The Senior Development Officer (SDO) plays a key role in the Women's Refugee Commission's fundraising operations ($7.1 million annual budget). Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the SDO's responsibilities are to manage foundation, corporate, national and international government funding portfolio. S/he will lead efforts to renew and expand support with special focus on international governments and prospecting for new donors. The SDO will work closely with the Executive Director, Senior Director for Programs, Program staff, Finance Controller and Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts and Events on developing strategies, identifying new prospects and executing work plan in a disciplined manner in order to meet ambitious goals and demand for our work. This position is ideal for an individual who enjoys challenges, is results driven, is an experienced conceptual writer, is flexible and responsive in a fast-paced environment and brings a sincere belief in the mission of the Women's Refugee Commission.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Manage foundation, corporate, national and international government funding portfolio;
Work interdependently and coordinate with Program Staff, Finance Controller, Executive Director and Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts and Events;
Collaborate across program areas to draft donor correspondence and reports and produce high-quality, high-return grant proposals;
Write high quality grants, proposals, reports, and donor acknowledgement letters;
Coordinate contracts and reporting to ensure compliance with donor requirements;
Build relationships both internally across the organization, and externally with government and foundation donors, to support program and organizational goals;
Build and maintain strong, professional relationships with current donors and prospects and support program staff in situations where they are the primary contact with the donor;
Research, identify, and cultivate new prospects with special focus on international governments and set prospect and update meetings for executive and program staff;
Run weekly grant opportunities meeting with senior staff of organization.
Participate in other critical functions of the Development Department including developing budgets and analyzing revenues in coordination with Finance Controller, Executive Director and Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts and Events;
Ensure that donor records (database, computer files and paper files) are accurate and up to date; and
Manage one staff member and supervise interns(s).
Bachelor's Degree. Master's Degree preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
8-10 years, progressive experience in grant writing and institutional and/or government relations with a strong track record of success in identifying new donors and closing gifts.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills: the ability to communicate and liaise effectively and diplomatically with colleagues across the organization.
Demonstrated writing skills: the proven ability to successfully conceptualize, write and edit proposals and reports. Must be able to communicate nuanced programmatic details and contexts.
Solid organizational and time-management skills: the ability to plan for and manage multiple projects while working in a fast-paced, detail oriented environment with strict deadlines and competing priorities.
Must be self motivated and possess an entrepreneurial attitude, strong work ethic, flexible style, and able to work independently as well as a team player.
Demonstrated interest in international development, human rights, social justice, or U.S based immigrant communities a plus.
Excellent computer skills: facility with MS Word, Excel, and email/internet software. Proficiency with Raiser's Edge or similar fundraising software preferred.
Women's Refugee Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women's Refugee Commission considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.