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Family Research Council

Vice President of Development

Washington, D.C.

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About the Organization:

When Family Research Council (FRC) opened its doors in 1983, official Washington paid it little attention. After all, cause-oriented nonprofits are a dime a dozen in the nation's capital, new policy shops come and go, and most wither away over time. However, FRC would prove to have lasting influence on the affairs of the nation. In time, FRC became one of America's most creative and effective policy organizations. Today, it boasts a 30-year influential legacy of advancing faith, family and freedom, in both Washington D.C., and across the United States.

The seeds for FRC's growth were planted in a time of turmoil and watered with work and prayer. After attending a research-planning meeting for President Carter's 1980 White House Conference on Families, Dr. James Dobson met and prayed with a group of eight Christian leaders at a Washington hotel. From that beginning resolve was formed to establish Family Research Council, and one of those present that night, Gerald P. Regier, became the organization’s first president. FRC's immediate goal was to counter the credentialed voices arrayed against life and family with equally capable men and women of faith.

Drawing upon his experience at the Department of Health and Human Services in the Reagan administration, Regier developed fresh means to link pro-family experts with government research and policy making offices. He arranged for Congressional testimony, provided reports to elected officials, amassed evidence for legal briefs on family issues, helped secure appointments on government panels, and offered media commentary. This foundational work formed the core for FRC's long-term success.

Thanks to the vision and dedication of its founders and leaders, past and present, along with the faithful prayers and generosity of its friends, Family Research Council continues to bring evidence and argument to the public square. The organization has had the privilege of championing its vision and mission for several decades, and anticipates new endeavors as it strives to preserve God’s gifts of faith, family and freedom for years to come.

About the Position:

The Vice President for Development is responsible for all aspects of securing the resources needed to sustain and grow the organization. In conjunction with the Executive office and VP of Administration, the VP of Development provides guidance on the expected revenue plan for the current year and projections for the organization for future years, establishing the budget target for FRC. The VP of Development role includes overseeing the entire Development activities and its staff, consisting of FRC’s major donor Field Development Program, the Senior Director of Direct Mail Marketing, Director of Foundations, Development Office Coordinator, the Planned Giving Program, and the Development Associate.

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Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and at least eight years related work experience in the field of major gift development is required.
  • Personnel and budget management experience preferred.
  • Committed to a traditional Judeo-Christian worldview and accompanying values.
  • Experience in written correspondence and public speaking.
  • Ability to maintain high levels of personal productivity with limited direct supervision.
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, including individuals of affluence and influence.
  • Proficient in use of Windows, Microsoft Word, and Excel.
  • Must be self-starter, self-directed, highly motivated, results oriented, and a team player.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Proven leadership & relational acumen
  • Strategic foresight
  • Critical analysis
  • Systematic problem solving
  • Religious/Business expertise
  • Proactive-result driven
  • Client/Value orientation
  • Technical capacity
  • Financial expertise
  • Communication proficiency

Reporting Relationships:

Reports to
Executive Vice President

Development staff members including the Development Assistant, Direct Response Coordinator, Director of Charitable Gift Planning, Director of Foundations, Senior Director of Development and Field Representatives

Relates to
External - Donors, supporters and prospects, Family Research Council executive directors; conservative grass roots organizations; Para church organizations, business organizations.
Internal – President, Executive Vice President; Development staff; all other FRC departments in the DC and MI offices.


Plan, organize and carry out daily schedule; coordinate travel plans, donor visits and regional events; delegate duties to Development team members; advise staff regarding development strategies, including donor visits and events; report weekly activities of Field Program and Development; interview, hire and train staff; develop policies and procedures for Field Program; conduct performance appraisals Development team members; participate with senior leadership team on strategic planning and represent FRC to donors.

Financial Responsibility:

Prepare annual budget for department. Monitor and approve department spending to include management of department expenses; approve business expenses, purchase orders, and expense reports; review and approve time and attendance reports. Advise donors and prospects about FRC financial needs.

Physical Requirements:

Manage client files; Communicate orally and in writing; Travel 25% of the time; Participate in outdoor recreational activities as donor events occasionally require.

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About the Location:

Founded in 1790, the nation's capital has been a dynamic city with plenty of highs and lows to match its place in American history. Washington, D.C. is unique among American cities because it was established by the Constitution of the United States to serve as the nation's capital.

Located on the north bank of the Potomac River, the centers of all three branches of the U.S. federal government are located in the city, as are many of the nation's monuments and museums. Washington, D.C. hosts 176 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) among other international organizations. The headquarters of other institutions such as national trade unions, lobbying groups, and professional associations are also located in the District. Washington is home to a number of higher learning institutions including the National Defense University, National Defense Intelligence College, University of the District of Columbia, American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University and Howard University among others.

Hundreds of years of history are meticulously preserved within the confines of the city. Washington is truly extraordinary, and one with multiple personalities: a working federal city, an international metropolis, a picturesque tourist destination, an unmatched treasury of the country’s history and artifacts, and a cosmopolitan center that retains a neighborly small-town ambiance. The role Washington plays as the capital of the United States often overshadows its lively local history and its complex political, economic, and social issues. About half the land in Washington is owned by the U.S. government, which pays no taxes on it. Several hundred thousand people in the D.C. metropolitan area work for the federal government.

For residents of Washington, D.C., the metro area will vary depending on the neighborhood one chooses to live in, but there are some consistencies. In general, the city itself and its surrounding communities are clean, with plenty of public parks. The Washington, D.C., metro area has the perks of a large urban area that becomes part of one’s lifestyle. This is serviced by an extensive public transit system, is home to plenty of restaurants and entertainment venues and a variety of museums and other cultural sites. Meanwhile, each neighborhood in the District and its surrounding towns has its own atmosphere. Residents gather for block parties, mingle at dog parks and converse at coffee shops, creating an ambiance similar to that of a much smaller community.

After more than 200 years as the nation’s capital, Washington has developed as a complex and layered city, with a distinctive character: both a town for locals, an international center of power and an amazing place to visit.

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