Director of Development Operations

Position Type: Full-Time, Salaried, Exempt
Location: Flexible (remote); Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
Starting Salary: $110,000
Closing Date: Feb. 29, 2024

Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until we have a sufficient pool of diverse candidates who meet the job requirements, at which point we may pause the review of new applications before the stated deadline. Please understand you may not be contacted for several weeks after you apply.

Ideal Start Date: 2-4 weeks after offer

About the Center for Disaster Philanthropy

CDP began in 2010 with the goal of pioneering the practice of strategic disaster philanthropy. Since then, it has grown in its ambition, envisioning a world where the impact of disasters is minimized through thoughtful, equitable, and responsible recovery for all. CDP has a $33 million budget and a team of more than 20 staff members working remotely across the U.S.

CDP is a trusted partner, expert and authoritative resource helping hundreds of individuals, foundations, and corporations boost the impact of philanthropic giving in response to disasters and humanitarian crises by supporting equitable recovery and addressing root causes of vulnerabilities worldwide.

In 2022, CDP awarded $28.2 million through more than 117 grants to 99 grantee partners worldwide; demonstrated thought leadership through 15 webinars, 21 external commentaries, 113 blog posts, 43 featured speaking engagements and other events; and served 40 philanthropic partners through consulting efforts.

As an organization grounded in racial and intersectional equity, our team members are deeply committed to strengthening communities most vulnerable to disasters because of systemic inequities. We are guided by our values of integrity, boldness and innovation, humility, and empathy in all that we do in pursuit of our mission.

Bottom line: We aspire to walk the talk of anti-racism and to treat each other and our partners in ways that inspire trust, creativity, learning and care.

Be a part of our fast-growing team that offers countless ways to help communities thrive. Join us!

Responsibilities & Duties

Over the last few years of CDP’s 13-year history, growth has been exponential. CDP has granted over $123 million to more than 676 nonprofits, influenced and educated numerous philanthropists, and grown its base of donors and partners. CDP’s positioning and increased visibility bring a need for enhanced fundraising to support CDP’s mission, strategic plan and growth.

The Director of Development Operations will play a critical role in CDP’s future fundraising successes. This new position will ensure the efficient management of relationships, opportunities and operations.

Reporting to the senior director of development, the director of development operations will support department-wide initiatives through effective project and team management. The senior director is looking for an internal-facing partner to move CDP’s fundraising efforts forward.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Track and guide tactical relationships to ensure cross-team deadlines are understood and met, including new opportunities.
  • Expertly use RE/NXT software to manage relationships.
  • Serve as a strategy partner for the senior director of development to meet fundraising goals.
  • Support a development team visioning exercise in service of CDP’s mission and values.
  • Oversee and mentor the two managers, providing space for them to lead tasks, guiding them on their supervisory responsibilities and creating opportunities to foster professional growth.
  • Guide all phases of donor qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship to expand and diversify the prospect pool.
  • Stay current on new technology or strategies that could benefit CDP’s development team.
  • Oversee all incoming grant-related activity for the development team, including researching foundation/application opportunities and coordinating with staff for required submissions and reporting.
  • Research prospects before meetings and conferences for executive team members’ activities.
  • Thoughtfully and strategically manage direct reports’ resources, priorities and time.
  • Lead the documentation of the development department’s standard operating procedures and maintain a digital library of current policies, forms and training materials.
  • Work to maintain an in-depth understanding of CDP’s work and how to communicate our impact to potential funders.
  • Partner with the other CDP teams to collaborate on impact stories and cross-team initiatives.
  • Oversee campaign planning, stewardship and email marketing communications to stakeholders and ensure that these are listed in the fundraising plan and reassessed on an ongoing basis.
  • Help maintain a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, Platinum Seal status with Candid and preferred status from the Better Business Bureau to ensure we demonstrate to our donors we follow best practices.
  • Perform other duties and job-related tasks that may be assigned consistent with the strategic goals of the role, the department and the organization.

Required qualifications:

  • ≥8 years of relevant, progressive professional experience in philanthropy, fundraising and/or relevant technical expertise, including supervisory experience.
  • Degree in a related field or equivalent experience required.
  • Proven experience and understanding of fundraising and direct solicitations.
  • Experience with systems approaches, with the ability to create efficiencies within a system or project management software. Demonstration of this skill within remote environments is preferred.
  • Understanding of how to evaluate and utilize systems data to forecast for the department, allocating resources accordingly.
  • Superior written communication abilities in grant and report writing.
  • Strong listening skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and a sense of responsibility for one’s work.
  • Ability to work remotely with minimal direct supervision, including managing multiple tasks and projects simultaneously – individually and within a dispersed team.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Familiarity with change management and supervising during an organizational change process.
  • Ability to solve problems under pressure and adapt to a rapidly evolving organization.
  • Not just a problem solver but a problem preventer.
  • Knowledge of and interest in disasters and/or global humanitarian crises and understanding of the organizations poised to address those crises.
  • Experience providing immediate and applicable constructive feedback. Apt at having difficult conversations when needed and supporting professional development.
  • Comfortable working with various platforms that allow for synchronous and asynchronous communications and collaboration.

Personal characteristics:

  • Commitment to the values intrinsic to CDP’s mission and strategy.
  • Energetic and eager to tackle new projects and ideas.
  • High tolerance of ambiguity and appetite to tackle issues in a constructive way.
  • A team player capable of cultivating productive relationships across teams.
  • Sense of humor.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

We welcome and encourage applicants with non-traditional career paths. If you don’t meet the qualifications outlined here, please apply and tell us how your experiences would equip you for the job.  

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit their resume and a cover letter via this link. Applications must highlight competencies against requirements.

All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period.