Director of Development

Director of Development
Organization Name: 
The Literacy Lab
Job Description: 

Director of Development

Position Description

POSITION:  The Literacy Lab is seeking a strategic, collaborative Director of Development. The Director of Development will lead the organization’s development efforts in order to help close the literacy gap in high-need regions around the country. Responsibilities include identifying, stewarding, and growing private and public partnerships to help meet strategic organizational goals and managing the development team. The Director of Development will work with regional teams to develop and implement local development strategies in all Literacy Lab locations. This position is an excellent opportunity to join an entrepreneurial, fast-moving team and a high-performing, national nonprofit dedicated to closing the literacy achievement gap.


ABOUT THE LITERACY LAB: The Literacy Lab is a fast-paced, Washington, DC-based non-profit organization with a mission to provide low-income children with individualized reading instruction to improve their literacy skills, leading to greater success in school and increased opportunities in life. We partner with school districts to add capacity in high-need schools to close the literacy achievement gap for children before third grade.


JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director of Development who reports to the Co-CEOs, is responsible for the following:


  • Collaborating with the Co-CEOs, Regional Directors, and other staff members to design and execute national and regional development plans to generate sufficient operating support for the organization’s programs
  • Building and managing the development department in line with The Literacy Lab’s core values to ensure that team members are developing, challenged, and effective in their roles
  • Sustaining, growing, and managing key relationships with public and private funders
  • Overseeing the organization’s public and private grant applications, processes, and reporting to ensure continued funding
  • Ensuring that all grants, proposals, communications, and presentations are high-quality, compelling, and accurate
  • Developing the organization’s individual donor program and annual giving
  • Creating ongoing, meaningful opportunities to deepen relationships with current and potential supporters through site visits, meetings, and by leveraging The Literacy Lab’s staff in creative ways
  • Being an effective and compelling representative for The Literacy Lab at events, site visits, and in meetings
  • Upholding high ethical standards in donor communications and relations and ensuring compliance with the standards of professional conduct for fundraising
  • Doing the most with the least and being a careful steward of the organization’s resources
  • Other duties as assigned


QUALIFICATIONS: We are seeking candidates with the following qualities:


  • Strategic thinker with entrepreneurial outlook
  • Strong management skills and experience leading a team
  • Exceptional relationship building and interpersonal skills with a wide variety of audiences
  • Excellent analytical skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills; ability to produce compelling written materials
  • A track record of leadership, taking initiative, and relentlessly pursuing results
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances; comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to manage projects and teams with minimal direction, a growth mindset, and a can-do attitude
  • An optimistic outlook and a deep commitment to the mission of The Literacy Lab
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office 2010 (or later) software, especially Word, Outlook, and Excel
  • At least 5 years of experience in the nonprofit field, development, or related work
  • Bachelor’s Degree (at minimum)


TRAVEL: This position may require out-of-town travel of approximately 15-20 nights per year for meetings, trainings, and staff events.


LOCATION: This position can be located in any of The Literacy Lab’s current locations: Washington, DC; Richmond, VA; Baltimore, MD; Springfield, MA; Milwaukee, WI; and Kansas City, MO.


COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: This position offers competitive compensation, employer-paid health, vision, and dental insurance, employer-paid short- and long-term disability, employer-paid life insurance, a 403b retirement plan, and paid vacation.


APPLICATION DETAILS: Please send cover letter, resume, and three references with contact information via e-mail (ATTN: Director of Development) to


The Literacy Lab is an equal opportunity employer. The Literacy Lab’s policy is to provide equal opportunity at all times without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, family responsibility, physical or mental disability, medication, or status as a veteran.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 31, 2020