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National Center for Transgender Equality - Development Director

Location: Washington, DC or within 3.5 to 4 hours of DC 


Job Type: Full time, exempt position with full benefits

Compensation & Benefits​

  • $95,000-$120,000

  • Platinum-level health care plan with a zero deductible, which is 100% employer covered. Our plan covers transition-related care. Vision and dental insurance are also 100% covered. Spouses/partners and dependents can be added to health, vision and dental plans at their cost.

  • NCTE currently contributes 1% of each employee’s salary to a 403(b) retirement account regardless of whether the employee contributes, and also offers a match for up to an additional 2%.

  • Employees can deduct the cost of the Metro from their paychecks before taxes are deducted, which creates some savings on commuting expenses.

  • Employees are provided 10 days of sick time, all federal holidays, 3 days of personal leave, bereavement leave, volunteer leave, and annual vacation, which is initially 3 weeks and increases over time, or can start at a higher amount based on years of experience.

  • Office closure/mandatory vacation days from April 11-18 and July 4-8 in addition to paid time off.

  • Primarily remote work - but required to live within 3.5 to 4 hours of Washington, DC


About the Position

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a strong voice for transgender people in our nation’s capital. NCTE advocates for policy change at federal, state, and local levels and works to increase societal understanding and acceptance of transgender people. NCTE has a serious commitment to approaching and engaging in its work with an awareness of how racial and economic justice is intertwined with transgender justice, and a commitment to ensuring that policymakers and society understand the connection as well. Launched in 2017, the National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund (NCTE Action Fund) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit advocacy organization fighting for transgender equality at the local, state, and federal levels, affiliated with NCTE. The two organizations share office space and staff, including this position.


The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) seeks an experienced Development Director to develop, coordinate and ensure implementation of all fundraising strategies to support the organization’s mission. They will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow our budget through grants, individual giving, corporate partnerships and events. The Development Director is a member of the management team, participating in discussions to coordinate actions organization-wide and to help set organizational strategies The Development Director works closely with the Executive team to maintain accountability and compliance standards for all funding sources. This position reports to the Deputy Executive Director and is based in Washington, DC and has occasional travel. 

Duties Include

  • Department Management: Develop and implement annual revenue goals and plans to diversify and increase organizational budget through a comprehensive development strategy. Cultivate a balanced funding mix of funding sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of NCTE that will enable it to attract, retain and motivate donors. Set annual strategic initiatives for the development team.

  • Supervision: Train, lead, and mentor the development team. Manage staff, encourage professional development and growth opportunities. Assist staff to develop reasonable work plans and individual goals to prioritize projects and guide work. Oversee consultants and vendor relationships.

  • Individual Giving: Lead, with the support of direct reports, the execution of strategic efforts in solicitation and acquisition of major gifts ($5,000+). Ensure the execution of NCTE’s comprehensive annual individual giving plan including the Capital Club program, online and direct mail streams, social media, peer-to-peer, and informal communication strategies. Assist in identification and securing of new donors while maintaining and strengthening relationships with current donors to increase gift size, frequency, and retention. Serve as a liaison to major donors.

  • Events: Lead, with the support of direct reports, the execution of all special events including NCTE’s annual Trans Equality Awards. Engage board of directors in event implementation.

  • Foundations: Manage, with the support of direct reports, the execution of NCTE’s comprehensive foundation portfolio ensuring the development and writing of foundation reports, proposals, and solicitation materials, coordinating with appropriate staff. Potentially serve as the liaison to program officers.

  • Corporations: Manage, with the support of direct reports, the execution and development of NCTE’s corporate partnership program ensuring the preparation of proposals, solicitation and sponsorship materials, and programmatic reports. Potentially serve as the liaison between corporate partners and staff to ensure program and partnership is executed responsibly.

  • Relationships: Maintain and strengthen relationships with current and prospective donors, and the general community. Serve as a representative of NCTE, its board, and executive director to engage and solicit donors, prospects, and community. 

  • Accountability: Monitor compliance with all relevant regulations and laws. Develop and ensure compliance with NCTE’s fundraising principles, policies and procedures. Work closely with NCTE’s accountants for sound fiscal operation of development function including timely, accurate and comprehensive charitable contributions income and expense budgets, reporting, monitoring and implementation. 

  • Leadership: As a member of the management team, provide input for strategic and operational planning—especially related to fundraising—within the organization. Work collaboratively with other departments to strengthen fundraising program.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience: At least 5 years of experience as a fundraising professional in a nonprofit organization. Experience working directly with major donors and planning large donor events preferred. Demonstrated experience in managing and implementing a successful, comprehensive fundraising program and preparing work plans to achieve goals. CFRE designation, and experience with Raiser’s Edge and Microsoft Office suite is a plus.

  • Management and Training: Experience leading and managing a team of fundraising professionals. Interest in and ability to coach, support, and advise others in becoming effective fundraisers. Prefer at least 3 years of full-time, permanent staff management, preferably at a nonprofit organization.

  • Track Record of Success: Demonstrated success in identifying and securing increased funds from current and prospective corporate, foundation, and individual donors through a coordinated, strategic approach. 

  • Creativity and Innovation: Ability to see opportunities, think creatively, and develop new approaches for development. 

  • Self-direction: Track record of taking initiative and working independently. Takes initiative and actively seeks to deepen current donor relationships and to forge new ones. Ability to be self-sufficient in a small staff environment.

  • Communications: Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications for fundraising. Strong relationship building and “people” skills. 

  • Collaborative Spirit: Ability to lead a team of hard-working, energetic professionals, taking input from a diverse group of colleagues.

  • Prioritization, Time Management and Detail Orientation: Excellent organizational and time-management skills, detail-oriented, including ability to manage multiple tasks independently. Ability to set and meet goals, prioritize, plan, manage, and complete work on deadlines.

  • Understanding of Transgender Justice: A deep and nuanced understanding of issues affecting transgender people as well as an understanding of how racism, classism and other systems of inter-connected oppressions affect trans people. 

  • Understanding Racial and Economic Justice: A full understanding of racial and economic justice and systems of inter-connected oppressions and how this should shape organizational communications strategies and messages. 

To Apply

  • ​Click below or email us at with the subject line "NCTE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR"

  • Send your resume and a cover letter in one document in pdf format

  • No calls, please

JMM Strategy Group and The National Center for Transgender Equality strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community to apply. We do not tolerate discrimination on any level and are actively working to ensure that all people have access to the jobs and positions they are qualified to succeed in.

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