Development Director, The Public Interest Network

Direct the large donor development efforts of The Public Interest Network, including U.S. PIRG, Environment America, Green Corps, and the National Environmental Law Center. Recruit and oversee a team of dedicated development staff; harness the fundraising efforts of our policy and organizing staff. Build our identity with large donors.  

For more than 40 years, The Public Interest Network has worked to protect our environment, public health, and to improve our quality of life. We face crises that demand thoughtful action at all levels—locally and nationally. The Network has undertaken this type of action not only through our membership-based advocacy organizations, such as U.S. PIRG and Environment America, but also through our commitment to many other social change strategies, including our continual training of new organizers and advocates, our litigation work to enforce environmental laws in the absence of government action, insightful research, voter registration, and through our stewardship of fossil fuel-free mutual funds. 

Our social change work is needed now, more than ever. We are hiring a Development Director to ensure that we meet that need for years to come.  

Most of our work is largely funded by individual ‘small’ donors, whom we have recruited one person-to-person conversation at a time. 

The Public Interest Network is hiring an experienced Development Director to utilize our track record, our broad donor base, and our seasoned staff of expert organizers and advocates to leverage an ambitious fundraising initiative. 

The Director will exercise independent judgment and discretion in planning, organizing, and directing TPIN’s large donor fundraising, planned giving, and capital campaigns. The Director will work to raise money both for existing initiatives and to identify new opportunities for building support, will establish relationships with prospective donors, and will deepen relationships we already hold with our valued donors. The Director will work with leadership to identify Network priorities, to enhance the fundraising efforts of existing donor staff, and to build a dedicated team of fundraisers. 

The Director will raise money to support our priorities, with activities that range from 501c(3), to 501c(4), to express political advocacy. 

Representative Responsibilities Include:

  • Meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications with them. 
  • Grow the Network’s major gifts program including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors. 
  • Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies. 
  • Direct capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives. 
  • Coordinate fundraising special events. 
  • Work closely with Network leadership. 
  • Recruit, train, and oversee other dedicated development staff. 
  • Oversee creation of online and offline materials to support fundraising activities. 
  • Perform other duties as requested. 


The Director must embrace the mission of The Public Interest Network; must have strong people skills and writing skills; be able to recruit and train staff; be an effective external representative for the organization; travel as necessary to meet with donors and to participate in organizational planning and strategy meetings; be systems-oriented; work well with Network leadership to integrate them into relationship building with donors; and have extensive experience with large donor fundraising. Candidates must have excellent judgment and discretion and the ability to oversee significant projects.

Compensation & Benefits 

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. The Public Interest Network offers a competitive benefits package.


Boston, MA; Washington, DC; Denver, CO; or Los Angeles, CA 


To apply, please fill out our online application here: your resume and cover letter in .pdf form, and address your cover letter to Faye Park, TPIN Chief of Staff.

Things to Know When You Apply

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The Fund for the Public Interest is an equal opportunity employer.