The UNRWA USA family is always on the lookout for awesome people to join us in helping do more good for Palestine refugees.

We're hiring a Director of Development! 

Position: Director of Development
Reports to: Executive Director
Status: salaried, full-time
Location: Washington, DC

UNRWA USA is seeking an energetic and confident Director of Development who is passionate about raising funds to benefit Palestine refugees. A new position at UNRWA USA, the Director of Development will lead and manage the organization's development efforts, including all aspects of fundraising.

What you’ll do:

Strategic organizational fundraising planning:

  • Work with management (Executive Director and Director of Communications) to conceptualize and manage a dynamic annual and long-term organizational fundraising strategy, including individual giving, major and mid-level donor portfolios, grants, endowments, planned giving, capital campaigns, and events.

  • Track progress toward annual fundraising goals using Salesforce and provide regular reporting to the board of directors and staff.

Drive implementation:

  • Lead the day-to-day execution of UNRWA USA’s fundraising strategy to achieve campaign and annual goals of over $3 million, with support from the Communications and Development Officer and other staff.

  • Create and manage engaging online and offline fundraising campaigns in conjunction with the Communications department.

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and maintain the organization’s giving prospects, with emphasis on meaningful donor stewardship and relationship-building.

  • Collaborate across departments and with UNRWA staff in the Middle East to create cases for support of UNRWA’s work and create winning grant proposals to benefit Palestine refugees.

  • Maximize the engagement of the board of directors under the direction of the Executive Director to achieve fundraising goals.

  • Represent UNRWA USA in various capacities at donor and donor prospect meetings.

  • Build a strong vision for the UNRWA USA University Scholarship Fund to inspire individuals and organizations across the US to become scholarship sponsors and cultivate strong relationships with these sponsors.

Why we’ll love you:

You are a dynamic individual who is passionate about fundraising for a cause and with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast-paced environment.

  • You have at least eight (8) years of conceptualizing and implementing creative and on-trend fundraising strategies with proven organizational impact.

  • You have a successful track record of submitting winning grant proposals, and knowledge of or experience in establishing endowments, creating capital campaigns, and engaging donors in planned giving.

  • You have the ability to leverage the current strengths of the organization’s fundraising team and enjoy helping to develop staff including determining and managing roles and responsibilities.

  • You live to build and sustain strong, meaningful relationships, both personally and professionally.

  • You have experience with donor management tools, preferably Salesforce, Classy, Mailchimp, and Squarespace.

  • You’re known for your can-do spirit, organizational skills, resourcefulness, and consistency. You get stuff done and are motivated by the impact your actions have.

  • You’re willing and have the ability to work occasional nights and weekends.

  • You have the ability and willingness to travel nationally and internationally.

  • You have the highest level of discretion and confidentiality with sensitive donor information.

Why you’ll love us:

We offer an exceptional benefits package, including:

  • Annual salary range beginning at $75,000 and commensurate with the candidate’s experience;

  • Health insurance, including medical, dental, and vision for staff and immediate family;

  • Paid holidays;

  • Generous paid time off;

  • 401K package after one year of employment;

  • Convenient location in upper Dupont Circle in a collaborative work space with amenities such as lounge areas, brainstorming rooms, quiet room, game room, bike storage, unlimited coffee (including nitro brew) and tea, and an open-air patio.


If you are interested in a terrific opportunity to work with a passionate and growing fundraising organization, please submit the following materials to Abby Smardon, Executive Director, at abby@unrwausa.org:

  • Resume;

  • Cover letter;  

  • At least two (2) relevant work samples;

  • Any relevant certifications;

  • Salary requirements;

  • Names and contact information of two (2) professional references.

No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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