Development Director

$76,500 - $100,000 yearly
  • Paid Leave for the United States
  • Remote (Anywhere in the U.S. with a major airport that has direct flights to San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York City.)
  • Apr 23, 2020
Full time Business Development Communications Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Paid Leave for the U.S. (PL+US) is hiring a Development Director (DD) to raise essential funds to support our groundbreaking work to win national high quality paid family and medical leave policy by 2022.

About us

In just four short years, PL+US has won paid leave for nearly 8 million people. We’ve won change at some of the top employers in the country, including Walmart and Starbucks, and we’re taking that momentum into the fight to win national public policy. Paid leave is poised to take off as the next high-profile national issue.

Since our founding, the PL+US team has tripled in size and has cultivated a culture that is bold, curious, real, excellent, and compassionate. We are agile, collaborative problem solvers who are passionate about winning paid leave and we mean it when we say that family comes first, for those we fight alongside and for our own team.


This is a full time position that can be based anywhere in the U.S. with a major airport that has direct flights to San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

About you

The Development Director (DD) is an experienced and dynamic development professional who will create and lead PL+US’ annual development plan alongside the Executive Director. The DD is joining PL+US at an exciting inflection point and will play a critical role not only in raising funds for the organization, but also in building the fundraising engine and systems to fuel our campaign en route to winning landmark legislation that will change the lives of millions of people. 

The DD is a proactive, strategic, and detail-oriented fundraiser who is ready to leverage their creativity to take our individual and institutional fundraising to the next level. They are equally adept at cultivating powerful donor relationships and developing streamlined donor management systems that will allow us to scope, pursue, and secure donations from a range of supporters at a time of unprecedented opportunity. This is a perfect role for an individual who has learned the ropes and is ready to spread their wings by building out and managing a first-class development shop with a team that’s in it to win.

The DD will report to the Chief Operating Officer and serve as a key thought partner to the Executive Director, PL+US’ lead fundraiser. They will manage a full-time Development and Communications Associate and a part-time Development Associate. 

In this role, you will:

  • Develop and lead execution of PL+US’ annual development plan, in partnership with the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
  • Support Executive Director to identify, cultivate, pitch, and steward donors, including drafting memos, grants, donor correspondence and pitch presentations 
  • Manage and grow a portfolio of existing and prospective donor relationships, including institutional and individual donors with the potential for five-, six-, and seven-figure gifts.
  • Manage the development database and donor tracking systems, including grant reporting and renewal timelines
  • Help manage all fundraising events and meetings, including maintaining the development calendar of events
  • Develop and manage PL+US’ donor communication and engagement strategy
  • Coordinate with finance, digital and partnerships teams to support day-to-day activity
  • Support board management, including staffing the development committee and working with the Executive Director to clearly communicate and implement our annual development plans (for c3 and c4 boards)
  • Provide high quality supervision and coaching to Development and Communications Associate and Development Associate


You are a strong candidate if you have:

  • 5-10 years of nonprofit fundraising experience with progressive responsibility.
  • Proven track record of fundraising success across a diverse range of sources, including but not limited to institutions, major donors and low dollar grassroot supporters.
  • Experience building the systems and processes to plan, track, manage, and forecast our fundraising.
  • Track record of building pipelines, not just managing existing pipelines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills
  • Passionate about winning paid family and medical leave for everyone in the U.S. 
  • A “high impact, low ego” approach - no job is too small if it helps us win
  • A people person of high integrity who loves to build long-term, meaningful relationships
  • Highly organized with careful attention to detail
  • Experience in a startup atmosphere, or a high degree of comfort with a fast pace and frequent pivots
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities in a complex environment. 

Bonus points if you also have: 

  • Prior experience with EveryAction, Salesforce, or other fundraising database preferred.
  • Experience working with digital teams to successfully manage fundraising campaigns, and engaging a community of motivated supporters.
  • Experience in connected c3/c4 organizations
  • Proven experience coordinating and executing large scale events


Salary range for this role is $76,500-100,000 annually, and will be adjusted for seniority, experience and cost of living of your location.

Some of the Benefits of Working for PL+US

  • Awesome team of high impact, low ego people who live by our organizational values: be bold, curious, real, excellent and compassionate. 
  • Flexible work schedule. If you need to leave early to pick up your kid from school or bring your mom to the doctor, that’s cool.
  • Up to 6 months of paid family leave, as well as health, dental, and vision insurance (up to $850/month when you enroll in our plans).
  • Generous time off. Unlimited vacation, 12 paid holidays, and we all take the week between Christmas and New Years off.
  • Retirement accounts. We offer a 401(k) since we want you to retire one day.
  • Commuter benefits program, medical and dependent care FSA program, and employer-paid life and disability insurance.

To Apply: Please submit your resume at Recruiterbox, and in lieu of a cover letter, please respond to the three application questions. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviews will begin ASAP.

PL+US is deeply committed to diversity. We strongly encourage people of color, first-generation Americans, people with caregiving responsibilities, people with disabilities, and members of the queer community to apply.

PL+US is an equal opportunity employer. This means that we don't discriminate against people because of their race, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, personal appearance, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, or political affiliation.