Director of Development

The National Coalition Against Censorship seeks an innovative and visionary leader to head our growing development team and all of our fundraising efforts. The Director of Development will partner with the Executive Director, and the development team (a development and communications associate and several consultants); collaborate with other senior staff, and work with our Board of Directors. Through an annual benefit, major gifts, foundation grants, and direct mail/email, the Director of Development will sustain and grow our $1.4M annual budget.

NCAC has eight extraordinary staff members. We’re a diverse, passionate team that loves working together to defend free speech.


  • Planning and strategy:¬†Work across the organization with key leaders to drive the work of the development team including long-term, annual, and day-to-day planning, prioritizing, and management of NCAC‚Äôs development work. Create an annual development plan and long-term development strategies to lead the next stage of NCAC growth. Build revenue projections and the annual development budget.
  • Organizational leadership:¬†Serve as an active member of the senior leadership team to help shape and drive NCAC‚Äôs overall organizational and program strategies. Ensure ongoing communication and collaboration with the administrative, communications, and program departments.
  • Foundation grants:¬†Hone and expand our grants program, develop proposals and reports, steward relationships with existing foundation donors, cultivate new foundations, and develop strategies for aligning NCAC programmatic goals and projects with institutional donor interests.
  • Major gifts:¬†Build up and take the lead in managing NCAC‚Äôs major giving program, developing the strategies, cultivation activities, materials/messages, and stewardship programs required to attract and retain five-figure and higher gifts from individuals. Work with senior leadership to find, cultivate, and solicit new major donors. Prepare the E.D. and other staff and board for donor meetings. Build relationships with donors.
  • Annual benefit: Supervise the annual fundraising event, including honoree and event chair recruitment, sponsorship solicitation, and creation of publicity materials; work with event consultant in managing the venue and night-of programming.
  • Direct mail/email:¬†Supervise online and offline fundraising campaigns, working with our communications team and direct mail consultant to develop content and strategies
  • Program Storytelling:¬†Obtain a deep understanding of all program work and think creatively about how to make NCAC‚Äôs work come alive, inspiring more individuals and organizations to understand the importance of free speech, particularly for underrepresented groups that are often the target of censorship.
  • Board:¬†Inspire and engage the Board to be a fundraising asset. Act as the staff liaison to the Finance Committee and work with individual board members to leverage their networks on behalf of NCAC.
  • Staff management:¬†Supervise the development associate, and the direct mail, grantwriting and event consultants, and ensure the effective operation of the entire development team.


  • 10+ years of overall professional experience (non-profit experience preferred); ideally 6+ years of fundraising experience
  • Experience fundraising for advocacy a strong plus. NCAC will also consider non-traditional development candidates with relevant experience in other fields
  • Proven track record of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major individual and institutional donors in traditional and creative ways
  • Strong staff and program management skills, including experience supervising staff at different levels and managing a multifaceted team
  • Ability to work well with others in a small office environment
  • Excellent communicator and storyteller; ability to make NCAC‚Äôs work come alive through top-quality written materials, stories, and talking points
  • Excellent interpersonal and team-building skills; relationship-builder. Ease relating to influential individuals and high net worth individuals
  • Strategic thinker; flexible and tenacious; creative and entrepreneurial; positive and optimistic when tackling challenges; high energy and goal-directed
  • Ability to plan effectively, meet all deadlines, and coordinate the involvement of others
  • Ability to maintain high standards of ethics, integrity, and professionalism, including dealing with sensitive and proprietary donor information
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency with donor management databases and research databases. (Our current system is Salesforce.)
  • Passion and commitment to the mission and values of NCAC
  • A sense of humor


The salary range is $110,000-$125,000, depending on experience. Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, a retirement savings plan with employer match, transportation assistance, and a generous vacation policy. 

The National Coalition Against Censorship is committed to fostering a diverse and non-discriminatory work environment as both a reflection of our values and as core to our mission. Censorship first silences those with the least access to power and we believe that a diversity of experiences, identities and opinions strengthens our advocacy and our workplace.

NCAC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and references to Include ‚ÄúDevelopment Director‚ÄĚ in your subject line.¬† Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone inquiries please.


The National Coalition Against Censorship welcomes internship and work experience applications from higher education students on a rolling basis. We are sadly unable to provide stipends for interns, however we are happy to work with your school or program on third-party financial arrangements or course credit, as applicable.