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Director, Children's Services & Community-Based Programming, South Africa

Even Ground
New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Mar 12, 2024

Even Ground ( 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 serve.


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.



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 networks.
    • 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 Board.
    • Plan and oversee annual fundraising campaigns and events with the assistance of volunteers.
    • Develop a communication plan with current and prospective donors.
    • 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 Directors:
    • 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 organizations.
    • 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 reporting:
    • Work with the Treasurer and the Board to ensure the fiscal integrity and the sound financial management of the organization.
    • 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 federal reporting.
    • 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 laws.
    • Recruit, orient, and supervise volunteers and, if future funds allow, part-time staff to assist with fundraising and administrative duties.


  • Communicate and coordinate with in-country staff and partners:
    • Ensure there is an up-to-date understanding of partner organizations’ programming and needs.
    • Ensure partner organizations’ programs align with Even Ground’s mission.
    • 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 is required.


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 practices.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit management principles, practices, and legal requirements.
  • Knowledge of sound financial management principles and practices.
  • A proven fundraising track record in the nonprofit sector, including success in securing funds from major donors and other sources.
  • Experience with and skill in working with a Board of Directors.
  • An understanding of the conditions and challenges in urban and rural areas of deep need in South Africa or other developing countries.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both groups and one-on-one situations.
  • 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.



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.



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 Questions or a request for a copy of the full job description may be sent to the same email address.


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