Business & Human Rights Resource
Centre is seeking a dynamic professional who can help
drive our fundraising globally to a new level. We are looking for a
proven fundraising specialist and strategic thinker who can work
collaboratively with our global team which includes development
team members in the US, Germany and Australia and colleagues in 20
locations around the world.
The Business & Human Rights
Resource Centre is an international human rights
organization working to ensure respect for human rights are at the
core of companies’ business models; empower communities and
workers, to secure their rights; and advance accountability for
corporate human rights abuse. Our Global Team, based in more than
20 countries around the world, work with a rich network of
activists, unions, human rights groups, and investors. Our website
and publications are available in nine languages. We work across
all sectors and issues related to business and human rights, with
strategic focus on the rights of workers in global supply chains,
the rights of communities seeking responsible natural resource use
and a just transition to zero carbon, and the rights of people to
accountable digital technologies. The Development Officer will be
an integral part of the Global Team.
The Resource Centre has helped define the growing field of
business & human rights. It has put companies in all regions on
notice that their human rights conduct is being watched. It has
drawn attention to corporate abuses in all countries and provided
increased recognition to those companies taking positive steps to
promote human rights. The Centre is widely respected for being
fair, objective, and constructive in its approach to make change
The Development Officer is a new position, created by the Centre
to help increase its annual budget (currently at just about $5
million) by expanding its base of foundation, individual and
government donors. The Development Officer will report to the New
York-based Deputy Director/Director of Development and work closely
with the Senior Development Officer and Europe Development Manager.
S/he will be based in New York, and primarily support on North
The Resource Centre has a strong track record in foundation
fundraising – current donors in the global portfolio include Laudes
Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation, Humanity
United and many others. It receives funding from the governments of
Germany and Switzerland and the European Commission and has
extensive contacts with other European governments and multilateral
institutions. To date most of the organization’s income has been
from foundations and governments, but it has a small but growing
pool of individual donors. To maintain our independence, we do not
take funds from companies or their foundations.
The successful candidate will have strong skills and experience
in institutional (trusts/foundations and government) fundraising,
proposal and report writing and grants management, as over 95% of
the organization’s income comes from these sources. Individual
fundraising is also desirable but not required. The Development
Officer will be expected to contribute to developing the
organization’s international fundraising strategy in consultation
with the Executive Director, Development Director and Development
team and board members; help to secure increased funding from
existing and new foundation and government funders; work
collaboratively to improve fundraising systems (e.g. research and
tracking of prospective funders, grants, contacts and reporting);
support the development of fundraising capacity in the regions; and
play a key role in establishing a strategy for sustainable
Fundraising strategy and organizational
- Participate in the development of the international fundraising
strategy, organizational development policy, and thematic and
regional programme strategies.
- Report regularly to the Development Director to inform the
Management Team and Board.
- Prepare budgets and forecasts related to all fundraising
activities. Should be comfortable with setting annual fundraising
goals and have systems in place to benchmark and track
- Develop the fundraising and grant management capacities of
Global Team members and partners by delivering training and
Grant and relationship management:
- Develop systems for effective grants management including
narrative and financial funding reports in coordination with
relevant members of Global Team and support their
- Develop project budgets and forecasts and support Global Team
members in tracking financial performance of their grant
- Co-lead with Development Director on proposal development for:
a portfolio of North America-based funders and ensure all inquiries
from North America-based donors are fulfilled in a timely and
efficient manner. Lead on fundraising for one of our region
programs, dependent upon language skills. Support on proposals and
reports in all regions as needed.
- Contribute to the development of the donor update in
collaboration with the Development Team and ensure it reaches all
funders, aiming to take a leading role in the future.
- Ensure appropriate communications with funders and record this
in donor database. Prepare relevant team members including
Executive Director for meetings with funders
- Conduct and analyse research to identify new sources of
institutional (foundations / trusts / governments) giving on an
- Provide research reports on individual and institutional donor
- Stay aware of trends in giving, changes in human rights
funding, key donors in the field.
Individual donor and online fundraising
- Process acknowledgements for individual gifts.
- With the Development Team and others, plan and implement the
annual appeal and the other elements of an ongoing annual fund
effort, including using social media.
- Work with the Development Team and senior leadership to refine
our online fundraising strategy for the Resource Centre.
Team coordination and systems management:
- Work collaboratively to ensure timely submission of reports and
proposals to all funders.
- Manage CiviCRM database as administrator, ensuring it is
current, accurate, and used to increase efficiency.
- Strengthen infrastructure and systems, including for grants
management, donor communications, internal communications and
learning, and financial tracking.
- Assist with preparation for donor/prospect meetings, including
developing meeting packets, prep for participants, scheduling,
booking travel, and other logistics.
- Work with communications, program and operations teams to
ensure all organizational documents used regularly for fundraising
are relevant. Suggest and create new materials.
- Assist in developing and maintaining a shared system of
information management for program and organizational data used in
- Supervise development interns as appropriate.
- The right to work in the United States (must have this before
- At least 3 years of fundraising experience, preferably in a
charity or similar organization
- Proven ability to communicate clearly and succinctly in
English, especially in writing compelling and persuasive grant
proposals and reports to donors
- Effective financial management especially related to
fundraising and project budgets
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to
maintain collaborative relationships with people from diverse
national and cultural backgrounds, across several time zones
- Initiative and motivation: Able to use own
initiative and work independently within agreed frameworks;
motivated by achieving results and completing tasks and being
- Organization and prioritization: Strong
organizational and prioritization, and time-management skills,
including attention to detail, enabling efficient and effective
- Appreciation of the values and mission of the organization and
a proven ability to represent the organization to donors and
- Demonstrable entrepreneurial spirit and ability to identify and
capitalize on opportunities
- Ability to maintain high standards of ethics, integrity, and
professionalism, and to handle sensitive and proprietary financial
- University degree, or equivalent
- Computer proficiency in Windows Operating systems, MS Office,
knowledge of and demonstrated efficiency with donor management
The following would be useful, but not
- Familiarity and experience with international affairs and human
- Knowledge of languages other than English, especially