Position: Director of Advancement
Status: Full Time, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Remote with travel requirements
Women First International Fund is a dynamic, growing
organization that is dedicated to investing in women
creating change across the globe. We are looking for the
right person to lead our fundraising team as our Director
These are the qualities we are looking for:
You thrive in an environment
of support, trust and freedom. The Women First team is
small, decentralized and supports each other as human beings FIRST.
This creates a dynamic, powerful environment to be the leader you
are truly meant to be and work in a way that works for you and your
An out of the box thinker who
is ready to LEAD. You are an entrepreneur at heart and
find creative solutions to any challenge. Whether you have
non-profit or private sector experience- you are born to LEAD. You
have a vision for what is possible with your team and you
trailblaze the way forward.
Thrives (and has delivered
results) in relational fundraising or sales: You may have
a background in business development or consultative sales – and
know that engaging 1x1 with people is the work you were born to do!
You are a person who loves sharing stories about women out
there changing the world and are not afraid of presenting
opportunities for investment.
A high altitude,
action-oriented strategist – rather than being
too focused on all the details, you create brilliant
strategies at a high level while also creating the action plans to
ensure the big stuff happens. You are both brilliant and methodical
and you never let process slow you down.
You take the time to
celebrate. Life is short. We have all collectively had a
tough couple of years - you know how important it is to celebrate
wins and focus on the positive.
Key perks of working at Women First International
Women First offers a PTO policy of 27
days (which includes vacation, sick leave, and personnel time) for
the first 5 years.
13 paid holidays
100% medical coverage
Women First operates in a virtual
Women First’s grant making model is designed to strategically
support small and emerging organizations working towards economic
empowerment for women, girls, and trans* people in their own
communities. Women First focuses on promoting economic empowerment
as one path to achieving women’s equality in the global south,
specifically East Africa and South Asia. Our deep commitment to our
grantee partners goes beyond funding and includes hosting learning
sessions, creating peer networking opportunities, and sharing
We are seeking a Director of Advancement as a leadership
position to join our small team (6 current employees) at an
exciting point in our evolution as a fundraising team. This
position will be primarily responsible for oversight of
fundraising, communications, and external partnerships to raise
revenue and expand our influence. This role is primarily focused on
sales – that is, getting out and talking to prospects about the
impact of Women First and generating results from those
The Director of Advancement is responsible for advancing Women
First’s investment strategy by crafting and guiding the
organization’s giving strategy, including strategic outreach,
cultivation, solicitation, and development of relationships with
corporate, institutional, private and family foundation funders.
The Director will also be responsible for creating a portfolio of
major and leadership level donors and securing an honoree and major
corporate sponsorship for an annual gala.
In addition, they will play a critical role in advancing our
mission through strategic and day-to-day responsibility for
coalition-building, strategic partnerships, and will have oversight
of all communication efforts.
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the
philanthropic landscape to pursue opportunistic partnerships as
they relate to giving trends and charitable
Manage in partnership with the
Executive Director the hiring of a development manager and the
staff management and team building role.
Manage, in partnership with the
Executive Director and staff, the strategic participation of Board
Members in cultivating and stewarding strong relationships with
funding sources and identify and initiate new opportunities to
expand our foundation, corporate, and individual donor
Oversee an up-to-date calendar and
work plans for all fund development efforts, including future grant
proposals and reports, mailings, marketing activity, and
Own relationship management and
strategy for all prospects including research and strategy,
predisposition planning, visit strategy and planning, making asks,
managing follow up activities and engaging other members of the
team as needed
Participate in – and seek out –
opportunities to learn about the projects and communities served by
Expand, build, and provide strategic
leadership for our Major Gifts Program in collaboration with the
Identify, cultivate, solicit, and
steward a portfolio of major donors and major donor prospects, with
the capacity to make four and five figure gifts.
Ensure that all major donors receive
appropriate, consistent engagement/acknowledgment and an accounting
of the impact that their gift has on grantee partners on a
Support the efforts of Board Members
and other donor-ambassadors engaged in peer-to-peer cultivation and
With support of staff, plan and
execute a minimum of 6-8 small to medium donor online or in-person
cultivation events per year. This includes cultivating hosts,
managing external speakers and topics, invitation creation and
dissemination, onsite event management, and follow up.
Create a more formal and informed
process for planned giving options for donors to give to Women
First. Work to grow and steward donors, who have made or plan to
make bequest, legacy, or estate gifts to the Women
Manage in partnership with the
Executive Director the hiring of a marketing and communication
consultant/firm/individual and the staff management and team
Conceive and develop efficient and
intuitive marketing strategies.
Manage the ongoing marketing strategy
with Development Team to support fundraising
Develop and execute communications
campaigns (social media strategy) and manage ongoing content with
Assist in communication of strategies
or messages from senior leadership
Assist in writing copy for diverse
marketing distributions (brochures, press releases, website
Philanthropic Collaboration and Strategic Partnerships
Lead point of contact on potential
strategic partnerships to increase investment and engagement in
Women First’s mission.
Set strategies for increasing Women
First’s visibility to identify and cultivate strategic partnerships
that will have a significant impact on Women First’s objective to
promote and advocate for economic empowerment of women in East
Africa and South Asia.
Collaborate closely with staff to
ensure outreach, partnership, and outcomes alignment across
Represent Women First along with the
Executive Director, as appropriate, at all levels of engagement
with external stakeholders, including strategic meetings,
conferences and convenings, speaking engagements, and other
Willingness and ability to travel to
meet with major donors within the US, some international travel may
Strong communicator with experience
developing and executing an organization-wide strategy for
excellence in external relations, engaging external partners, and
partnering with organizational leadership.
Demonstrated successful skill and
effectiveness in relationship building and solicitation of
individual major donors.
Demonstrated ability to ask for and
close gifts, grants, and investments of five and six
Excellent interpersonal skills, with
the ability to engage and build relationships with people from a
wide diversity of backgrounds and cultures.
Demonstrated ability to manage a
team, including developing annual plans and budgets.
Demonstrated ability to supervise,
develop, and engage staff, with a strong commitment to
A commitment to international women’s
empowerment and a strong desire to support economic justice as a
path to achieve women’s equity in the global south.
Flexible and comfortable in a
fast-paced environment, with excellent follow through.
Strong organization skills,
decision-making, and delegation skills.
Fluency in a language in addition to
English, a plus
Proficiency with Salesforce software,
Familiarity with prospect research
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities; Education and
Minimum of 10-15 years professional
experience in non-profit fundraising or external relations with
experience in major gifts or business development or consultative
International experience and
knowledge a plus
Women First International Fund is an equal opportunity employer.
We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national
origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sex, gender identity or
expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by
law. Women, people of color, and LGBTQI candidates are strongly
encouraged to apply.
Applicant should submit a current CV and cover letter to