Development Director

United for Respect is a national organization building the voice of people working for the country’s largest corporations. Through scaled leadership development and base-building, UFR’s growing network is challenging major corporations and policymakers to provide family‐sustaining jobs for all working people. We leverage technology — social media, relational tools, and our digital platform, WorkIt — and bring the workforce into a shared community of support and advocacy. 

As our Development Director, you will be responsible for creating, leading and managing the fundraising plan and activities of the organization, primarily focusing on expanding foundation support and growing a major donor program. The Development Director works collaboratively across the organization to instill a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the organization and sets annual and long-term goals and strategies to meet (or exceed) organizational and programmatic funding needs. This position works to build and maintain strong relationships with funders and donors and is a member of UFR’s Senior Management Team.

Reporting to our Executive Director, the Development Director will supervise the Grants and Special Projects Manager and a Development Associate.

What You’ll Be Doing:

As the Development Director, you will be responsible for:

Development Strategy:

  • Designing, implementing and managing a strategic fundraising plan, from planning to evaluation, for raising short- and long-term support from foundations and major donors.

  • Working closely with the Finance Director to develop and monitor annual budget. 

  • Working collaboratively across the organization to understand immediate and long-term needs and to develop strategic fundraising communications materials.  

  • Working directly with the Executive Director and program directors to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward all funders and major donors to meet funding needs. 

  • Develop and monitor annual and long-term fundraising goals, providing reports and analysis as needed. 

  • Managing relationships with funders and major donors; cultivating existing relationships and developing new relationships. 

  • Develop and oversee the creation of materials in support of development activities. 

  • Lead, mentor and develop a growing team of development professionals. 


  • Managing the drafting and submitting of new grant proposals, concept papers and letters of interest, independently and in collaboration with program leads.

  • Managing the renewal process for existing grants, including maintaining an accurate renewals calendar and liaising with foundation staff. 

  • Managing the timely submission of grant reports to funders, including narrative and financial reports.

  • Conducting research on new prospects and developing strategies for cultivation and solicitation.

Major Donors:

  • Developing and managing an individual major donor program, including engagement calendar and income projections. 

  • Providing research on major donor prospects and developing strategies for cultivation and solicitation.

  • Stewarding and soliciting major donors.


  • In conjunction with the Finance Director, review organizational Finance needs to close any budgetary or finance gaps

  • Partner with the Executive Director, Finance Director, and Director of People Ops & Culture to develop overall organization and team budgets

  • Examine financial records to ensure that funding is being reconciled and accounted for accurately


  • Providing support for other development functions, such as event planning and online and social media low donor giving programs.

  • Building and maintaining development systems and processes.

  • Maintaining accurate and up-to-date information in the organization’s grants database on prospective and awarded grants and major donor contributions. 

  • Maintaining development files. 

What You’ll Bring:

  • Minimum 5 years of Development experience, with at least 3 years leading nonprofit fundraising, with a successful fundraising record. 

  • Previous experience working with c3 and c4 organizations in a development function highly preferred.

  • Broad knowledge of development, including all aspects of foundation fundraising with a strong background in effective grant writing and securing grants from small and large foundations. 

  • Ability to work successfully with other departments to advance fundraising efforts and achieve goals. 

  • Prior experience in nonprofit finance a plus but not required.

  • Experience building and stewarding relationships with funders and major donors.

  • Ability to work collaboratively across teams and geography OR highly independently, as the situation demands.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including superior writing, copy editing and proofreading ability.

  • Strong research skill.

  • High level of independent working ability and initiative, and ability to manage multiple tasks under deadline pressure.

  • Meticulous organizational skills, ability to prioritize projects, follow through on detail with high-level accuracy.

  • Creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit. 

  • A demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice issues and understanding of challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and low-and moderate income families.

We’re Excited About You Because You:

  • Have a vision for funding a powerful renewal of the labor movement driven by a commitment to grassroots worker power and the leadership of working class people to define our own destiny. 

  • Have a proven track record and capability to lead teams and cross-departmental projects.

  • Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in managing execution of Development initiatives of different sizes

  • Utilize a values-based approach when describing strategy.

  • Embrace technology as an enabler to help you get your job done and to collaborate in a culture that promotes passion in technology.

Location: Remote

Additional Information: 

Salary range is $85,000 to $120,000 dependent on experience and location. 

Competitive benefits package provided for full-time employees and eligible dependents, including health, dental, vision, and prescription coverage and 401k. Ability to travel, when it is safe to travel again, is a must.

To apply: Please submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter.  Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

United for Respect is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. United for Respect provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.