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Chief Development Officer, International NGO

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The Chief Development Officer is a member of PH International's Senior Management Team and leads U.S. and field-based teams in designing and developing new funding and outreach opportunities and the communications to support them.

PH International (Project Harmony, Inc.) is an international non-profit with 40 years of experience focusing on civic engagement, cross cultural learning, and increased opportunities in the digital age. The U.S. headquarters is located in Waitsfield, VT with field offices in Armenia, Republic of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, with projects implemented globally.

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will be based in the Waitsfield office on a hybrid work schedule, and will work closely with staff in our field offices and funding partners in other countries to coordinate the development efforts. The CDO will be a dynamic and creative individual with excellent technical writing and communication skills. A solid understanding of program development, implementation, and cross-cultural considerations is essential. Experience with USG funding, compliance, OMB requirements, and budget development is also essential. Working in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment, the CDO will have opportunities to lead and learn about new technologies and best practices at the cutting edge of citizen engagement, exchange programming, civic education, youth-oriented programs, cross-border initiatives, legal education, and educational reform.

Position Responsibilities:


  • Research and evaluate prospects for public and private sources for restricted and unrestricted funds.
  • Research and network with NGO, private sector and other institutional partners.
  • Research and quickly analyze diverse topics (history, best practices, key partners, etc.).

 Proposal Development

  • Lead proposal submission processes (U.S. Department of State, USAID, foundations) within the framework of the organization’s strategic plan and mission and the experience and interest of field-based teams.
  • Coordinate and lead proposal design in response to specific funding opportunities working with the Executive Director, the program team, and any partners.
  • Lead the development team in the preparation of proposal budgets.
  • Package and submit proposal contents to meet donor requirements.
  • Work closely with overseas staff in early stages of program start-up to ensure alignment with approved proposals.
  • Oversee applications for grant revisions or renewals.
  • Lead the development of strategic concept papers for funding opportunities.
  • Facilitate organization-wide collaborative development processes across diverse geographic areas.

 Senior Management

  • As a member of the Senior Management Team, work closely with the Finance Director and Executive Director on strategic planning as it pertains to organizational development goals.
  • Develop and expand funding source relationships and professional networks, in cooperation with the Executive Director.
  • Assist the Executive Director with implementation of public relations and fund-raising objectives.

 Communications and Marketing

  • Lead strategic direction of organizational outreach, websites, social media, etc. to further illustrate PH’s institutional capacity and bring in new donors.
  • Understand and be prepared to present institutional history and programs to donors and other interested organizations and individuals.
  • Oversee marketing, including newsletters and other materials, highlighting PH achievements to keep the organization present in the eyes of supporters and donors.
  • Work with ED on communications and marketing to individual donors and prospects.

 Data Management

  • Track statistics relevant to organization-wide development activities.
  • Work with development team to prepare a quarterly development report for the Board of Directors and staff.
  • Work with development team to track and maintain individual giving donations by fiscal year.
  • Ensure that the digital records for all proposals, donor files, and communications/marketing materials are thorough and organized.

 Staff Development

  • Train and keep staff across all offices informed of development processes.
  • Update relevant development sections of the PH Operations Manual and HR Manual as needed.
  • Supervise home office development team staff (the Associate Director of Fund Development and the Development & Communications Manager).
  • Lead regular performance reviews of development staff.


  • Minimum ten years of experience in proposal writing and institutional development with demonstrated success in writing winning proposals.
  • Skilled communicator with capacity to articulate PH International’s vision, mission, and programs.
  • Experience with USG donors, including USAID and U.S. Department of State.
  • Experience with private and corporate foundations and an established network of foundation contacts is a plus.
  • Experience living, working, and traveling abroad is a plus.
  • Strong research skills and ability to process and organize complex amounts of information.
  • Prior experience in fundraising and individual giving (including planned giving) is a plus.
  • Solid experience in outcomes-based planning, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel and MS Teams online collaboration tools.
  • Personal and institutional networking skills a plus.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Clear and persuasive writing skills, excellent English, and the ability to edit other’s work.
  • Ability to lead culturally diverse and geographically disparate teams.
  • Creativity and flexibility in a dynamically changing and deadline-driven work environment.
  • Solid organizational and administrative skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Willingness to travel overseas one to two times a year for field office visits.
  • Advanced degree in a related area.
  • U.S. citizenship/permanent residency (position will be based in Vermont).

 Application Deadline

May 26, 2024

 Start Date

July 1, 2024, or sooner


Up to $100K commensurate with experience. This is a hybrid position with current in-office workdays on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

PH International (Project Harmony, Inc.) is an equal opportunity employer and provides its staff opportunities for job growth, innovation, and creativity.  


Benefits include medical insurance and generous CTO (combined time off): 4 weeks of CTO, 8 holidays, and a winter break between December 25 and January 1. CTO time is increased in future years. 

How to Apply

Please email a resume, cover letter, and answers to the questions below to: The subject line should read “Chief Development Officer - (your name)”. No phone calls, please.

Please submit your answers to these questions as part of your application:

  1. Let us know why you want to work with an international development non-profit organization.
  2. Please provide an illustrative list of the proposals you have worked on recently, including topic, donor, amount, and whether they were successful or not.
  3. Tell us about one proposal development experience that is a good example of your broad experience in fund development. Did you work independently or with others? Who was the donor? What were the challenges and how did you overcome them?
  4. Tell us about the challenges that you feel come with leading a development team on diverse projects, and factors that contribute to operating successfully in multi-national teams. What do you think your learning curve will be in this position?
  5. What is your supervision experience?
  6. Tell us about your ties to Vermont and your interest in living and working here.


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