Vice President – Strategic Development

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
June 8, 2021
Arlington, Virginia
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
Not specified


The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) supports people who have lost or left their homes. For over 100 years, the unwavering commitment of our leadership, team, network of service providers, and advocates has helped redirect the destiny of countless vulnerable lives. In neighborhoods, in Washington, and around the world, we break down barriers and demand justice for refugees and immigrants as they successfully integrate into new communities. We provide essential social and legal services to rebuild productive lives, turning tragedy into prosperity. We are a purpose driven organization with a mission to protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and supporting their transition to a dignified life. To learn more about our work, please visit our website at


Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President, Strategic Development serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting USCRI. Partnering with the CEO, the Vice President, Strategic Development will work with the Board, development team and senior staff to build our fundraising and development activities.

The successful candidate will be a creative and visionary leader capable of forging new relationships to advance the overall fundraising program at headquarters and in the field offices. Through a comprehensive planning process involving major gifts, online and direct mail solicitations, corporate partnerships, foundation grants, federal and state grants, and special events, the Vice President, Strategic Development will be responsible to sustain and grow our annual donor base and pipeline of prospects. It is expected that the amount raised by USCRI will increase in future years as the VP, Development systematically and effectively strengthens the organization's overall fundraising capacity.


  • Planning and strategy: Work across the organization with key leaders to drive the work of the development team including long-term, annual, and day-to-day planning, prioritizing, and management of USCRI’s development work; create an annual development plan and long-term development strategies to lead the next stage of USCRI growth; build revenue projections and the annual development budget;
  • Organizational leadership: Work with the CEO and senior leadership as an active member of the senior leadership team to help shape and drive USCRI’s organizational and program strategies; ensure ongoing communication and collaboration with the administrative, communications, and program departments;
  • Program storytelling: Obtain a deep understanding of all program work and think creatively about how to make USCRI’s work come alive, inspiring more individuals and organizations to understand the challenges and importance of helping refugees and other uprooted people to lead dignified lives.
  • Major gifts: Build up and take the lead in managing USCRI’s major giving program, developing the strategies, cultivation activities, materials/messages, and stewardship programs required to attract and retain five-figure and higher gifts from individuals; build relationships with donors; research prospects and work with senior leadership to find, cultivate, and solicit new major donors; prepare the CEO and other staff and board for donor meetings;
  • Foundation grants: Hone and expand our grants program, develop proposals and reports, steward relationships with existing foundation donors, cultivate new foundations, and develop strategies for aligning USCRI’s programmatic goals and projects with institutional donor interests;
  • Corporate partnerships: Seek to expand our corporate relationships into meaningful, mutually rewarding partnerships through grants, in-kind support, sponsorships, promotion, volunteer engagement, and other ways to enhance corporate-USCRI programming;
  • Individual giving: Supervise online and offline fundraising campaigns, working with our communications team to develop content and strategies to increase individual giving;
  • Special events: Supervise event planning and implementation, including honoree and event chair recruitment, sponsorship solicitation, and creation of publicity materials; work with event consultant in managing the venue and night-of programming;
  • Board: Inspire and engage the Board to be a fundraising asset; act as the staff liaison to the Development Committee and work with individual board members to leverage their networks on behalf of USCRI;
  • Staff management: Supervise the development staff at headquarters and in field offices; ensure the effective operation of the entire development team; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. All job duties indicated is not to be an exhaustive statement and other job-related duties may be assigned as required by the supervisor(s).


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred;
  • Demonstrated fundraising results
  • 10+ years of experience in leadership positions in nonprofits and/or corporate philanthropy; 10+ years of fundraising experience is preferred;
  • Experience fundraising for advocacy a strong plus;
  • Staff management experience is required including experience supervising cross-functional teams;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships both internally and externally;
  • Proven track record of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major individual and institutional donors in traditional and creative ways;
  • Excellent communicator and storyteller; ability to make USCRI’s work come alive through inspiring written materials, stories, and talking points;
  • Excellent interpersonal engagement and team-building skills; relationship-builder;
  • Strategic thinker; flexible and entrepreneurial; goal directed;
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to plan effectively, meet all deadlines, and coordinate the involvement of others;
  • Ability to maintain high standards of ethics, integrity, and professionalism, including dealing with sensitive and proprietary donor information;
  • Proficiency in Office 365, especially SharePoint, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency with donor management databases and research databases; and
  • Demonstrated support of USCRI’s values by exhibiting respect for others, maintenance of confidential information and an appreciation of a multicultural workplace and a with a dedication to human rights, including of trafficking victims, refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers, and vulnerable or disenfranchised populations.


  • Satisfactory completion of USCRI’s Orientation and Training; and
  • Complete additional training as identified by supervisor or Human Resources.


Please submit a resume, cover letter describing your interest and qualifications and writing sample with your online application.

References will be required at time of the final interview.

No telephone calls please. Position will remain open until filled.

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