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Job Announcement: Development Director


Founded in 1995, Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) is a national organization that amplifies women’s voices to eliminate the toxic chemicals that harm our health and communities. WVE is the only women-led environmental health organization focusing on eliminating toxic chemicals from the products women encounter every day. WVE works within the social justice and environmental health movements to amplify the voices of all women to advocate for their health. The organization is committed to building alliances that engage diverse communities and address the concerns of those most impacted by toxic exposures. WVE envisions a world where women lead to create a healthy environment without toxic chemicals in our workplaces, homes, and communities.


Women’s Voices for the Earth is a national organization headquartered in Missoula, MT. Our staff is small, entrepreneurial and highly effective. We are seeking an experienced fundraising professional to join our team as the Development Director. The ideal candidate for this position is extremely organized, goal and outcome-driven, is a self-starter, effectively manages projects and deadlines, and enjoys working in a fast-paced and collegial environment. This person thrives on networking and relationship-building to attract resources for important work. This person is a proven fundraiser.

The Development Director is responsible for developing and managing the overall fundraising strategy for the organization, with the goal of significantly diversifying our funding base. Key strategies include growing the base of major donors, continually expanding base-level donors through effective online giving campaigns, mail and email solicitation, virtual and actual fundraising events, and growing our burgeoning business partners program. The Development Director leads the Fund Development Committee to support the annual fundraising plan.

This person works comfortably with Board Members, donors, staff, and community volunteers. This position is currently part-time (.75 FTE), with the goal to expand to full-time as funding allows. The Development Director reports to the Executive Director.

Specifically, this person is responsible for the following:

Vision, Strategy, & Leadership

  • Work closely with the Executive Director to develop the overall strategic fundraising direction for the organization
  • Work with the ED, Board of Directors, and Fund Development Committee to develop and implement annual fundraising plans for the organization
  • Work with ED and Finance Director to develop and adhere to the annual fundraising budget and provide monthly cash flow estimates of income
  • Lead the Fund Development Committee of the Board of Directors, supporting and coordinating individual Board member fundraising plans
  • Model behavior that supports a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization

Major Donors

  • Develop strategies for expanding and cultivating new donors to the organization, from all parts of the country, with a particular emphasis on growing major donors ($1,000+)
  • Identify major donor prospects and engages appropriate Board members or staff (including the Development Director) to cultivate and steward
  • Maintain a plan for continual stewardship of existing major donors, working to upgrade donors as appropriate
  • Actively coordinate opportunities for major donor meetings with staff and Board members nationwide
  • Make direct asks to current and prospective donors
  • Create appropriate written communications geared to engaging the interest of major donors

Base-building Donors

  • Expand our base of individual donors through regular fundraising appeals (email and direct mail), effective online giving campaigns, and social media fundraising campaigns
  • Oversee planning and organizing for all fundraising events, including Board member & other volunteer house parties
  • Lead and monitor all base-building donor communications (i.e. solicitations, thank you notes, etc.)

Foundation and Corporate Giving

  • Manage our burgeoning Business Partners Program, identifying and reaching out to new partners, managing annual dues for existing and new partners, and assessing the success of the program.
  • Support the ED and Director of Programs and Policy as needed on foundation grant proposals. Duties may include research to identify new sources of foundation giving, nurturing and developing relationships with program officers and other foundation personnel, and writing, editing, and submitting grant proposals and grant reports with support from program staff.

Database Management

  • Accurately track donor engagement (identification, cultivation, stewardship, gifts, etc.) and produce quarterly reports to assess progress
  • Oversee the Administrative Assistant to ensure comprehensive and accurate tracking of donors through our online donor database (E-Tapestry), weekly syncing of information from our advocacy database (Salsa/DIA), and proper and timely thank you notes to donors
  • Assess current fundraising database and evaluate whether its meeting our needs. Make recommendations for new system if necessary
  • Ensure website is optimized for receiving donations by updating language and working with web designers to make giving as streamlined as possible

General Duties

  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, bi-annual program planning days, and annual board and staff retreat in Montana
  • Participate in organizational strategic planning and other organizational planning processes
  • Work closely with Communications and Outreach Manager to ensure effective marketing and communications for the development programs
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director


The ideal candidate for this position is a motivated self-starter, relishes in networking and relationship building, is goal and deadline-oriented, and rises to the challenge of fundraising for a small advocacy non-profit that is poised to grow significantly in the next three years. This person must be passionate about bringing in resources for an incredible cause.


  • At least three years proven fundraising experience in a non-profit, preferably in an advocacy field
  • Proven track record cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding various donor constituencies
  • Experience in creating and implementing strategies to obtain and keep individual donors
  • Experience leading major gifts programs, including prospect research, cultivation, personal solicitation, acknowledgement, and recognition
  • Knowledge of charitable solicitation rules and regulations
  • Excellent writing and oral communications skills
  • Incredible professionalism and ease working with high-dollar donors
  • Creative problem-solver, strategist and conceptual thinker
  • Excellent communicator, networker and friend-builder
  • Commitment to sustainable and ethical fund development and progressive social change
  • Flexible self-manager and team builder
  • Political, social and technological savvy
  • Experience with social media and online fundraising strategies
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office and experience with donor data management and fund development analytics (familiarity with E-Tapestry a plus)
  • Ability and willingness to travel (6-8 times/year)
  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience

Helpful, but not required

  • Familiarity with environmental health and women’s health issues
  • Previous experience in advocacy fundraising


This position is located at the WVE national headquarters in Missoula, MT. However, we may consider exceptional candidates remotely, with preference in northern California. Salary is commensurate with experience and industry competitive for organizations our size in the Rocky Mountain region. WVE offers a health benefit, retirement match, a generous vacation policy, and excellent working environment.

Application Process

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references by email to erins@womensvoices.org with “Development Director Applicant” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin March 31 and will be accepted until position is filled. No phone calls please.

WVE is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Short version

Founded in 1995, Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) is a national organization that amplifies women’s voices to eliminate the toxic chemicals that harm our health and communities. Our staff is small, entrepreneurial and highly effective. We are seeking an experienced fundraising professional to grow the organization’s resource base. See the full job description, experience desired, and the application procedure on WVE’s website, www.womensvoices.org. No phone calls please.


Internships and Volunteer Opportunities with WVE

Through our Internship program, WVE provides an opportunity for students and others to gain first-hand experience working on issues of environmental health and justice. Interns work hand-in-hand with our professional staff to develop a variety of personal and professional skills. For example, past WVE interns have conducted research on strategies for movement building and messaging, conducted outreach to various partner organizations, supported legislative advocacy projects and organized special events. Our interns make a lasting contribution to the development of WVE’s programs and enhance the organization’s capacity to fulfill its mission.

For more information, contact WVE at womensvoices@womensvoices.org.