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Major Gifts and Development Director-Remote New York or San Francisco

KickStart International, Inc.
California, United States
$80,000.00 - $130,000.00
Closing date
Dec 2, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time
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KickStart International of New York, NY, and San Francisco, CA is looking to hire an entrepreneurial full-time remote Major Gifts and Development Director to help us grow and implement our high-impact mission for a food-secure and resilient Africa. Are you a talented fundraiser that would like to work with an established nonprofit that has a strong track record of empowering farmers in Africa to pull themselves out of poverty? If so, please read on!

This Major Gifts and Development Director position earns a competitive salary of $80,000 ~ $130,000/year based on experience. We also offer comprehensive benefits including, paid medical, dental, vision, pharmacy, retirement, long-term disability, life insurance, generous paid time off (PTO), a flexible work schedule, an optional co-working membership near home for remote workers, and commuter benefits if local in NYC. If this sounds like the right opportunity for you to use your skills as a fundraiser to make a real difference in the world, apply today!


KickStart is an award-winning nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to empower millions of small-scale farmers in Africa to build lasting food and income security, adapt to climate change, and climb out of poverty. To succeed, we introduce highly affordable irrigation technologies that enable farmers to grow crops throughout the year, independent of the rains. This way they can harvest in the “hungry seasons” when prices are high and transition their farms into highly profitable businesses. With headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, and operations in 16 African countries, we have already enabled over 1.4 million people to transform their farming and permanently break out of poverty.

We also want our employees to be well and thrive. That’s why we offer excellent benefits, work-life balance, and positive work culture.


As our Major Gifts and Development Director, you are responsible for fundraising to support the work of our organization. We are quickly expanding in order to reach our goal of 2 million people out of poverty by 2026 and to help transform the systems that will enable millions more to follow. You play a central role in this effort by defining and strengthening our overall fundraising strategies as well as growing and cultivating a core circle of individual donors, corporate partnerships, and family foundations.

As the senior member of our US-based fundraising team, you report directly to the CEO and liaise closely with the President/COO and other senior staff. You work with other staff members and the Board to develop, apply for funds for, and report on innovative activities, partnerships, and projects. As a primary liaison to our individual board members, you support the board in raising funds, expanding and diversifying its membership, and governing itself. You coordinate with our staff in Africa to develop and report on innovative activities, partnerships, and projects. And, as a primary liaison to our individual board members, you support the Board in raising funds, expanding and diversifying its membership, and governing itself.

You work with our development team to upgrade fundraising strategies, establish and track data-driven goals, and expand overall donor revenues. You prospect for new donors, manage relationships with existing donors, and represent us at meetings and conferences with donors, partners, and other stakeholders. To raise our profile and expand our donor network, you plan and manage fundraising events and targeted communications. You love asking donors to contribute and get great satisfaction out of helping to permanently pull millions of people out of poverty!


Minimum of 3 years of senior-level nonprofit fundraising experience closing major gifts
Significant expertise in individual and institutional fundraising, including closing multiple major gifts in the 5-7 figure range
Leadership ability
Passion for helping to reduce poverty in Africa

Knowledge about working in sub-Saharan Africa would be a big plus! Are you a proactive and motivated self-starter? Do you have outstanding verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills? Are you organized, detail-oriented, and able to effectively prioritize, implement, and delegate multiple tasks? Do you have excellent story-telling skills? Are you a driven team player who loves to collaborate? Do you also work well alone? If so, you might just be perfect for this fundraiser position!


This full-time remote fundraiser position typically works during regular office hours but must also be open to work at times that enable communications with our staff in Africa. You could be in San Francisco or New York City where our fundraising teams are based or work remotely from anywhere in the United States.


We understand your time is valuable, so we have a very quick and easy application process. If you feel that you would be right for this remote fundraiser job with our nonprofit, please fill out our initial 3-minute, mobile-friendly application. We look forward to meeting you!

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