Job Announcement: Development Director

Working Washington and Fair Work Center seek a full-time Development Director to resource our movement for change. This position will report to the Executive Director and will serve as part of the Leadership committee of the organization. This individual will lead and grow our 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 fundraising efforts by developing fundraising strategies and cultivating relationships with both new and current donors. We are looking for a strategic, ambitious, and senior professional who knows how to grow organizational revenue for movement building organizations, and who is excited to create change for working people across the state.


Working Washington and Fair Work Center joined forces in 2018–bringing together two organizations with storied histories full of victories for workers. Together, we fight for new rights for working people and make those rights real through community-based education and legal services, all while building a powerful movement of working people. Just this year, we passed health and safety protections for strippers in Washington State. We emerged as the national leader in organizing delivery workers in the gig economy, leading to three multi-billion dollar corporations- Instacart, DoorDash, and Amazon- changing their tipping policies. We’ve served thousands of workers in our legal clinic, and put over a million dollars back in workers pockets. We are leading the effort in Washington to expand overtime protections for salaried workers, and providing support to several other states that have noticed our work. We’ve trained hundreds of agricultural workers in Eastern Washington about their rights at work, with a particular focus on health and safety. And we continue to organize domestic workers to advocate for change through Seattle’s groundbreaking domestic worker standards board. We’re growing fast, and we’re looking for a dedicated Development Director to help us fuel our movement. 


The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of building sustainable fundraising programs for grassroots organizations. They will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment, and will know how to build lasting relationships with a variety of donors and allies, including individuals, foundations, unions, and more. Finally, the Development Director will be committed to justice for workers and marginalized communities and will be passionate about achieving financial sustainability for our movement.


  • Drive the fundraising and development program and lead the institutional, major donor and grassroots fundraising work in compliance with 501c(4) and 501c(3) regulations
  • Drive all grant seeking efforts including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
  • Organize special events on a small and large scale as well as direct mail and social media fundraising efforts.
  •  Draft and edit fundraising communications. 
  • Expand development infrastructure and operations by creating new systems and strengthening already-existing ones
  • Participate in strategy development for the organization’s growth. 
  • Conduct in-depth research on potential funders
  • Bid on and maintain government contracts at the city, regional, and state level.
  • Work with and motivate staff, board members and other volunteers to create a culture of philanthropy in the organization. 


  • 5-10 years of fundraising experience, including experience securing and managing foundation grants;
  • Experience working in a non-profit and fast-paced environment;
  • Commitment to racial and economic justice;
  • Commitment to grassroots fundraising and building community power;
  • Excellent written, verbal, and listening communication skills;
  • Self-motivated, hardworking individual with ability to work independently;
  • Detail oriented;
  • Strong project management skills and ability to juggle multiple deadlines and priorities


  • 2-3 years management experience;
  • Knowledge of statewide progressive funding landscape;
  • Experience fundraising for both 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organizations;

Salary range: $60,000 – $80,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, retirement with employer match, and commuter benefit. 

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to with the applicant’s last name and “Development Director” in the subject line. Submissions will be accepted through November 8, 2019 and reviewed on a rolling basis. If you need disability, language, or other accommodation, please note that when you apply. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people from communities most negatively affected by the income inequality crisis to apply, particularly: people of color, immigrants, women and feminine-identified people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people. We seek candidates whose lived experiences reflect the lived experiences of the workers we support. Experience in retail, food service, health care, domestic work, and construction, some of the common industries where our clients work, is welcomed.