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Director of Development

Organizational Overview:

Founded in 1969, National Taxpayers Union (NTU) proudly serves as the “Voice of America’s Taxpayers,” fighting to ensure that all Americans are able to pursue their dreams without the heavy hand of government holding them back. NTU is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen group whose members work every day for lower taxes and smaller government at all levels. Our partner organization National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) is a non-partisan research and educational organization dedicated to showing Americans how taxes, government spending, and regulations affect them.

NTU and NTUF are undertaking several ambitious projects that will bring new levels of accountability to Congress on fiscal matters and further amplify the voice of American taxpayers in Washington and in state capitals across the country. To achieve these lofty and important goals, it is imperative to have a development director with tremendous energy and an entrepreneurial approach. 

Position Description:

National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) are seeking an organized, energetic, and outgoing individual to lead our development operation to even higher levels of achievement in support of our missions.  The Director of Development will oversee the entire fundraising department and report directly to the President.

The Director of Development will grow the NTU and NTUF donor bases, and is responsible for the creation and implementation of fundraising strategies and activities (including personal visits and events). This individual will oversee and lead execution of a wide range of programs, including major individual gifts, corporate engagement, foundation grants, online campaigns, and direct mail.

Working in close conjunction with public outreach, government affairs, and research staff, the ideal candidate will not only serve as a primary liaison to prospective donors, but will also inspire and motivate all members of the NTU/NTUF team to work toward achieving the organizations’ development goals. This individual will work closely with the President, Executive Vice President, and members of the Boards of Directors in ensuring that the annually established development objectives are regularly reviewed and met. The Director will closely supervise several employees and contractors associated with the Development Department and ensure that they are meeting their annual goals as well.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Patrick Gallivan, Office Manager, via email: pgallivan@ntu.org.  If selected for an interview, please be prepared to provide multiple, diverse examples of past development success (e.g., fundraising letters, campaign outlines, grant proposals, etc.). No phone calls, please. Only those applicants who are selected for interviews will be contacted. NTU, a 501 (c)(4) organization, and NTUF, a 501 (c)(3) organization, are equal opportunity employers.

Required Skills:

The ideal candidate must have a minimum of five to seven years of experience in development, but higher levels of seniority will be preferred. The following skills and qualities are necessary to be successful in this position, and will help to determine the salary offered:

  • Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly in the areas of major and corporate gifts

  • Demonstrated knowledge of methods, practices and procedures for researching prospects and (with other staff) maintaining accurate donor records; familiarity with Salesforce and DonorSearch is highly desirable

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and networking skills with large groups as well as with individuals

  • Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective major and corporate donors and interact via telephone, email, and in-person

  • Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for a large number of diverse projects and complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision

  • Demonstrated record of success in generating significant commitments from individuals, corporations, and foundations; within the limits of donor confidentiality, candidates will be asked to provide specific examples

  • Ability to work collaboratively in team settings

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed, and to travel up to 30% of the time

  • A commitment to the mission of NTU and NTUF

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