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Development Director – Washington, DC

Organization:  BlueGreen Alliance (BGA)

Job Title: Development Director

Location: Washington, DC

Hours and Compensation: Full time, Compensation commensurate with experience

Position Dates: 

Application Deadline: 

Posted On: June 22, 2012

Organization Overview

The BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) is an innovative national partnership between eight national labor unions and four national environmental organizations working to create good jobs, a clean environment and a green economy. BGA is focused on promoting programs and policies that result in the development of clean energy and green technology with a special emphasis on:

  • solutions to environmental problems such as climate change, that create quality jobs
    across the economy, including scaling uprenewables, energy efficiency, clean
    energy manufacturing and sustainable transportation;
  • the promotion of strong, effective regulatory policy, green chemistry, safe food,
    green schools and other sustainable practices that have an impact on
    both workplaces and communities; and
  • workers’ rights.


BGA seeks a Development Director based in Minneapolis, Washington, DC or New York City. The Development Director is responsible for BGA’s overall fundraising strategy and implementation, including donor programs focused on foundations, corporations, state and federal government funding, and individuals. The Development Director is a senior staff position reporting directly to the Executive Director, and works closely with senior staff of each program and the Finance and Communications Departments. The Development Director supervises the work of a development team, and collaborates with the staff of BGA partner organizations.


  • Develop and execute an annual strategic fundraising plan for the BGA, in cooperation with the Executive Director, Senior Staff and BGA partner organizations;
  • Design a growth strategy to significantly increase the current annual budget of $8M;
  • Train and lead development staff to support fundraising efforts;
  • Develop and oversee a fundraising calendar forongoing evaluation of fundraising activities;
  • Cultivate and nurture relationships with current and potentialcorporate sponsors and foundations, and with individual donors;
  • Review and advise on available, appropriatefundraising prospects and opportunities;
  • Work closely with BGA program staff to prepareand submit grant applications;
  • Work with the Executive Director and BGA’s Directorof Administration and Finance to develop an annual income and expense budget – and to develop specific budgets and reports needed for fundraising;
  • Develop and oversee a donor mailing list and database;
  • Oversee all fundraising efforts, including BGA’s annual conference in Washington, DC and annual recognition banquet in San Francisco;
  • Develop and oversee systems for reporting on BGA work, including educational programs, public events and the activities of BGA’s field program;
  • Build relationships and represent BGA and its partner organizations with foundations, corporate and individual donors, and with development counterparts in other organizations;
  • In consultation with the Executive Director andother senior staff, recruit well-qualified development staff; and
  • Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts.


Bachelors’ or Masters’ Degree in anappropriate field. Minimum five years of experience in development work for a nonprofit organization. Experience with or knowledge about the environmental and labor movements is a plus, as is familiarity with 501 c(3) and 501 c(4) nonprofit organizations. The individual should also have high competency in the following areas:

  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets of more than $5M annually;
  • Ability to use interpersonal skills to build strong relationships and work effectively with varied constituencies including Board members, staff, prospective donors and institutional funders;
  • Experience in organizing donor and special events;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Persuasive communicator with a keen eye for detail;
  • Proven management skills, including the ability to set priorities among multiple responsibilities and work with staff, consultants and volunteers;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of database management anddevelopment systems and an ability to manage and
    track funding prospects and potential donors;
  • Demonstrated public speaking, presentation and written communication skills; and
  • A deep commitment to the mission of the BlueGreen Alliance.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to, subject line: BlueGreen DD.

Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply

BlueGreen Alliance does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual or affectional preference, marital status, gender identity, or veteran status in the administration of employment policies, or in any other programs and activities.

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