Development Director

The Indigenous Peoples Rights International
  • Location
    Remote, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jun 17

Position description

IPRI is a dynamic, groundbreaking and rapidly growing organization that is charting a next phase of ambitious, strategic growth. The organization is ready to significantly scale up its infrastructure, capacity, programming, and impact to build power for Indigenous peoples to advance justice, equity, and human rights’ protection. The Director of Development will be a key partner of the Executive Director, as we create an ambitious plan to fund and sustain our growth and impact for Indigenous peoples.

The Development Director has the primary responsibility of raising large contributions to support the organization’s commitment to advance its vision and mission as an indigenous-led organization. This role will report to the Executive Director and lead the design and implementation of the organization’s fundraising strategy. The Development Director will be primarily responsible for identifying, strategizing, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a major gift portfolio for grants at the $50,000+ level. This position will also manage the operations aspects of the development team, which including tracking and recording donor and grants records, drafting compelling proposals and donor communications, and maintaining internal data integrity during the evolution of new funding sources. The Development Director will also mentor and collaborate with colleagues to demonstrate fundraising best-practices and trust-based, transformative philanthropy.

In addition to having deep ties and understanding of Indigenous cultures, the successful applicant is a proactive, enthusiastic, and organized individual who is excited to join an innovative and fast-growing organization and has a passion for our mission.

Key Responsibilities

• Work with the Executive Director, senior management team colleagues, Board of Directors, Advisory Group, and external partners to design and execute short and long-term fundraising plans, including identifying major grant prospects, developing appropriate cultivation and solicitation strategies, and executing individualized action plans

• Identify and address development issues that affect the well-being and efficacy of IPRI and our Indigenous partners

• Foster a culture of collaboration and transparency and ensure that fundraising is executed in keeping with the organization’s values, policies and guidelines; vision, and mission

• Establish a balanced mix of donor sources and fundraising programs to attract and retain donors and fundraising volunteers

• Establish performance measures, monitor results, and evaluate the efficacy of fundraising activities

• Maintain accountability and ensure compliance with all regulations and laws, as well as the code of ethics for fundraising professionals.

• Ensure ongoing excellence and alignment with IPRI’s vision and mission in programs, communications, operations, and fundraising

Institutional Donor Engagement & Fundraising

• Research to help prepare for meetings with individuals, foundations, and government and institutional funders and prospects

• Provide front-line development support, including communications with donors and prospects, processing of gifts and donations, managing grants calendar and assisting with grant writing and reporting.

• Support donor recognition, retention, and stewardship work and communications including retrieving reports and information from donor database and coordinating relevant external meetings

• Support fundraising campaigns and efforts and the planning and execution of organizational events, including donor, program, and community events

• Assist in the creation of marketing materials, including direct mail campaigns, annual reports, and other fundraising collateral

Management and Administration

• Partner with the Executive Director and financial analysts on budget management, tracking cash flow, financial projections, budget planning and financial reporting to donors in cooperation with IPRI Management Team

• Prepare materials for and make presentations to the IPRI Management and Board and volunteer committees on the status of fundraising, strategic initiatives, planning, and engagement opportunities

• Ensure donor data is accurately entered into the database, reconcile the database to financial reports on a regular basis, and report on funds and gifts regularly

• Support the development of and the transition to donor database and align our technology platforms to our emergent fundraising and reporting goal

• Other administrative duties as needed

People & Management Responsibilities

This position will not have supervisory responsibilities at this time but may in the future. This position will have access to IPRI’s fundraising database and sensitive financial information, so discretion is required.



• Demonstrated ability to work independently and efficiently, juggle multiple projects simultaneously, take initiative and problem solve, and set and meet deadlines responsibly, all while demonstrating extreme organization and production of high-quality work

• Strong work tenure: seven or more years of experience or other relevant training in resource development, nonprofit administration, particularly in the areas of capital campaigns, major gifts and planned giving/grants

• Experience in asking for and closing grants of $50,000 or more, including planned gifts and/or bequests

• Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with constituents, particularly major donors and foundations

• Experience managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors

• Experience working with fundraising principles and practices

• Excellent communication skills: writing, speaking, and listening, with an emphasis on clear and analytical writing ability and a preference for grant-writing experience.

• Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point) and Adobe Acrobat, database management and spreadsheet software, and navigating the Internet

• Strong working knowledge of fundraising and project management systems (e.g., Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce, Mailchimp, Asana, etc.).

• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience


• Proactive; capable of managing diverse tasks in a timely and effective manner

• Exceptional attention to detail and follow-through in a fast-paced and busy environment

• A strong listener; willing and able to find common ground

• Emotionally mature, someone who is confident and truly enjoys working with people

• Committed to continuous learning, reflection, and growth around diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well keeping abreast of developments in philanthropy

• Both a self-starter and highly collaborative; inspires confidence and trust

• Tenacious, able to respond creatively to challenges; one who can see how to move things forward

• Exercises high ethical standards, works with integrity and accountability, and handles VIP relationships and sensitive information with discretion

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position located in the U.S. with option to work from home. The salary and benefits shall be negotiated with qualified applicant

Application instructions

Send you Expression of Intent with subject line: APPLICATION FOR IPRI DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR. Attach your latest Curriculum Vitae with references to Raymond de Chavez ([email protected]), addressed to Joan Carling, IPRI Executive Director, on or before 30 July 2024.

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