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Director of Development

Location: Washington DC 

Reports to: President/CEO 

Status: Full-time, exempt 

Deadline: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis, prompt submission strongly encouraged 

Position Summary:

The Development Director will lead and implement a program that currently raises $1.6 in federal, foundation, corporation, and individual donor revenue. This is a senior executive position in a highly-effective, well-respected and rapidly-growing organization with a healthy financial position, and an emerging culture of philanthropy. The overall goal is to double SCI’s budget in the next three to five years. Our next Development Director will work with the President/CEO to foster this growth, particularly by accelerating the expansion of SCI’s individual giving program, with an emphasis on donor retention and stewardship, strengthening relationships with major donors, and expanding the donor base. Reporting directly to President and CEO, the Director of Development is responsible for: (1) developing the organizational infrastructure, and; (2) creating, managing and implementing the overall organizational fundraising strategic plan to include: individual donations which will include major gifts and planned giving, corporate contributions, public and private grant solicitation, conference and major event sponsorships and auctions, online giving campaigns and auctions, as well as in-kind resources.

This is an exciting opportunity for a professional who has run a successful individual giving program, enjoys combining high-level strategy with hands-on implementation, thrives in a diverse workplace, and is energized by the prospect of joining a team of colleagues who have a proven commitment to fundraising and a shared passion for the work of Sister Cities International. 


Sister Cities International (SCI) is an American nonprofit founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower 62 years ago to be a champion for peace and prosperity by fostering bonds among people around the world. People-to-people “citizen diplomacy” – “promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation, one individual, one community at a time” – would enhance the ability of people from different cultures to understand, appreciate, and celebrate their differences while building partnerships that would advance the interests of all humankind. The vision of SCI is “to remain the largest and premier global network connecting people and communities from all backgrounds within the United States with people and communities around the world, to foster peace and prosperity.” A distinction from most other people-to-people programs is the emphasis on both people-to-people and community-to-community relationships, and not just one-shot connections but sustained connections. 

Today, after more than 60 years, tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in over 500 U.S. member communities enjoy more than 2,000 partnerships in 145 countries on 6 continents. Every day, the lives of millions are touched through economic development and business opportunities; education and scholarship programs; environmental projects and emergency response; arts, cultural and heritage activities; municipal, youth, and sports exchanges.

More specifically, these programs include:

Cultural exchanges. Musical performances, art exhibits, construction of peace parks or tea gardens, teacher exchanges, cultural festivals, etc.

Humanitarian assistance. Examples include the Africa-U.S. Safe Drinking Water Initiative, Poverty Alleviation Program, and Sino-African Initiative, all funded in part by the Gates Foundation.

Youth and Education programs. High school exchanges in the Youth Ambassador Program or semester-to-school-year exchanges of students who live with host families (enjoying the unusual ability as a certified Federal J1 Visa Program to benefit youth and their communities), young artists and authors showcases, sister schools projects.

Economic development. Promotion of technology, aquaculture, hydroponics, and other forms of business knowledge; of small business partnerships and entrepreneurship; hosting in the U.S. of emerging leaders from Asia; innovation in alternative energy – all between U.S. and sister cities in the less-developed world.

Encouraging increased dialogue. Initiatives to encourage twinning between African cities; increasing partnerships with cities in predominantly Muslim countries.

Annual Conference. A major international conference every summer, this year in Aurora, Colorado and next year in Houston, Texas, brings together elected officials, diplomats, business leaders, and other engaged citizens from every continent. The annual Youth Leadership Summit will meet concurrently.


The opportunity: 


Only the rare nonprofit organization has the fundraising potential of SCI:

The mission is about national and international peace and prosperity;

The geographical reach includes nearly every state, country, and continent in the world;

The highly-leveraged financial and volunteer models not only appeal to the discerning philanthropist, but the high visibility and status of the organization in the public and private sectors are attractive to individuals and companies pursuing economic and altruistic interests;

SCI programs themselves engage youth, community and national leaders, business and government globally at a very intimate level, with citizen diplomacy offering the individual of every age extraordinary opportunities for personal growth.

In sum, there is in this position the opportunity for the exceptional development leader to work for a great cause, to advance the efforts of a distinguished organization, and to MAKE A LASTING NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL DIFFERENCE at a time when an organization like Sister Cities International has become more important perhaps than since the decade of its founding more than a half century ago.

Most importantly, the Director will work as partner to a President/CEO who understands and is strongly committed to his role in fundraising. SCI is determined to continue this growth and generate the funding needed to fuel its ambitious mission. This includes maintaining foundation support, expanding corporate giving, and, most importantly, significantly growing individual donor support, including major donor and planned giving. 

