Director of Development
Reports to: Executive Director
Department: Enough Project
Staff reporting to this position: One
Position classification: Exempt, Full-Time
Enough, a project of the Center for American Progress, has an immediate opening for an experienced Director of Development. Enough is looking for a Director of Development who is highly motivated by a strong commitment to the vision and mission of the Project. The ideal candidate will have strong prior experience in promoting human rights and fund development. In partnership with the Executive Director, other members of the management team, a Development Advisory Committee, and the development staff of the Center for American Progress, the Development Director will articulate and execute the development strategy and goals of the Enough Project. This individual will be responsible for coordinating outreach with current and potential donors and foundations, identifying prospective new donors, and preparing all funding proposals and grant reports in close coordination with Enough management and program staff.
- Work with Enough leadership team including the Executive Director, the Project co-Founder, and other senior management to develop and implement a multi-year fundraising strategy that includes major donors, special events, foundation and corporate giving, and other activities to raise the organization’s annual operating budget.
- In consultation with the leadership team, recruit and convene a fundraising Advisory Committee of high net worth individuals deeply committed to the mission of the Enough Project and willing to assist in fundraising efforts and provide oversight for the development and implementation of the fundraising strategy.
- Create all development materials and participate in developing and implementing marketing strategies and materials for outreach to and conservation of donors.
- Research, identify, and cultivate sources of foundation grants.
- Assist Enough Project co-Founder John Prendergast, who has long been the principal fundraiser and public face of the project, in cultivating and meeting the needs of celebrity supporters and current private donors to the project.
- Support Enough leadership in outreach and cultivation of prospective donors.
- Cultivate and maintain relationships with current and potential foundation donors.
- Lead all stages of proposal development, submission. and grant reporting—including writing and editing—in coordination with Enough Program staff.
- Coordinate Enough development activities with the CAP Development team and with CAP finance department and assist the executive team with budget oversight and management.
- Hire and supervise Development staff and interns.
- Develop and oversee systems and procedures for maintaining accurate and comprehensive donor and prospect information.
- Research and implement innovative fundraising strategies using social media, crowd-sourcing, peer-to-peer fundraising ,and other approaches to increase Enough’s brand recognition and expand the individual donor base.
- Coordinate regular reviews of Enough’s strategic plans, coordinate and participate in drafting Enough’s annual operating plans, and strengthen internal record keeping systems to aid in tracking progress toward defined objectives and communicating organizational effectiveness to internal and external stakeholders.
Requirements and qualifications:
- A demonstrated commitment to human rights consistent with the vision and mission of the Enough Project is a must.
- Five to ten years of fundraising experience and extensive experience networking with major donors.
- Experience cultivating and maintaining relationships with foundations.
- Proficiency in researching, writing, reporting, and tracking foundation grants.
- Strong verbal communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively.
- Superb organizational skills and demonstrated ability to multitask and manage complex projects on deadline.
- Adept team player with excellent interpersonal and managerial skills.
- A high level of personal energy, dependability, and commitment.
- Knowledge of Africa and its human rights issues.
- Demonstrated ability in computer skills for word processing, databases, spreadsheets, fundraising software and presentations, and ability to learn new software packages.
- Strong time management skills and the ability to work independently.
- Salesforce CRM experience a plus.
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
- Ability to speak French a plus.
American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.
American Progress is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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