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Director of Development

World Childhood Foundation USA
New York, United States
$100,000.00 - $110,000.00
Closing date
Feb 14, 2024

Director of Development


The World Childhood Foundation USA (WCF-USA) is currently accepting applications for the Director of Development.


Founded in 1999, by Her Majesty, Queen Silvia of Sweden, the World Childhood Foundation has worked persistently to ensure that all children have a safe and loving childhood, free from violence, exploitation and sexual abuse. World Childhood has global offices in the USA, Germany, Brazil and Sweden. Since 1999, we have invested in more than 1,300 initiatives, projects and grassroots organizations. We work with passionate pioneers, companies, foundations, philanthropists, and other actors who share our vision. Our work has helped to put child sexual abuse on the global agenda.


Here in the United States, World Childhood USA works to develop solutions focused on both prevention and recovery. We support programs throughout the US that focus on children who are disproportionately affected by child sexual abuse and exploitation. This includes children with disabilities, children who are homeless, children who identify as LGBTQ+, and children in the foster care system.


The Director of Development (DOD) serves as a key leadership team member and works collaboratively with WCF-USA’s Executive Director, Board, staff, volunteer committees, and consultants to lead the fundraising efforts of the organization. The Director recommends short and long-term fund development plans and programs that support the organization’s values, mission, and strategic plan. The Director will identify, prioritize, research, and cultivate relationships with donors, with a particular focus on corporate, foundation, and major donor giving. The Director manages and oversees the organization’s public relations consultants. The DOD will participate in setting organizational objectives, and exemplify a commitment to the organization’s mission, vision, and values. This is a full-time, hybrid position with three days in the office in mid-town Manhattan.


Essential Job Functions:


The duties outlined below are the most significant responsibilities of the DOD, ones that are essential for effective performance in this position. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Provide leadership and direction for individual giving, corporate and foundation support, special events, product partners, development operations, budget oversight, and coaching of staff.
  • Participate in big picture strategic approaches to fundraising with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, Public Relations consultants and WCF-USA’s team to generate increased giving levels.
  • Create and implement plans to meet annual revenue targets and analyze progress against such targets, identifying strategies to address any potential shortfalls.
  • Strategically identify, cultivate and solicit a variety of donors, prospects and other constituencies with tailored stewardship strategies to diversify and grow WCF-USA’s donor base locally and nationally.
  • Create an infrastructure and environment that supports the WCF-USA’s team in achieving their revenue goals.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, lead and inform the Board of Directors of fundraising strategy, activities, achievements and issues.
  • Oversee all marketing and agency communications, including website content and the annual report.
  • Oversee content development and calendar for all donor services including acknowledgement letters, direct appeals, and select solicitation materials.
  • Represent WCF-USA to donors, prospects, volunteers, and other key constituents.





  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred in nonprofit management or business administration.



  • At least 10 years of experience in donor cultivation and solicitation with a demonstrated capacity to manage relationships with individual and corporate donors.
  • Track record of securing five and six figure gifts
  • Experience with special event fundraising
  • Minimum 5-7 years’ experience with budget management and supervision of staff.
  • Prior experience working in a fast-paced environment managing multiple demands and priorities.
  • Experience of working closely with Board members and a high-net philanthropic community.
  • Experience with online fundraising a plus.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically while managing the implementation of strategies to systematically achieve results.
  • Ability to problem solve and make decisions independently; Ability to collaborate with others as part of several teams.
  • Commitment to WCF’s mission, vision and strategic direction.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as required by events and meetings.
  • Highly competent leader of staff and volunteers.
  • Knowledge and experience in managing fundraising databases, gift processing, fundraising reporting, and analysis of prospects and donors.
  • Must possess strong leadership, financial, communication (both written and oral), and administrative skills, as well as proven capability to manage a portfolio of donors.


Salary range of $100-110K, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefit package, including health insurance (medical, dental and vision), 401K plan with match, life insurance, and generous vacation/personal day leave.


If you meet the qualifications and are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume, cover letter, writing sample and salary requirements via email to Carla Davis at


The World Childhood Foundation USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer that promotes diversity in its employment practices. Employment decisions are made without regard to an applicant's actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, sex/gender (including gender identity, sexual harassment, pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, age, disability, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, arrest or conviction record (consistent with the provisions of New York States Corrections Law), partnership status, familial status, liability for military service, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking or sex offense, veteran status, genetic pre-disposition or carrier status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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