Vice President of Development

Reports to: Deputy Chief Development Officer
Staff reporting to this position: 5+
Department: Development
Position classification: Exempt, full time
Minimum compensation: $175,000
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)


Reporting to the Deputy Chief Development Officer (CDO), the Vice President of Development will be a key member and leader of the Development department. They will be responsible for leading the Individual Giving team, work closely with the CDO on board recruitment, and manage a portfolio of 75 six-figure donors and prospective donors while leading and overseeing the management of the Individual Giving team.

This position is ideal for a dynamic, results-driven, and well-organized development leader who is committed to a progressive policy agenda and to American Progress’ mission to improve the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country. In addition, this position will support American Progress’ five crosscutting priorities:

  • Strengthening health and ending the pandemic
  • Building an economy for all
  • Tackling climate change and environmental injustice
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Restoring social trust in democracy

The Development department works with program staff at both the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3) organization, and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization, to fundraise to support American Progress’ priorities and bold progressive agenda.


  • Lead the Individual Giving team of five fundraisers and support staff to help them reach their combined goal.
  • Support the CDO with board recruitment.
  • Carry a portfolio of 75 six-figure prospective donors.
  • Enhance unrestricted funding while generating new programmatic funding.
  • Serve as a key leader in the Development department and successfully balance an occasionally rigorous travel schedule to meet with potential and current funders.
  • Serve as coach, mentor, and leader of the Individual Giving staff.
  • Establish credibility within the Development department as an effective developer of solutions to business challenges.
  • Develop, lead, attract, inspire, retain, and manage a diverse, talented, and high-performing team to ensure that the mission and core values of American Progress are put into practice by holding everyone accountable for quantifiable, high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.
  • Guide staff in their respective areas of functional expertise.
  • Engage staff in strategic operations and execution through responsive and transparent communication and leadership.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience, including at least five years of fundraising experience with principal gifts of $100,000 donations or more from individual donors.
  • Demonstrated success managing a six-figure portfolio of donors.
  • Work experience and donor contacts in mission-aligned areas.
  • A proven track record in fundraising from a variety of sources, including government agencies, private foundations, individuals, and the private sector.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial ability to develop alliances and coordinate shared interests of all parties.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills designed to meet the challenges of the organization.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with considerable experience in writing and presenting information to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to use data and CRM systems to set fundraising strategy and priorities, measure outcomes, and drive superior performance.
  • Knowledge of various progressive philanthropic sectors, such as racial equity, rights, justice, international affairs, public health, education, and democracy.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, mediation, and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Familiarity with 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) regulations is a plus.
  • Ability to work additional hours as needed to meet deadlines and manage workflow.
  • Support for the mission of American Progress and commitment to a broad progressive agenda.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or equivalent experience is required.

To apply:

Applications should include a cover letter and résumé. Writing samples may be requested.

American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package. This position is not represented by a union. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position has a minimum salary of $175,000.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and the levels of community spread and adjust plans as needed for in-office work. Any changes to our current hybrid work policy will be communicated at the time of hire. Updates will be posted on American Progress’ Jobs page.

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This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

American Progress is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is more than a commitment at American Progress—it is the foundation of what we do. American Progress recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and all the other characteristics that make us unique.

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