Director of Developement
Creative Commons is seeking a Director of Development to lead its fundraising strategy and development work on behalf of the organization. We are at the start of our 20th Anniversary Capital Campaign, laying the foundations for the next five years of our work.
As Director of Development, you will work in all three areas of individual, corporate, and grant funding, and have a role to play in organizing donor events and contributing to our campaign-related communications plans. You will be responsible for securing the resources and developing the external relationships necessary to help CC achieve our 2021-2025 strategy, and fulfil our vision of a world where knowledge and culture are equitably shared in ways that serve the public interest.
The Director of Development will work closely with senior staff, program leads, board members and finance staff to develop and execute plans to fund existing programs, find new and innovative funding sources for new program areas, build sustainable funding for general operations, and build the organization’s long-term financial security
There’s a lot to do — we seek someone who is undaunted by the challenge, who wants to help build and shape a team of driven development colleagues, and who can set strategy as well as dig in and implement it. This role is equal parts planning and doing. Your work will focus on CC’s 20th Anniversary, as well as individual and corporate donations, including sponsorship for our annual CC Summit, and provide a supporting role in seeking grant partnerships and overseeing small dollar donations.
Responsibilities will include:
Continuing CC’s cultivation,
retention, and growth of a sustained base of individual donors
Building and maintaining
relationships with donors, funders, partners, and other key
stakeholders, increasing profile and reputation of the
Leading donor identification,
acquisition and relationship management efforts, supported by other
- Developing and maintaining a fundraising pipeline with quarterly and annual targets, reporting to the CEO and to the Board for performance against targets.
Tracking progress and analysis
on fundraising initiatives to secure maximum impact for time
Working closely with the Director of
Finance on budgeting and forecasting revenue based on income
Developing and executing CC’s annual
fundraising plan, aligned to overall strategy.
Leading the work of the 20th
Anniversary Capital Campaign and support the established Committee
for this purpose
Securing corporate gifts and
sponsorship for CC Global Summit and other events, ensuring they
are cost neutral on organization cash flow
Supporting the CEO, program staff,
and Board’s relationships with key foundation, corporate, and
individual donors and prospects
Proactively monitoring the funding
landscape, seeking out potential donors suited to our current
projects, and supporting program leads in identifying and pursuing
Working closely with program staff as
it relates to program design: to articulate program impact, develop
compelling materials, and provide support to team members working
to secure new funding opportunities and preparing funding
Managing and supporting members of
the development team focused on foundation and institutional grant
opportunities, and oversee a predictable small dollar revenue
Managing the fundraising database and
systems, including CRM
Developing and tracking reports on
all aspects of fundraising, including reporting to the Board and
development council as necessary
Goals and Targets
Sustainability and diversification of revenue are our top priorities in development, with a focus on:
Our 20th Anniversary Capital
Campaign, which is a comprehensive campaign with a
goal of $15M running through May 2022
Annual fundraising, including drawing
additional and sustained funding to priority programs like Open
GLAM, Open Education
Supporting our community with funding
for CC’s Global Network and our annual event, the CC Global
Developing funding opportunities for
new program areas
We have set revenue targets for 2021-2022, and need a strategic partner and skilled director for our organization to achieve them. CC’s annual expenditures are ~$4M USD, but our goal is not just to meet our annual targets, but to think creatively about how to achieve organizational sustainability over the next 5 years.
The successful candidate will show their experience, backed by results, in meeting similar targets, and outline a plan for how they will use their skills and experience to realize this goal, and set targets to meet the organization’s needs.
We are seeking an accomplished and organized senior professional who can attract, cultivate and manage support for this leading organization that works with communities and partners across the globe.
As the successful candidate, you are someone with a passion for fundraising. This is your profession. Your friends and colleagues describe you as a “doer”. You have:
Experience in the US philanthropy
context. This is a must
Meaningful nonprofit development
experience in a similar role
A proven track record of
institutional, corporate, and individual fundraising
Experience with high-end special
You can close, and you have the
numbers to back it up — dollars raised, conversion, retention, etc.
(note: please include these in your application)
A gift for strategic writing. You can
write letters, e-mails, tweets, and subject lines that deliver
results and make people act
Skills in both online and offline
fundraising best practices, and new approaches
The ability to develop and maintain
effective relationships with stakeholders
A strong network in the government
and nonprofit sectors
Comfort and ability to present at
senior levels — to major donors, foundation staff, board members,
A good sense of judgment and
The ability to work independently and
collaboratively with program leads and other staff to drive
proposals and projects to successful conclusion
An ability to respond flexibly to
incoming requests and assignments
A familiarity with
fundraising/donation/donor management technology (we use
Salesforce, Classy, Mailchimp, and Asana)
An interest in open knowledge,
copyright, innovation and creativity on the Web, and an awareness
of the technical and legal challenges associated with copyright and
The ability to take a mission that is
partly or wholly unseen and translate it into donor facing
materials that inspire generosity
We are a small team with big ambitions. While not necessary for this role, if you have experience in the following areas, we encourage you to share this with us in your application:
Experience with developing externally
facing materials and fundraising communications
Experience with donor special
Experience with building revenue
generating activities outside of fundraising, such as
merchandising, training, workshops, consulting services, etc.
We believe that diverse teams build better organizations and better services. Applications from qualified candidates from all backgrounds, including those from under-represented communities, are very welcome. Creative Commons works openly as part of a global community, guided by collaboratively developed codes of conduct and anti-harassment policies.
Work Environment and Location
Creative Commons has been a fully-distributed organization since 2015— we have no central office. This position is in a remote working environment and you can be anywhere in the world as long as you’re available for meetings between 13:00 to 17:00 UTC. You must have reasonable mobility for necessary travel (when travel is permitted), and high-speed broadband access. A laptop and peripherals are supplied.
Salary and Benefits
Creative Commons is a leading non-profit employer. We offer fair, competitive salaries. The salary range for this position is $110,000-$125,000 USD, and we look at factors like your experience to determine our offer, which comes with a comprehensive benefits package, including health and wellness plans, annual retirement contributions, and a positive, supportive work environment.
How to Apply
Please email your cover letter and resume as a single PDF to “firstname.lastname@example.org” with the subject heading of “Director of Development / [Last Name].” No phone calls or emails to other staff, please. No recruiters.