The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies seeks a Director or Vice President of Development to lead our development team. This position, in partnership with the President and CEO, is responsible for building a donor engagement strategy and overseeing a variety of efforts to reach fundraising goals. A strong candidate will be deeply dedicated to the mission of FedSoc with a strong vision for how to expand the development operations and capacities of the organization. Top candidates will have a track record for leading a team to meet and exceed fundraising goals and will encourage a healthy development culture both within the development team and across the organization.
This could be a more senior-level (VP) position for candidates with stronger and longer experience. We are searching for a strong fit and the title will fit the person appropriately.
FedSoc is strongly funded, as evidenced by our public filings, and has been financially stable and growing for its 40 years of existence. The person occupying this position will be focused on driving the mission of FedSoc. This is not simply about raising money. This is about engaging with like-minded foundations, corporations and individuals to push that mission forward.
The Director or Vice President of Development will manage two development team members (including a Deputy and Assistant Director).
What You’ll Do:
- Create a fundraising strategy with the President and your team
- Lead the day-to-day operations of the development team consistent with that strategy
- Collaborate with the President on top strategic donor interactions
- Expand efforts to identify, approach and actively cultivate new donors through one to one meetings
- Guide the proposal process from start to finish to ensure strong representation of our programs and objectives
- Manage and mentor the development team and hire when appropriate
What You’ll Bring:
- Significant experience in development. This position demands someone who really knows and loves their craft
- Passionate about FedSoc’s mission
- 5+ years of work experience is a minimum for the Director and 10 for the VP but we are looking for someone with the maturity to drive this function vs someone who is coming in to learn how to do development work
- Excellent leadership skills
- A strong record of securing major gifts
- An understanding of who our constituency is and what their motivations are
- A strong knowledge of the back-office management and administration of development
- Energy, optimism, collaborative, communicative and in short, high emotional intelligence
- Creativity, problem solving skills, and results focused
- Commitment to the principles of limited government, separation of powers, and the rule of law
- Sufficient organizational capability to keep “all the balls in the air”
- A track record of knowing how to prioritize and the wisdom that comes with that ability
- Superior written communication skills
- A strong understanding of database utilities like Salesforce is preferred
- Demonstrated interest in law and public policy is preferred
- Ability to travel 20-25%
Who We Are:
- Founded in 1982, the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians dedicated to reforming the current legal order. We are committed to the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.
- By providing a forum for legal experts of opposing views to interact with members of the legal profession, the judiciary, law students, academics, and the architects of public policy, the Society has redefined the terms of legal debate.
- The Society is a membership organization that features a Student, Lawyers, and a Faculty Division. Our active membership includes more than 10,000 law students at most of the 204 ABA-accredited law schools as well as 80,000 legal professionals in active chapters in 110 cities.
Why People Work Here:
Our staff is deeply committed to the mission of ‘FedSoc’ as we are affectionately known. We are conservatives and libertarians working for a well-known organization in Washington D.C. and throughout the United States. We are not advocates or lobbyists for specific policies but focus on our mission which is to impact the quality and depth of discourse about governing and our Constitution.
We are opinionated, focused, optimistic, pragmatic and anxious to engage with others. Those who come to FedSoc believe deeply in the rule of law and our conversations naturally flow from that belief. Those with a well-developed and perhaps quirky sense of humor, a desire to understand the law for it’s own sake, and who are strongly self-disciplined (because we all operate without a lot of oversight) do well here. We are “all in” kind of people. We tend to thrive on great books, great journalism, great film and are thorough and committed.
Where You’ll Work:
We are located in the heart of the District of Columbia, the nation’s capital, only three blocks from the White House and across the street from the Farragut West Metro Station with easy access to the Washington D.C. Metro area.
The Director/VP of Development can work remotely on Monday and Friday with an in-office presence required Tuesday-Thursday.
What Others Say About Us:
“The Federalist Society is changing the culture of our nation’s law schools. You are returning the values and concepts of law as our founders understood them to scholarly dialogue, and through that dialogue, to our legal institutions.” – President Ronald Reagan
“[T]his organization has played an important part in sparking a dialogue between lawyers and judges, and even at times amongst judges themselves…by assiduously avoiding the temptation to take positions, or to lobby and engage in political advocacy. Resisting that temptation takes discipline, I am sure, but rest assured that you have made the right choice and are providing a genuine and unique service in so doing. Stay the course!” – Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court
“It has been my pleasure to speak at many Federalist Society gatherings around the country, and I think one thing your organization has definitely done is to contribute to free speech, free debate, and most importantly public understanding of, awareness of, and appreciation of the Constitution. So that’s a marvelous contribution.” – Nadine Strossen, Former President, ACLU
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials as a single PDF:
- Cover Letter detailing your interest in the position and the mission of FedSoc
- Writing Sample
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/.
There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.
Questions can be directed to Katelynn Barbosa, Director of Talent Engagement at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
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