About the Presidential Precinct:
From the birthplace of modern democracy, the Presidential Precinct engages and inspires emerging leaders to address the most pressing challenges in their countries. The Precinct offers an interactive and engaging learning experience that connects leaders to two premier U.S. universities: William & Mary and the University of Virginia, and four historic sites: James Madison’s Montpelier, James Monroe’s Highland, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and Morven Farm. In the past five years, over 450 emerging leaders have come to the Precinct through 50 uniquely designed programs. Today, we recognize around the globe the hallmarks of diverse and free societies — individual liberty, equality under law, government by consent, opportunity and entrepreneurship. These fundamental values are connected in powerful ways to the struggles of the American Founding Fathers. The Precinct was created to share this history of ideas, the rich resources of its partner sites and the Founding Fathers’ spirit of entrepreneurship with a new generation of leaders.


The Presidential Precinct is currently seeking applications for Director of Development.

The Director of Development oversees and manages fundraising for the Presidential Precinct through the identification, cultivation and stewardship of a national portfolio of donors.

The Director of Development will develop and implement a fundraising plan that focuses primarily on corporate and foundation support and secondarily on individual major gifts.

The Director of Development is accountable for a significant portion of budgeted annual revenues and is a key member of the senior staff, integrally involved with marketing, communications, board relations, and is jointly responsible for the overall organizational health and vibrancy of the Precinct.

Primary Responsibilities:
The position requires the ability to work independently under the general direction of the Executive Director while meeting timelines and priorities. This will include varied tasks including, but not limited to, the following duties:

  • Develop and implement long-range and short-term fundraising/donor cultivation plans and goals for the Presidential Precinct focused on increasing support from corporate and foundation prospects for operations and specific programs, but with attention to attracting major support from select individuals.
  • Establish prospect lists/groups for fundraising priorities
  • Develop strategies for a cycle of contact/cultivation/donation/stewardship
  • Identify sponsorship opportunities for various levels of support
  • Develop donor recognition opportunities
  • Rigorously maintain contact reports on all prospective and actual donors, documenting continued contact and communication
  • Develop, with legal review, gift and sponsorship agreements
  • Develop strong working relationships with board members with the goal of engaging them in the implementation of fundraising plans, and ensuring that precinct fundraising is not in conflict with that of the six partner organizations.
  • Manage corporate, foundation, and individual giving, including working directly with prospects/donors or in collaboration with the Precinct staff and/or Board Members to: Maintain an active pipeline of prospective donors, including stewardship between giving cycles and conduct tailored research and maintain contact reports to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospects
  • Manage all grant applications in alignment with deadlines, preparing applications/proposals, written materials, and letters to prospective grant makers
  • Ensure appropriate, timely, and accurate acknowledgement of all corporate, foundation, individual, and government gifts, drafting appropriate correspondence from management and trustees, as needed.
  • Fulfill all donor recognition requirements for sponsorships and gifts with rigorous attention to fulfillment of naming requirements, press notifications, and other recognition agreements
  • Submit all final reports on a timely basis, working with finance and program staff as needed.
  • Make 15 significant or more new fundraising contacts each month.
  • Maintain donor prospect lists and management tools
  • Staff the Executive Director and Board Chair, and trustees as needed on all matters related to fundraising and advancement, including briefings, talking points, letters, etc.
  • Review and report to the board on quarterly progress, assist with budget projections, recommend changes, enhancements.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Proven track record of three or more years of fundraising experience, with priority to demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision.

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong and positive interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to interface and build connections with senior executives and leaders at major multi-national corporations and foundations.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills demonstrated by the ability to handle simultaneous tasks; detail-oriented with high level of accuracy.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, evenings, travel in and outside of Virginia
  • Strong knowledge of philanthropy, fundraising techniques, and the non-profit world, especially as related to foundations, corporations and government agencies.
  • Ability to effectively utilize Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint, and fundraising software.
  • Ability to lift and transport materials weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to sit, stand, and move in a fast-paced office environment.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

To Apply:
Applications must include a cover letter addressed to Neal Piper, Executive Director, with resume, salary history and requirements, and contact information for three professional references. Please send to info@presidentialprecinct.org with your name and Director of Development in the subject line. The Presidential Precinct is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at presidentialprecinct.org. Please no phone calls.



The Presidential Precinct is currently seeking applications for a Program Officer.

The Program Officer will provide support in the day-to-day administration of program activities, including program planning, implementation, evaluation, and reporting. The Program Officer will primarily support a large-scale program planned for 2019 that will focus on youth engagement in civic affairs and democracy building, but will be involved in the Precinct’s professional development and global exchange programs as well.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with the development and design of programs.
  • Coordinating hotel reservations, travel, ground transportation, catering, speaker contracts, and other contracts and vendor relationships.
  • Assisting with planning and coordinating external and internal meetings and events, including providing on-site support.
  • Supporting development of program materials, including participant welcome packets, program books, website text, communications materials, and other writing needs.
  • Communicating with program participants and supporting their program-related needs before, during, and after programs.
  • Supporting relationships with program partners and collaborators, including government institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses.
  • Preparing schedules for visiting donors, partners, and other external parties.
  • Contributing to online discussions on topics related to program themes (e.g., leadership, gender equality, entrepreneurship, human rights).
  • Maintaining updated database of all programs and program participants.
  • Tracking program expenditures against budget, ensuring timely program-related payments, and compiling required financial documentation for donors and internal records.
  • Assisting with preparing narrative and financial reports to donors.
  • Assisting with design of program monitoring and evaluation tools and analysis of program impact.
  • Assisting with tracking progress on program-related goals and objectives in strategic plan and annual work plan.
  • Researching priority trends and topics to facilitate program development as required.
  • Assisting with development and submission of funding proposals.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally in a relevant field (e.g., international development, foreign affairs, public policy, education), with at least two years of relevant work experience or an equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the core job functions.
  • Demonstrated interest in global development issues or leadership development, and experience interacting with people from diverse countries and backgrounds.
  • Detail-oriented, with ability to multitask, prioritize, work independently, and meet firm deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication
  • Strong interpersonal skills and cross-cultural competency.
  • Ability to manage situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some weekends and evenings depending on program needs.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint.


  • Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

To Apply:

Applications must include a resume and cover letter addressed to Nancy Hopkins, Director of Programs. Application deadline is January 15, 2017.

Please send to info@presidentialprecinct.org with your name and Program Officer in the subject line. The Presidential Precinct is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at presidentialprecinct.org.

Please no phone calls.