This role is both office and remote/virtual depending on where the candidate is based, full or part-time.
Registered in Switzerland, Initiatives of Change International (IofCI) is a non-profit membership organization active in 44 countries, with a near century-long track record of spiritual formation and transformation, dialogue, peacebuilding and trustbuilding worldwide. Our tagline is “building trust across the world’s divides.” A priority of IofCI today is to fund our work and in particular our international Trustbuilding Program (TBP) currently active in 7 countries.
We are seeking an experienced Fundraiser to work under contract with IofCI, join our Development and Sustainability team and, as part of that team, play a pivotal catalytic role in helping IofCI prepare for the next generation of its work. We are looking for someone with the relevant skills, and above all someone who is committed to IofCI’s mission and values. This individual will be responsible for helping to execute our fundraising strategy and move IofC toward long-term institutional sustainability. The Fundraiser will work closely with the Executive Director and the Sustainability team to reach both these goals. The Fundraiser will play a major role in supporting the transition from a largely internally funded organization, to one that obtains substantial resources from foundations and the global philanthropic marketplace. Progress is already being made: $2 million has been secured to leverage the remaining $2.1 million needed to fulfil our work over the next three years.
The Fundraiser will cultivate long-term partnerships with foundations, corporations, individual donors, and government entities as appropriate. The job also involves training and supporting some IofCI staff and national affiliate teams in what is required to raise external funds successfully. The Fundraiser is expected to work with the broader network to implement collaboration protocols, to facilitate knowledge-sharing about best practices among national teams to avoid conflicts, and to develop leads in ways that benefit both the national teams and IofCI.
The person must be an experienced researcher and grant-writer, and be experienced at designing electronic campaigns, composing solicitations, and conducting campaigns, thanking donors, and recognizing them appropriately. For the first six months, the fundraiser will focus mainly externally and on the Trustbuilding Program countries as well as working on other institutional grants. The fundraiser will research and pursue sources of outside support, and help the Development Officer pursue leads that come from IofC people.
Work is both office and home-based / virtual depending on where the candidate is based.
- Work with leadership to revise and refine the fundraising strategy, based on a process of continual learning from our experience;
- Identify and research funding prospects to support the TBP, build up IofCI’s organizational infrastructure, and help national teams;
- Develop individual strategies for connecting with, cultivating, and soliciting prospects;
- Implement a moves management system to track touches, guide cultivation, and help us move strategically to convert prospects into donors;
- Support the Trustbuilding Program national teams’ efforts to harness their knowledge and contacts, and to identify, cultivate and solicit new funding sources;
- Work with the Executive Director, the TBP Manager, the Communications Director, and the Sustainability team to develop attractive, compelling communications that support the development and fundraising strategy of IofC International;
- Work with affiliated national teams to help them develop local fundraising capacity that works in coordination with IofCI;
- Some travel [when allowed by pandemic restrictions] to meet with affiliated national teams and donors if necessary to implement our fundraising strategy.
REQUIRED PERSONAL QUALITIES AND SKILLS
Candidates should demonstrate the following qualities and skills:
- Commitment to the core principles and vision of IofC, including spiritual grounding;
- Familiarity with Initiatives of Change or comparable work (desirable);
- At least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field;
- Strong communication and presentation skills (in English); and a commitment to open two-way communication with colleagues and volunteer leaders;
- Demonstrated leadership and people skills;
- Proven success as a development professional in the international arena, with independent responsibility for a portfolio of donors; or comparable experience in corporate sales or advocacy;
- Extensive experience in proposal development and writing in the international arena;
- Demonstrated skill in cultivation, networking, solicitation, and stewardship of a broad array of donors, including foundations, individuals, businesses, and government entities;
- Deep research and analytical skills;
- Problem-solving skills;
- Resilience and perseverance;
- Clear understanding of the ethics and accountability required in the fundraising field;
- Ability to juggle multiple demands and remain poised and diplomatic at all times;
- Ability to work with a small integrated core team and with a multiplicity of volunteers from diverse cultures across the globe;
- Strong computer skills including MS Word and Excel.
REPORTING AND REMUNERATION
The Fundraiser will report to the Executive Director of IofCI and will work closely with the Convenor of the Sustainability team.
Remuneration is to be commensurate with relevant experience.
HOW TO APPLY
All applications should include a CV plus a letter of application (max two pages), showing how you meet the requirements of the position. Please provide 2 references; at least one reference should be a professional one.
All applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 23 April 2021.
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