Position responsibilities: The Development Director will be responsible for all elements of planning, leading, managing and ensuring implementation of SCI’s fund development strategy. This includes: 

• Setting strategy and serving as a member of SCI's senior management team: Working closely with the President/CEO and other senior managers to guide long-range business, personnel, organizational culture, and work planning; contributing to the development and oversight of organizational budgets; partnering with the President/CEO to set long-term fund development strategy and annual revenue goals. 

• Program and staff management: Managing the department in a fiscally sound manner; hiring, supervising, motivating, and developing staff; hiring and overseeing contracts of vendors for direct mail, events planning (particularly our annual conference), and marketing; preparing annual plans, quarterly board reports, budgets, and evaluation of fundraising activities. 

• Executing and growing an innovative individual giving program: Setting strategy for, and coordinating individual giving including online, direct mail, events and major gifts; developing and implementing a planned giving program. Leading the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of individual, foundation, and corporate contributions; staffing the President/CEO and key volunteers to support their engagement of donors and directly cultivating and soliciting key major donor and planned gifts. This will involve further developing and stewarding our existing fund development programs: Our Global Leaders Circle and our Eisenhower Corporate Leadership Council. (see http://sistercities.org/global-leaders-circle and http://www.sistercities.org/eisenhower-advisory-council

• Materials and communications with funders and donors: Writing fundraising letters, online fundraising campaigns, and collateral materials; overseeing design production and distribution of all development materials; supervising all grant writing, research, and reporting to funders 

• Leading the engagement of board and volunteers: Providing strategic counsel, leadership, and learning opportunities to the Board of Directors and serving as the primary liaison between the organization and the Board’s Development Committee, engaging and assisting them to fulfill their fundraising commitments and deepen their comfort and skills in development practices. 

• Coordinating and strengthening a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization: Coordinating development activities with other facets of the organization, particularly Communications and Finance; engaging and inspiring staff, board, and other leadership volunteers in their role in fund development; ensuring ensure the highest standards of ethical and administrative systems, practices and culture for philanthropic development functions. 

• Ensuring effective data tracking and systems: maintaining and evaluating systems to support development operations and inform data-driven planning; ensuring excellent donor and gift record-keeping, processing and acknowledgement; developing relationship and moves management systems to ensure highly personalized cultivation and stewardship of individual and institutional funders. 

• Building external relationships and representing the organization: Developing and maintaining close working relationships with the philanthropic community, individual and corporate donors; and serving as a visible spokesperson and advocate for SCI's mission and programs. 


Professional skills and experience: the successful candidate will have: 

• A Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university or equivalent work experience. 

• At least five years and preferably seven years of progressively responsible experience managing and growing a multi-faceted fund development program, and personally cultivating, and soliciting donors, corporations, and foundations for support. 

• A record of significant measurable results in organizing and implementing the full range of fund development activities including: major gifts, online fundraising campaigns, annual funds, corporate and foundation giving, direct mail, planned giving, and special events. 

• Demonstrated experience in setting strategy and managing to goals, developing and implementing plans, managing people and budgets, and recruiting and organizing volunteers. 

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with proven experience in crafting proposals, donor correspondence, social media, and marketing materials; 

• Strong technology and analytic skills: proficiency in Word, Outlook, Excel, Salesforce, and other applications as needed and experience setting up and tracking data management systems. 

Candidate profile: The successful candidate will be a leader who is: 

• Passionate about SCI's mission with a passion and interest for citizen diplomacy and international partnerships. 

• Resourceful and innovative: bringing an optimistic, can-do, hands-on approach to achieving the most possible with the resources available and responding flexibly as opportunities and events arise. 

• A team builder and inspiring leader: able to work effectively in a diverse workplace; motivate and support volunteers; nurture staff growth, and promote high performance and accountability; 

• Straightforward and self-possessed; one who shares information readily, listens as well as gives advice and respects the abilities of others; diplomatic. 

• Willing to do what it takes: including local and national travel and long hours when needed. 

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is competitive with market standards and commensurate with experience. Benefits include vacation leave, full medical and dental benefits, matched retirement savings, and FSA.

Application Process:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send your resume and cover letter in PDF format to jobs@sistercities.org with the title of the position in the subject line. E/M/F/D/V/SO


Research Intern

Please download the RA application form before beginning your application to this position.

Sister Cities International is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities. We strive to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development. Sister Cities International is a leader for local community development and volunteer action. We motivate and empower private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term sister city programs.

We are seeking a research assistant/intern to work with our President and CEO. The candidate should be a talented college student who would combine part-time hours at Sister Cities International with their studies and with other activities. A research assistant typically works 12-15 hours a week. (The number of hours can be adjusted accordingly to fulfill academic requirements).

