Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Grants
About the Role
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development & Communications will help WEEMA achieve its mission by bringing in revenue that funds WEEMA’s programmatic work in Ethiopia. The Director will be the organizational lead for building WEEMA’s fundraising strategy and platform, cultivating and managing donor relationships with individuals and foundations, and building awareness about WEEMA’s unique and high-impact work in Ethiopia. This is first and foremost a Development role, with a strong emphasis on donor relationship management -- with Communications playing an important complementary function to compellingly communicate the reach and impact of WEEMA’s activities. This is also a new role in the organization, and as such offers ample opportunity for innovation, leadership, and leveraging of best practices.
This role will work closely with the Executive Director and Senior leadership in the US and in Ethiopia, and will receive administrative support (i.e., donor database management, social media updates) from an external consultant. This is a full-time role based in Cambridge, MA, with occasional travel to Ethiopia (1-2x/year, or more, depending on person’s interest).
Create and facilitate implementation of WEEMA’s fundraising strategy, relationship management plans, and indicators to inspire and hold ourselves accountable
Develop and oversee execution of annual fundraising plan, building on current fundraising activities (centered on events and annual appeals)
Warmly and responsively steward relationships with prospective and current donors, to help donors feel close to and excited about WEEMA’s work
Support WEEMA staff and Board of Directors to create a “culture of philanthropy” and provide training to support their fundraising involvement, i.e., on messaging, pitching, relationship management and follow-up
Collaborate with team members to build capacity to support larger foundation grants, i.e., on storytelling / documentation and impact metrics reporting
Build out a platform that enables peer-to-peer fundraising for WEEMA’s enthusiastic core donors and volunteers
Ensure timely and accurate reporting to donors in line with gift specifications
Oversee donor database and communications, both directly and through oversight of external administrative support
Design communications strategy and calendar, with targeted use of blog and social media, to reinforce WEEMA’s brand, target prime donor segments, and build proximity and interest in WEEMA’s work
Project manage content creation & dissemination: Create content development goals and timelines, train Ethiopian staff as necessary to generate this content (i.e., videos, photos, information necessary for compelling social media posts), hold staff accountable for creating this content, edit and curate content
Serve as main editor and quality control for print and electronic collateral, including but not limited to newsletters, brochures, fundraising campaigns, organization’s website
Collaborate with US team to organize social events to raise awareness and build donor community
Manage relationship with external consultant who supports social media
WEEMA International is seeking an experienced and accomplished professional with 5+ years of fundraising experience (2+ years in a leadership capacity), and significant exposure and experience with Communications, particularly in social media.
We are looking for an independent and entrepreneurial self-starter, who is a critical thinker, team-oriented, passionate about working directly with donors, and highly skilled at verbal and written communications.
Specific requirements include:
At least 5 years of fundraising experience, 2 of those years in a leadership role
Track record of securing donations and bringing in new funding into organizations
Significant exposure and experience with communications, including experience deploying social media strategies
Excellent communications skills
Close attention to detail
Passion for WEEMA’s mission and programs
Experience working for a nonprofit or social justice organization preferred
Self-starter, able to work independently, entrepreneurial, mature
Collaborative and committed to inclusivity in workstyle
Willingness to travel occasionally to Ethiopia (1-2x/year)
Our hiring philosophy
At WEEMA, we believe in creating the best workplace possible for our talented team. We invest in our staff, offering competitive benefits, flexible and family-friendly schedules, and professional development opportunities.
Interested applicants are asked to submit a resume, salary expectations, and cover letter to Sr. Advisor Asya Troychansky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About WEEMA International
WEEMA works in southwestern Ethiopia, a vibrant yet under-resourced region of three million, where communities brim with energy and ideas for improving conditions and promoting people’s well-being: to connect families to safe water, life-saving healthcare, quality education, and economic opportunities. Working in partnership with these communities, WEEMA helps them reach their goals by supporting holistic and sustainable development by Ethiopians for Ethiopians. Across our activities, we address inequity and proactively include women and people with disabilities.
WEEMA systematically partners with communities to:
We collaboratively build systems to ensure sustainable provision of clean water, life-saving healthcare, quality education, and economic opportunity
We support women and girls as agents of change and instill economic and social inclusion of people with disabilities