Annual Giving, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Major Gifts
4 Year Degree
Cristosal is seeking a North American Director of External Relations to help lead the fund-raising charge into our next phase of growth. Based in San Salvador with offices in Guatemala and Honduras, we are a nonprofit organization working in the Northern Triangle of Central America, applying a rights-based, victim-focused, research-informed approach to solving some of the world’s most pressing issues, including the crisis of forced displacement affecting communities from Central America to the U.S. border. This position is a fully remote position working from the US.
Cristosal is driving change in the Northern Triangle of Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) through historic strategic litigation, innovative solutions for displacement due to violence, and research that informs NGOs and governmental organizations in the region and beyond.
We are changing the narrative in the Northern Triangle regarding human rights, and we invite experienced professionals to consider joining our team at this pivotal time in our organization’s growth. Please visit us at www.cristosal.org to read our history, view our 2018 Impact Report, and learn more about our work.
As our Director of External Relations, you will be responsible for building relationships that increase the revenue streams that allow us to achieve our mission and maximize our impact. You will work with a visionary, accomplished Executive Director, highly respected senior leaders in Central America, and a dedicated North American Board of Directors deeply committed to the mission.
As our chief designer and implementer of resource development strategies, you will
Help our donors accomplish their philanthropic goals through a relationship with our organization
Work with the Executive Director to identify ways of articulating the general operating and specific needs of the organization and building strategies around those needs
Travel domestically to support the Executive Director and visit donors on your own as well as making periodic visits to Central America to integrate with Cristosal’s leadership and staff
Develop and execute the annual North American fundraising plan with the goal of raising $500,000 annually from individuals and faith communities
Generate new ideas that strengthen recognition of Cristosal’s work, increase revenue and donor loyalty
Map consistent strategies, in collaboration with the communications team, for all communications channels to tell the story of Cristosal’s work in a way that generates interest and support
Report on fundraising strategy and progress to senior leadership and the Board
Oversee the North American communications and fundraising budget and monitor expenses
As our organizer of relationship-building activities, you will
Design effective ways to identify and engage new donors
Manage systems and software to track and cultivate donors including the donor database and wealth screening tools
Plan strategic travel to strengthen connections with individuals and faith communities
Support board members and advocates in planning and executing events to raise funds and awareness
Make direct, face-to-face solicitations
Communicate fundraising goals throughout the organization and help build a culture of philanthropy
Work closely with the Central American communications team to publicize Cristosal’s accomplishments and opportunities to a North American audience
Oversee the design and writing of materials such as appeal letters, the annual Impact Report, promotional material for fundraising events
Assist in the supervision of a part-time administrative associate based in Vermont (where we are incorporated and will have our permanent U.S. mailing address)
This might be a great opportunity for you if
You aspire to work with an organization that is influential on an international stage, dealing with critical issues of our day, finding lasting solutions for vulnerable populations, and making history
You have at least 5 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising with significant responsibility for annual goals
You are an enthusiastic professional capable of building authentic, productive relationships with donors, board members, volunteers, co-workers, human rights advocates, and progressive faith communities
You are a self-starter who has the flexibility and motivation to work remotely across a variety of locations and time zones. You can initiate and complete projects without constant direct supervision, but welcome collaboration and team work
You know how to make timely, effective and ethical decisions, and you apply the Donor Bill of Rights to all your fundraising work. You are equally adept at stewarding current donors as well as initiating and building relationships with prospective donors
You have superb communications skills with the ability to write, edit and proofread persuasively for diverse audiences, speak to large and small groups with ease, and be an effective partner for the Executive Director and Board members in their own presentations and solicitation meetings
You are a compelling storyteller and can help train others in the organization to be the same
You will have an advantage as a candidate if
You have superior proficiency in English and are conversant in Spanish
You have some experience, either professionally or personally, with human rights activism
You have an interest in Central America, through study, travel, or personal experience
You have experience working with and an appreciation for faith-based constituencies
Cristosal welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and experiences and knows that the successful candidate may come to us with a unique work history. We look forward to talking with you about how your particular skill set, personality, and passion for social justice might be a match for us.
Please forward a thoughtful cover letter and resumé to Joan Brown at email@example.com no later than July 26, 2019.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: DERNA
Cristosal works to advance human rights in Central America through rights-based research, learning, and programming.
We accompany victims of violence to provide protection when they need it most, repair the lingering effects of human rights violations, and build human rights environments where peace is possible.
In addition to El Salvador, we work in Guatemala and Honduras to:
1) Monitor forced displacement by violence
2) Pilot models for humanitarian, psychosocial, and legal assistance to victims of human rights violations
3) Pilot models for sustainable, community-based victim protection and assistance
Since hiring its first in-country executive director in 2010, Cristosal has grown from two to over fifty employees in El Salvador, gained its 501(c)3 status in the US, earned grant funding from institutional partners like USAID, pioneered models for cross-cultural learning, and become a leader in human rights-based development and a resource for policy-makers worldwide. Today, Cristosal is expanding its monitoring system for forced displacements and sustainable, community-based models for victim protection and assistance into Guatemala and Honduras.