Director of Donor Organizing

Full Time

Position Title: Director of Donor Organizing

Position Location: Candidates are welcome to apply from across the U.S. Those that are near a CPD office in DC or Brooklyn may be asked to work from a CPD/A office one or two days/week if necessary. Applicants outside of those areas may be required to travel to a CPD/A office occasionally.

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action is seeking a Director of Donor Organizing. This is a full-time, exempt position.

About CPD + CPDA:

The Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action (together, CPD/A) work to promote equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We work with nearly 50 affiliates in over 30 states and Puerto Rico to build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations that envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. We are a rapidly-expanding, changing organization that partners with organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color.

About the Position:

We are seeking a Director of Donor Organizing  to lead the planning, implementation, and management of strategies for CPD/A’s Donor Organizing (previously referred to as its “individual giving”) program. This position will design and oversee implementation of CPD/A’s grassroots giving and solidarity giving (mid-level and major gift donor) programs. They will develop positive relationships with donors, determine the best strategies for effective stewardship/cultivation of individual donors, and maintain active communications with internal and external stakeholders. COVID depending, it is expected that the Director of Donor Organizing will travel and attend in-person meetings and events, including those with CPD/A staff as well prospective and current donors.

We estimate that candidates will have about 12 years of general fundraising experience, but our review of candidates for this role will focus on whether they can fill the needs of the position, not years of experience.

The Director of Donor Organizing will report to the Chief Development Officer and will supervise the Donor Organizer, Solidarity Giving and the Donor Organizer, Grassroots Giving.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Director of Donor Organizing will:

  • Lead CPD/A's individual giving revenue strategy for grassroots, mid-level, and major donors;
  • Plan, execute, and coordinate individual fundraising campaigns across CPD/A departments, including driving digital fundraising in coordination with Communications;
  • Ensure messaging strategies and reporting metrics are in place to identify and move prospects along the ladder of engagement, integrating donors and prospective donors CPD/A’s organizing infrastructure;
  • Develop and manage a portfolio of 1:1 relationships with mid/major donor contacts; 
  • Work with CPD/A staff to ensure consistent messaging and strategy regarding donor communications, including oversight of donor-facing aspects of CPD/A website and EveryAction emails;
  • Oversee fundraising technology & tools that support individual donations, individual and major donor tracking, as well as donor research;
  • Organize and oversee cultivation and fundraising events (house parties, receptions, briefings, etc.) that move donors along a continuum of engagement;
  • Design and test specific individual giving initiatives, such as monthly giving programs, planned giving programs, and giving circles; 
  • Lead the Donor Organizing team, and mentor, support, and supervise the Donor Organizer, Solidarity Giving and the Donor Organizer, Grassroots Giving;
  • Project-manage the work ofCo-EDs, Board members, and other organizational leaders who are responsible for a portfolio of individual donors;
  • Draft and/or edit concept papers, case statements, written communication, and other donor-facing materials;
  • Oversee the development of CPD/A’s annual impact report; 
  • Manage a budget and projections for annual individual giving activities;
  • Provide direct support – coaching, developing pitches and approaches – to individual fundraisers across programs which have independent revenue sources.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

  • Significant experience managing individual giving programs, preferably within nonprofit, philanthropic, or civic settings focused on civic engagement, community organizing, or campaigns;
  • Demonstrated organizational, relational, and project management skills;
  • Experience supervising a team of at least two staff members;
  • Experience building and managing strong, positive relationships with donors, including those from underrepresented communities’;
  • Significant experience in written communication with the proven ability to synthesize complex ideas and strategies into a clear and compelling case for donors, effectively matching the interests of donors to the priorities of the CPD/A network;
  • COVID depending, the ability to travel occasionally;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social, racial, and economic justice and a deep understanding of challenges facing low-wage workers, immigrant communities, communities of color, disabled people, LGBTQ+ folks, and people at the intersections of the above communities.

Hiring Process:

Applicants should expect to participate in two rounds of group interviews and a job simulation exercise. Final candidates will be asked to provide references.  

Salary and Benefits:

CPD/A is a unionized workplace. This is a supervisory position, not included in the bargaining unit. Salary will be determined according to a salary scale which takes into account years’ experience, job category, and other factors, but is expected to be $105,000-$120,000. 

We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 15 vacation days your first year, 12 sick days per year, additional PTO, including holidays, and contributions to individuals’ 401K plans. 

CPD/A is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, womxn, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTIQAA+ community.


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