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The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction [IIRR] is one of the world’s leading rural development NGOs. It maintains a staff of 300+ in nine countries across Africa, Asia, and North America. The organization’s programs build economic opportunities for rural people by improving their health, education, environment, and food systems.  Though IIRR has delivered over 60 years of impact that has improved millions of lives, it remains agile and committed to testing, prototyping (and even failing) in order to continually learn how best to deliver the most cost-effective impact to the rural communities who need it most.

We are seeking a well experienced Development (Fundraising) Officer to join our team. The Development (Fundraising) Officer role is an ideal position for a development professional who embraces creative and innovative approaches to fundraising, is agile in adapting to changes in the donor landscape, and has excellent time management and organizational skills to perform in a multi-faceted role. The ideal candidate has experience working with value-driven organizations and a passion for environmental and other social issues.


The Role

The Development (Fundraising) Officer:

  • Will be responsible for developing and implementing engagement and fundraising strategies, including campaign operations
  • Will collaborate closely with members of the management and marketing teams to determine goals and strategies to increase donations to the organization
  • Should have a solid grasp of IIRR’s legacy on rural development across Asia and around the world
  • Reports directly to the Operations Manager


Job Activities

  • Develop and implement an annual action plan for fundraising events, including identifying new fundraising opportunities and strategizing to increase fundraising success overall
  • Evaluate fundraising activities for return on investment and success in achieving target indicators
  • Develop and deepen existing donor relationships through planned direct market appeals and high quality ongoing communication
  • Support members of the public and affinity groups in their initiatives to raise funds for the organization
  • Lead efforts to increase visibility and giving through donor advised funds and workplace giving
  • Process individual donations, including recording donations, thanking supporters in a timely fashion, and responding to ad hoc supporter queries
  • Tracks and reports on data for fundraising; performs regular database maintenance for accurate record keeping
  • Supports the U.S. office team in wider development efforts, including making funding applications to trusts and foundations, identifying and engaging with aligned corporate initiatives, and identifying relevant grant opportunities
  • Work with Communications team to develop a donor journey that encourages long-term support from individuals
  • Organize occasional engagement events for supporters of the organization
  • Provide monthly report on fundraising outputs and impact of fundraising initiatives to the President and Board of Trustees
  • Keep up-to-date with trends in fundraising opportunities and best practices, and recommend appropriate changes to funding strategies
  • Undertake other duties as may be reasonably required from time to time, including representational activities for IIRR.


Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in fundraising and development, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • Experience with donor software, databases, and/or CRMs strongly preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Creativity with close attention to detail
  • Knowledge of and dedication to ongoing learning of latest best practices and trends in fundraising
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work independently in remote office setting
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a complex organization, juggle competing demands and maintain good working relations with direct reports, colleagues, and donors
  • Able to work effectively as a team player


How to Apply

Send cover letter, CV, salary expectation and available start date to: Include Development (Fundraising) Officer in the Subject Line.

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