She’s the First is a leading girls’ rights organization, established 11 years ago and reaching 138,000+ girls annually across 26 countries. We have a $1.5M budget and are pushing to grow and sustain our work at the $2-$3M level. We have office hubs in New York City and Nairobi and a remote work policy, though there will be times you’re needed in NYC for meetings and events.
The Director of Development will be responsible for all aspects of fundraising and development for She’s the First, including updating, establishing, and executing a multi-year She’s the First development plan and building a pipeline to support it.
You will play a critical role as a member of STF’s senior leadership team, working closely alongside a Director of Strategic Partnerships, who manages our corporate relationships and community engagement strategy; a Director of Programs, who will help you articulate the impact achieved; and a Communications Specialist, who creates content that engages donors and advances our advocacy goals.
Our perfect match is someone who is looking to step into a transformative role, who considers themselves a builder of pipelines, projects, and teams. This is the leadership opportunity for you if you have an entrepreneurial drive and are excited to lay new tracks in our organization. A significant part of this role is building up a department, including raising the funds to hire full-time, mid-level support staff. Until those funds are secured, you must be comfortable handling small tasks on your own, with intern and part-time help, while managing your bigger priorities.
You will be a thought leader in the organization and a close partner to the CEO. You will work with her to implement and further advance diversified fundraising plans and communications, particularly individual giving programs (major, mid-level, small); board development; special events; and foundation grant programs.
You need to be analytical and results-driven with experience in using data to drive fundraising success. You are skilled at quarterbacking others—be it co-founders, board members, programs staff—in situations where they can help hit a fundraising home run. You know how to best utilize time with executives by presenting strategic plans, roadmaps, and dashboards; you can flag and troubleshoot challenges early on, without prompting, to keep plans on track. Ideally, you have experience working within an organization that is larger than STF is right now, and you can apply your learnings to help us reach the next level.
While the first year in any new development role involves planting seeds that may not blossom immediately, it is expected that within 6 months, you could secure at least $50k in new donations and will be actively stewarding 5 or more new major donors that do not currently exist in STF’s ecosystem of contacts. Within a year, we expect you to fully own your sphere and the overall fundraising strategy for the organization, with demonstrable growth and a strong pipeline.
She’s the First is a leading girls’ rights organization, established 11 years ago and reaching 138,000+ girls annually across 26 countries. We have a $1.5M budget and are pushing to grow and sustain our work at the $2-$3M level. We have office hubs in…
Culture of STF:
The She’s the First staff has a strong work ethic, but we value flexibility in our workplace. We enjoy flexible hours and make accommodations that set us up for maximum success, individually and as a team. However, this requires excellent communication, trust, and prioritization skills to work well, so we seek a teammate who would enjoy and respect this work culture.
Culture of STF:
The She’s the First staff has a…