Director of Development

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Healing Hands of Joy (HHOJ) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to bring hope, happiness and a second chance to women affected by obstetric fistula (OF) in Ethiopia. It was established in the USA in 2009 and started operations in northern Ethiopia in 2010. Currently, Healing Hands of Joy operates in 3 regions across Ethiopia and is working in partnership with the Ethiopia Federal Ministry of Health.

The goal of HHOJ is to enable women treated for obstetric fistula to resume full and productive lives within their families/communities. HHOJ, therefore, works to support women to recover from the sometimes devastating impact of OF. This involves restoring their self-esteem, confidence and physical, psychosocial and economic capacity to engage fully and meaningfully as a family and community member. It also aims to improve maternal health especially reducing maternal and neonatal deaths and OF by training women treated for OF to become Safe Motherhood Ambassadors within their communities.

Healing Hands of Joy’s vision is to see new cases of obstetric fistula eliminated in Ethiopia and to see fistula survivors empowered and successfully reintegrated as self-contributors to their communities and educators in safe delivery. Healing Hands of Joy’s Inspiration comes from the unconditional love of God and His call to bring healing and joy to those who suffer as exemplified by Jesus Christ. We are committed to working with partners and individuals of all faiths and beliefs.

Job summary:
The Director of Development will serve as a critical member of the leadership team charged with overseeing our fundraising operations and supporting the CEO, Country Director and Board in securing philanthropic gifts towards the vision of Healing Hands of Joy. The Director of Development will implement the fundraising plan to support HHOJ’s strategic plan with a focus on Fundraising, Strategic Partnerships, and Business Development to increase growth and efficiency. The Director of Development has the unique opportunity to create a development infrastructure that enables donors, stakeholders and prospects to engage in the mission of making motherhood safer in Ethiopia and empowering women.


HHOJ’s donor portfolio is dedicated largely to both major gifts and grant writing. He/she will have full responsibility for managing the entire donor portfolio and will support the CEO in donor communications and stewardship. He/she will be representing the organization to constituencies, both internal and external and manage our administrative coordinator. He/she will function well in a balanced culture that combines the richness and relevance of programs with the efficacy of best business practices, fiscal accountability, and institutional impact.

The Director of Development is a skilled relationship-builder and creative architect of an integrated development plan for the organization that can enable annual gifts and grants to support Healing Hands of Joy today and sustain it for the future.  The Director of Development is a capable systems-builder, grant writer and a strong collaborator while gaining an understanding of HHOJ’s programs in Ethiopia in order to share an exciting opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of women in Ethiopia to new and existing donors.

• Creates and executes an Integrated Development Plan; sets benchmarks for all facets of the development process (identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship)
• Designs, implements and manages all fundraising activities including multi-year giving, grant writing, annual campaigns, planned giving and event planning and solicitations.
• Builds and maintains a portfolio of qualified donors, grants and prospects sufficient to meet personal and organizational revenue goals
• Supports the CEO in the development and activation of a portfolio of the top 25% of the organization’s donors and stakeholders
• Responsible for Grant Portfolio and develops a system for grant requests and implementation that engages Country Director and Program Supervisor who are responsible for program implementation
• Builds out the Communication & Marketing Strategy to engage donors, prospects and key stakeholders
• Responsible for creating marketing materials for annual giving initiatives and Annual Report
• Manages year-end annual solicitations
• Manages Fundraising Committee from the board and other volunteers to increase volunteer involvement in all facets of the development process
• Leads organization-wide approach to the utilization of SalesForce database; manages donor records and tracks activity and reporting for development purposes while also supporting program staff utilization of tracking and reporting functions

• At least 3 years of development experience with demonstrated success in grants and major gifts fundraising
• A passion for helping women; a strong commitment to equity and inclusion
• Demonstrated experience with all phases of the development cycle, from prospect identification to stewardship
• Experience managing a personal portfolio of donors and prospects
• Experience and confidence with in-person solicitation
• Excellent project management and organizational skills to coordinate across multiple projects and constituencies (both internal and external), and balance multiple priorities
• Excellent communication, presentation, and facilitation skills, both written and oral
• Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with people of all ages and at all levels of an organization
• Must be able to work independently and as a collaborative team member
• A self-starter with an excellent work ethic and passion to make a difference
• Experience with design of development marketing materials a plus
• Experience effectively utilizing development databases (SalesForce is existing platform)
• Position can be partially remote, with at least weekly office-based work required in Charlotte

The salary range for this position is $75,000-$85,000. Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience.

Successful candidates are eligible for benefits on the 1st of the month following 30 days of employment.  Benefits include options for medical.  Employees also receive paid time-off following 90 days of employment.