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Development Director


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American Conservative Union Foundation
Washington, DC

Development Director

American Conservative Union Foundation

Washington, DC 



The American Conservative Union Foundation seeks an experienced fundraising professional to play a vital role in the organization’s fundraising efforts. The Development Director will report to the Chairman and Executive Director. This position is based in Washington, DC. 


The Director is charged with leading our efforts to build and sustain long-term relationships with existing donors and identify new supporters to help grow the organization and advance the mission of the American Conservative Union Foundation.


Duties and Responsibilities

Oversee and manage the fundraising program for the American Conservative Union, including annual, planned and major giving.

Develop fundraising goals and implement strategies to achieve them for all fundraising campaigns.

Design and implement strategies for growing all aspects of the organization’s contributed income, including major gifts, direct mail, house mail, online fundraising, and membership programs, as well as local and regional fundraising events.

Establish and strengthen relationships with prospective and current donors (individuals, foundations and corporations).

Collaborate with internal constituencies to leverage high-impact fundraising results across all initiatives. 

Work with Board Members on their contributions toward the organization’s development goals.

Develop daily and weekly high-yield prospect call lists for the Executive Director.

Maintain donor database, tracking all donor contacts, donations, pledges and other interactions.

Manage gift processing, acknowledgements, meeting coordination, renewals, reconciliations, and events.

Identify, develop and implement other fundraising opportunities for the organization, such as a planned giving program, to benefit the organization’s long-term growth.


Qualifications & Requirements

Demonstrates a proven track record of success, including surpassing revenue goals and establishing and maintaining solid relationships with donors.

At least 5 years of experience as a development professional.

Strong written and verbal communications skills and the ability to convey detailed policy-related programs, priorities and issues to a variety of stakeholders.

Sound judgment and familiarity with development field’s best practices and procedures essential.

Passionate about the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise.

Adheres to the highest ethical standards; demonstrates an empathetic disposition and perseverance; optimistic, positive attitude; sensitive to the needs of donors.

Moderate travel should be expected.


Application Process

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF file:


Cover letter detailing your salary requirements and an overview of qualifications and commitment to the principles of limited government, personal responsibility and free enterprise

One recent writing sample

Three professional references


Materials should be emailed to Claire Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:


While we thank all applicants for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.

Development/Fundraising, Full-Time, Late-Career, Mid-Career.