Development Director



Workers Defense Project (WDP) and Workers Defense Action Fund (WDAF) build power for working families and immigrants in Texas. We know that power for our community lies in organized people and organized money. We are looking for a skilled development director who is ready to build a plan to organize donors and generate resources through innovative and groundbreaking strategies to support movement building. In particular, we are seeking an individual with the passion to build diverse and sustainable revenue streams to support a vision for economic and racial justice for working people in Texas.


Send resume, cover letter, a donor-related writing sample, and three professional references to Please include the position title on the subject line of your email. 


  • You have a vision for funding a powerful renewal of the labor movement driven by a commitment to grassroots fundraising; 
  • You bring experience and understanding of powerbuilding work and knowledge of the national fundraising landscape;
  • You have a proven track record and capability to lead teams and cross-departmental projects;
  • You’ve demonstrated a high level of proficiency in managing execution of development initiatives of different sizes;
  • You utilize a values-based approach when describing strategy; and
  • You embrace technology as an enabler to help you get your job done and to collaborate in a culture that promotes passion in technology.


  • Designing, implementing and managing a strategic fundraising plan, from planning to evaluation, for raising short- and long-term support from foundations and major donors;
  • Working directly with the Co-Executive Directors and Senior Leadership Team, Board of Directors, and Leadership Councils to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward all funders and major donors to meet funding needs;
  • Managing relationships with funders and major donors; cultivating existing relationships and developing new relationships; 
  • Overseeing the drafting and submitting of new grant proposals, concept papers and letters of interest as well as ensuring the renewal process for existing grants;
  • Developing and managing an individual major donor program, including engagement calendar and income projections; and
  • Partner with the Co-Executive Director and Director of HR & Ops to develop overall organization and team budgets.


  • Commitment to social and economic justice  and building community power;
  • Minimum 3-5 years in non-profit or campaign fundraising and/or organizational leadership with a successful fundraising record;
  • Previous experience working with c3 and c4 organizations in a development function highly preferred;
  • Ability to work successfully with other departments to advance fundraising efforts and achieve goals;
  • Experience building and stewarding relationships with funders and major donors;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including superior writing, copy editing and proofreading ability;
  • Willingness to travel in Texas and nationally to meet with funders, once pandemic conditions is over and safe travel has resumed; 
  • Ability to work irregular hours, including occasional nights and weekends;
  • Knowledge of statewide progressive funding landscape (preferred, but not required); and
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (preferred, but not required).


  • The salary base for this position is $80,000 annually;
  • $500 annual bilingual language stipend for eligible employees;
  • Employer-paid medical, vision, dental, and life insurance;
  • Paid leave: 10 days vacation, 10 days sick, and 5 days personal. Six weeks paid parental leave after probationary period (120 days from hire);
  • Paid holidays: 10 paid holidays annually; and
  • Retirement plan with company match. 

WDP is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, immigrants, women, and LBGTQ individuals to apply.