Development Director

Washington Urban Debate League

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The Development Director is responsible for gathering financial and other material resources to support the Washington Urban Debate League (“WUDL”).


  • Expand the WUDL’s individual giving and major giving programs.
  • Prepare grant applications, including to organizations in the D.C. area.
  • Manage fundraising events, including annual fundraiser.
  • Manage the WUDL’s donor database.
  • Prepare communications strategies and materials related to fundraising.
  • Work with WUDL Governing Board, Advisory Board, and other relevant stakeholders to support fundraising initiatives.
  • Assist with WUDL programmatic events as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher required.
  • Three (3) or more years’ experience working in the fundraising/development field in the non-profit sector or other related experience. Experience working with education-oriented non-profits or in the D.C. marketplace is appreciated but not required.
  • Familiarity with database software such as Salesforce and Little Green Light.
  • Superior written and oral skills; the ability to understand and convey with clarity, crispness, and elegance the mission of the WUDL to a wide variety of audiences; the ability to quickly compose clear and concise messages for public relations and community outreach purposes.
  • A passion for urban education and building young voices.


  • Work environment is dynamic. It can include working in an office or coffee shop, writing grants and meeting with potential donors, hosting a fundraiser, or providing support to a programmatic event.
  • This position will occasionally include work time in the evenings and weekends meeting with key stakeholders and meeting deadlines.
  • Physical demands include working at the computer, carrying supplies (paper, printers, computer, t-shirts, food, etc.) for events, and local travel.


The Washington Urban Debate League is an equal opportunity employer.

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