Senior Development Manager

Washington, DC, USA
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Job Description

United We Dream (UWD) is the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country. We create welcoming spaces for young people – regardless of immigration status – to make their voices heard and win victories so that all people can live free and thrive. We recruit, support, engage and empower young people and are creating a new generation of social justice leaders to change our world. 

Our powerful network is made up of 1.2 million members, over 100 local groups across 28 states, and we reach over 5 million people online every month. We celebrate our diversity and believe in multi-ethnic, multi-racial, inter-generational intersectional solutions. Over 60% of our members are womxn and 20% identify as LGBTQ.

Whether we’re organizing in the streets, building innovative technology systems, opening doors for LGBTQ immigrant youth, clearing pathways to education, stopping deportations, or creating alliances across social movements, United We Dream puts undocumented immigrant youth in the driver’s seat. United We Dream is a fast-paced, dynamic organization which has become a leading voice in social change and has appeared in every major news outlet in the country.

We are driven by the priorities and needs of our members; have trained thousands of individuals; and have supported countless local organizing groups. Today, United We Dream is arguably the most influential immigrant rights organization in the nation and a leading driver of progressive politics and strategy. Our brand is known around the world and we are proud to be driven by the hopes, dreams, decisions, and brilliance of directly impacted young people. 

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United We Dream (UWD) is looking for a highly motivated, results minded, and collaborative Senior Development Manager who is dedicated to our mission. In this role, you will work closely with the Development Director and team to drive fundraising efforts and support the organization’s continued financial sustainability.

The Senior Development Manager will support the Development Director and team with fundraising efforts for UWD by driving and implementing fundraising strategy for all streams of giving and long-term plan to diversify sources of UWDN/A revenue, managing relationships with additional focus on stewardship of assigned donors for successful cultivation, as well as researching and identifying new funding opportunities.  Project work is highly collaborative both within the organization, across departments, as well as with other partners.

This is a full-time remote position and reports to the Development Director while supervising development staff and consultants. Travel requirements to meet with funders/ donors and attend UWD events with the amount of travel varying based on need.


Fundraising Strategy

  • Assist the Development Director in implementing the annual fundraising strategy 
  • Managing relationships with assigned donors/funders for successful cultivation.  
  • Managing strategic programming and events for funders in partnership with Development Director and/or Executive Director
  • Develop and strategize key communications to funders and collaborate with the team to produce materials
  • Identify collateral materials needed for new funder/existing funder conversations
  • Ensuring collateral materials are regularly updated on a quarterly basis
  • Prepare briefing agendas and provide supporting collateral material
  • Work with Development Director to define materials needed to effectively tell UWD’s story by collaborating with other departments
  • Maintain consistent email updates and communications to existing and potential funders on a quarterly or needed basis.
  • Assist the Development Director and/or Executive Director to coordinate and compose agendas for funder meetings and conferences

 Department Management and Operations

  • Oversee the in-house development staff and Institutional Giving consultants directly
  • Build consensus within the Development staff to ensure UWD’s development strategy is aligned with the organizational vision and membership priorities.
  • Build future leaders: Train and mentor youth in Development in order to build a pipeline of young leaders of color in the immigrant rights movement.
  • Demonstrate embodied leadership: Prioritize taking care of your physical and emotional health as a key component of thriving in your role. Practice self-care behaviors in ways that work best for you and proactively encourage your staff to prioritize self-care as well. Project trust & confidence in your abilities and skills and recognize the achievements and abilities of others.
  • Strengthen the culture: Ensure a safe, welcoming, and inspiring organizational culture for staff to excel in. Role model and uphold UWD’s values of creating an inclusive and equitable working environment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Development Director.

 Giving Program

  • Implement UWD’s fundraising strategy for all streams of giving and long-term plan to diversify sources of revenue
  • Support the stewardship of all donor relationships to foster successful cultivation
  • Coordinate regular communications with funders through newsletters, quarterly update emails, and other forms of communications
  • Prepare for funder briefings in collaboration with the Development Director, and other participants on a weekly basis. 
  • Coach UWD staff in preparation for funder meetings, presentations, and events
  • Work with the Development Director to identify potential prospects for fundraising
  • Work with the Development Director to develop cultivation strategies and ensure effective stewardship of prospects

