Development Director

Development Director
Organization Name: 
Critical Exposure
Job Description: 

 Development Director

Critical Exposure is looking for a full-time Development Director to join our all-star team in Washington, DC. We’re seeking a candidate who is passionate about finding and directing resources to develop the leadership capacities of youth of color in D.C., so that they can work collectively to effect change around issues of injustice directly impacting their lives.


Critical Exposure (CE) is a local D.C. organization that supports youth of color ages 14-21 to organize campaigns to effect change around issues of educational injustice. Youth use visual storytelling, particularly photography, as a tool to document the issues directly impacting their lives and to strengthen their campaigns. CE is developing a new generation of civic leaders who possess: the tools to express themselves; the creativity to imagine new solutions to old problems; the belief that youth have the right and ability to fight for those solutions; and the skills to hold communities and public officials accountable.


This position is a member of the Critical Exposure leadership team, along with the Executive Director and Program Director, and will be responsible for managing and/or implementing all fundraising and communications activities.

Grounded in social justice, this position is both strategic and tactical, as it is responsible for developing, managing, and executing Critical Exposure’s annual development plan and overseeing our communications plan. The ideal candidate has a clear grasp of all core components of development, including: individual contributions and stewardship, annual and online giving campaigns, corporate partnerships/funding, special events, and grant writing.


The ideal candidate is eager to grow resources and support for CE to achieve the goals of developing: youth power & agency; photography & storytelling skills; and youth-led organizing. This individual is excited to deepen connections with current donors and engage new ones, is eager to implement a development plan, and enjoys managing and collaborating with staff, consultants, and volunteers. They communicate effectively across all platforms, care about the details that make the difference between good and great, and possess:

  • Passion for developing D.C. youth of color to be community leaders fighting for education equity
  • Strong ethical standards and belief in the importance of working at the intersection of fundraising, social justice, and movement-building
  • Commitment to undoing internalized, interpersonal, and institutionalized oppression
  • Belief in the power of photography and the arts to serve as effective organizing tools
  • Passion for infusing laughter, creativity, and play into social justice work and life.



Organizational Management, Leadership and Development Strategy (ongoing)

  • Participate in overall management of the organization as a leadership team member and actively engage in CE programs
  • Continually manage and update existing annual development and donor stewardship plans

Fundraising and Donor Relations (45%)

  • Partner with Executive Director to identify, cultivate and solicit individual donors for major gifts
  • Manage and develop initiatives and campaigns focused on donor prospecting and stewardship
  • Identify and pursue corporate and foundation opportunities and manage external grant writing team
  • Cultivate relationships with Board of Directors to support their development efforts

Planning and Tracking (15%)

  • Establish and monitor revenue goals and budgets
  • Participate in strategic planning for CE and provide strategic direction for all fundraising initiatives
  • Deftly use CE’s CRM system to maintain all donor and prospect information and build reports
  • Supervise staff with gift-processing and data entry, and ensure all systems are accurate and up-to-date

Communications (15%)  

  • Update annual communications plan/calendar to support development goals and elevate CE’s presence in the community via both electronic communications and physical marketing opportunities
  • Supervise, direct and edit all designs and written materials

Fundraising Event Management (15%)

  • Determine best combination of events to support program and organizational goals
  • Work with staff to plan and execute events, leading all development and revenue components
  • Create and execute pre- and post-event constituent communications plans 

Staff Supervision (10%)

  • Manage full-time Communications Coordinator including supervision, training and coaching


  • Strong ability to respectfully engage all stakeholders ranging from the youth we work with to top donors
  • Intersectional social justice analysis and understanding of campaign/movement-building strategies
  • Masterful project management skills and obsession with tying up all loose ends
  • Excellent working knowledge of donor database CRMs
  • Ability to enhance storytelling with visual images, data, and direct quotes


  • At least 4 years of experience working in nonprofit development
  • At least 2 years of communications and/or grassroots marketing experience
  • Experience in leadership and supervisory roles


  • Experience with organizations focused on youth organizing, civic engagement, and youth development
  • Excited to propose fresh ideas without prompting by leadership, open to feedback on those ideas, and persistent enough to bring them to life
  • Outgoing, flexible, creative, and able to thrive in a collaborative, evolving environment
  • Availability to work some evenings and weekends in support of Critical Exposure programs and events


Candidates should send (1) resume, and (2) cover letter with salary range expectations and available start date, and (3) a writing sample to with “Development Director application” in the subject line. A full job description can be found at


People of color and D.C. natives are strongly encouraged to apply.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the individual assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.  Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties as necessary. Minimal heavy lifting and no strenuous activity required, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of this position. Critical Exposure is an equal opportunity employer.