Director of Individual Giving

Vote Solar’s mission is to realize a 100% clean energy future through a solutions-driven, people first approach. Founded in 2002, Vote Solar advances just and equitable clean energy policy in state legislatures and public commissions across the United States. Their expertise comes from a deep understanding of the legislative process, regulatory interventions, and the ability to identify and accelerate solar solutions. Vote Solar is adept at bridging communities and bringing diverse stakeholders together to forge inclusive coalitions and winning campaigns.

Vote Solar’s goal is to effect real, tangible change. Twenty years in, their work has made it so that one in three people live in a state with a 100% clean energy commitment. They strive not only to expand that number but also to ensure that more people can participate in holding utilities and decision-makers accountable for greater equity and justice in our energy system.


The Opportunity

The Director of Individual Giving will be a senior member of Vote Solar’s philanthropy team. They will play a vital role in the organization’s fundraising activities (raising approximately $1M of their $10.5M budget). The Director will oversee fundraising efforts from corporate and individual donors at the grassroots, middle, and major gift levels.

Reporting to the Chief Philanthropy Officer, they will help lead a growing team to build a strong base of support from individuals and corporate donors and will personally manage a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects. The Director will take an active role in coaching Vote Solar staff to successfully engage with and support fundraising efforts. They will manage, develop, and mentor a small individual giving team including the direct management of an Individual Giving Manager.

In addition, The Director will guide Vote Solar’s growing individual philanthropy program, creating exciting, engaging, and thoughtful opportunities and events for donor engagement. This role is critical to solidifying and growing a reliable pipeline of new sources of revenue to sustain and expand Vote Solar’s impact.

Ideal Candidate and Qualifications

The Director of Individual Giving brings 8-10 years of fundraising experience with a proven track record of success in major gifts, increasing annual revenue, and improving donor prospecting processes. The ideal candidate has experience in all aspects of major gift prospecting with demonstrated experience successfully securing and closing six and seven-figure gifts. 

The Director has excellent verbal and written communication skills, is well organized and detail-oriented, and has robust problem-solving abilities. The Director should be passionate about Vote Solar’s mission and ideally have experience in or a strong interest in clean energy, climate justice, and/or meaningful social change.

The preferred locations for the Director of Philanthropy role are New York, Chicago, or the San Francisco Bay Area. However, this position can be remote with proximity to a major metropolitan area – preference being near Vote Solar hubs including Boston or Denver. The salary range for this position is $120,000 - $150,000.


$120,000 – $150,000


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  • Deanna Norcross
    published this page in Job Board 2022-11-02 12:13:49 -0400