 Institutional Giving Pipeline Development

  • Manage a portfolio of institutional funders and prospects, and develop cultivation strategies for them in partnership with the Development Director. 
  • Work in partnership with development staff  and Development Director to identify new funding opportunities and prospects through proactive prospect research
  • Work in partnership with the Development Director to implement a fundraising strategy for institutional giving 


  • At least 3 years of development experience at a $5M+ organization, including national foundation and major donor fundraising.
  • At least 3 years of staff or department management experience, with experience delivering results through other staff or consultants.
  • Deeply committed to United We Dream’s mission and an ability to balance your burning passion for justice with a good sense of humor.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proven track-record of setting and adjusting smart, strategic, and ambitious goals, achieving results, and particularly increasing organizational resources from year-to-year.
  • A creative approach about individual donors, ready to experiment, evaluate experiments, and build a strategy for bringing more individual donors and major donors into the organization.
  • Born to market and sell with a manager, delegator, and coach mentality.
  • Detail-oriented with a command for polished, metric-driven, beautiful, and relatable products.
  • A diligent work planner with the ability to manage and sequence multiple projects on short and long-term deadlines
  • Ability to work in a collaborative, fast-paced environment.
  • Experience with immigrant youth/immigrant rights organizing and advocacy preferred.


  • Ability to manage in complexity: Able to lean on standard fundraising knowledge and best practices while customizing with a UWD approach to serve the needs of the organization; direct, strategic, and analytical thinker with an ability to pivot from big picture to detailed implementation as needed; able to translate compelling strategies into actionable plans and lead others to execute them with exceptional quality; brings colleagues and team members into the problem-solving process in a way that feels constructive and collaborative 
  • Ability to operate in a dynamic environment: Nimble, fast-paced, and detail-oriented, bringing a passion for making things work well and an ability to handle a large volume of work impeccably in a high performing environment; can prioritize the work of the development department within an environment that may be fast-paced and changing; relentlessly flexible, solutions-oriented, and systems-minded, with the ability to adapt to the evolving needs of our growing organization and to think several steps ahead to ensure things run smoothly
  • People and Department Management: Comfortable managing remote team member across time zones; strong history of coaching, developing and mentoring others to grow and achieve excellent results;
  • Purpose: You understand that we are part of something bigger than our own selves; you have a vision for your community and want to work with others to achieve it.
  • Grit: You demonstrate the ability to persist in something that’s important to you and that you feel passionate about, particularly when it comes to long-term, meaningful goals.  When you encounter obstacles and experience failures (which will inevitably happen!), you bounce back, adapt, innovate, and persevere through challenge after challenge, without losing hope and without losing faith that our work can and will make a difference.
  • Cultural competency: Deeply believes that racial equity and social justice are important and is driven to act on this belief; recognizes ways that race and other identities intersect and play out in the work; continually able to hear, reflect, and act on feedback re: identity and equity with the aim to learn; has demonstrated the ability to build equitable and inclusive environments through previous roles.
  • UWD Culture Fit: Builds collegial relationships, works well in a collaborative environment, approaches the work with a positive attitude and flexibility, able to drive important work forward by working with colleagues, with or without formal authority. Brings a growth mindset, meaning eager for feedback and opportunities to improve.


Compensation: Commensurate with experience. United We Dream offers a competitive salary, and comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation, health insurance, retirement plans, and life insurance. 

Base pay ranges: $75,000/yr - $85,000/yr

  • Employees who have completed less than 3 years of service with United We Dream: 
  • 10 Vacation days per year
  • Employees who have completed at least 3 years of service with United We Dream: 
  • 15 Vacation days per year
  • Paid Time Off Holiday between December 24th - January 1st.
  • 12 Paid holidays
  • 3% 403(B) employer discretionary contribution 
  • 12 weeks of paid family leave
  • Medical/Dental/Vision/ life coverage + dependents 
  • $120 Reimbursement included cell service/data and utilities monthly
  • $500 Reimbursement for office supplies working from home annually

Location: This is a full-time, remote position. We have a preference to hire in states where we already have employees working from home - AZ, DC, CT, CA, FL, IL, MO, NJ, NM, NY, OK, SC, and TX. You may be required to travel for internal team meetings, retreats, and UWD events as well as external events as required for your role. 

 To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter through our career website Please do not send duplicate materials and incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.


UWD is an equal-opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. UWD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religion, political orientation, genetic information, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

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