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Director of Development

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Supervised by: CEO
Status: 25 flexible hours per week (with potential to transition to a full time position)
Location: Remote

The Humanity Share (THS) is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2007. We work hand in hand with East African communities to break cycles of poverty and build sustainable, equitable futures. Through community-led transformation, we forge deep relationships with local leaders to understand each community’s underlying needs and how we can work together to remove barriers to prosperity. From access to basic needs, quality education, and income-generating opportunities, we combine our diverse strengths to realize each community’s unique vision for a brighter future. Together, we aim to inspire a global community that leverages the power and importance of community-led transformation to secure fulfilling, equitable, and sustainable futures for all. We currently invest in programs in Ethiopia and Kenya. Our U.S. operations are headquartered in Chicago, IL but our team of volunteers and board members span the entire continental U.S. and Australia.

Job Summary:
The Director of Development is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising strategy aligned with the overall strategic plan and aimed at increasing organization revenue and impact. The Director of Development will work in close collaboration with the CEO, Board of Directors, East African partners, and various volunteer groups. The Director of Development should be passionate about systemic change in how international development is achieved by prioritizing community-led transformation, relationships over projects, and ethical storytelling and fundraising practices that are grounded in trust, dignity, transparency, and optimism. Any THS team member must be open minded, a great listener, willing to think outside the box and excited to leverage the power of creativity and collaboration.

Ideally, the Director of Development has 3-5 years of fundraising experience with a demonstrated ability to work independently in a dynamic and diverse team environment. The Director of Development is expected to assist with ongoing operations and management for a period of time while the CEO is out on leave.

This position is a 25 hour per week position. The intention of the Director of Development is to support the growth and development of the organization. As the organization grows, we hope the Director of Development will grow with us and move into a full time salaried position.

Position Responsibilities:

Strategy, Planning and Leadership

  • Develop and implement annual fundraising plans that include diversified channels including individual donor cultivation and retention, grants, corporate sponsorships, strategic partnerships, portfolio investment and others
  • Work with the CEO and volunteer marketing team to refine messaging and communications to attract and retain new and existing donors
  • Work with the CEO and volunteer partner engagement team to develop and implement partner user group experiences to increase engagement and financial giving
  • Develop and implement a major gifts program
  • Analyze fundraising results and existing fundraising activities; create quarterly reports to review with the CEO and Board of Directors
  • Develop fundraising training materials and provide fundraising training to the Board of Directors and core volunteers
  • Stay on top of fundraising trends and the nonprofit community, and educate key stakeholders in the organization
  • Represent the organization at events, conferences, and networking events
  • Develop and implement a donor communications plan

Operations and Management

  • Maintain Neon donor database to track and manage relationships, ensure timely delivery of donor acknowledgements, and track fundraising progress, trends and opportunities
  • Distribute end of year receipts at the close of the fiscal year
  • Lead three annual fundraising event teams including a virtual 6k walk/run, online auction, and our annual gala, Harambee
  • Manage and monitor grant requirements and timelines, and provide all necessary funding reports


  • Assist and support the CEO in other administrative tasks as needed
  • Be available some evenings and weekends to accommodate volunteer schedules

Specific requirements include:

  • Passionate about the work, mission and approach of The Humanity Share
  • Humble listener and confident advocator for social justice and global equality
  • Experience working in international development and on cross-cultural teams
  • Experience in ethical storytelling and fundraising that promotes dignity of all people and centers the experiences and voices of those the organization partners with
  • Relentless drive to evaluate and reflect on existing structures and systems and the ways in which they perpetuate or free us from harmful practices within the nonprofit sector
  • A visionary doer -- strategic enough to define the future and willing to roll up your sleeves to make it happen
  • Endlessly creative about how and where to raise money and prepared to put in the work and build the relationships necessary to achieve challenging but attainable funding goals
  • Past experience in a fundraising role with a proven track record of securing major gifts, developing strategies, and managing competing priorities
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to develop and mentor volunteers and cultivate meaningful relationships with local and international partners
  • Strong written and vertebral communication skills with an passion for ethical storytelling

Key Benefits and Expectations:

  • This role requires some international travel to support The Humanity Share's global mission and domestic travel to support The Humanity Share’s national expansion plans
  • This role allows for flexible work hours but does require some meetings during weekends and evenings to accommodate the schedules of volunteers
  • Flexibility to travel and work from anywhere in the world with clear communication to CEO and agreed upon times to overlap working hours
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Family-first culture that allows for working parents to thrive in both their personal and professional life including a generous family leave and bereavement policy.
  • Encouragement to pursue professional development goals through trainings, conferences, and/or other continuing education opportunities
  • Opportunity to work with a diverse team of passionate people who are committed to creating positive change in our global community.
  • Opportunity to be a part of a culture and community that is rooted in relationships and driven by impact.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $20,000.00 - $30,000.00 per year


  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Fundraising: 3 years (Preferred)
  • International Nonprofit: 1 year (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • Fully Remote