WUDL Careers

The Washington Urban Debate League (WUDL) is a local non-profit that supports debate programs at public schools in D.C. and Prince George's County. We know from extensive research that debate is one of the best things a student can do with their time, but it isn't often available to students in public schools and under-resourced communities. The WUDL fills the gap, starting new debate programs, writing curriculum, hosting tournaments, sponsoring travel, and removing the barriers to entry for students across the region.

We've been named "One Of The Best" local non-profits by the D.C. Catalog of Philanthropy, and the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues named us the Urban Debate League of the Year (reigning) and one of our students Urban Debater of the Year (2019). We're looking to expand our team to serve more students and more schools across the metro area, and to have the resources necessary to continue our transformational mission in a sustainable way.

DC International's Paola Almendarez speaks at the 5th Annual Ornstein Summer Debate Institute 

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and professional writing sample to David.Trigaux@urbandebate.org

Open Positions: 

Development Associate

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  The Development Associate is responsible for gathering financial and other material resources to support the mission of the Washington Urban Debate League.  


  • Work with Executive Director to develop and expand the WUDL individual giving and major giving programs.

  • Write grants to relevant grant-making organizations in the D.C. area to support programmatic goals. 

  • Assist in the planning, preparation, and execution of WUDL annual fundraiser and other relevant events.

  • Work with the Executive Director to maintain and update the WUDL’s donor database and other tools to support fundraising efforts.

  • Research, network, and cultivate new fundraising prospects (individual and organizations). 

  • Prepare and execute relevant communications strategies related to donor management, engagement, and other fundraising efforts. 

  • Develop and expand WUDL “sustainer” campaign for small donors.

  • Work with WUDL Governing Board, Advisory Board, and other relevant stakeholders to support fundraising initiatives.

  • Assist with WUDL programmatic events as needed. 


  • A Bachelor’s Degree or higher required. 

  • Preferred: Three (3) or more years’ experience working in the fundraising/development field in the non-profit sector or other related experience. Experience working with education oriented non-profits or in the D.C. marketplace is appreciated but not required. 

  • Familiarity with donor management software such as Salesforce and Little Green Light.

  • A flexible, can-do attitude with great problem solving skills; willing to jump in and do what needs to be done. 

  • A very strong work ethic, supported by commitment and follow-through; an enthusiasm for working in a start-up environment. A reputation for integrity and the highest ethical standards. Self-discipline to work independently and remotely. 

  • A passion for urban education and building young voices. 

  • Superior written and oral skills; the ability to understand and convey with clarity, crispness, and elegance the mission of the WUDL to a wide variety of audiences; the ability to quickly compose clear and concise messages for public relations and community outreach purposes.

  • An outgoing and positive personality. Strong interpersonal skills, a collaborative working style, and an enthusiasm for building bridges between and among key stakeholders.

  • Willingness to work evening/weekends, sometimes with limited notice. 

  • Ability to show initiative; organize workflow; manage one or more projects; and handle frequent interruptions.

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