RefugePoint is a humanitarian agency founded in 2005 to provide lasting solutions for the world’s most vulnerable refugees. Focused on Africa, we work to fill the critical and unmet needs of people affected by war and conflict who have fallen through the cracks of the refugee protection system – in particular women and children. We partner with governments, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with the larger aim of transforming the refugee solutions and protection landscape through direct services, advocacy, collaboration, and coalition building. We have been recognized for our innovative approach by foundations supporting social entrepreneurship, including Ashoka, The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Echoing Green, and have been awarded The Charles Bronfman Humanitarian Prize. We have also been featured in prominent news and media outlets including 60 Minutes, The New York Times, USA Today, ABC World News, National Public Radio, and The Boston Globe.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Reports To: Managing Director
Location: Cambridge, MA
Classification: Full time, salaried (exempt)
Supervision given: Development Associate/Grant writer, potentially additional development and/or communications staff as the agency grows
The Director of Development (DoD) reports to the Managing Director and works closely with the Executive Director to develop goals and strategies for all fundraising efforts. The DoD is charged with conceiving and implementing all development efforts on behalf of the agency, and overseeing development-related staff. The DoD meets with current and prospective donors to build strong relationships and creates a balanced funding mix of individual and institutional donor sources, including annual year-end appeals, events, challenge grants, sponsorships, major gifts, multi-year commitments, and planned giving. The ideal candidate will be a confident fundraiser who is comfortable cultivating and closing any gift and has demonstrated success managing a broad range of responsibilities within a small, fast-growing agency. The DoD must have experience working with non-profit Boards of Directors and their Development Committees and working comfortably with individuals of high net-worth and celebrities. He or she will contribute to strategies and long-range plans for organizational goals, write grant proposals and reports as necessary, and analyze and report on revenue trends against budget targets. A background in refugees, humanitarian or human rights work would be helpful, but is not required.
Primary Areas of Responsibility
- Create a comprehensive development plan that incorporates and builds upon the current fundraising efforts, as well as directs the annual funding process.
- Assist with the recruitment of new board members, senior management and staff as needed to ensure adequate capacity to implement the plan.
- Lead cultivation and stewardship efforts, creating tailored engagement strategies for various donors and foundations.
- Work with staff and Directors to identify prospects for individual and institutional funding.
- Facilitate and support the work of the Board Development Committee and provide regular detailed revenue updates to the Directors
- Lead cultivation and stewardship training sessions for senior staff and Fundraising Committee members.
- Overall responsibility for gift entry and record maintenance in Salesforce, as well as overseeing the acknowledgement letter process in compliance with IRS standards.
- Research and write grant proposals to charitable foundations, corporations, and other entities.
- Provide direction for the annual year-end appeal.
- Lead the planning and execution of fundraising events, including solicitations.
- Collaborate with communications team to guide donor communications strategy and help to develop collateral materials.
- Represent RefugePoint at various external fora, as requested.
- Domestic travel (25% of time) required, plus occasional international travel.
- Minimum 10 years of experience in non-profit or social impact development
- Entrepreneurial, innovative, and creative in his/her fundraising approach
- Superior writing and communications skills.
- Ability to grasp new concepts quickly, synthesize complex information and distill and tailor it for donors and other audiences.
- Proven track record of closing six figure gifts.
- Ability to work with little direct supervision, manage wide range of multiple tasks, “own” the job.
- Highly organized, detailed oriented, ability to prioritize competing assignments, and deliver quality results on deadline.
- Sufficient financial literacy to prepare a budget, explain a financial report, and analyze revenue trends.
- Salesforce and Wealth Engine experience a major asset.
- Annual fund or marketing experience a plus.
- Knowledge of refugee protection field or related humanitarian programming a plus.
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
Preferred Start Date: Immediately, with some flexibility.
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Apply: Please apply online here
Deadline: This position will remain open until filled.
Communications Intern, Cambridge, Massachusetts – U.S. based only
Support RefugePoint’s communication activities, including but not limited to researching material for publications, monitoring and evaluating media reports, managing social media platforms, designing creative content for campaigns, and organizing events.
- A strong interest in the mission of RefugePoint and refugee protection.
- Students working towards a degree in a related field (humanitarian affairs, political science, communications, marketing, etc)
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (English proficiency required)
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
- Applicants with design skills are encouraged to apply (photography, film, illustration etc).
- A sense of humor, patience and diplomacy.
- Ability to commit to a minimum of ten weeks for no less than sixteen hours per week.
- Must be legally able to live and work in the United States. No travel stipend or visas provided.
While internships are not funded, RefugePoint designs them to be rewarding career experiences. Between working on current events and connecting with a wide variety of professionals in the field, our interns depart with advanced knowledge, valuable contacts and the benefit of knowing they helped save lives.
To be considered, please email your resume and a Letter of Interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. All letters will be acknowledged. Please address the following three questions in your letter.
- Why are you interested in an internship with RefugePoint specifically?
- What unique skills or knowledge will you bring to RefugePoint’s communication efforts?
- In one hundred words or less, describe what a great internship experience would look like for you.