Director of Development
About the organization
Imagine Worldwide exists to demonstrate that children with learner-centered, tech-enabled solutions in their hands can become literate and numerate, driving their own instruction. More than 264 million children and youth worldwide do not have access to school. And hundreds of millions more children go to school but never learn to read or do math. Our purpose is to work with schools and communities worldwide to address these seemingly intractable problems.
We work hand-in-hand with community-based partners and schools in Africa and Southeast Asia to provide children with research-based learning solutions on a portable tablet. Our model does not require connectivity, a power grid, or a trained teacher; learning is delivered autonomously with adults as coaches and mentors. To date, our learning solutions have served more than 12,000 students across Tanzania, Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, and the USA, with plans to expand into Burkina Faso and Senegal in 2022.
At an exciting time of growth, Imagine Worldwide seeks a Director of Development to lead a comprehensive fundraising effort. In close partnership with a highly engaged CEO and board, this position will build upon our strong financial footing and base of individual and institutional funders – including the Omidyar Network, Valhalla Charitable Foundation, and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation – to secure the support needed to scale and replicate our program worldwide. Joining a close-knit international team that operates with a fierce sense of urgency and mission, this position will make a significant impact on Imagine’s ability to serve millions of children across the globe. This position reports to the CEO. Specifically:
- Work in close partnership with the CEO, design and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy that drives growth and sustainability, with a goal to raise $12-15M in renewals and new gifts between 2022-2024.
- Serve as “chief grant writer,” taking ownership of letters of inquiry, proposals, renewals, and reports, and tightly manage a fundraising calendar to ensure the team is working against a defined timeline and assigned tasks.
- Maintain and grow a portfolio of existing major foundation and individual funders, leveraging the CEO and board in donor stewardship and retention. Take ownership of developing donor-specific strategies, meeting preparation and follow-up.
- A versatile and well-rounded fund development professional. You bring at least 7 years of work experience in fundraising, with a track record of prospecting, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding institutional and individual supporters. You enjoy both the behind-the-scenes and donor-facing aspects of fundraising.
- An exceptional writer, storyteller, and communicator. You are skilled in analyzing, breaking down, and communicating complex ideas in ways that inspire others to action. You create high-quality and compelling materials that clearly articulate the “why” behind an organization’s mission and impact. Extensive grant writing/reporting and collateral production experience is required; experience in digital marketing is a plus.
- A tech-savvy and highly-organized project manager. You are experienced in leading multiple projects with tight deadlines. You are skilled at building processes and systems, and strategically use limited resources to create the biggest impact. You are proficient in donor relationship management and utilize technology to track data for the full donor lifecycle.
- An authentic personality who leads with humility and cultural awareness. You work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds. You carry yourself with the same dignity and positivity you provide others. You resonate with Imagine Worldwide’s approach to work respectfully with international partners and communities.
125,000 - 140,000
Equal Opportunity Employment
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