Director of Advancement

Title:                                 Director of Advancement                     

Reports To:                     Chief Executive Officer

Status:                             Exempt

Date:                                March 2020



Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Advancement plans, organizes, and directs Halcyon’s fundraising including: annual fund, foundation grants and support, individual giving, major gifts, corporate gifts, planned giving and special events. The role works closely with the Board and Honorary Board, Halcyon team, diverse stakeholders and supporters, and a wide range of community institutions. 

Essential Responsibilities

  • Strategic Planning and Development
    • Develop, recommend, and implement fundraising strategies to achieve goals of $6 million annual budget and multi-year reserves campaign of $6-8 million.
    • Meet projected revenue goals through retention and renewal of existing supporters, as well as identification of new foundation, government, corporate and private philanthropy prospects. 
    • Identify and support strategic and collaborative alliances with local, national and international organizations (including community groups, museums, business and trade groups, cultural organizations, governmental agencies, and others) to further the Halcyon’s goals and expand the organization’s profile and reputation.
  • Management
    • Serve as member of the senior management team.
    • Develop annual revenue budgets in conjunction with the senior team and Board. Frequently monitor progress towards goals, directing fundraising activities to ensure success and advising appropriate management on performance, budget variances, and significant challenges.
    • Recommend and implement technology, systems innovations, procedures, and fundraising best practices across multiple portfolio owners to achieve revenue goals, engagement targets, and other key metrics.
    • Conceive and oversee major fundraising events, collaborating with the Events team, Board, and senior team.
    • Attract, develop, and retain a competent, well-trained, properly structured and highly motivated fundraising team. Establish performance standards and provide team with timely feedback.
    • Stay abreast of developments in field and participate in relevant professional organizations and meetings to understand and, as appropriate, incorporate trends and new approaches.
  • Relationship Management
    • Seek out, support, and contribute to collaborative relationships and partnerships with team members, fellows, advisors, consultants, stakeholders, congressional and diplomatic corps, and existing funders and audiences.
    • Meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish; nurture, cultivate and steward effective relationships.
    • Serve as a Halcyon ambassador at internal and co-hosted events, as well as external events throughout the DMV region.

Minimum Education/Experience Required  

BA or BS degree; graduate degree preferred; Minimum five years of development/fundraising experience at a nonprofit organization, minimum two years supervising/managing staff.  A demonstrable track record of raising funds from a variety of sources and creating new development/fundraising programs

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong and diverse fundraising skills.
  • Articulate, gracious, and persuasive in both public and written communication.
  • Successful track record of networking, cultivating, and collaborating with: foundation, individual, and corporate funders; team members; stakeholders; government representatives and agencies; diplomatic corps; volunteers; and press.
  • Strong grasp of Washington and/or other metropolitan philanthropic and business ecosystems.
  • Computer literate; strong Excel skills, proficient history with CRMs.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills including identifying and recommending solutions.
  • Ability to work well both in teams and independently.
  • Thrive on working in a fast-paced, dynamic, start-up environment.
  • Unwavering commitment to Halcyon’s mission and support of its programs.

Special Requirements

Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends to meet program requirements.  Some travel will be required.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to with the subject line “Director of Advancement.”