Director of Development

Jun 4, 2024


The Director of Development will lead Town Hall’s organizational fundraising efforts, working closely with the Executive Director and a dedicated development team. This position will oversee the contributed income program, plan for future growth, and aim to grow contributed income from $2 million to $2.5 million over the next three years. Key responsibilities include managing major gift operations, supervising development staff, and cultivating major gift prospects. Long-term strategic leadership will be essential in capital fundraising and planned giving initiatives.

This position reports to the Executive Director and has three direct reports (Individual Giving Officer, Membership & Annual Fund Manager, and Development Associate). It currently oversees a contracted grant writer.

Status: Position is full-time (40 hours/week); ability to work flexible hours with approval; some evenings and weekends are required.

 Compensation: $110,000 – 130,000 per year, full-time, exempt. 

 Location: This position is a hybrid in-person/remote operation model out of our Seattle office in First Hill and onsite at our venue on 8th Avenue and Seneca St. Our staff currently meets 2-3 days/week in person (Tuesdays and Thursdays are typical office days); this role requires attendance at evening or weekend events or community partner events on a regular basis (5-10 nights/month).

Benefits: fully paid medical and dental insurance; a fully subsidized bus pass; generous vacation time, sick leave, and paid holidays; and an employer-sponsored 403(b) plan.

 Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Fundraising Strategy & Planning: Develop and execute our annual fundraising plan, covering major gifts, grants, corporate relationships, membership, annual fund, special events, and capital giving.
  • Donor Relations: Build strong relationships with supporters and community members, managing a portfolio of major donors.
  • Prospect Cultivation: Lead the strategic identification, cultivation, and solicitation of donor prospects.
  • Donor Recognition: Oversee policies and practices for donor recognition and ensure accurate timely and accurate record keeping.
  • Grant Management: Manage the grant writer contract and secure new and renewed corporate, government, and foundation support.
  • Leadership: attend and present at Board meetings, lead Development Committee efforts, and actively participate in meetings and leadership opportunities as a member of the Town Hall Directors Team.

Team Management & Collaboration:

  • Oversee development staff performance and development goals.
  • Empower development staff through transparent communication and regular feedback.
  • Develop fundraising narratives and key messaging with the Director of Marketing & Communications.
  • Partner with the Marketing and Communications team on fundraising materials.
  • Work with the Senior Database Manager to analyze development data and campaigns.
  • Manage revenue projections and budgets with Executive Director and Director of Finance & Operations.


Minimum Requirements:             

  • 7+ years of successful development experience, including major gifts.
  • 5+ years supervisory and/or management experience. 

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience securing major gifts.
  • Experience with event management, institutional philanthropy, and strategic planning.
  • Proven track record in fundraising campaigns and donor cultivation.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to present a compelling case for support.
  • Experience working with board members and securing significant gifts.
  • Have ability to manage in a climate of change and ambiguity.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, respecting individual differences, and serving diverse populations.
  • Project management and delegation skills and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of Seattle’s donor community preferred.
  • Proficiency with Salesforce and MS Office software.

To Apply:

Please send a one-page cover letter and resume, to:, with “Director of Development: Name” in the subject line. Resumes requested by June 21, 2024; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as candidates are identified.

Data shows that women and BIPOC candidates more frequently do not apply to a job because they don’t feel that they meet all the qualifications listed. We strongly encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds and lived experience, even if you have most but not all the qualifications listed above. If you feel passionate about our mission and believe that you have the skills to contribute to the growth of our organization, we want to hear from you.

Town Hall Seattle is an equal opportunity employer. Town Hall Seattle was founded to be an accessible shared resource for the community: a place where everyone is welcomed, represented, and valued regardless of their race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, religion, disability, size, or class. Please see our full racial equity statement here.