Development Director

SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change

SIECUS is a leading national sexual and reproductive health organization. SIECUS asserts that comprehensive sex education is a powerful vehicle for social change that can build a foundation for a long-term culture shift that will positively impact all levels of society, particularly on issues of gender, sexual orientation and racial equity; sexuality, sexual and reproductive freedom; sexual violence prevention, and affirmation of bodily autonomy. SIECUS applies an intersectional lens to ensure people’s real lived experiences inform our policy, education, and strategic communications work. We are committed to ensuring that all people receive sex education, not only to prevent teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and sexual assault, but also to support social affirmation of gender and sexual diversity, reduce sexual violence, and create a more positive, inclusive and respectful society.


Position Description

We are hiring a Development Director with at least 5-7 years of experience. We are looking for a person who is as passionate and enthusiastic about our organization’s mission as we are and who understands the importance this work has in driving change in communities around the world.

Ideal candidates have prior experience managing major gift, individual donor, or corporate partnership programs at similar organizations or schools and are ready to step into a leadership role to grow and initiate new strategies to engage supporters, major donors, and corporate partners to support our organization. This position will serve as the lead individual responsible for supporting fundraising for the organization’s annual budget, alongside the President/CEO and the Senior Development Consultant. The position will also work with the Finance Director with a few tasks as needed and detailed below.



This is a leadership role that will work with SIECUS’ President/CEO and Senior Development Consultant to manage SIECUS’ portfolio of donors and prospects. Responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborate with the President/CEO and Senior Development Consultant to develop an annual calendar to ensure year-round engagement and stewardship of donors.
  • Develop major donor and corporate partnerships that accomplish their philanthropic goals, leading to a sustained relationship with SIECUS through renewed and upgraded donor gifts.
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors on fundraising, including by attending and staffing Fundraising Committee meetings and supporting members fundraising activities.
  • Manage the major donor pipeline including: identification; qualification through research; cultivation; request for support; and stewardship, and public and private recognition.
  • Support the Director of Social Impact and Strategic Communications in maximizing corporate sponsorship opportunities and programmatic strategies.
  • Maintain an organized system by updating constituent records, and managing the donor database, wealth screening tools, and software to track and cultivate donors and prospects.
  • Personally make, and assist the President/CEO and board to make, direct solicitations
  • Collaborate with the Senior Development Manager to conduct prospect research and to review grant LOIs, applications, and reports.
  • Track and report progress using specific metrics
  • Prepare fundraising reports for staff and board.
  • Process donations and generate and track tax-receipts and acknowledgement letters.
  • Plan SIECUS’ annual mail appeals and fundraising events, such as Giving Tuesday, etc.
  • Provide administrative oversight of the PTO system, reimbursement system, credit card backup for entry and board meeting logistics.
  • Participate actively in staff development and organizational culture activities and meetings.



  • Understanding of and belief in SIECUS’ mission, vision, and values, including a commitment to reproductive and racial justice.
  • Demonstrated experience and comfort in fundraising, soliciting donations, and/or a providing similar development support (Bachelor’s degree or higher and 5+ years of prior experience with nonprofit development preferred).
  • Capable, emotionally intelligent communicator with an astute eye for written and visual communication reaching donors and other stakeholders across the organization
  • Familiarity with fundraising software and tools to track progress throughout the year
  • Strong time management skills and personal accountability, with a detail-oriented and proactive approach to help keep projects on track
  • Enthusiastic self-starter operating with sustained energy and showing great initiative.
  • Computer proficiency including Microsoft Office products, particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook (experience with databases, auction software, and other electronic tracking systems a plus)
  • Highly ethical, particularly in working with confidential or sensitive donor information.


This position reports to: President and CEO


Travel Requirements: Minimal


Compensation: $100,000 annually. SIECUS also offers an excellent benefits package, which includes at least 25 days of annual paid leave; and full health, dental, and vision coverage for all eligible employees.


Location: SIECUS is based in Washington, DC, but operates with remote and hybrid work schedule flexibility; remote applicants are welcome to apply.


Closing Date of Position: Open Until Filled although applications receive by July 14, 2023 will receive priority consideration.


How to apply: Please submit a cover letter sharing your personal interest as well a resume, three references, and two writing samples to with “Name, Position Title” in the subject line. Please make sure all submitted material file names clearly state your name. Submissions received by Friday, July 14, 2023 will receive priority consideration.


SIECUS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to equitable hiring and dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in our work and staff. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status and other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, LGBTQIA persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Those whose experiences and perspectives have been traditionally under-represented in the field of sexual health are particularly encouraged to apply.