Chief Development Officer

District of Columbia, United States
$130,000.00 - $160,000.00
Closing date
Dec 9, 2022
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About CorpsAfrica:

Founded in 2011, CorpsAfrica provides the opportunity for Africans to serve as volunteers in their own countries, along the lines of the Peace Corps model. We train college-educated young Africans and send them to live for up to one year in rural, high-poverty communities to facilitate small-scale, high-impact projects that are identified by local people. CorpsAfrica aims to promote a culture of public service in Africa by giving participants the opportunity to apply their education, skills, and energy toward helping their fellow citizens overcome extreme poverty.

CorpsAfrica has steadily expanded operations from Morocco to Senegal, Malawi, Rwanda, Ghana, and Kenya over the last decade. Having successfully proven the power and effectiveness of the model, CorpsAfrica has begun to receive significant funding from large donors. As we reach a point of significant inflection leading to future expansion, we seek to add motivated, capable, and highly effective staff to our team.


Overview of the Position:

CorpsAfrica is looking for a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and process-minded leader to serve as Chief Development Officer (CDO). Reporting to and working closely with the Executive Director, the CDO will update and execute a comprehensive development strategy for CorpsAfrica. She/He will oversee and execute ongoing fundraising efforts and grow the portfolio of donors and new initiatives (including Planned Giving, an Endowment Campaign, and more). She/He also will form and manage CorpsAfrica’s development team. This position requires an extremely perceptive person capable of relating to individuals at all organizational levels. 

CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, exempt

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary is $130,000–$160,000. CorpsAfrica offers a comprehensive benefits package including employer-paid medical insurance, 401(k), and paid time off.

LOCATION: Based in New York or Washington, DC, with a flexible telecommuting policy

REPORTS TO: Executive Director


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Design development strategy for CorpsAfrica by working with the management team to identify funding priorities, targets, and approaches
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to build a robust and diverse donor base by developing and maintaining key long-term relationships with donors and prospects
  • Oversee the creation and execution of effective marketing and communications materials to advance fund development priorities and other organizational goals and objectives
  • Develop and execute CorpsAfrica’s annual fundraising plan to secure financial support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and others
  • Proactively create and amplify a positive public image, brand, and reputation to support fundraising efforts
  • Form, manage, and oversee a strong development team by training and mentoring development staff and communicating fundraising goals and progress throughout CorpsAfrica
  • Oversee the organization and implementation of special events
  • Manage the Salesforce database and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


  • A Master’s degree is preferred along with at least ten years of relevant and increasingly responsible experience.
  • Experience in planning, leading, and managing development teams and projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress to senior managers/board of directors
  • Demonstrated competency in marketing, communications, and brand management with skills in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications for fundraising
  • Experience and credibility when presenting materials to external audiences
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  • A hands-on management style and the ability to address and solve problems as they arise.
  • Diplomatic, of the highest integrity, and possess sound judgment as well as a sense of humor
  • Fluency in English is required; fluency in French is a plus
  • A demonstrated passion and commitment to youth leadership, participatory community development, evaluation, transparency, and accountability

To Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter that illustrates qualifications relevant to this role and a résumé as a single PDF (titled, “LastName_FirstName – CDO application”) to, with “Chief Development Officer” in the subject line.  Interviews will be extended to qualified candidates on a rolling basis. 

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, CorpsAfrica encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical ability or any other legally protected basis. 

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