Senior Director – Fundraising Priorities At Save the Children – US


The Senior Director, Fundraising Priorities leads a team responsible for driving the alignment of programmatic excellence, funding needs and donor interests with emphasis on assigned areas across our breakthroughs.

A trusted source for fundraisers working with corporations, foundations and major donors, you-and members of the team-will be called upon to help guide the pitch and proposal stages to ensure opportunities remain aligned with Agency priorities, funding gaps and match requirements. You will also serve as a liaison between Resource Development and Programs, Advocacy, and Award Management teams among others to ensure our ways of working are fully aligned, delivering against donor objectives and producing the best possible results for children.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Team Leadership (25%):

· Support, lead, coach, and develop a team delivering relevant knowledge on prioritized fundraising areas to advance donor engagement towards our breakthroughs; establishing and improving RD’s ways of working across teams within SCUS and through SCI both at country office and regional level; and contributing perspective to Agency policies involving RD.

Liaison with International Programs and SCI thematic working groups (25%)

· Collaboratively develop annual fundraising priorities with program and policy colleagues as well as metrics to track funds raises against these priorities

· Maintain relationship with all departments within the division, ensuring an efficient and effective collaboration focused on achieving our goals for children

· Identify opportunities for improvement and collaboratively work to devise and implement continuous improvement plans that help streamline processes and results delivery

Fundraising Leadership for priority area (35%):

· Lead on the development of thematic overviews, non-donor specific concept notes and proposals to support all of RD. Gather evidence selling points to support business case to funders. Working with Impact Communications team, contribute vision and guide content to ensure a successful product

· Understand programmatic and policy priorities within priority area

· Communicate with technical leads, country offices and regional offices to understand priorities and secure relevant content for new opportunities

· Guide go/ no-go process for opportunities within assigned focus area

· Lead on fundraising knowledge management within assigned area, identifying, organizing and sharing most helpful content as it is developed

· Lead on the development of thematic overviews, non-donor specific concept notes and proposals to support all of RD. Gather evidence selling points to support business case to funders. Working with Impact Communications team, contribute vision and guide content to ensure a successful product

· Coordinate and facilitate programmatic presentations to RD within assigned focus area

· Coordinate and facilitate Business Team/RD quarterly meetings to review pipelines and surface needs, concerns and opportunities to improve new commitments and stewardship of awards

· Assess wins and losses to identify patterns

Visibility and Donor facing engagement: 15%:

· Identify and manage a roster of spokespeople for donor calls, panels, and presentations

· Attend donor calls and in person visits to expertly present Save the Children’s approach to Gender Equality

· Identify conferences, panels, publications and social media channels to elevate Save the Children’s profile within assigned priority area

Required Qualifications

· Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience, plus a minimum of 10 years of related experience

· Proven success supporting, coaching, leading and developing staff

· Demonstrated knowledge of issues affecting children and the latest thinking on proven and emerging interventions

· Demonstrated experience with program design, result framework, and monitoring and evaluation for cross-thematic projects (i.e. gender equality, climate resilience)

· Demonstrated ability to communicate technical subject matter and make it accessible for varying audiences

· Proven ability to successfully collaborate cross-functionally and cross-culturally

· Demonstrated success leading proposals through every stage of the process

· Professional proficiency in spoken and written English

· Professional proficiency in MS Office suite

· Willing and able to travel domestically and internationally up to 15%

· Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging

Why you should join the Save the Children Team

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our work for children and their families— requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism embedded in this country. Save the Children will not tolerate racism in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people of color to fight for equal rights and justice.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.

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September 2023