844 million people – about one in nine – lack access to safe water. 2.3 billion people don’t have access to a toilet. We are working every day to change this. We are Water.org. We’re here to bring water and sanitation to the world. We want to make it safe, accessible and cost-effective because we believe that water is the way to empowering a bright future that we can all share in, worldwide. We are an international nonprofit organization based in Kansas City, Missouri that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world through access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, we pioneer market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis. For more than 25 years, we’ve been providing women hope, children health and families a future.
The Senior Strategic Development Officer is an individual contributor role, responsible for building strategic fundraising partnerships. Partnerships will include multi-national corporations, foundations, individuals, and key multilateral development organizations. This professional position requires collaboration and strong working relationships across all departments at Water.org. This position reports to the Director of Strategic Alliances.
The Senior Strategic Development Officer may be based in Kansas City, MO, San Francisco, CA, or New York, NY.
Strategic Relationship Management
- Establish new, high-impact, fundraising partnerships with HNWIs, corporations and foundations.
- Steward a pipeline of existing donors to maintain strong donor relationships that deepen and grow over time
- Strategically collaborate to meet individual, department and organizational fundraising goals, targeting gifts in the six-figure+ range
- Develop and implement effective outreach strategies to pursue partnerships that support the expansion of Water.org’s programs and operations worldwide
- Establish and display a thorough understanding of Water.org's scaling strategy, footprint, structure and unique selling points across its markets
- Assess and track donor behavior on an ongoing basis, prioritizing outreach and communication to each donor accordingly
- Develop timely revenue projections and provide complete, accurate internal reporting on donor outreach and activities
- Cultivate and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders, including management and program staff within Water.org, to develop comprehensive partnerships that drive revenue growth and advance Water.org's global scaling strategy
- Collaborate with the Grants Management team to develop and review written proposals and progress reports, connecting donor interests to Water.org's in-country programs
- Collaborate with Water.org's marketing and communications team to develop tailored strategies for funders that lead to awareness, understanding and appreciation of Water.org's efforts worldwide
- Individual contributor with no subordinates
This description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required. Some duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.
- Responsible for fundraising partnerships averaging from $250,000 to $1M+
- Multiple, complex and multifaceted internal and external interfaces required
- Other duties as assigned
Skills and Competencies
- Customer Focus – Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions
- Nimble Learning – Actively learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder
- Drives Results – Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances
- Collaborates – Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives
- Self-development – Actively seeking new ways to grow and be challenged using other formal and informal development channels
- Optimize Work Processes – Knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement
- Manages Ambiguity – Manages ambiguity by operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear
- Instills Trust – Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity
- Financial Stewardship – Demonstrates fiscally responsible decision making as applicable to one’s role
- Plans and Aligns – Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals
- Strategic Mindset – Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies
- Cultivates Innovation – Creating new ways for the organization to be successful while thriving in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment
- Organizational Savvy – Maneuvering comfortably through complex policy, process, and people-related organizational dynamics
- Drives Vision and Purpose - Painting a compelling picture of the vision and strategy that motivates others to action; shows personal commitment to the vision
- Situational Adaptability - Adapting approach and demeanor in real time to match the shifting demands of different situations
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
- Minimum of 10 years of progressive, front-line experience in fundraising, complex sales relationships, and/or business development
- Strong understanding of international development preferred
- Additional consideration given for experience/knowledge in financial sector, esp. microfinance; water and sanitation; and CSR and ESG
- Up to 30% of domestic and global travel.
Salary and benefits
This position offers full-time benefits, including medical/dental insurance, life and disability insurance, retirement program and periodic review for merit and incentive pay based on organizational and personal achievement.
How To Apply
Please visit Water.org/careers to apply for the Sr. Strategic Development Officer.
Water.org is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing an inclusive environment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, military and veteran status, genetic information, and any other status protected by law. We provide qualified applicants and employees reasonable accommodation, when necessary, to enable individuals to complete the application process and/or perform the essential functions of the job.