NOTE: THIS IS A VIRTUAL POSITION THAT CAN WORK FROM
ANYWHERE IN THE U.S. NYC OR DC HOME BASE IS PREFERRED.
Imagine Worldwide exists to demonstrate that children with
learner-centered, tech-enabled solutions in their hands can become
literate and numerate, driving their own instruction. More than 264
million children and youth worldwide do not have access to school.
And hundreds of millions more children go to school but never learn
to read or do math. Our purpose is to work with schools and
communities worldwide to address these seemingly intractable
We work hand-in-hand with community-based partners and schools
in Africa and Southeast Asia to provide children with
research-based learning solutions on a portable tablet. Our model
does not require connectivity, a power grid, or a trained teacher;
learning is delivered autonomously with adults as coaches and
mentors. To date, our learning solutions have served more than
12,000 students across Tanzania, Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone,
Bangladesh, and the USA, with plans to expand into Burkina Faso and
Senegal in 2022. We are positioned to scale significantly to reach
millions of children.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
At an exciting time of growth, Imagine Worldwide seeks a
Director of Development to lead a comprehensive fundraising effort.
In close partnership with a highly engaged CEO and board, this
position will build upon our strong financial footing and base of
individual and institutional funders – including the Omidyar
Network, Valhalla Charitable Foundation, and Draper Richards Kaplan
Foundation – to secure the support needed to scale and replicate
our program worldwide. Joining a close-knit international team that
operates with a fierce sense of urgency and mission, this position
will make a significant impact on Imagine’s ability to serve
millions of children across the globe. This position reports to the
Specifically, the Director of Development will:
- Work in close partnership with the CEO, design and implement a
comprehensive fundraising strategy that drives growth and
sustainability, with a goal to raise $12-15M in renewals and new
gifts between 2022-2024.
- Maintain and grow a portfolio of existing major foundation and
individual funders, leveraging the CEO and board in donor
stewardship and retention. Take ownership of developing
donor-specific strategies, meeting preparation and follow-up.
- Lead the research, qualification, and management of a robust
pipeline of new donor prospects. Perform due diligence, conduct
outreach, and design cultivation tactics that reflect an
understanding of the prospect’s interests and fit with Imagine
- Serve as “chief grant writer,” taking ownership of letters of
inquiry, proposals, renewals, and reports, and tightly manage a
fundraising calendar to ensure the team is working against a
defined timeline and assigned tasks.
- Maintain a stewardship calendar to ensure all donors and
partners are engaged, kept updated and feel valued.
- With support from a graphic designer, develop written and
visual content in the forms of donor communications, pitch decks,
e-newsletters, social media content, and website updates.
- Leverage Imagine’s proprietary research and data, impact
stories, and insights on the broader field (e.g. EdTech, autonomous
learning, international education, innovation in education) in all
- Design and implement consistent processes for donor data and
moves management tracking, pipeline management, and reporting.
- With support from the operations team, maintain and optimize
existing technology systems, including a CRM database (Pipedrive),
project management tool (Asana), and Google Suite.
- Envision and pursue creative ways to engage and educate a
broader set of individual major donors through greater exposure to
our program, such as donor trips, sponsoring an entire community of
- Become a knowledgeable ambassador for Imagine Worldwide with an
understanding of the context, trends, and key players in the
broader international and tech-enabled education field.
WHO YOU ARE
- A well-aligned match with Imagine Worldwide’s mission
and values. You are excited to scale a tech-enabled global
solution to help children build literacy and numeracy skills. You
thrive in a multicultural organization that values equity,
humility, respect, flexibility, tenacity, collaboration, urgency
and accountability, and above all, putting kids first.
- A versatile and well-rounded fund development
professional. You bring at least 7 years of work
experience in fundraising, with a track record of prospecting,
cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding institutional and
individual supporters. You enjoy both the behind-the-scenes and
donor-facing aspects of fundraising.
- An exceptional writer, storyteller, and
communicator. You are skilled in analyzing, breaking down,
and communicating complex ideas in ways that inspire others to
action. You create high-quality and compelling materials that
clearly articulate the “why” behind an organization’s mission and
impact. Extensive grant writing/reporting and collateral production
experience is required; experience in digital marketing is a
- A “big picture” thinker with the ability to implement
tactically. You approach challenges and opportunities
through an analytical lens and take a hands-on approach to
translating strategy into tangible activities and goals. You
integrate fundraising best practices and data-driven decision
making with new thinking and approaches
- A thoughtful relationship builder who develops rapport
easily and fosters long-term connections. You have a warm,
energetic, and authentic personality that translates to building
lasting relationships with a range of personalities. You are a
natural networker with the ability to deepen existing relationships
and develop new ones.
- A tech-savvy and highly-organized project
manager. You are experienced in leading multiple projects
with tight deadlines. You are skilled at building processes and
systems, and strategically use limited resources to create the
biggest impact. You are proficient in donor relationship management
and utilize technology to track data for the full donor
- An action-oriented, resourceful, and collaborative team
member. You thrive in a lean nonprofit setting with the
ability to stay focused and nimble in the face of growth and
change. You possess a “get it done” attitude, with the ability to
drive innovation, solve problems, and maintain a high degree of
flexibility and creativity in a dynamic environment.
- An authentic personality who leads with humility and
cultural awareness. You work effectively with people from
different cultural backgrounds. You carry yourself with the same
dignity and positivity you provide others. You resonate with
Imagine Worldwide’s approach to work respectfully with
international partners and communities.
The following experiences and skills are nice to have, but not
- Personal connection to countries where Imagine Worldwide
- Experience fundraising for international education and/or
global development nonprofits, including working with a global
- Experience and/or knowledge of bilateral and multilateral
- Experience fundraising in Europe and Middle East
JOB LOCATION AND COMPENSATION
Imagine Worldwide is a virtual organization. This hire can work
from anywhere in the United States, with a preference for a home
base in New York City or the Washington, D.C. area. Salary range is
$125,000 - $140,000 plus a robust benefits package.