With the launch of its next five-year impact strategy, Worldreader seeks a Senior Director, Development with global experience raising at least $10M annually, and campaign experience of at least $25M. This dynamic leader will guide Worldreader’s development strategy and execution, ensuring alignment to the organization’s five-year impact goals. Leading a six-member global team, this person will be instrumental in positioning Worldreader as a partner-driven organization, agile and leveraged for scale.
The Senior Director, Development will build a global revenue team, develop effective operational systems, and ensure quality engagement and stewardship across all Worldreader donor and funder streams. The ideal candidate comes with an understanding of international development, significant management experience, and demonstrated ability to build a global development unit along with its associated operations. In addition, the Senior Director, Development candidate is ambitious, innovative, high-energy, results-driven, and thrives in a fast-paced environment.
This position reports to the Chief Impact Officer and is based in San Francisco, CA.
Specifically, the Senior Director, Development will create and oversee the execution of Worldreader’s global revenue plan, including:
Quality and Creative Stewardship
Develop, implement, and oversee systems and quality standards for donor stewardship.
Create and oversee corporate, foundations and major donor programs.
Serve as the primary relationship manager for a portfolio of the organization’s top corporate and philanthropic donors and prospects; plan, develop, and oversee the implementation of individual strategies for the entire portfolio.
Strategically leverage the US and global boards and current donors in prospect identification, visits, and solicitations, as appropriate.
Continuously research and identify new leads and work diligently to convert to active donors.
Skillfully manage and coach a global team for greater revenue success in multiple geographies.
Maximize Worldreader’s Senior Leadership team for achievement of revenue goals.
Supervise and coordinate the work of fundraising/business development consultant(s) and identify new consultants and associates who can bring in additional expertise.
Demonstrate a collaborative approach to support cross-functional revenue tactics.
Strategic Development Operations
Support regional offices in execution of regional revenue plans in collaboration with Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Senior Director, Global Impact.
Develop and support donor events and international donor travel processes and protocols.
Deliver accurate and timely revenue pipeline and forecasts to Chief Impact Officer.
Foster a culture of continuous improvement within the global development team.
Candidate Profile & Qualifications
As the incoming Senior Director, Development, you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:
Commitment to early literacy and the power of literacy to impact lives
Significant experience leading a high-performing fundraising, sales, or business development team
Demonstrated success soliciting and securing six and seven-figure gifts
Exceptional grant and technical writing skills are a must.
Demonstrated track record of successfully working cross-functionally with program and marketing/communications staff to ensure successful fundraising
Experienced fundraising in an international context and/or fundraising for reading/literacy
programs is preferred
Passion for and knowledge of technology and data for social good
Advanced knowledge of special campaign planning and implementation is preferred
Ability to travel nationally and internationally as needed
Advanced proficiency in English, written and oral
Legal authorization to work in the United States
Proficient in Salesforce
Compensation & Benefits
Comprehensive health benefits and a generous time-off package
A 403(b) retirement plan with employer contributions and matching
Formal opportunities for professional development
The opportunity to work with talented and passionate people committed to a world where everyone is a reader.