Director of Development

Director of Development

Director of Development

Director of Development

May 23, 2024
New York, New York
Position type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel required?
Not specified
Base salary (minimum)
$140,000 - 150,000


Director of Development

Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)

New York, NY (Hybrid Employment)


Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) is the largest grassroots organization in Kenya. To empower communities to transform urban poverty to urban promise, SHOFCO provides critical services, operates community advocacy platforms, and builds female leadership to create lasting change. In 2023, SHOFCO impacted 2.4 million urban slum dwellers through its critical services in girls leadership and education, water and sanitation, health services, sustainable livelihood programs, and essential services.


With registered offices in both New York and Nairobi, SHOFCO has been growing at an exponential rate, with impact, funding and recognition to match that growth trajectory. SHOFCO’s impact has grown 300% in the last 5 years, with a budget that reflects this growth from $7M in 2019 to a budget today of $28M.


SHOFCO’s outsized impact has been matched by a recent eight-figure transformational gift and with similar gifts in the pipeline and is now seeking to build a base of sustainable philanthropic support.


SHOFCO seeks an entrepreneurial and passionate Director of Development (Director) to lead the significant expansion and diversification of philanthropic income sources. Building upon SHOFCO’s significant acclaim and large gifts, the Director will partner with the Chief Advancement Officer to build a base of sustainable philanthropic support. The ideal candidate will further build and operationalize a comprehensive development office, ensuring the retention and increased giving from existing donors with an emphasis on stewarding new and annual gifts of five- and six-figures or more.


The Director is responsible for managing all initiatives to strengthen SHOFCO’s base of individual support to sustain the organization’s operations and long-term stability, including annual and special fundraising, major gifts, e-philanthropy, and constituency building. The ideal candidate will build a robust annual giving program focused on the identification of new prospects and upgrading donors to the major gift level. S/he will develop best practices, expand and diversify the prospect base, and lead the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospects.


The Director will report to the Chief Advancement Officer, who is based in New York City, and work closely with the Development Manager and Development Associate. S/he will collaborate with the Director of Partnerships and Impact, based in Nairobi, Kenya. The candidate will partner with the Chief Advancement Officer to work with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors. The ideal candidate will have highly attuned cultural sensitivity with the ability to work effectively with people from diverse cultures. S/he will be flexible to adapt to, and work in, a highly nimble and growing organizational framework, adapting to the time zones of international colleagues.


To view the full position profile, please visit the job posting on Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC’s website:


SHOFCO has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to assist with this crucial recruitment. Please send confidential inquires and applications directly to Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC via e-mail at


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