Be a part of the transformation…help make our world a better place.
Landesa is seeking a seasoned, results-focused Chief Development Officer to develop and drive strategic fundraising initiatives in support of Landesa’s mission. Reporting to the CEO, this key role is part of the Executive Leadership team. If you seek a position that provides a profound positive impact on the world’s poorest and you enjoy working with a collaborative, mission-driven, and solutions-driven team, please read on.
Landesa is an international nonprofit, founded in 1981, and dedicated to ending global poverty by securing land rights for the world’s poorest. Landesa has worked in 50 countries throughout the world, with US offices in Seattle and Washington, DC, and global offices in China, India, Myanmar, and Tanzania. The organization is widely supported by partners, including NGOs, foundations, donor agencies (USAID, World Bank, etc.), world leaders, educational institutions and individual supporters throughout the world. Landesa is known for its advancement of pro-poor, gender-sensitive land rights reforms that have helped alleviate poverty, reduce hunger, and ease conflict over land for more than 120 million women and men. The Chief Development Officer must share Landesa’s values, demonstrate commitment to its mission, be passionate about those in poverty, and believe gender equality and land rights matter.
In this role, you will:
Drive Landesa’s mission by developing, managing, and implementing comprehensive, strategic fundraising plan
Partner across the organization and with donors, potential donors, and Board members to leverage networks and resources and build the fundraising pipeline
Identify and pursue opportunities at a global level, partnering with in-country staff and headquarters to pursue opportunities through collaboration and a shared vision
Engage influential people to share and support our mission
Lead the fundraising team; hiring, developing, and directing top talent
Manage fundraising budget in coordination with Finance and Programs teams
Manage foundation and donor portfolios
Provide leadership to the Board Resource Committee and other fundraising committees; offering guidance and strengthening skillsets
Prepare and deliver reports on fundraising efforts and status
Ensure that ambitious fundraising targets are met or exceede
This position is based in Landesa’s Seattle, WA office. Your Landesa career will include occasional domestic and international travel but with the ability to work remotely at times, and will be supported by an abundant benefit package focused on your well-being and work/ life balance.
Authorization to work in the US is required.
Equal employment opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at Landesa. Landesa is committed to a work environment in which relationships are characterized by dignity, courtesy and respect. We are committed to nondiscrimination in all of our business operations.
Here’s what will support your success:
Deep commitment and passion for Landesa’s mission of a better, safer future for the world’s poorest people through secure access to land
Demonstrated ability to consistently meet ambitious fundraising targets
Bachelor’s degree or higher in related field plus a minimum of 10 years’ related experience, preferably in the international NGO community, or equivalent combination of education and leadership experience
High degree of business acumen, with an understanding of Landesa, it’s partner organizations, competitors, and those we serve
Understanding of motivators, sensitivities, political pressures, corporate politics and other influencers, and the ability to productively maneuver through them
Resourcefulness and cross-cultural sensitivity to get things done across varied and different international conditions
Experience hiring, developing and managing others
Bias for action and the ability to engage and motivate others
Superior writing abilities; skilled in design and dissemination of information using multiple vehicles and venues
Excellent prioritization, presentation and verbal communication skills
Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) certification is preferred
Ability to travel internationally and operate effectively in developing countries
Since its founding, Landesa has partnered with governments, communities and other stakeholders in more than 50 countries to advance pro-poor, gender-sensitive land rights reforms using law and policy tools. These reforms have helped alleviate poverty, reduce hunger and ease conflict over land for more than 120 million women and men.
This transformation—from land insecurity or landlessness to se...cure rights to land—has boosted agricultural productivity in the developing world by billions of dollars per year, improved health, nutrition and school enrollment in hundreds of villages across the globe, and placed scores of billions of dollars in new land wealth in the hands of the rural poor.