Location: Invisible Children Headquarters,
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Invisible Children was founded in 2004 to help end decades of
mass violence and child abductions by Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony
and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Today, Invisible Children is
leveraging the expertise we developed and lessons we learned over
the past 15 years as we work to end violent conflict and foster
thriving ecosystems in solidarity with our world’s most endangered
Over the course of several years, Invisible Children mobilized a
global movement of young activists, culminating with the online
“KONY 2012” campaign that served as a forceful call to action to
see a permanent end to Joseph Kony’s violence. With more than 100
million views in just six days and 3.7 million citizen pledges
calling for Kony’s arrest, we were the beneficiaries of the fastest
growing viral video of all time. The result was unprecedented
international action to end Africa’s longest running conflict,
support affected communities, and bring Kony to justice.
We are an evolving and learning organization, committed to
taking stock of our experiences, iterating, and doing it better. We
approach our work with a firm belief in local expertise and agency.
That means we seek out and listen to trusted local leaders in the
communities we serve, ask them what matters, what works and what
does not, and then use our resources and expertise to support their
In recent years, donors including the US Agency for
International Development (USAID) and the US Department of State
have shown their confidence in our work, our expertise, and our
network of trusting relationships with local communities on the
ground, by partnering with us on multi-year projects that aim to
address the root causes of violent conflict and strengthen the
resilience of communities in central Africa. Today, we are looking
to expand our base of support to include a more diversified based
of funding from corporate, major individual, and foundation
Working in partnership with our Executive Team and Board of
Directors, the Development Director will inform and execute
Invisible Children’s fundraising plan. Together, they will be
responsible for operationalizing a fundraising plan and
collaborating with key stakeholders to advance donor
- Lead by example, modeling Invisible Children’s culture and
values, fostering an environment of teamwork, accountability,
creativity, and innovation, and equipping and empowering direct
reports and relevant project teams to do the same.
- Launch and evolve a private sector fundraising program using
tools and a foundational development plan created by external
- Working in partnership with the President/CEO and board
members, strengthen the board’s culture of philanthropy by
identifying, cultivating, and recruiting members who have the
capacity to support their organization via personal gifts,
leveraging their networks, and actively engaging in fundraising
- Work closely with the President/CEO, board members, and other
members of the Invisible Children team to create cultivation and
solicitation materials, support acknowledgment and stewardship
efforts, and generate donor reports.
- Support donor solicitation by researching and generating
prospect profiles, preparing meeting materials, and providing any
- Ensure that all interactions reflect Invisible Children’s
values and are culturally responsive, respectful, and based on the
organization’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equity.
- Where appropriate, collaborate with Invisible Children
colleagues to oversee appropriate prospect and donor cultivation
and stewardship at organizational events.
- Maintain accurate and detailed records of donor communications
and prospect management – including cultivation, solicitation, and
stewardship documentation – in Salesforce.
- Through supervision of the Communications Manager and in
cooperation with program staff, oversee and support marketing and
outreach efforts, including developing and revising organizational
collateral, messaging strategies, and direct appeals.
- Contribute to the development of Invisible Children’s strategic
priorities, ensuring that development considerations are
appropriately represented in annual plans and budgets.
- Passion for Invisible Children’s mission to end violent
conflict and foster thriving ecosystems in solidarity with our
world’s most endangered communities.
- At least five years of successful development experience with
corporations, foundations, and individual donors, with a track
record of planning and implementing fundraising campaigns, closing
gifts, and meeting goals.
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, ability to
communicate ideas with enthusiasm to donors, and an ability to
successfully match donor interests to Invisible Children’s
- Experience working with board members and executive leaders to
cultivate and steward corporate and individual donors to secure
gifts of at least $10,000.
- Demonstrated skills initiating and managing projects, working
independently, and meeting deadlines.
- Experience managing a small development team and supporting
board development functions.
- Exemplify ethical standards of professional fundraising, as
articulated in the Association
of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Standards,
including maintaining confidentiality as warranted.
- Adept at working with MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
and comfortable learning new technology solutions and working
remotely and independently.
- Experience with Salesforce, including adapting the database to
serve organizational needs, generating standard reports, and using
relevant development software.
- B.A. or B.S. degree required, CFRE certification a plus.
Please submit an application containing your (1) resume, (2)
cover letter, and (3) salary requirements to JoinOurTeam@invisiblechildren.com,
with the subject line “Development Director.” Candidates will be
reviewed until a hire is made; no phone calls, please.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Invisible Children values
diversity and does not discriminate the basis of race, religion,
color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or
mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other
protected characteristic under applicable law. All employment is
decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business