Director of Development

About the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (the Coalition) is a rapidly growing consortium of museums, historic sites, organizations and individuals dedicated to creating a more peaceful future through remembering past struggles for justice and addressing their contemporary legacies. Founded in 1999 by heritage and human rights leaders on four continents, the Coalition today is a dynamic network of more than 300 members in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Russia, North America and in the Middle East and North Africa. Each year, more than 20 million people visit Sites of Conscience across the globe to engage in uniquely effective public programs that promote civic action by connecting history and memory with contemporary human rights, social justice and transitional justice issues.


Position Description

The Director of Development is based at the Coalition’s secretariat in New York City, currently working remotely, and reports directly to the Executive Director. The Director of Development leads all aspects of the Coalition’s fundraising efforts. As a member of the senior leadership team, the Director is integral to shaping the overall strategic direction for the organization. The Director of Development is responsible for raising an annual income goal, determined in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Board, by developing, implementing, and managing a fundraising strategy to expand and diversify the Coalition’s funding streams. Supported by a Development Associate and consultants as needed, the Director of Development collaborates with all the Coalition’s departments as well as with Coalition members across the globe to create and implement innovative, effective fundraising strategies that will support the Coalition as it continues its impressive growth around the world.


Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement the Coalition’s fundraising plan with the goal of expanding and diversifying the funding base;
  • Initiate, deepen and maintain strong relationships with donors, identifying prospects and cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding existing and new donors;
  • With the Executive Director, work with Board and advisory committee members to create a culture of philanthropy within the Coalition’s leadership structure;
  • With Development Associate and program team members, conceptualize and prepare grant proposals and reports, and donor cultivation and solicitation materials;
  • Oversee the management of the donor database and other records, ensuring security and quality controls, and generating reports and lists as needed;
  • Lead the planning and execution of fundraising events, annual appeals and other donor campaigns; 
  • With the Communications team, create new donor outreach tools;
  • Participate in the recruitment of Board and Ambassadors Circle members and serve as liaison to Board on all Development matters;
  • Play a lead role in strategic planning and organizational development initiatives;
  • Serve as a spokesperson to funders and prospects, keeping them informed of program activities as well as special projects that may be of interest to them;
  • Supervise and support the professional development of the Development Associate;
  • Participate in donor meetings, international Coalition meetings and other events as needed, in person when travel resumes, or via virtual platforms until that time. 



  • Minimum of ten years’ experience in progressively responsible nonprofit development positions, with experience raising funds in the human rights, transitional justice and/or arts and culture sectors a strong advantage;
  • A proven record of successful fundraising from institutional funders as well as individual donors at all levels;
  • Demonstrated experience securing and managing six- to seven-figure U.S. government grants;
  • Experience developing and launching fundraising initiatives that create new donor constituencies;
  • Strong management and leadership skills, with demonstrated experience in grants administration;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact collaboratively and enthusiastically with a diverse set of program staff and Coalition partners;
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects under tight deadlines;
  • Experience raising funds from international sources a strong advantage;
  • Experience with financial reporting;
  • Experience working internationally with people in diverse cultural and political contexts;
  • Ability to travel internationally, once travel resumes, and take on other tasks as needed.

Application Instructions

Competitive salary with excellent benefits. Interested candidates should please send a cover letter along with a resume and writing sample to with the subject line Director of Development.

The Coalition can respond only to candidates whose experience qualifies them for an interview. This search will remain open until the position is filled, early applicants have the advantage.

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