Location: National Capital Region
Employment type: Full-time Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director


Genesys Works is a nonprofit organization that trains and employs high school seniors to perform professional services for major corporations. Our mission is to provide pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experience, and impactful relationships. We envision a future when all youth finish high school equipped and empowered with the knowledge and skills required to achieve career success and a lifetime of economic self-sufficiency.

Purpose of Position

Reporting directly to the Executive Director (“ED”), the Director of Development serves as a member of the senior leadership team. Working closely with the Board of Directors and staff, s/he will hold primary responsibility for creating and managing a multi-year fund development plan designed to meet the organization’s annual contributed income budget (approximately $1M) through the solicitation of major gifts, corporate and foundation support, federal and state grants, and special events. It is expected that the amount raised by Genesys Work National Capital Region (GWNCR) will increase in future years as the Director of Development systematically and effectively strengthens the organization’s overall fundraising capacity. Institutional gifts currently account for 90% of contributed income; the goal is to increase individual giving to represent 30% of contributed income over the next five years.

Key Responsibilities

  • Hold organizational responsibility for the success of fundraising programs, including, foundation and corporate giving, government grants, special events, and individual giving; Develop and lead a comprehensive, multi-year development plan to strengthen how GWNCR implements development, and development best practices, across all levels of the organization
  • Expand a well-established institutional (foundations, corporations, government) giving program; identify top individual and institutional gift prospects who can advance funding priorities through annual and multi – year gifts.
  • Build an individual giving program and ensure that individual and major donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship best practices are institutionalized within the development department;
  • Work in close partnership with the Executive Director, the National Development Team, and all board members to build the Board’s capabilities in individual and institutional donor engagement, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Assume clear responsibility for meeting or exceeding budgeted revenue goals
  • Work in collaboration with the Genesys Works National Marketing team to increase local online media presence.
  • Working with the ED and the Corporate Partnerships team, co-design a multi-year, corporate partnership strategic plan to increase the number of partners engaging in both earned and contributed revenue by 30%.
  • Collaborate with Genesys Works Chief Development Officer and National fundraising team on development efforts.
  • Build a culture of philanthropy across the organization.
  • Ensure best practice use of analytics, data, and metrics to forecast and track progress and success of fundraising goals, strategies, and tactics.


  • Five to seven years of professional experience in a development role in a nonprofit organization;
  • Demonstrated success in growing a development function
  • Track record of having expanded and cultivated existing donor relationships over time, especially with corporate and individual donors.
  • An undergraduate degree is required.


  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement a multi-year strategic development
  • Passion for GWNCR’s mission, culture, and values is
  • Proven track record of growing corporate and institutional
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, manage multiple tasks at one time, and engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside GWNCR’s.
  • Aptitude for working with diverse community groups.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term

Essential Characteristics



Being reliable, responsible, and fulfilling obligations

Attention to Detail

Being careful about every detail and thorough in completing work tasks



Accepting constructive criticism and dealing calmly and

effectively with high stress situations


Maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult



Being honest and ethical

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people

Interacting with


Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software), set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Interpersonal Skills

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others and maintaining them over time.

Oral communication

Communicating information and ideas in speaking so others will understand

Written Communication

Communicating information and ideas in writing so others will understand


Physical Requirements

Including, but not limited to standing and sitting for long periods of time; speaking loudly and clearly; seeing and hearing things both near and far away; and reaching, stooping, kneeling, and fine-finger and hand manipulation in use of a computer, chalkboard, dry erase board, or projector. Employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures, transcribing, viewing a computer terminal, and extensive reading. Employee may be required to walk for long distances at partner schools, corporations, or other relevant sites. Most work environments are climate-controlled, open space floor plans. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be sent to National Human Resources.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the application found at the link below, which includes submission of a resume and cover letter.