This position is particularly appropriate for a college student planning to move on to graduate studies, or for college students wishing to develop a deeper understanding of their field of study. Internship appointments are generally consistent with academic semesters (i.e. Fall, Spring, Summer) and last approximately nine to twelve weeks. The start and end dates are flexible in order to accommodate varying school schedules. No internship will exceed one year in duration.

The research assistant may do this internship for academic credit. Sister Cities International is willing to coordinate with each student and school in filling out the necessary paperwork. Students are encouraged to apply for independent grants or scholarships through their schools or outside sources to financially support them during their internship appointment. Depending on funding, a modest stipend may be available if the student is not receiving academic credit for the internship. 


This research assistant will have the unique opportunity to work directly with Sister Cities International’s President and CEO, examining issues of contemporary public policy and citizen diplomacy.  The research assistant will spend much of their time searching for information, using online academic databases or other publications. They will perform other duties, as well, such as proofreading; editing; critiquing; checking references; compiling bibliographies; writing literature reviews; summarizing research materials; locating inter-library loan materials; and helping with software or presentational tasks. There may be some administrative tasks involved like copying or filing, but such tasks will be limited. Consequently, a strong sense of responsibility and the ability to work with a minimum of supervision are strong assets. Foreign language skills are useful, but are not required.


Applicants must have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution. Furthermore, applicants must be current students, recent graduates (within one calendar year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program (within the next year). Most interns are at least seniors in the undergraduate level, though strongly qualified juniors (at the time of application) will be considered. Graduate students are also strongly encouraged to apply.

International students studying in the U.S. are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internship. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Officer for visas at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at Sister Cities International.

Sister Cities International is NOT able to sponsor visas for interns. If you are an international student not already studying in the U.S. on a F-1 or J-1 visa, then you have to go through a university exchange program or an outside organization (internship placement agency) that will sponsor your visa.

We are most interested in students with a background in the following fields of study: political science; U.S. government/politics; international relations; history (including US history); foreign languages; international affairs; regional studies; economics; public policy; security studies; journalism and similar disciplines, though students of many other fields of study may also apply.

Required skills:

  • Previous experience with content management systems, social media, and strong event organization skills is highly desirable.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills; attention to detail; and determination to meet deadlines.
  • Computer literacy with strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • You will be more competitive if you are able to demonstrate a history of research and face-to-face and phone interactions.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but we will start interviews on or around Feb 7th, and anticipate a start date in or around February 26.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Process:

To apply, applicants will need to submit ONE COMPLETE application package to our Internship Coordinator by mail or email. Mailed applications are preferred. A hard copy will ensure that there are no technical difficulties when opening electronic files. The application materials include:

  • a completed RA application form (please download RA application form HERE)
  • Cover Letter (indicating academic interests or areas of interest)
  • Current Resume (indicating relevant coursework);
  • 3-5 page Writing Sample or excerpt of a recent research paper with separate Works Cited page
  • 2 letters of recommendation (do not have to be sealed by referees/recommenders); if they prefer to seal the letter, then they can sign across the seal and give the letter to the applicant to include in his or her application package; highlighting the applicant’s writing, research, and/or language skills would be useful

Communications/Marketing Intern (not currently accepting applications)

The Communications/Marketing intern will assist the Communications Manager on various communications projects and become an integral part of the Sister Cities International team.

 Duties include member and media research, blog writing, editing, public relations, social media, email marketing, press pitching, embassy outreach, and website management. Applicants should have an academic background or previous experience in communications, marketing, social media public relations, research, writing, and/or international affairs/diplomacy.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Assist with strategy and implementation of Sister Cities International's communications campaigns.
  • Plan, create, and post regular written, visual, and video content for organization's social media channels.
  • Archive and categorize media articles daily and gather news clips for weekly circulation.
  • Write and edit content for newsletters, blog, social media, and other digital outreach.
  • Log, edit, write, and publish "Member Stories" every week.
  • Support Communications Manager with event-related tasks such as marketing, material creation, and event registration.
  • Research media outlets, create press lists, and draft press releases and media advisories.
  • Spearhead outreach efforts to press and partner organizations.
  • Upload content to the Sister Cities International website.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned. 


  • Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student. Recent graduates will also be considered.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong ability to shift writing voice for organization without straying from brand.
  • Previous internship experience in writing, research, media, marketing and/or social media preferred.
  • Ability to conduct quality research and effectively report on findings.
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and desire to take initiative on assigned projects.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign preferred.
  • Experience with video editing preferred.
  • Experience in customer service a plus.

