Senior Development Manager

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Equality Now
New York, NY
Published 23 days ago


Founded in 1992, Equality Now fights for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls around the world through legal advocacy. Working with grassroots women’s and human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes national and international action to support efforts to stop these abuses. The organization’s work is focused on four main program areas: Legal Equality, End Sexual Violence, End Harmful Practices, and End Sex Trafficking.

With presence in the US, UK, Amsterdam, Lebanon, Kenya, India, Georgia, Equality Now has a staff of 48 and is governed by a 10-member US Board of Directors, a 5-member UK Trustees group, and a 6-member Africa Board.

The organization had an ambitious 2017-2021 strategic plan which resulted in enhanced presence and work in MENA, Eurasia, and LAC regions.  In 2020, in response to the pandemic, we restructured the organization to become a dispersed organization.  The organization will be embarking on a strategic refresh  (2022-2024) this year. Current priorities include expanding programs in MENA, the Americas, and Eurasia as well as capacity building with an emphasis on development and communications activities. The 2021 budget is $8.9 million.


Equality Now is seeking an exceptional major gifts fundraiser with experience securing commitments at the 6- and 7-figure levels. This position plays a leadership role in the Development Department and is responsible for defining our major gifts strategy and driving this strategy forward in partnership with senior leaders across the organization, including the Global Executive Director and members of the Global Executive Board.  This position reports to the Director of Development and oversees the Development Associate.


  • Create and manage strategy for Equality Now’s major donor portfolio, which will have a value of at least $1.6 million in 2022, including setting goals for support, creating regular strategic touchpoints to drive relationships forward, and implementing moves management;
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit both existing and prospective supporters of Equality Now to grow our major gifts portfolio of 100-125 donors (primarily made up of individuals and related family foundations) capable of giving $25,000 to $1 million + to the organization, ideally through multi-year commitments;
  • Solicit gifts directly, collaborating with colleagues to frame the best and most compelling ask in alignment with organizational priorities;
  • Create strong, inspirational donor materials, including letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports;
  • Accurately track stewardship needs for individual donors in his/her portfolio, developing written and other materials as needed to attract and maintain support;
  • Use Raiser’s Edge NXT to develop and maintain an organized moves management system for the organization;
  • “Manage Up” to the Global Executive Director, directing her donor actions to ensure that we are maximizing her role in fundraising in an efficient, effective way;   
  • Partner with members of the Global Executive Board in cultivating support from their networks, staffing Board members to make their work on our behalf as easy as possible;
  • Lead project of transforming Advisory Board into a fundraising body;
  • Oversee the Development Associate, who assists with donor research, acknowledgment letters, and other operational tasks related to individual giving;
  • Partner with the Chief Development Officer in providing strategic leadership for the Development Department; and
  • Develop a robust network of programmatic, finance, communications, and philanthropy colleagues to achieve all required outcomes.



  • Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible fundraising experience, with at least 4 years’ experience focused on growing and securing support from high-capacity individuals;
  • Experience building strategies for soliciting gifts from high net worth donors and partnering with senior leaders to execute strategies at the highest level;
  • A proven track record of closing gifts of $100,000 or more;
  • Outstanding verbal and written communications skills;
  • Leadership experience – including experience managing and mentoring staff and inspiring teams;
  • Experience partnering with volunteer leaders, including Trustees, on donor outreach;
  • Entrepreneurial, results-oriented, able to set priorities;
  • Exceptional organizational and planning skills;
  • Advanced interpersonal skills, able to work effectively and respectfully in a fast-paced environment with diverse co-workers in a relatively small organization and with colleagues internationally;
  • Experience with donor databases and moves management;
  • Ability to travel when needed;
  • Sense of humor; and
  • Bachelor's degree required.


  • Experience in closing gifts of up to $1 million and multi-year commitments;
  • Cross-cultural/international experience;
  • Master’s Degree and/or CFRE; and
  • Some prior knowledge of or experience in the human rights sector.


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No calls please. This is a remote position. Applicants from all States will be considered.

Due to the volume of applicants anticipated for this role, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Equality Now is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Equality Now does not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Candidates are selected on the basis of ability, in accordance with all country and location specific laws.

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Founded in 1992, Equality Now fights for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls around the world through legal advocacy. Working with grassroots women’s and human rights organizations and individual…

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