Director of Development

Research!America, located in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia, is seeking an entrepreneurial, energetic and experienced development professional to be part of a dynamic development and membership team.  The Research!America alliance advocates for science, discovery, and innovation to achieve better health for all.

Reporting to the Vice President of Alliance Development and Membership, this person will be an integral part of the organization, coordinating Research!America’s overall fundraising program which includes special events, sponsored programs, individual giving, foundation and corporate grants and membership dues.  The Director of Development will provide overall strategic support for the activities necessary to attract individual donors, potential alliance members, event sponsorships and program partners to the organization, as well as manage existing donor and partners relationships.

The Director of Development, in collaboration with the membership and development team and other departments within Research!America is responsible for:

  • Researching, identifying and cultivating prospects for corporate and foundation giving
  • Soliciting corporate sponsorships and foundation support for two signature special events
  • Managing the stewardship of corporate, foundation and membership relationships
  • Recruitment and retention of alliance membership
  • Assist in planning and implementing high-end special events
  • Assist in developing and funding member partner initiatives
  • Writing and managing grants and proposals for programs and grant funded programs
  • Assist with managing and growing individual giving
  • Provide training, support, coaching and supervision for development and membership associate


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 8 years increasingly responsible experience with a track record of success in fundraising.
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain best fundraising and operational practices, employing clearly defined objectives and transparent methods with which to measure success
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication, presentation, and astute listening skills including the ability to express ideas with clarity, confidence and sensitivity
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interact with a variety of constituents including CEO, board members and members
  • Knowledge and/or understanding of fund development database systems
  • Must be able to organize priorities according to changing circumstances in a positive, focused and timely manner
  • Collaborative work ethic with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • CFRE degree desired

To be considered for this position, please email a cover letter and resume with salary history to  No phone calls please. EEO

Without continued support for health research, many of the most promising young scientists, their ideas and a myriad of potentially life-changing scientific breakthroughs will vanish into oblivion.
Paul Marinec, PhD; University of California San Francisco