Jun 17, 2024

Director of Development

$120,000 - $150,000 yearly
  • Impact Network International
  • Hybrid (New York, NY, USA)
Full-Time Fundraising/Development Marketing/Communications

Job Description

Impact Network International, Inc is looking for an experienced leader to elevate our fundraising efforts as we expand into new geographies, impacting the lives of over 175,000 young people in Africa annually.


Summary of Role: We have an opportunity for a solutions-oriented, driven and dynamic leader with experience in fundraising. As Director of Development, you will lead the growth of our organization as we expand to additional countries and maximize opportunities coming out of a new strategic partnership. You will build on our strong foundation of loyal, long-term supporters to launch new funding streams with a focus on major gifts and private philanthropy.


You will work closely with our Board of Directors and senior team to transform our fundraising capabilities and create new networks and opportunities that will see us revolutionize our fundraising. This is a hybrid position based in New York City with opportunities for remote work for 2-3 days per week.


What We Do


Impact Network believes every child deserves access to a quality education. For 12 years, we have been delivering transformative education to some of the poorest children in Eastern Zambia across 42 primary schools.   Early findings from our randomized controlled trial show strong results on improving literacy and numeracy.


In 2024, we are embarking on an exciting new strategic partnership that will see us expand into new geographies, support secondary education programs; and reach significantly more children with quality education than ever before. This collaboration will see us support over 175,000+ students each year across Uganda, Ghana and Zambia, from primary through to adulthood.


What You Will Do


This role will oversee our US Fundraising and work closely with a global team across the UK, Zambia, Uganda and Ghana. A principal focus area for the role will be to contribute to the ambitious fundraising goals required to support growth. This position will be responsible for the key responsibilities outlined below.


Set the US Fundraising Direction:

●        Share a deep commitment to providing quality education to all students, especially those in rural Africa.

●        Design, develop and implement a new multi-million-dollar US Major Gifts Fundraising Strategy

●        Work with our strategic partner to develop collaborative strategic priorities to attain organizational goals

●        Establish priority annual and multi-year goals and plans


Lead and Grow US Fundraising and Execute Communications Strategy:

●        Build partnerships in new markets, and garner new opportunities with high net-worth individuals, foundations and corporations

●        Devise innovative fundraising strategies to boost individual giving, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, and revenue from events

●        Develop compelling, high-impact proposals

●        Supervise and grow income from our annual gala execution, working closely with the US team to ensure a successful event experience for donors.

●        Work with our new Strategic Partner to deepen and refine aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand presence

●        Create and oversee innovative fundraising campaigns tailored to diverse donor segments

●        Build and lead a growing team as fundraising escalates


Optimize our new Strategic Partnership

●        In conjunction with the senior management team, engage in decision-making, short and long-term strategic planning and the development and implementation of organizational strategies.

●        Work in close collaboration with the UK Head of Partnerships to develop a US fundraising strategy, set strategic fundraising targets and annual plans to support The Partnership's mission

●        Share fundraising updates with the UK Head of Partnerships in line with the partnership’s fundraising Plans


Maximize Talent & Engage Stakeholders

●        Build the capacity of the Board of Directors to maximize their time, talent, and networks to achieve the organization’s fundraising goals

●        Inspire and engage the board to support the global fundraising strategy and external stakeholder engagement

●        Actively engage and energize Impact Network interns, board members, event committees, external partners, and funders


Who you’ll be working with


Impact Network has a small team based in the US which funds programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. The successful candidate will work extremely closely with the US Team to support their work to execute events, write proposals and drive the overall fundraising agenda. In addition, you will work collaboratively with the Strategic Partner’s UK Fundraising Team to adapt their communications strategy for a US audience.



Hiring Organization

Impact Network International, Inc.


Who You Are


Qualifications for this role include:


1.    A champion for Impact Network’s mission and core values, with a deep commitment to improving education quality in rural Africa.

2.    An adaptable and multifaceted fundraising expert with a minimum of 10 years of experience, ideally as a Director of Development, in major gift fundraising (six-figure sums), growing revenue from new income streams, and managing a portfolio of funders.

3.    An exceptional writer, storyteller, and communicator who can effectively inspire action through data and stories.

4.    A masterful architect of connections with a dynamic approach to building and maintaining relationships with high-net-worth individuals and collaborative partnerships.

5.    A strategic project manager with a love organization. You can manage competing priorities and projects inherent in a small non-profit organization. You possess outstanding organizational skills and incredibly strong attention to detail.

6.    A collaborative spirit with a strong desire to work with others to achieve greater impact. As a senior leader, you will also play a critical role in the future direction of the organization.

7.    A proactive problem-solver with initiative in seeking and implementing solutions.

8.    Education background: Bachelor’s Degree in a related field (nonprofit management, business administration, marketing, etc.) is required; a master’s degree is preferred.

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Compensation range is $120,000 to $150,000.  The role may include travel to Zambia, Uganda and Ghana. We are open to a permanent position or 12-month consultancy role.

Application Instructions

How to Apply


To apply, please complete the application form here and attach your resume: https://forms.gle/Si7CJqCeWy7sQVWE7.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible with the right person.


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