Development Director
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 21

Position description is a community of millions of members working together to create progressive change in America. We take on campaigns to challenge entrenched power and push back against right-wing policies, while pursuing economic, racial, and social justice. For 18 years, the MoveOn family of organizations have pioneered online tools to lower the barriers to individual and collective participation in our democracy, so real Americans have a voice in a political process where big money and corporate lobbyists wield too much influence. In the Trump era, we're growing to meet unprecedented challenges, as we work to block Trump and GOP policy priorities, stand with front-line communities, defend key norms and institutions of our democracy, and (speaking solely for MoveOn PAC) prepare to retake power in future elections.


Our MoveOn family is made up of three different entities. Civic Action, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, focuses on education and advocacy, driving powerful campaigns that engage a mass public and building the progressive movement by encouraging and supporting the development of more grassroots leaders. Political Action, a federal PAC, is focused on demonstrating MoveOn members’ power at the ballot box and electing candidates who reflect MoveOn members’ values. Education Fund was founded in 2018 to educate the public and promote efforts critical to supporting a democracy dedicated to the common good, focusing on public policy issues such as racial justice, foreign policy, and the influence of money in politics.


Development Director

MoveOn is seeking a senior-level Development Director to expand and build out an already-healthy major donor, middle donor and foundation program. MoveOn’s large donor fundraising, initiated in 2015, complements the small donor base that was the organization’s exclusive source of income for many years and remains the strong majority of MoveOn’s income. The large donor program has quickly become an important additional asset to help MoveOn meet the escalating challenges of this historical moment, raising more than $12 million in less than three years while complying with the highest levels of transparency and reporting. The Development Director will help lead the next phase of growth as we as we seek to develop a sustainable program that continues to compliment MoveOn’s range of fundraising methods.


The Development Director will lead a three-person team including a dedicated gift officer and an operations manager/prospect researcher. The team will build on MoveOn’s current momentum to identify and steward relationships with generous supporters; meet ambitious goals for gifts; and guide a long-term vision for major donor fundraising at MoveOn. The Development Director will work closely with our executive directors and program teams to identify and create impactful and engaging campaigns for progressive change, and communicate those campaigns to potential supporters.


With hundreds of thousands of current donors, and top-flight data/analytics capacity and communications programs already in place, this is a unique and remarkable context for innovative, high-integrity development work to enhance MoveOn members’ power and impact. The ideal person for this role will be a creative leader and development professional with an entrepreneurial streak, an ability to chart development strategy in close consultation with organizational principles and program leads, and significant experience fundraising for political campaigns and/or 501(c)4 or 501(c)3 organizations. This is a relatively new initiative, and the successful candidate will be excited to strengthen and expand upon a strong program. MoveOn does not accept funding from corporations or from government entities, and prioritizes support from members. The Development Director will be a key leader within the organization, and will help drive the expansion of MoveOn’s funding base and network of supporters.



  • Execute and lead an annual fundraising plan for major donors, middle donors, foundations, and bequests
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with leadership-level major donors and prospects, and secure significant financial support from individuals and foundations
  • Guide a long-term organizational vision for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Supervise the MoveOn Development Team, including two other staff  and a number of key contracted vendors, and manage the department budget
  • Develop funding proposals with Development team, as well as key program and campaign staff
  • Continue to build the infrastructure of MoveOn's new development program, including the donor database in Salesforce; gift processing; donor research; reporting; donor cultivation/engagement activities; and special events as needed
  • Build the foundation for strong 501c3 fundraising component, including a bequest program


Required Experience:

  • Proven success in fundraising for political campaigns, large nonprofits or membership organizations, with a demonstrated ability to lead ambitious and innovative development campaigns that generate significant donations from individuals and foundations
  • Experience in planning, leading, and managing fundraising programs, including working collaboratively with others to reach common goals, and reporting on progress to senior managers
  • Strong management, team building, and supervisory experience. Able to hold staff accountable; demonstrate leadership; provide (and receive) feedback; and be an excellent listener and coach

Skills, Characteristics, and Values:

  • Able to navigate complex donor environments with judgment, sound strategic thinking, and tactical skill
  • Proficient in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications for fundraising, and able to present materials to external audiences in a credible and persuasive way
  • Excellent political understanding, and ability to collaborate effectively with campaigners and program staff
  • Self-directed, motivated, and able to execute independently at a high level
  • Superb interpersonal skills, including the ability to generate respect and trust from colleagues and external constituents
  • Top-notch project management skills and attention to detail, and the ability to establish strategies and tactics based on data
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, quick-reaction work environment. Able to work with a high degree of collaboration, flexibility, and good cheer
  • An understanding of organizational equity, deep experience working with diverse constituencies, and commitment to racial and social justice and expanding the diversity of MoveOn’s base of members and supporters 
  • Able to be effective in an organization whose staff all work remotely
  • A belief in the power of grassroots organizing, and a natural affinity for an organization whose primary orientation is to serve a base of millions of progressive-minded members
  • We seek candidates whose strong integrity, humility, and discretion will match our culture

Location: Position can be based anywhere in the continental US. Will require some travel and proximity to a major airport is preferred.

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