Director of Fundraising

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000
Maximum: $88,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


The Director of Fundraising develops,oversees and implements institutional and individual donor strategy and work plans. The Director of Fundraising reports directly to and works closely with the Executive Director, as well as collaborates with both program staff and the Director of Communications. The position is part of the operations team and as such the Director of Fundraising also offers input and advice on organizational development issues.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Develop and implement NESRI’s overall fundraising strategy
  • Develop annual workplans
  • Build interdepartmental teams to implement fundraising strategy by collaborating with program staff and the Director of Communications.
  • Assist Director of Finance with financial reporting to institutional funders
  • Develop and implement organizational communications strategy targeted to supporters in collaboration with the Director of Communication
  • Support Director of Finance through the annual audit
  • Participate in Operations team meetings and assist in advancing organizational development strategies Database management (Salsa) for purposes of implementing fundraising strategy
  • Serve as liaison to Board of Directors fundraising committee

Institutional Funders

  • Coordinate, write, and submit letters of inquiry, proposals and reports
  • Maintain calendar of grant proposals, progress and reports
  • Support Executive Director in cultivating institutional funders
  • Track funding/provide revenue reports as needed
  • Engage institutional donors by participating in events and processes when possible
  • Identify and cultivate opportunities for Executive Director and program staff to participate in and present at events for institutional funders
  • Organizing briefings and events for institutional funders
  • Develop materials for institutional funders
  • Liaise with program officers

Individual donors

  • Develop and implement individual donor strategy and program
  • Implement individual donor campaigns
  • Event planning and design for individual donors
  • Manage the year end appeal
  • Create and disseminate materials targeted to individual donors
  • Support Executive Director in cultivating and sustaining major donors
  • Support NESRI’s major donor Honorary Advisory Board
  • Develop social media strategy for individual donors 


For a Director position, base pay is $60,000, with additional cash benefits up to $26,000 depending on eligibility for dependents, student loan repayment, transportation and health care costs not paid by insurance. In addition, NESRI has generous healthcare coverage for families and domestic partners, disability insurance, pension, 25 days of vacation, six month parental leave (3 full time and 3 half time) and caretaking leave (3 months full time), as well as a fierce commitment to supporting the ability of staff to care for and attend their families.

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, human rights and structural change
  • Ability to work in a consensus driven setting that places a high value on collaboration and horizontal decision-making
  • Fundraising experience in mission-driven environment
  • Experience working with remote staff preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Highly Organized and detail oriented
  • Demonstrated ability to generate strategy
  • Ability to be self-directive, take initiative and juggle multiple responsibilities
  • Ability to build cross-departmental teams
  • Basic knowledge of Salsa preferred 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

How to Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to and put Director of Fundraising application in the subject line. Please no phone calls. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. NESRI values diversity and equity. We are committed to integrating the experiences and leadership of individuals from communities directly affected by human rights abuse and recognize how it makes our movement building work transformative, sustainable and relevant. Given our commitment to developing a diverse leadership, we strongly encourage people of color, women, working-class, LGBTQ, gender nonconforming, differentlyabled, and all people from historically underrepresented groups to apply.