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We want to keep bringing you great articles and discussion about urbanist issues around the Washington region, and to keep advocating for the priorities you identify around housing, transportation, and more. To do that, we need to strengthen our financial sustainability, something many of you gave your input on through our recent survey. Now, we're looking for a great person to lead the process of putting those ideas and more into action.

In other words, we're hiring! Below is the job description. Is this you? Apply! If not, do you know anyone who would be perfect? The best way to get great people, especially people who believe in GGWash's mission and have terrific skills, is through our networks. So please spread the word!


Greater Greater Washington Development Director job description

Do you want to build and execute a broad-based fundraising strategy to ensure financial sustainability for a small and growing nonprofit organization? Greater Greater Washington is looking for a talented, motivated development leader to handle foundation grant writing, corporate relations, major gifts, a membership program, and blog advertising.

Greater Greater Washington is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization that brings people together online and offline to discuss, organize, and advocate for an inclusive, diverse, growing Washington, DC region where all people can choose to live in walkable urban communities.

  • Our blog (ggwash.org) informs and educates people around the Washington region and world about the forces that shape our region and the people in it.
  • Our advocacy efforts bring together residents to push for a greater region and individual neighborhoods through online and offline organizing.

Greater Greater Washington is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.

About the role

The Development Director will serve as a core member of Greater Greater Washington’s leadership team and will work closely with the Executive Director, Managing Director, and Board. The Development Director will serve as a fundraising generalist whose primary responsibility is designing and executing a comprehensive development plan and identifying and securing gifts from foundations, individuals, and corporations.

It is expected that the Development Director will have three core areas of focus: obtaining new grant funding, planning and executing an ongoing membership campaign for blog readers, and selling site advertising to monetize ggwash.org. Key responsibilities include:

  • Identify and secure funding from foundations, corporate funders, advertisers, and individuals, persuasively communicating GGWash’s mission and programs
  • Project revenues and track progress in reaching revenue goals
  • Train and activate board members and volunteers in the cultivation and solicitation process
  • Manage grant reporting
  • Develop and execute an ongoing digital campaign to convert readers into members
  • Oversee fulfillment of benefits for members
  • Implement a website digital advertising program
  • Identify and secure sponsors for in-person GGWash events

This is a full­-time, salaried position with compensation in the range of approximately $60,000-70,000 commensurate with experience. The Development Director will work primarily from Greater Greater Washington’s offices at our space at WeWork, 1440 G Street NW, Washington, DC.

We offer a benefits package that includes health insurance contributions, transit or bicycle commuter benefits, 401(k), and flexible paid time off. Work is mainly during the business day but will require occasional evening commitments for events.

About you

  • You are committed to principles of urbanism and excited to build an organization that is making the Washington region greater.
  • You have a minimum of 5 years of fundraising experience in progressively responsible roles.
  • You are a fundraising generalist: a Swiss Army Knife who can handle foundation grant-writing, corporate relations, major gifts, annual campaigns, donor stewardship, communications, membership benefits fulfillment, etc.
  • You are self-directed and driven, capable of maximizing performance and operating with significant autonomy.
  • You thrive in a mission-based entrepreneurial start-up environment with a small and dedicated core team.

How to apply

Send a resume; cover letter explaining your interest in and your qualifications for the position, and why you want to be a part of our team; and three references to jobs@ggwash.org.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.