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Director of Development

Job Description

Come join us and help us build the climate just world we need! Creative Action Institute is looking for a dynamic Director of Development, to set strategy and execute its resource mobilization to secure one million dollars annually. With a strong foundation of long-term committed funding partners, the goal will be to expand our individual and major gifts, and corporate and foundation support to create a sustainable funding pipeline. This is a key position that will report directly to the Executive Director and collaborate closely with Executive Director, Development Committee, and Board of Directors to promote the organization’s mission and values and grow the base of donor support. This position will additionally have support from the Program and Operations Associate and Communications Associate to achieve fundraising goals.


About Creative Action Institute

At Creative Action Institute, we catalyze community-driven solutions because we believe those closest to the problems are best positioned to address them. Using our groundbreaking creative approaches, we build transformative leadership, create fertile spaces for networks and movements to form and grow, and support grassroots advocacy to advance gender equality and build a sustainable and climate just world.


Creative Action Institute’s unique methodology is rooted in popular education and learner-centered approaches and is infused with experiential, participatory and creative activities. We have trained hundreds of teachers, community leaders, and youth to leverage the skills and knowledge to advance leadership development, gender equality, education, health, climate justice and community resilience in East Africa, West Africa, and Central America. These approaches have been readily replicated and adapted in a variety of contexts including under-resourced and remote locales.


Creative Action Institute operates its own annual programs; and it is also a consultant to mission-aligned organizations, developing highly innovative and cutting edge curriculum, toolkits, trainings and program models that support the development of transformational leadership, advocacy, education, climate justice and community resilience.


As a small global team with a big mission, we benefit from a rich, supportive culture of excellence, creativity, and flexibility.



Creative Action Institute is rapidly growing and seeks to bring in an experienced (7-10 years) and energic Director of Development to expand its resource mobilization efforts. The Director of Development will have the support of the Communications Associate (20%) and Program and Operations Associate (25%) and be expected to grow the development team as resources allow.  Responsibilities include:


Fundraising and Donor Stewardship

  • Lead fundraising strategy and infrastructure development including the creation of an annual fundraising plan designed to grow charitable giving and foster relationships with new individual, foundation, and corporate donors.

  • Steward relationships with existing and new donors by providing opportunities for engagement throughout the year, including a potential donor trip and/or site visit to witness the power of current programs, virtual programming, non-ask communications and meetings.

  • Identify and bring on new individual and major donors.

  • Lead fundraising events with support from the board Development Committee, the Communications Associate, and Program and Operations Assistant.

  • Steward existing foundation and corporate relationships, funder reports, and submitting proposals for renewed support.

  • Build a strong grant pipeline by conducting grant and corporate sponsorship research, developing proposals and building relationships with new foundation funders.

  • Provide quarterly fundraising updates to the board.

  • Expand the fundraising team as resources permit, and coach other key stakeholders in soliciting donations

  • Oversee the Program and Operations Assistant’s management of the donor database in SalesForce, issuance of tax receipts and thank you notes.

  • Provide leadership in developing strategy and compelling content for all donor communications (newsletters, appeal content, annual report, donor specific pages on the website) with support from the Communications Associate, and Program and Operations Assistant.



Education, Requirements, and Competencies


Education and Requirements

  • Candidates must be located in the US, with a preference near Boston.

  • Bachelor's degree

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in fundraising, including leadership experience in individual giving, foundations, corporate, and development with an international non-profit organization.

  • Must have a strong understanding of international development and current issues, ideally in gender equality and climate justice.

  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and G Suite

  • Skilled in using SalesForce as a donor database

  • Non-profit finance experience preferred

  • Existing network of relationships with a relevant global community of donors, corporations, affiliate groups, media, etc. is strongly preferred.

  • English fluency is required (additional competency in Spanish and/or French is a bonus)

  • Location will be remote until COVID safe. Once safe, the role could either remain remote, or be based in our Ipswich, MA office. If remote, must be willing to travel to head office throughout the year as needed for meetings or events.

  • Must be able to travel internationally occasionally



  • Cutting edge knowledge and experience in all aspects of fundraising including:

    • moves management

    • major gift cultivation

    • managing the creation and execution of donor events

    • donor centric communications and appeals

    • online fundraising

    • grant research

    • proposal writing – grants and responding to RFPs

  • Excellent and expansive networker

  • Values individual relationships and is able to connect their interests with mission driven work.

  • Effective and professional verbal and written communicator

  • Experienced presenter

  • Excellent writer

  • Strong researcher

  • Strategic thinker who is both skilled at big-picture thinking and managing details

  • Pays close attention to detail and shows demonstrated capacity for follow-through

  • Highly collaborative and creative – this role will work closely with all staff members, particularly the US-based team.

  • Experience coaching and mentoring junior staff


Salary and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary between $85,000 - $100,000, commensurate with the candidate's experience.


We offer an excellent benefits package that includes generous PTO, options for health and dental, 401k, Flexible Spending Account, and onsite gym and classes for Ipswich-based team members.



This position is currently remote. The selected candidate would have the option to work in the Ipswich, MA office once COVID-safe, or remain remote with periodic travel to Ipswich as needed.


Where COVID-safe, both domestic and international travel


How to Apply

We invite those with appropriate qualifications to send the following to

  • a thoughtful, well-crafted cover letter, that highlights your relevant experience and why this role and Creative Action Institute is a fit,

  • a resume,

  • sample successful grant proposals, and

  • one additional writing sample.


Shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly by the team using the email address provided in their resume.