Women Enabled International Vacancy Announcement


posted Dec 8, 2017

Women Enabled International (WEI) is now accepting applications for a Director of Development. The position is part-time (20-25 hours per week), and will be available starting in February/March 2018. The Director of Development will support Women Enabled International’s President and Board of Directors in a variety of fundraising projects. We seek an experienced, proactive, and entrepreneurial development leader to direct efforts to cultivate and expand our donor universe. This is an opportunity to assist an expanding international nonprofit realize its fundraising potential and increase its reach and influence. The Director of Development will have assistance from WEI’s Program and Office Coordinator and will partner with the President to implement our fundraising strategy to expand WEI’s sphere of donors. The organization’s budget has been growing rapidly since our founding, with the majority of our support coming from major grants and private foundations via project based and capacity building grants. WEI envisions sustaining its mission on this basis and enhancing and expanding our individual giving funding base and other funding sources.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and lead the implementation of WEI’s annual fundraising plan and serve as a collaborative partner to the President.
  • Work closely with the President on foundation fundraising, project based and unrestricted grant opportunities and the expansion of WEI’s individual donor base, including prospect identification and research, materials preparation, and strategy development.
  • Engage with program staff to develop appropriate degree of knowledge about the field of the rights of women with disabilities and women generally, especially in the international arena, and familiarity with the organization's substantive work.
  • Draft grant proposals, compile required materials and transmit applications.
  • Oversee stewardship activities including gift acknowledgement and reporting.
  • Stay abreast of trends, developments and opportunities in fundraising, especially in the areas of women’s rights and disability rights internationally.
  • Represent WEI in professional standards, ethics, and best practices related to fundraising with current and potential donors.


Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years experience, including in senior fundraising positions or with successive senior development client experience.  
  • A successful track record obtaining six-figure gifts and multi-year commitments.
  • Experience with international, women’s rights and/or disability rights funders strongly preferred.
  • A demonstrable interest in human rights, women’s rights and disability rights, as well as relevant work experience (e.g. fundraising for policy and advocacy work.)
  • Exceptional people skills: excellent interpersonal and team building skills; gifted at relationship-building; ease relating to subject area specialists; ability to work with diverse communities
  • Knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, including foundation grants, individual gifts and other funding sources.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communications; this includes strong writing, proofreading and editing skills; strong research skills.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable within a dynamic and creative environment.
  • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), as well as proficiency working with donor databases.
  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail.
  • Strong organizational, multitasking, and time management skills.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Available for occasional domestic and international travel


The position is located in Washington, DC or New York City.



To apply:

Please send applications to personnel@womenenabled.org, and include a cover letter, resume, one writing sample and contact information for three references. Applications should respond to the specific qualifications described above. Applications should be received by no later than January 31, 2018 and sent to personnel@womenenabled.org with ‘Director of Development’ in the email subject line.

About Women Enabled International:

(WEI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works at the intersection of women’s rights and disability rights to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities around the world. Through advocacy and education, WEI increases international attention to—and strengthens international human rights standards on—issues such as violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights, access to justice, education, legal capacity, and humanitarian emergencies. Working in collaboration with women with disabilities rights organizations and women’s rights organizations worldwide, WEI fosters cooperation across movements to improve understanding and develop cross-cutting advocacy strategies to realize the rights of all women and girls.

WEI is an equal opportunity employer strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse and internationally representative staff.

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