Fund Development Director

Committee for Children - Seattle, Washington or Remote - Full time

Note: This position is located in the Seattle area or eligible to sit remotely in any of the following states: AZ, CA, CO, DC, GA, IL, NJ, OR, TX, VA

At Committee for Children (CFC), we have the privilege of working each day to help young people become the architects of a better tomorrow. Since 1979, we’ve grown from our grassroots beginnings into a global nonprofit. We serve diverse communities by advocating for policies to enhance, gathering research to support, and developing educational programs to advance the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning (SEL). We’re best known for our innovative Second Step® family of SEL programs, which blend research and rigor with intuitive design to help young people build strengths that will help them realize their goals throughout life.

To achieve our vision of safe children thriving in a just and peaceful world, we’re committed to helping build an anti-racist, equitable, and inclusive society that supports the positive development of every child. We’ve set a North Star Goal to positively and equitably transform the social-emotional well-being of 100 million children annually by 2030, and in pursuit of that goal, we’re looking for an experienced Fund Development Director to join our team.

As the Fund Development Director, you’ll report to and collaborate with the Chief Strategy Officer to develop and implement an annual fund development plan as part of the organization’s overall strategic plan. This role will manage all aspects of CFC’s fund development strategy and will be responsible for meeting revenue targets. The Fund Development Director will apply a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to all aspects of their work and be a strong player-coach. In addition to providing day-to-day leadership of the Fund Development Team, they will also help team members deliver tactical execution.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Chief Strategy Officer and other executive staff to drive new funding strategies to obtain CFC’s annual grants revenue target
  • Collaborate with the Grants Manager and key stakeholders to cultivate and steward relationships with funders
  • Research, identify, and cultivate new grant and funding opportunities for the organization
  • Ensure that project plans are in place, implemented, timely, on budget, and produce the agreed-upon deliverables
  • Proactively manage change and risks
  • Run inclusive, engaging retrospectives and lessons-learned activities where continuous improvement actions are noted and followed through closure
  • Successfully communicate project objectives, timelines, tasks, and deliverables to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion
  • Manage and develop direct report(s) capable of consistently delivering high-quality work and fostering a culture that encourages diverse perspectives and inclusive conversations
  • Manage performance of direct report(s) by establishing measurable goals and providing regular feedback; collaborate to create opportunities for growth and development
  • Develop and lead a healthy team environment by soliciting perspectives from all team members, scheduling regular check-ins, and practicing intentional listening
  • Lead and support the grant application process
  • Lead, prepare, and submit grant reports
  • Successfully communicate project objectives, timelines, tasks, and deliverables to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion
  • Identify and implement a grants management system
  • Collaborate with the PR & Communications Team to amplify foundation partnerships
  • Collaborate with other leadership team members to identify programs or partnership funding opportunities
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business, communications, public relations, or a related field; master’s degree preferred
  • 10+ years of experience in fund development
  • Minimum of three years of proven experience in a senior development position, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and project management skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Experience writing successful foundation, local, and federal grants
  • Experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Experience in the education sector
  • Experience in the field of social-emotional learning

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Outstanding ability to build relationships with a diverse group of people and successfully meet with prospective donors
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Advanced computer and technology skills and demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects and responsibilities
  • Excellent written and verbal skills and experience with research, data analysis, and fact-checking
  • Well-developed empathy, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated high level of professionalism, ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality, organizational efficiency, multitasking capabilities, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in diverse team environments that require strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence
  • Demonstrated high level of managing multiyear projects or multiple projects at once
  • Strong collaboration skills and ability to work well with all levels of staff and with external partners
  • Takes initiative to continuously identify areas for improvement and willingness to experiment with solutions
  • Experience with grants management software
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Workspace
  • Exceptional oral, written, and visual communication and presentation skills

Organization-Wide Commitments

The ideal candidate must be committed to embodying our mission, vision, and values of excellence, integrity, equity, innovation, transformative impact, and authentic relationships. They must also demonstrate a commitment to supporting a culture of belonging by actively participating in organization-wide learning and development focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and by rooting their work in equity and inclusion.

What We Offer

This role will offer some amazing opportunities to add value, contribute, and make a difference while enjoying new challenges, a collaborative and diverse team, and professional development opportunities. Committee for Children offers competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, life, and retirement with generous employer match. We also offer commuting, wellness, and staff-development benefits. Our office is in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood and offers a modern workspace with views of Puget Sound and the Space Needle. All employees are currently working 100 percent remote until further notice. Subject to change.

About Committee for Children

For more than 40 years, Committee for Children has been helping children learn, grow, and thrive by teaching them how to understand emotions, build meaningful relationships, and resolve conflicts. We believe that if you make a positive impact on enough children through social-emotional learning, then the ripples will help a family, a school, a community, and ultimately, the world. We believe that successfully ensuring the safety and well-being of all children will require the involvement of our greatest thinkers. That’s why we bring together diverse opinions and viewpoints—from educators, philanthropists, community activists, scientists and researchers, private-sector executives, and behavioral specialists. Come join the effort. And let’s grow kinder together.

Committee for Children is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, without regard to race, color, age, disability, gender identity, marital status, national origin, genetics, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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Experience Level

Senior Level

Committee for Children

Committee for Children is a global nonprofit dedicated to fostering the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning and development. CFC is the world’s largest provider of research-based educational programs that promote social-emotional skills and prevent bullying.
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