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Director of Development

The Good Work Institute (GWI) is seeking a Director of Development to drive organizational sustainability, lead our efforts to fund our continued operations, and share the results of our work publicly.

About GWI:

As the full extent of the ecological and cultural destruction wrought by an economic system that values the pursuit of profit and endless growth over the welfare of humans and the biosphere becomes clear, we believe that people are more ready than ever to usher in something radically different. More and more of us are reconnecting to our hearts, to our communities, and to the earth, and committing to building a future that works for all.

The Good Work Institute is a non-profit organization in the Hudson Valley of New York that hopes to help turn this moment into a sustained movement by cultivating, connecting, supporting, and illuminating the people, projects, and organizations that are leading the just transition* locally.  To that end, we offer Hudson Valley nonprofits, activists, and other agents of change tools, work space, trainings, support services, and connections to deepen and expand their Good Work.

* Just Transition: Inspired by the words and work of Movement Generation, we frame our work around a set of six strategic and interrelated areas of focus in the Hudson Valley:

  1. Shift economic control to communities
  2. Democratize wealth and the workplace
  3. Advance ecological restoration
  4. Drive racial justice and social equity
  5. Relocalize most production and consumption
  6. Retain and restore cultures and traditions

About This Position:

The Good Work Institute is currently transitioning to a Worker Self-Directed Non Profit, which is a distributed leadership model that allows significant autonomy and flexibility. The Director of Development will not directly report to any one person. Instead, this position will be a co-leader of the organization, alongside all GWI staff and board, with a core set of accountabilities and additional roles depending on organizational need, personal interest, and experience. We see ourselves as an emergent, highly flexible organization that is looking to lead by example when it comes to systems change. Therefore, we are looking for someone who is open to working in a dynamic and evolving environment, is committed to collaboration, and is willing to be an active participant in this transition.

Primary Roles:

Working with the support of his/her/their co-workers and with our founder and other members of the board, the Director of Development will lead the GWI “circle” responsible for creating and driving GWI’s resource development strategy. We expect this work to include, but not be limited to:

Additional Roles:

Strong fundraising goes hand and hand with strong communications. The Director of Development will steward our storytelling efforts to communicate how GWI’s efforts are supporting the just transition in the Hudson Valley, as well as illuminate the Good Work others in our community are doing, so that we may honor them, and inspire and engage others who may follow suit.

Relatedly, it will be the responsibility of The Director of Development to produce an annual impact report, and to work closely with others in the organization to develop program assessment strategies and related communications.

The Director of Development will work within designated GWI circles focused on strategies for revenue generation across all GWI programs. This position could evolve to take on additional roles in the organization. As part of the hiring process, we are open to applicants proposing additional roles tied to their interests and experience.

Position Details

As currently envisioned, the Director of Development is a full-time position. However, we are open to considering part-time positions or a contract relationships with an experienced consultants, or other strategies for accomplishing the core aspects of this role. If aspects of this role resonate with you, but you are looking for a flexible schedule or are a fundraising consultant, please reach out to discuss.


To Apply:

Please submit your resume and a letter of interest detailing your experience and connection to the mission of the Good Work Institute to We will be accepting inquiries until Friday, May 24th, after which we will be in touch.

The Good Work Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We wholly comply with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.