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Fundraising Director - Arlington VA

Job Description
NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education.

We currently have an opening for a Fundraising Director. The Director will lead and motivate the fundraising team in order to meet the required financial needs of NAMI.

Travel: Up to 20%

Essential Functions:

•To develop and deliver a clearly defined fundraising strategy for large gifts which will ensure sustainable revenue for the running costs of NAMI and build suitable level of reserves.

•Develop and maintain NAMI fundraising strategy which maximizes NAMI’s voluntary income as well as raising its profile and enhancing its reputation.

•Plan, manage and grow three key areas of NAMI fundraising: – Major Donors, Planned Giving, and Professional Memberships. Develop comprehensive strategies for each area and implement fundraising activities that result in revenue that exceeds budget.

•Work closely with the Senior Management Team and the Board of Directors to facilitate development activities and engage key donors and prospects, as well as ensure that the fundraising strategy supports overall organizational strategy and complements the financial programs and advocacy strategies.

•Assist in the planning, coordination and management of donor development events to cultivate support from members, major donors, and prospects.

•Manage a donor database to ensure accurate and up-to-date data, with proper coding.

•Ensure consistent messaging and representation of the NAMI brand across all fundraising communications.

•Provide leadership and supervision for staff engaged with Major Donors.

Minimum Qualifications:

•Minimum 8-10 years of experience in development roles.
•Demonstrated success in implementing fundraising strategies.
•Advanced organizational and management skills, strategic thinking, capacity to see both larger picture and detailed steps needed to achieve goals.
•Well organized with a proven ability to work in a demanding, multiple task environment.
•Strong interpersonal skills; a strong service orientation; detail oriented.
•Excellent presentation skills.
•Personal and professional integrity, flexibility and leadership qualities.


•BA/BS in related field
•Master’s Degree preferred.

Must pass background check.

How to Apply:

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Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V
Job Specifications
Position Type: Full-Time
Department: Development
Benefits: 403(b), Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Leave
Job Requirements
Education: Undergraduate Degree
Travel Level: Medium
Minimum Experience: 8 years
Contact Information
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