Senior Development and Advancement Manager

Relief International Published: April 24, 2017
Washingon, D.C., United States
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?


Position: Senior Development and Advancement Manager

Location: Washington DC with travel domestically and internationally when required

About RI: Relief International (RI) is a leading global humanitarian and development organization and home to teams of humanitarian activist-professionals committed to transforming adversity into renewal for the world's most vulnerable populations living in fragile settings. By partnering with beneficiaries and communities on the front-lines, RI innovatively bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development.


Relief International is seeking a dynamic and energetic Senior Development and Advancement Manager who will be responsible for building Relief International’s unrestricted income stream. This will include designing and executing an individual giving strategy that cultivates and inspires support from individual donors, small and large, in the US and UK. The position will also provide support for select foundation and corporate fund-raising efforts, though not as a first priority. The Senior Development and Advancement Manager will report to the CEO and manage a Communications Manager and a Communications and Philanthropy Officer. This position also engages and supports the Advancement Committee of the Board of Directors, and will engage senior members of staff on special fund-raising initiatives.


Work with select board members and the CEO to design and execute a dynamic philanthropic strategy to grow RI’s fundraising efforts directed at sources of unrestricted donations. This will include online and individual fund-raising.

Collaborate with the Board of Directors and CEO to create a fund development plan which increases revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization

Work with relevant parties to implement effective strategies to achieve revenue goals, engagement targets, and other key metrics.

Conduct prospect research, outreach, and necessary follow up activities to cultivate individual donors in the US and UK.

Manage activities relating to development and fundraising efforts.

Grow, manage and maintain donor lists.

Manage and promote online donations through RI website and social media.

Support and communicate with new individual high net worth donors, directly and through their associated foundations.

Create, organize and manage fund raising campaigns, online and in person.

Develop and maintain relationships with donors and prospective donors.

Manage a calendar of donor and special events designed to cultivate and steward donors, as prioritized by the strategy.

Work with consultants to identify and explore potential funding sources aligning with RI’s mission.

Maximize the engagement of the CEO and board members in achieving fundraising goals.

Maintain regular, consistent and transparent progress reports to the CEO and Board of Directors, as well as other key stakeholders.

Cultivate good relations with existing supporters, maintain and develop regular correspondence and produce fundraising materials, particularly working with field teams to develop video and photographic content.

Solicit, track and maintain reporting for major gifts and grants in accordance with RI policies and procedures.

Manage the development of concept papers and project proposals for small to mid-sized foundations.

Represent RI in necessary meetings, conferences, and other external representation, as delegated.

Provide direct support in foundation-related fundraising in the event of an emergency to which Relief International responds.

Maintain regular communication with relevant departments to ensure the efficient coordination of foundation and major gift fundraising efforts.

Work with Communication Manager to create appropriate fund-raising materials.

Coordinate with CEO on priorities for the Communication function and align communication initiatives with fundraising ones.

Ensure that RI complies with all relevant board policies, i.e.: Gift Acceptance Policy; and that it adheres to the Guidelines, Codes, Standards, i.e.:
humanitarian principles, the Association of Fundraising Executives Code of Ethical Standards and its Donor Bill of Rights, the United Kingdom Code of Fundraising Practice, etc.


This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.

Fund-raising Skills
Five-seven years of successful work with online marketing, including social media, web-based giving, and donor and prospect database management.
Adept at using social media for fundraising, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.
Ability to engage individuals (prospects, donors, key contacts) with the organization and its leadership to inspire and deepen their support.
A proven track record of raising funds and building relationships in the international non-profit environment (preferred).
Training and experience in development and use of information management systems and techniques.
Highest level of discretion and confidentiality with sensitive donor information.
Communications Skills
Excellent communication and representation skills with proven ability to tell a compelling story.
Excellent writing skills with proposal development experience (preferred).
Management and Teamwork Skills
Experience working with senior level executives.
A proven track record in a comparable supervisory position.
Ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
General background and skills
A Bachelor/Masters Degree in Business, Marketing, International Relations or a related field.
A demonstrated self-starter with a resourceful and entrepreneurial spirit capable of managing a team that will strengthen RI’s fundraising program.
Previous experience working with a humanitarian organization (preferred).
Ability and willingness to travel nationally and internationally
RI Values:
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.

We value:

Transparency and Accountability
Agility and Innovation

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