Learning objectives:

  • Intern will network and establish professional contacts by attending events and client meetings.
  • Intern will learn how to track media by using media tracking programs.
  • Intern will create engaging copy with the aim of increasing awareness of SCI and its mission by creating media campaigns with the Communications Manager.
Application process:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to cburchette@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the internship in the subject line (ex: John Doe Communications). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

Youth Intern

Sister Cities International runs three major youth programs which include the J-1 High School Homestay Exchange (HSHS), the Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS), and the Youth Leadership Summit (YLS).

The Winter/Spring Youth Programs Intern reports to the Membership Manager for Youth Programs and works on aspects of all 3 of these programs including resource development, research and marketing. S/He will assist the Membership Manager for Youth Programs in developing content for the Youth Leadership Summit in July, with managing applications and answering questions from members regarding the High School Homestay program for the 2018/2019 school year and in organizing the YAAS submissions and judging.

Essential Job Functions

  • Prepare handouts and other materials for the three youth programs
  • Assist with preparations and programming for the Youth Leadership Summit and Young Artists and Authors Showcase
  • Manage various member inquiries regarding the organization's youth programs
  • Research youth programs at the local level for best practice guidance
  • File and organize applications for the HSHS and YAAS
  • Other administrative tasks as directed
  • A special project may be developed based on the interests of the intern


  • Currently enrolled, full/part time student in an undergraduate program
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Customer service experience
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills and fluency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Close attention to detail is required

 Application Process:

To apply, interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the internship in the subject line (ex: John Doe Youth). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.


Finance Intern (not currently accepting applications)

Position Summary

The Finance Intern will work mainly with the Revenue Manager to monitor and manage day-to-day Finance, Human Resources, and Administrative activities.

Essential Job Functions

  • Coding and entering accounts payable transactions.
  • Interacting with vendors and customers as needed.
  • Processing payments and receipts.
  • Banking, filing, other tasks as assigned.
  • General administrative tasks.

Requirements & Skills

  • Accounting, Finance or Business major/minor.
  • Outstanding communications skills both written and oral.
  • Successful completion of Accounting I or equivalent work experience.
  • Proficient computer and Internet skills, Excel and Word a plus, Abila accounting software ideal.
  • Responsive in dealing with inquiries and requests and an ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure.
  • Availability to work 20 hours per week.
Application Process

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to jobs@sistercities.org with “Spring 2018 Finance Internship” in the subject line.

Grants/Stevens Initiative Program Intern

Sister Cities International is seeking a part-time (20 hours/week) intern to assist the Membership Manager, Youth Programs in administering a grant from the Stevens Initiative funding virtual exchange for youth in the United States and the Palestinian Territories.

The grant involves several SCI members to execute 2 distinct projects for youth that are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and youth needing special education. The selected intern will help in a variety of projects focused on grant management and administration. Candidates must be organized individuals with a professional demeanor who can multitask and meet deadlines.


Research (25%)

  • Execute research projects in a thorough, diligent, and timely manner as directed by the program manager.
  • Assist in designing and distributing surveys, interviews, and data collection.
  • Attend relevant seminars and meetings in Washington, DC.

Administrative (70%)

  • Basic administrative and office work, including photocopying, data entry, filing expense reports, preparing invoices, and answering phone calls.
  • Assist in preparing deliverables related to the grant including communications and reports.
  • Arranging meetings and taking minutes as necessary
  • Communicate with SCI sub-awardees regarding grant management and compliance 

Other (5%)

  • Assist with other office work as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills, Abilities & Experience:

  • Current graduate student preferred
  • Previous work experience required
  • Knowledge of various RFP processes, grant management processes, and proposal development and writing preferred
  • Must be able to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Ability to conduct quality research and effectively report on findings
  • Ability to multi-task and pay close attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (especially Excel)

Application Process:

Interested individuals should submit a resume, and cover letter to afox@sistercities.org. Application review will begin immediately on a rolling basis. No calls please. EOE.


Conference and Events Intern

The intern will work directly with the Director of Development and Revenue Manager and assist with all logistics related to planning the 62nd Annual Conference (August 2018). Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • helping organize speakers for workshops,
  • answering inquiries from conference registrants,
  • monitoring and reporting status of conference registrations through online registration site CVENT,
  • tracking hotel housing reports,
  • researching potential vendors and facilities
  • conducting follow-up emails and phone calls to VIP attendees

The intern will have the opportunity to interact with hotels, vendors, and event participants. This intern will also work closely with our Development and Communications Department regarding various PR and marketing matters. We are looking for an organized individual with a professional demeanor who can multitask and meet deadlines. Strong attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work independently and in a team are necessary.


  • Resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program
  • MUST be competent in all aspects of Microsoft Office software; mail merging capabilities is plus
  • Strong customer service skills – you will be interfacing on the phone and via email with our members and elected officials
  • Basic graphic design skills preferred

Application Process:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the internship in the subject line (ex: John Doe Conference). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

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