Director of Development

Proximity Designs
  • Location
    Worldwide Remote, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Nov 03

Position description

You are a talented fundraising and partnerships professional who is eager to head our development efforts. Working closely with Proximity Designs’ co-founders and senior management team, you will be responsible for raising the philanthropic capital needed to serve 150,000-200,000 smallholder farm families living in poverty every year. You have a proven track record of personally raising grants from foundations, governments and high-net-worth individuals. You are a skilled relationship-builder and communicator. 

To help you thrive in this role, you will have the following assets available to you: 

  • A leadership team that understands fundraising is a team effort and will support you in executing strategy, including a committed and well-connected CEO and Board.
  • A team based in Myanmar, skilled at gathering insights from the field, storytelling and communications, donor prospecting and relationship management.
  • An impactful model that stands out among other social enterprises serving smallholder farmers.
  • An outstanding group of impact-focused, highly regarded donors who keep us accountable year after year.
  • Strong graphic design capabilities to develop sharp pitch collateral.

Once You Are Here, You Will: 

Strategy setting and implementation 

  • Working closely with the co-founders and senior management team, develop Proximity’s new fundraising strategy, to raise USD 5-6 million a year in grants. 
  • Explore and pursue new sources of funding for Proximity beyond grants, including climate financing mechanisms such as carbon credits.

Donor prospecting and outreach

  • Identify, evaluate and pursue funding opportunities with new donors and partners.
  • Work with our in-house Social Impact team to improve how we measure our impact, and develop a new set of impact indicators linked to climate change resilience.
  • Attend conferences and other networking events on behalf of Proximity.

Donor relations and communications

  • Manage and grow relationships with Proximity’s donors and partners.  
  • Plan and develop regular donor communications throughout the year. 

Team management and development

  • Manage and mentor 2-3 team members, building their capabilities and contributing to their career growth.


  • You are a clear communicator and can write exceptionally well (in English). Whether drafting a report, strategizing a funding prospectus or explaining our business model to donors, you can easily explain anything to just about anyone.
  • You have a proven track record in directly raising six-to-seven figures grants and gifts from foundations, corporates or high-net-worth individuals. You have existing networks in the philanthropic community that can be leveraged to build new partnerships.
  • You have a deep understanding of social enterprise models and the metrics our donors look for (e.g. financial sustainability, impact per donor dollar, cost to serve, grant subsidy per customer).
  • You have experience juggling multiple projects, deadlines and requests at one time. You have a keen attention to detail and do not overlook the small stuff.
  • You have worked for an organization (ideally a social enterprise) operating in an emerging economy for a few years. 

Added Bonus

  • You have previous experience living and working in Myanmar, South Asia or South-East Asia.
  • You are passionate about tackling climate change and have knowledge of climate change financing mechanisms, such as carbon credits.
  • You have previously managed a remote, multi-cultural team during times of crises and change. 

Other requirements

  • You have independent authorization to work in the country where you are currently based and/or choose to be based for this role.
  • You are able to travel regularly for in-person donor meetings, conferences and other networking opportunities (roughly 20 percent of the time).
  • You can commit to this role for at least two years.

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