Director of Advancement

Teneo - Austin, Texas, preferable

Position Summary

The Director of Advancement will be responsible for managing up to the CEO and coordinating the organization’s development activities with existing programming. The Director of Advancement will be responsible for overseeing a diverse caseload and a robust fundraising plan, ensuring that objectives are met, and each team member’s responsibilities are fulfilled. The Director of Advancement will play a key role in building important individual and foundation relationships. The Director of Advancement will be expected to travel for in-person donor meetings, as well as to attend events and represent Teneo and its mission. 

The ideal candidate will have proven experience in high-level fundraising and knowledge of task management. The success of this role will be directly measured by the confidence entrusted upon this person by the CEO, and the role will focus heavily upon helping the CEO to be more efficient with his time related to fundraising. The ideal candidate will have 5+ years in a similar role and a track record of success. While not required, an advanced degree would be a plus for this position. The Director of Advancement is responsible for creating a healthy and robust fundraising culture at Teneo, and supporting the team in their efforts to advance the mission of Teneo by inviting and enabling financial partners to join in that mission.

Organization Description

Teneo is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization consisting of passionate, freedom-focused individuals and whose mission is to recruit, connect, and accelerate America’s most promising leaders to advance modern conservatism in every sphere of society. More than just a single organization, Teneo represents a powerful network of individuals and communities where the most influential young leaders, the biggest ideas, and right resources come together to launch key leaders and projects that advance our shared belief that the conservative worldview drives human flourishing.

Teneo convenes young influencers and wise mentors across key industries including the military, government, policy, law, academia, faith, nonprofit, entertainment, media, design, technology, startups, venture capital, and finance. In all we do, we seek to forge lasting interdisciplinary relationships that advance timeless ideas through fresh, innovative approaches that produce results.

Primary Responsibilities

The Director of Advancement’s primary responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following: 

  • Setting fundraising goals and objectives, metrics, and supporting the CEO in the execution of the development plan.
  • Managing a defined portfolio of donors and donor prospects.
  • Developing and executing strategies for engaging, cultivating, soliciting, and retaining donors, including overseeing the creation, launch, and implementation of a donor club.
  • Creating strategic stewardship strategies and systems of acknowledgement.
  • Overseeing foundation and corporate giving, including sponsorships of major events.
  • Managing the development calendar.
  • Traveling for face-to-face cultivation and solicitation meetings with existing donors and donor prospects.
  • Representing Teneo at events and coordinating Teneo fundraising events.
  • Maintaining accurate and thorough records and use data to refine fundraising objectives and methodologies.
  • Working collaboratively and providing regular updates to the CEO, and supporting the CEO as needed.
  • Serving as a primary point of contact with Teneo’s development consultants.

Qualifications, Competencies, and Strengths

Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree preferred, though not necessary.

Experience: Minimum of 5 years in a business and/or experience in high-level fundraising


  • Polished, excellent communicator in both written and verbal form
  • Extremely versatile, dedicated to efficient productivity
  • Experience in planning and leading strategic initiatives
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and sensitivity in relation to information and documentation
  • Passion for Teneo’s mission and commitment to its core values
  • Commitment to excellence in all endeavors
  • Must be a self-starter who can prioritize tasks with limited supervision
  • Experience working effectively with a variety of personalities
  • Detail-oriented
  • Natural, confident leader with a focus on efficiency of self and others
  • Impeccable time-management and multi-tasking abilities
  • Collegial and able to work well with others in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven experience in project coordination
  • Strong digital literacy, particularly in Mac iOS or Windows, Microsoft Office, Google and Adobe suites; experience with Airtable is a plus

Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary commensurate with experience, plus generous benefits package. Flexible work environment.

Travel Required

This position requires regular travel.


To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and references to Lindsay Wood at with “Director of Advancement” in the subject line.

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