NOTE: THIS IS A RETAINED SEARCH THROUGH STANTON CHASE
INTERNATIONAL - PLEASE SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO EMAIL
Tostan’s mission is to empower communities to develop and
achieve their vision for the future and inspire large-scale
movements leading to dignity for all. Tostan is a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization headquartered in Dakar, Senegal and operates
in five West African countries.
Tostan’s flagship model, the three-year Community Empowerment
Program (CEP), has already reached thousands of communities in both
West and East Africa since 1991. Impacts that change lives are in
areas such as education, health, economic empowerment, governance
and the environment; Tostan has been particularly proud to play a
significant role in the large-scale empowerment of women and girls
and the community-led abandonment of harmful practices such as
female genital cutting and child marriage.
Strategically, the organization is committed to continuing to
develop its core competency of empowering education and to
documenting and scaling the sustainable impact it creates across a
range of issues. The organization is currently engaged in a
strategic planning process that will shape the organization’s
strategic scale from 2023 - 2030.
Job Title: Head of Philanthropy
Company Location: Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal.
Position based in either
Seattle WA, Portland OR, San Francisco CA, Los Angeles CA,
Washington DC, or New York NY
Reports To: Chief Partnerships Officer Board of
Elena Bonometti: Chief Executive Officer
Kadji Diop: Chief Finance & Operations
Travel: Frequent travel to each coast in the US. Some travel to
In this exciting new role, the Head of Philanthropy will build
on Tostan’s successful portfolio of philanthropic donors, leading
an ambitious strategy for donor acquisition. Tostan’s philanthropic
supporters comprise trust-based philanthropists, family foundations
and others who all believe in Tostan’s mission.
As a hands-on leader and committed collaborator, the Head of
Philanthropy will take the initiative to drive and lead Tostan’s
work with a range of philanthropists, supporting the development of
partnerships in support of strategic scale. This role will also
need to reach an ambitious level of donor acquisition, in support
of developing a pipeline of donors needed to deliver our new
Strategic Engagement Plan, 2023 - 2030.
With knowledge and experience within the philanthropy landscape,
this person will bring expertise and enthusiasm to our thriving
organization. They will be able to shape partnerships and build
relationships that can advance Tostan’s strategic potential and
This role is a member of the Partnerships Team, reporting to the
Chief Partnerships Officer. This role has a peer colleague - Head
of Institutional Partnerships, responsible for developing
relationships with bilateral, multilateral, and institutional
foundation donors. This role will collaborate closely with
partnerships, programs, and finance colleagues, alongside the
broader Senior Leadership at Tostan International and National
Development of Philanthropic Partnerships
- Responsible for
developing and implementing a philanthropic development strategy to
contribute to Tostan’s strategic priorities. Responsible for
raising philanthropic funds, to meet the needs of the 2023 - 2030
- Ensure the stewarding
relationships with existing partners and advance strategic
opportunities for deepening and expanding relationships.
- Work closely with the
Head of Institutional Partnerships to ensure that both teams are
aligned and synergistic where appropriate - working together to
achieve an annual target.
- Work closely with the
Executive Team, the Senior Leadership team and the Board to attract
new philanthropic funds, diversify income streams, and maintain a
vibrant and robust pipeline for growth; ensure this pipeline is
- Ensure that strong and
committed relationships with donors are maintained and
- Ensure the preparation
and monitoring of philanthropic giving budgets and oversee
information systems on these donor contributions.
Leadership, Team Leadership and Operational
- Serve as a core member
of the Partnerships Team.
- Serve as a member of the
Senior Leadership Team and Strategic Council.
- Contribute to the
advancement of opportunities for network development, external
partnership, and thought leadership, within the philanthropy
- Develop and lead the
- Provide line management,
mentorship, and capacity development to staff to build the next
generation of leaders.
- In close collaboration
with the Partnerships, Programs and Operations teams, support the
advancement of efficient, effective systems and processes for
- Develop and manage
processes and systems to support effective management of
philanthropic donors in collaboration with other teams.
Key Selection Criteria:
- Master’s Degree
- English fluency is
required, knowledge of working French is a plus; knowledge of a
local language in which Tostan works is welcome.
- At least 10 years with
experience in: philanthropic donor partnerships, sector strategic
- At least 3 years needs
to have been in a senior leadership role.
Personal Characteristics Desired:
- An inspiring
professional, strategic in outlook, and pragmatic in
- Ambitious with a sense
of urgency and passion, alongside personal credibility and
- Ability to build strong
relationships globally with evidence of partnership working to
achieve high impact.
- Inspiring, inclusive,
resilient, highly self-motivated, and detail-oriented.
- Excellent communication,
interpersonal, analytical, and written communication skills with
exceptional ability to communicate complex information in clear
- Excellent written and
verbal communication skills in English (working French, a
- Relishes the opportunity
to transfer knowledge and collaborate, as well as to lead, manage,
coach, and mentor teams and individuals.
- Proven experience of
securing demonstrable partnership outcomes, particularly with
achieving income and building partnerships with
- Ability to build strong
working relationships, both in-person and virtually.
- Team player, comfortable
in working with multiple deadlines, under pressure, and in a
- Believes strongly in
Tostan's mission to empower communities to develop and achieve
their vision for the future and inspires large-scale movements
leading to dignity for all.