Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Major Gifts
4 Year Degree
The Head of Development will work with the Executive Director to develop and execute on a fundraising strategy. Their responsibilities will include formulating a fundraising strategy, identifying potential donors, reaching out to potential supporters, maintaining relationships with new and current donors, planning events to bring donors together, hiring additional development staff. The Charter Cities Institute is a small team so the Head of Development will need to be comfortable contributing to a wide variety of activities.
Responsibilities of Head of Development
Develop a 5 year fundraising strategy, and identify which high net worth individuals and foundations to target and the timeline for bringing them on board. This includes strategies to get in contact with those individuals and foundations.
Reach out to those individuals and foundations to assess their interest in contributing to the Charter Cities Institute.
Communicate the progress we are making with our current donors by writing reports, meeting in person, etc.
Organize events for our current and future donors to build a sense of community. We are building a charter cities movement, and it's important to ensure donors feel part of that movement and that they're contributing to something great.
Hire and manage additional development professionals as needed to grow the team.
Keep detailed notes about meetings, conversations, etc, to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.
The Charter Cities Institute expects colleagues to work hard, including some nights and weekends when necessary, not because you have to, but because you're passionate about charter cities and making the world a better place. We enjoy tackling big challenges and figuring out new problems. and recognize that it takes hard work to build something great.
The Charter Cities Institute greatly values our office culture. Our staff is intellectually curious and enjoys exploring a wide variety of topics, not all of which are directly related to charter cities. We're a small team, so we frequently go out to lunch as a group, and get drinks together a handful of times per month (though this is not required). Candidates should feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work.
The role is for a full time position. The Charter Cities Institute offers health and dental insurance.
7+ years development experience
Familiarity with international development (and related funding sources)
Helped build a fundraising department from scratch
Experience attracting major gifts
Strong communication skills
Intellectual curiosity and a willingness to learn
Entrepreneurial ability and interest in figuring out solutions to new challenges
Strong presentation skills
Passion for charter cities
Ability to travel
About Charter Cities Institute
The Charter Cities Institute is a nonprofit dedicated to building the ecosystem for charter cities, new city developments with a special jurisdiction to allow a better business environment. Singapore, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Dubai demonstrated that cities can transform themselves from desert or fishing villages to world class metropolises in two or three generations. We believe that model is replicable, as well as urgent with over 75 million new urban residents annually. The Charter Cities Institute operates as a think tank, hosting events, a podcast, publishing papers, and a blog, as well as working with new city developments on the ground to improve their legal system.