Senior Philanthropy Officer
GiveDirectly (GD) provides cash grants directly to people living in extreme poverty. GD has raised over $800M since launching in 2011, delivered cash to more than 1.2 million recipients, and launched offices in 11 countries. We’re continuing expansion across the Global South. Over the past decade, GD has also supported large-scale, experimental research, expanding the evidence that cash has a positive short and long-term impact on recipients. As a result, GD has been celebrated as one of the most innovative non-profit companies by Fast Company, while the growing cash transfer movement (and GD’s leading role within it) has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, This American Life, Foreign Affairs, and The Economist.
Across our global offices, our culture is candid, analytical, non-hierarchical, and agile. We work alongside 750+ individuals who come from 21 different countries and speak 69 different languages. Team members at GiveDirectly attest that diversity, equity, and inclusion are not just buzzwords, but a fundamental part of our culture and values. We actively seek to recruit individuals from the communities we serve, and use DEI as a lens in our hiring practices, programs, and initiatives. Our goal is to maintain a workplace where everyone can bring their authentic selves to work, and feel valued and respected for who they are. We continue to grapple with balancing inclusivity of all cultures and experiences while maintaining cohesion in our values. While there is much that we are still learning, we take care of one another, have fun, as well as provide flexible working hours wherever possible.
We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.
About this role
Fundraising from high-net-worth individuals (HNWs) is the largest source of transfers to GiveDirectly’s recipients. This role will own and drive fundraising from a portfolio of 5 to 6-figure donors, with the capacity to move toward 7-figure gifts. Working with the Director of Philanthropy, the Senior Philanthropy Officer will design and implement excellent relationship management, stewardship, and acquisition strategies for their portfolio to meet ambitious and realistic targets.
This role is fully remote but will need to overlap with East Africa Time (EAT) by at least 4 hours.
The Senior Philanthropy Officer will:
- Be an excellent relationship and account manager, deeply understanding the motivations and intentions of their portfolio;
- Be entrepreneurial, driving donor engagement strategies proactively and thinking laterally and creatively about engagement;
- Have high accountability to both process and outcomes.
What you'll do:
- Directly manage a portfolio of HNW donors as a relationship manager and design and implement annual HNW donor and prospect engagement strategies
- Set donor strategies and execute asks to maximize giving from their donors
- Creatively package organization and country-level goals and activities for donors and report back on impact
Portfolio Management and Goal Setting
- Responsible for setting annual and multi-year goals for their portfolio by tracking commitments, driving realistic (and ideally ambitious) donor plans, and managing solicitations
- Owns a high value portfolio of 5-6 figure donors and lapsed and new prospects with 6 and 7-figure capacity and accountable for revenue goals/progress to targets
- Assist or lead moves management support for high-level leadership members portfolio through periodic meetings, strategy support, etc.
Internal Coordination and Project Management
- Work closely with internal teams to ensure donor pitches are highly aligned with programmatic, research, and finance needs
- Owns internal coordination and project management of proposals and pitches for their donors, with support from other members of the HNW team and/or partnerships teams as needed
What you'll bring:
- Required: 5+ years of direct fundraising experience with individual, family foundation, or institutional funders
- Demonstrated track record of securing, managing, or supporting strategy for HNW (5+ figure) relationships, with a preference for experience with securing 6-figure gifts
- Excellent written and verbal communication, with a bias toward brevity and directness (we are a 3-bullet org)
Why work at GiveDirectly?
At GiveDirectly, we work to ensure that you have everything you need to excel in your role and on your team, including:
- A positive and supportive team with opportunities for advancement
- A demonstrated commitment to helping all staff develop and grow
- A competitive salary, including bonus
- A robust health benefits plan (exact details will vary by country)
- Unlimited PTO (that we encourage staff to take!)
- Desk allowance and flexible work location
About the hiring process
Format: The hiring process follows the same general outline for all open roles:
First interview (30 mins)
Take home skills assignment (~2 hours)
Second interview (1 hour)*
Third interview (1 hour)*
Final interview (1 hour)
Reference checks (30 mins each)
*For some roles, second & third interviews are combined into a panel interview. If there are adjustments or variations on this process, those changes will be communicated during the first interview.
Venue: We conduct interviews over Google Meet with camera on (unless communicated otherwise).
Accessibility: Closed captioning is available during all Google Meet interviews, and interviewers will also post interview questions in the chat box throughout the call. If you need assistance accessing either of these features, please let your interviewer know at the start of your interview!
**GD is committed to observing all local, national and international laws that protect children, vulnerable adults, and basic human rights of all. GD is committed to a policy of “zero tolerance for sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (SEAH)” and expects anyone who works for GD to uphold the protection and safeguarding of our recipients as a priority.**