Vice President of Development

Alliance for Youth Action Washington D.C.
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December 20, 2022
Alliance for Youth Action
Washington D.C.

The Vice President of Development of the Alliance for Youth
Action and our sister 501(c)(3) organization the Alliance for Youth
Organizing, along with the Executive Director, will manage and be
responsible for all fundraising and development efforts for the
nation’s leading youth organizing network.

The Vice President of Development will lead a growing
development team (currently 2 people with plans to grow to 4) and
help raise $15-20 million annually to sustain and grow our network
of 20 progressive youth-led organizations . This is a full-time
position based in our Washington, DC office, reporting to the
Executive Director.

Job requirements

Development Planning, Strategy, and

  • Planning, developing, and implementing a multi-year strategic
    plan fundraising plan at multiple levels, including identification,
    cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors.

  • Working closely with the Board Fundraising Task Force to engage
    them in creating the strategy,and vision of our development program
    and implementing it, including leveraging relationships and
    identification of potential new board members.

  • Guiding and overseeing all aspects of grant seeking for the
    Alliance’s portfolio of core foundation grants.

  • Developing and implementing a robust donor program aimed at
    cultivating deeper ties with individual and institutional

  • Providing guidance and support to the Development Director in
    the planning and execution of individual and institutional donors
    and strategies.

  • Responsible for crafting the Alliance’s fundraising narrative
    that reflects work across the organization and network; and
    ensuring a clear and consistent narrative across all fundraising
    materials and communications.

Organizational Leadership

  • Building, developing, and leading a department in a way that is
    consistent with Alliance’s culture.

  • Designing a structure, process, and performance metrics to hold
    the Development Department accountable.

  • Manage the Development Director and support them in managing the
    Development Department with two staff members to reach the goals
    and objectives set forth in the annual work plan.

  • Managing the Board Fundraising Taskforce and individual board
    members’ support of organizational fundraising efforts.

  • Building and maintaining key stakeholder relationships,
    including foundation program officers and mid-to- major individual


  • Uplifting network organizations to national partners, and
    inviting collaboration or direct resourcing when appropriate.

  • Working with the Executive Director and Development Director to
    develop and execute a fundraising strategy that identifies and
    raises money from new revenue streams, including corporate
    partnerships, unions, and high networth individuals.

  • Collaborating with relevant funding intermediaries and key
    stakeholders who are actively raising and granting funds to local
    and state-based organizations on fundraising and donor organizing

  • Developing strong relationships with other colleagues in funding
    spaces and communicating the Alliance’s vision with donors,
    stakeholders, and partners, while also working to expand our
    community engagement, and identify prospective funding

Development Capacity Building

  • Supporting Executive Directors and development staff across the
    network in development strategy, systems, and planning through an
    ongoing Development Cohort and one-on-one support. This work
    includes supporting the recruiting, hiring, and onboarding of
    network development staff.

  • Leading the planning and execution of regular donor events and
    programs, both on-line and in-person, that uplift the work of the
    organization and connect national resources to local network

Key Qualifications & Experience

We’re looking for candidates with particular strengths in the
following areas:

Fundraising Experience

7+ years experience and track record of leading a robust and
complex fundraising operation, with direct experience and knowledge
of the full spectrum of development, including planned giving,
major gifts, institutional fundraising, stewardship, online
fundraising, and partnerships.

  • Senior leadership experience working across multiple program
    areas and legal entities.

  • Experience in securing six and seven figure support and an
    understanding of 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations.

  • Proven ability to personally cultivate, solicit, and steward
    individual and foundation donors at five to seven figure

Critical Thinking and Strategy

  • A self-starter with a strong initiative who, in addition to
    directing current systems, has the vision and skill to streamline
    and improve those systems.

  • Commitment to ensuring that organizational values, especially
    those related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, are reflected in
    all development programs and operations. Know when to answer the
    question someone meant to ask rather than the one they did

Baseline Expectations

  • Believe in youth organizing as a vehicle for change;

  • Understanding of power and racial, LGBTQ+, economic, and gender
    justice and how they intersect;

  • Commitment to equity and inclusion as organizational practice
    and culture;

  • Proficiency in Excel and Google Sheets;

  • Proficiency in Google Suite, Project Management Software and

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and patience;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; and

  • Comfort with technology and virtual communication systems,
    including Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc.

Candidate Profile

We are searching for a candidate who:

  • Has a core philosophy and belief in young people as change
    makers within their communities;

  • Believes in a federated model of organizing and local power;

  • Has a well-developed skill set in project management: organized
    and disciplined, deep attention to detail, and active follow up to
    ensure the right results;

  • Has a sophisticated mix of emotional intelligence, judgment,
    discretion, diplomacy, and political acumen;

  • Can anticipate and avert problems;

  • Has excellent and versatile writing skills, including the
    ability to summarize detailed information;

  • Can demonstrate knowledge and application of strategic planning
    and project management principles;

  • Can provide strategic guidance to staff under their area(s) of

  • Can identify short and long-term needs, goals, and challenges,
    and ensure that the programs and initiatives of both departmental
    and interdepartmental work are directed toward addressing those
    needs, goals, and challenges; and

  • Has a sophisticated understanding of how race dynamics impact
    supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships,
    campaigns, and coalition work, and can demonstrate a history of
    successfully intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening a
    racial justice approach within an organization, team, or

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