Director of Development

Fulbright Association
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 10

Position description

Founded in 1976, the Fulbright Association (FA) is the official alumni association of the Fulbright Scholarship Program in the United States with a mission of advocating for the Program and promoting international education. Fulbright students and scholars travel to 165 countries to teach, research, and engage in ways that promote peace and understanding. Returning scholars and other alumni join the FA to offer international educational programs: community outreach, events sponsored by 50 chapters nationwide, a national conference, and “impact” travel. The FA also awards the prestigious Fulbright Prize to world leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Jimmy Carter.

This year, the FA will focus on expanding advocacy efforts, working with chapters to share the Fulbright experience with communities nationwide, expanding membership, piloting a networking portal for members, and developing an enriched digital presence in social media. The position of Director of Development will play a critical role in expanding fundraising efforts, particularly in major gift cultivation, evolving a broad-based development strategy, assisting with grant writing, and most immediately staffing donor events already scheduled for Spring 2018.


The director is a one-person staff position devoted exclusively to development. She/he will report to and work in partnership with the Executive Director, collaborate closely with the Deputy Director, and work with the FA Board as well. We seek applications from dedicated, hard-working and detail-oriented professionals who have worked with varied stakeholders, and who believe in the mission of international exchange and understanding. The position offers opportunities for strategic thinking and tactical implementation. This position may expand to full-time, depending on success and interest.


  • Oversee the planning, strategy and execution of the Association’s fundraising efforts, including donor cultivation, the annual campaign, donations by Board members, and the capital campaign.
  • Manage the organization, execution and follow up of fundraising/special events.
  • Assist in obtaining grant support.
  • Provide comprehensive development-related support for the Executive Director and Deputy, such as offering analyses, setting priorities, and determining appropriate asks.
  • Manage and execute data management of donors and donations, tracking relationships and analyzing trends and opportunities.
  • Work collaboratively with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and attend all meetings (primarily by phone).



  • 5-8 years of experience working in development in areas such as major gifts, special event management, annual giving, planned giving, stewardship, and managing successful campaigns.
  • Strong project management skills with ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously, effectively driving projects/events forward.
  • Excellent technical and database skills with experience using fundraising and membership software.
  • Strong internal and external communication skills to work effectively with and engage staff, the Board, and association members.
  • Willingness to travel periodically to meet with donors and prospects, and to help manage Fulbright Association events.
  • Bachelors degree or the equivalent.


  • Experience working for alumni organizations, schools or universities, membership associations, nonprofits or NGOs.
  • Experience in international relations or development, working or living internationally, or working with international audiences.
  • Grant writing experience.

Personal Attributes

  • Positive, enthusiastic, passion for the Fulbright mission, and values aligned with social innovation.
  • Maturity and sophistication to interact personably with high-level donors and public figures.
  • Willingness to roll up your sleeves and ability to work with limited resources; sensitivity, discretion, and a sense of humor.
  • Collaborative team player.

This is a part-time position with flexible work hours, based in the FA Washington, DC office. The position requires travel to visit donors as needed, as well a special events. Salary is commensurate with experience and skills, part-time (20 hours), with compensation time for travel. Benefits are negotiable.

Application instructions

All interested candidates should submit the following items in their application packets via email ([email protected]):

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter
  • List of References (3)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning immediately.

Attn: John Bader

Fulbright Association

1900 L St NW, Ste 302 

Washington, DC 20036


[email protected]

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