Development Director

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FreeState Justice

FreeState Justice is seeking a creative, detail-oriented Development Director who cares deeply about LGBTQ+ people to expand the fundraising efforts of a growing legal services and advocacy non-profit.  Applicants should possess a deep passion for social justice and a commitment to bringing lived equality to Maryland’s LGBTQ community.

Position Summary: The Development Director will work under the supervision of the Executive Director to meet annual revenue budgets (between $750k and $1M). Working closely with the Board and leadership, they will support efforts to expand a sustainable funding base and build strong relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations both in the community and nationally. The Development Director will also be responsible for maintaining effective systems for stewardship, gift acknowledgment, recognition, receipting, and reporting.

About FreeState:  FreeState Justice is a 501(c)(3) social justice organization that envisions a Maryland where people across the spectrum of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identities are free to live authentically, with safety and dignity, in all communities throughout our state. Our work brings to the forefront the experiences of those of us at greater risk for discrimination, such as youth, communities of color, individuals with low and limited incomes, and transgender and gender non-conforming people.  FreeState Justice provides free legal representation and policy advocacy in areas arising from a person’s LGBTQ status, such as health care discrimination, safe and equal access to school services, family law matters, name and gender changes, and discrimination in places of public accommodation.  More information about the organization can be found at


Strategic and Operational Planning

  • Provide vision, leadership, and strategic thinking to the short-term and long-term development plans in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board of Directors
  • Set ambitious and achievable annual development goals and tasks
  • Meet all staff requirements for reporting, goal setting, and professional development.

Donor and Board Management

  • Manage donor portfolios of $150,000+ (individual) and $180,000+ (institutional), including development and maintenance of best practices and processes
  • Plan and execute short- and long-term development campaigns
  • Effectively manage up actions and communications to the Executive Director
  • Write and submit grant proposals and reports
  • Plan and execute high-quality events, including vendor management
  • Collaborate with the staff accountant to ensure proper fund accounting
  • Partner with Executive Director to coordinate the Board of Directors’ involvement
  • Staff the Events Committee of the Board of Directors and support Board of Directors’ meetings


  • Oversee the design, distribution, and documentation of development-related promotional materials.
  • Understand and build FreeState Justice’s local brand awareness/strength
  • Effectively manage regular communication while consistently maintaining high standards by delivering accurate information and tailored messaging to stakeholders
  • Develops high-quality, partner-specific stewardship materials and experiences that effectively speak to stakeholder motivations, address barriers, and position stakeholders

Qualifications:  An ideal candidate will possess the following qualities:

  • Previous successful experience in fundraising, sales, organizing, project management, or other related fields
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving communities with low incomes, including experience working with transgender people, people of color, and other marginalized populations
  • Demonstrated ability to use data, metrics, and storytelling to communicate FreeState’s mission, values, and work to a variety of stakeholders and audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, high-energy environment with a proven ability to juggle multiple deadlines and tasks while staying organized
  • Demonstrated ability in written and oral communications, public speaking, and interpersonal relations
  • Experience planning and executing successful, external campaigns including an ability to managing up and laterally within an organization
  • Demonstrated abilities in strategic thinking and creative problem solving
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with external stakeholders
  • Ability to travel throughout the state of Maryland
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, including MS Excel
  • Flexibility in work schedule
  • Existing relationships within the Maryland funding community strongly desired
  • Event planning experience helpful but not required
  • Grant writing experience helpful but not required

Salary:  FreeState Justice offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.  The salary range for this position is $70,000 to $80,000 annually.

Benefits:  FreeState Justice offers a competitive benefits package.  Benefits include: medical, dental, and vision benefits; 403(b) retirement savings account; 11 paid holidays, 20 days of paid time off annually, and 10 days of paid sick leave.

How to Apply:  Interested candidates should (1) prepare a cover letter, resume, writing sample and (2) complete an application form and upload your application materials here.

If necessary, questions may be directed via email to; no calls please.  More information about the organization can be found at

Equal Opportunity Employer: FreeState Justice is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, HIV status, or any other status protected by applicable law.  Transgender people, people of color, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.