Even Ground (www.evenground.org) is a U.S. based 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization focused on providing funding and support to
community-based programs that provide education, nutrition, and
other services for young people and their families in South Africa
with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty and inequality. Even
Ground facilitates and enhances the work of our local, in-country
partners by providing them with the support that they’ve identified
as critical to their mission. Through financial, managerial, and
other assistance, Even Ground works to cultivate a network of
support and collaboration between our partners. We are seeking a
dynamic, experienced individual to improve and expand our
fundraising efforts so that we may better enable our partners to
grow and amplify their impact for the children and families they
The Director reports to the Even Ground Board of Directors and
serves as the administrative and development director for the
organization. The Director has primary responsibility, in
collaboration with the Board, for planning, implementing, and
evaluating all the organization’s fundraising activities to ensure
the organization is able to meet its goals and be financially
sustainable. In addition, the Director is responsible for the
operations of the organization and the long-term development and
execution of the organization's mission, strategic plans, and
goals. The Director works closely with the Board and other
volunteers to advance Even Ground's mission, vision, and values and
ensure the organization is operating in an effective, efficient,
and legal manner.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Director shall be responsible for:
- Serving as Development Director:
- Plan, implement, and evaluate a strategic fundraising plan in
collaboration with the Board.
- Cultivate, leverage, and maintain a donor network with the
assistance of the Board.
- Develop strategies for expanding the donor base beyond current
- Seek and obtain financial support through diverse revenue
streams, focusing primarily on the cultivation of relationships
with high-net-worth individuals and networks connected to the
- Plan and oversee annual fundraising campaigns and events with
the assistance of volunteers.
- Develop a communication plan with current and prospective
- Coordinate with South African organization partners to produce
relevant and compelling information for distribution to donors and
for inclusion on the website and social media platforms.
- Support of the Officers and Board of
- Work with the Board to ensure the organization’s mission,
purpose, and priorities of the organization remain relevant and are
fulfilled through Even Ground's support of its partner
- Provide timely and accurate information necessary for the Board
to function properly and make informed decisions.
- Plan and prepare board meeting schedule, structure, and agendas
in coordination with the Board President.
- Assist Board officers with the recruitment and orientation of
new board members.
- Financial and administrative management and
- Work with the Treasurer and the Board to ensure the fiscal
integrity and the sound financial management of the
- Prepare annual budget, financial reports, and financial
forecast in partnership with the Treasurer for presentation to and
approval of the Board.
- Oversee development of proper accounting records and
reconciliations and an annual financial review or audit.
- Prepare or oversee the preparation of all required state and
- Write and implement administrative policies and procedures and
maintain required organizational records.
- Take all necessary steps to ensure that Even Ground remains in
compliance with their obligations under local, state, and federal
- Recruit, orient, and supervise volunteers and, if future funds
allow, part-time staff to assist with fundraising and
- Communicate and coordinate with in-country staff and
- Ensure there is an up-to-date understanding of partner
organizations’ programming and needs.
- Ensure partner organizations’ programs align with Even Ground’s
- Ensure there is adequate and effective communication between
all the parties involved in our work and everyone is working
towards the same goals.
Education: A bachelor's degree in nonprofit management,
international development, business management, or a relevant field
Experience: A minimum of five years progressively responsible
non‐profit experience, including experience in the area of
development are required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of nonprofit development principles and
- Knowledge of nonprofit management principles, practices, and
- Knowledge of sound financial management principles and
- A proven fundraising track record in the nonprofit sector,
including success in securing funds from major donors and other
- Experience with and skill in working with a Board of
- An understanding of the conditions and challenges in urban and
rural areas of deep need in South Africa or other developing
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to communicate effectively in both groups and
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
- Availability to work flexible hours occasionally and to travel
to New York City as needed for meetings with donors or the board or
for events and South Africa on occasion.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The director is expected to work an average of 30 hours per
week. The salary range for the part-time position is $63,750 -
$75,000 annually, with an additional $450 per month in lieu of
health insurance. The position may increase to full time in the
future if funds become available.
APPLICATIONS AND INQUIRIES
The position is open until March 15 (or until filled). Please
send cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for at
least three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions or
a request for a copy of the full job description may be sent to the
same email address.