ACT for Alexandria

Career Opportunities


Are you passionate about making a difference in the Alexandria community? Do you have experience working with fundraising, donor relations and/or donor outreach? Then ACT for Alexandria would love to hear from you! We are hiring a part-time Development Officer to help drive the success of ACT during an exciting period of growth and transformation for our organization. For more information, please read the complete job description below. 

If you have any questions about this position,  please contact Sally Gardner, Operations Manager at

We look forward to hearing from you!


Development Officer 

Part-Time Position (.5FTE) 


The Development Officer is a member of the ACT for Alexandria leadership team and will play an integral role in driving the success of an exciting period of growth and transformation for ACT. S/he will manage the development pipeline, staff the development committee, provide strategic oversight of development functions, and manage a portfolio of prospects and donors. The Development Officer will play a key role in supporting and guiding board activities, cultivating high-net-worth individuals, stewarding and recruiting donor advised fund holders, as well as foundation, corporate and government grants. The position reports to the President and CEO. 


  • Fundraising: Manage a portfolio of key funding relationships and solicit gifts. Brief and prepare leadership to participate in meetings, execute on-site meetings, presentations, proposals, communications, and negotiations with donors— including current and prospective donors. Advise on the development of donor communications and materials including print and digital collateral and social media. Provide strategic guidance on ACT’s fundraising events. Develop a planned giving program. 
  • Stewardship: Build a donor base by developing and maintaining key long-term relationships with funders through community outreach, accurate and regular reporting, and branding and marketing activities. Develop and execute a calendar of cultivation and stewardship activities.
  • Board of Directors Management: Support the CEO in stewarding and soliciting individual Board members, manage the Board’s Development Committee and liaise regularly with Development Chair, and manage a pipeline of prospective new Board members and support the Board in recruitment. Provide periodic fundraising trainings to Board of Directors. 
  • Planning and Strategy: Plan the strategic direction of Development and create and execute an annual fundraising plan. Identify needed funds, strategic approaches, and preferred funding targets for individuals, foundations and corporations. Create fundraising projections and support the development of ACT’s annual budget. 
  • Reporting and Tracking: Oversee the management of the donor pipeline and reporting through the database and other tools. Work with the Development Coordinator to provide regular reports to funders with updates on current status of funding activities. Regularly report to fellow Development Committee members and Board of Directors on fundraising milestones and metrics using dashboards from the database. Regularly assess ACT’s fundraising effectiveness and provide suggestions to strengthen performance. 


  • 4-6 years of fundraising experience for a nonprofit organization, including an effective track record in major gifts. 
  • Demonstrated success in developing and executing effective cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies, including goal setting, progress monitoring and reporting. 
  • Demonstrated success in soliciting and closing gifts from a variety of audiences. 
  • Knowledge of donor advised funds and planned giving. 
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working with Boards of Directors. 
  • Strong communication skills and public presence, and excellent writing and presentation skills. 
  • Strong team management skills; able to manage development professionals and provide strategic direction across the organization. 
  • Good interpersonal skills; able to work with cross-functional teams and lead through influence. 
  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail; able to manage a number of diverse tasks, activities, and projects. 
  • Flexible and adaptable; ability to perform well in an entrepreneurial environment. 
  • Enthusiasm for ACT’s mission, vision and values. 
  • Knowledge of MS Office Suite is required. 
  • Willingness and ability to travel locally. 
  • Experience and proficiency with databases, Donor Perfect a plus. 


  • Flexible, 20 hours a week. 


  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. 


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. 
  • This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 25 pounds. There is a significant amount of carrying boxes with marketing materials to events at various locations. 


  • This is a part-time position, and ACT is flexible about what days or portion of days this part-time person wants to work. ACT’s work hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


  • Only local travel is expected for this position. 


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. 


  • Experience in a fast-paced professional environment. 


  • Must possess a Driver’s License 


  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


  • Commensurate with experience. 


Submit your resume, a thoughtful cover letter that speaks to your interest in ACT and your fit for this position, salary requirements and a writing sample to Sally Gardner, Operations Manager, 201 King Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314 or email to 


AAP/EEO Statement 

ACT for Alexandria provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, ACT for Alexandria complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. 

ACT for Alexandria expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of ACT for Alexandria’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.