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The Latino Economic Development Center is hiring


Latino Economic Development Center

Position Description

September 21, 2012


Director of Development


LEDC Description:  The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) community development organization founded in 1991. LEDC’s mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low- to moderate-income Latinos and other underserved residents in the Washington metropolitan area by providing the educational and financial resources they need to achieve financial independence and become community leaders.  Its four main program areas are Small Business Development, Micro-Lending, Homeownership Counselling, and Affordable Housing Preservation Organizing.

Position Description:  This senior management position, based in Washington DC, reports to the Executive Director and has four main purposes: 1) to acquire funds for the annual operation of LEDC and its programs; 2) to acquire capital to support the loan fund that is administered by LEDC’s subsidiary organization, the Community Asset Fund for Entrepreneurs (CAFE); 3) to lead LEDC’s capital campaign to build a permanent center in Montgomery County; 4) to acquire funds to build a 6-month operating reserve for LEDC.  He/She will supervise the Development Associate who will serve as a grant writer and assist with event planning.


Duties include:


·         Design, implement and manage all LEDC fundraising activities in the areas of foundation and private support, individual donors and special events, including donor identification and research, grant proposal writing, donor cultivation and donor and grant stewardship.

·         Plan and execute special events, including an annual gala, to raise funds for LEDC.

·         Develop and implement fundraising strategies to grow the amount of capital available to LEDC’s subsidiary organization, the Community Asset Fund for Entrepreneurs.

·         Develop and implement fundraising strategies to build a cash reserve for the organization that will sustain operations for six months.

  • Oversee a capital campaign for the development of a permanent site for LEDC operations in Maryland.
  • Serve as a critical member of LEDC’s Executive Management Team which also includes the Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Operations, and Director of Advocacy/Communications
  • Collaborate with the Director of Operations to develop creative and sustainable ways for LEDC’s programs to generate revenue and improve their self-sufficiency

·         Manage the Development Associate.

·         Track fundraising achievement and progress , including percentage of support received from government, corporate, foundation, individual, and earned sources.

·         Create annual development work plan and inform strategic work plans throughout the organization.

·         Secure government grants (which currently comprises about half of LEDC’s revenue) and collaborate with the Director of Operations to ensure successful management of government grants

·         Collaborate with the Director of Operations in reporting on program achievement to donors

·         Collaborate with the Advocacy/Communications Director to create marketing and outreach materials for donors, partners and other stakeholders.

·         Primary staff liaison to the Board of Director’s Development Committee.       

·         Assist the Board in their efforts to help LEDC raise funds 



Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year accredited college. Minimum five years experience in fundraising, including grant writing for government, corporate, and foundation support. Excellent English verbal and written communications skills. Management experience. High-level critical and strategic thinking. Strong organizational skills, especially close attention to detail. Strong knowledge and appreciation of Latino culture and the immigrant experience.


Preferred Qualifications: Masters degree in public policy, non-profit/public administration, business, or other related field. Seven years of fundraising experience with experience in building corporate and individual donor relationships. Knowledge of foundation and corporate grant makers in the Washington Metro Area.  General knowledge of Washington Metro Area and its Latino population. Experience developing earned income strategies for nonprofits.  Experience leading or assisting with a capital campaign effort.  Knowledge of Community Development Block Grants and other federally sourced grants.  Knowledge of Community Development Finance Institutions and SBA Microloan Intermediaries.  Knowledge of state and local government grant making practices. Fully bilingual in written and spoken Spanish and English.


Salary and Benefits:  Salary commensurate with experience plus full individual health benefits, 4 weeks of paid annual leave, and employer contribution to 401(k). 


To apply, please send cover letter and resume by E-mail to Manny Hidalgo at





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