributions.

The director of development will work closely with the executive director, program staff, board of directors, and the development team to expand the organization’s fundraising efforts, with a focus on unrestricted support.

We are seeking a leader with the vision and ability to create and implement a long-term, sustainable development strategy for the organization; the managerial and leadership skills to grow the capacity of the development team; and, ideally, personal relationships with donors in the conflict prevention space. CIVIC’s senior leadership is dedicated to raising the funds the organization needs to achieve its mission and will support the development director as needed.

The position is full-time, with flexible work arrangement possible, and reports to the executive director.

Job Purpose:   Raise and grow CIVIC’s budget, with a focus on increasing unrestricted revenue

Travel:              Up to 20% required (primarily within North America and Europe)

Reporting to:   Executive director




Leadership and Management

·      Direct all fundraising activities to support CIVIC’s ambitious strategic plan

·      Lead development and implementation of organization’s fundraising strategy, with an emphasis on raising unrestricted support

·      Serve as an expert advisor to the executive director and other senior staff, as well as a partner on fundraising to all colleagues

·      Set and follow realistic and actionable departmental work plans engineered to produce results

·      Supervise, mentor, and train development staff, as well as interns and consultants

·      Build positive and collaborative inter-departmental working relationships

·      Implement systems and procedures that improve efficiency, in collaboration with programs and operations teams

·      Be a fun, motivated, and dynamic member of our team


Fundraising and Stewardship

·      Lead CIVIC in raising current annual budget of $10 million and increasing it over time

·      Establish a major-gifts program: develop an effective strategy for cultivating HNWIs, attracting new HNW donors, and growing their connectivity and giving to CIVIC

·      Grow CIVIC’s networks to identify new opportunities for CIVIC funding, particularly among donors who will give unrestricted support

·      Lead the development team in regularly generating meetings with prospective donors for yourself, the executive director, program staff, and/or board members

·      Conceptualize and oversee the development of compelling proposals, reports, and other materials for HNWIs, governments, and foundations

·      Maintain a respectful, donor-centric attitude and approach that prioritizes sustainable, long-term relationships


Board Relations

·      Cultivate board members as donors and networkers, including setting individual commitments or fundraising strategies

·      Prepare select board members to meet with appropriate funding prospects

·      Supervise board liaison in managing board meeting logistics


·      10+ years’ experience and record of success in non-profit fundraising, preferably in the field of conflict prevention, international affairs, or human rights

·      Solid experience creating and successfully implementing development plans

·      Strong skills in collaborating, planning, delegating, and facilitating tasks

·      Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with all levels of staff in a multicultural environment and to maintain a calm, reassuring, and objective attitude in all situations

·      Strong written and oral communication skills

·      Appropriate self-confidence and maturity

·      Ability to effectively communicate CIVIC’s vision in a manner inspiring to donors, staff, board, and other stakeholders

·      Ability to handle multiple tasks requiring a high degree of attention to detail with changing levels of priority

·      Technologically proficient, including in the Microsoft Office Suite

·      Experience with Salesforce and DonorSearch desired

·      Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred

CIVIC offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including excellent health benefits (medical, vision and dental), life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer-matched contributions (up to 5% of salary), and generous paid leave, plus twelve paid holidays (including the day after Thanksgiving and the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day).


Applications must include a CV/resume, cover letter, and a 1-2 page unedited writing sample relevant to the position. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted in English.

Resumes are reviewed on a rolling basis so please apply early.

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