Interim Director of Development - 3 month Contract

United States, Europe, remote
New York - $21,900, London - £15,150, Berlin - €14,900
May 20, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Position Type
Contract / Freelance
Willingness to Travel
25 - 50%
Experience Level


About OPEN

OPEN is a small international team of campaigners and technologists. We work to support a Network of 19 digital campaigning organisations, each an independent, non-profit, nationally-based organisation working on multiple issues, but all sharing a common set of values and a general strategic orientation. Groups in the network tend to work on climate change, human rights, gender and racial justice, economic fairness, strengthening democracy, and empowering individual people to lift their voices to make change in their community and their country. Taken together the network counts a combined membership of over 24 million citizens in 19 countries over 6 continents.

Our model emphasises people power: we believe that change comes when people work together in their communities. Our member organisations together enable the engagement of millions of people around the world. As a team, it’s OPEN’s job to support the staff who do that work. By providing resources directly to – and building deep connections between – the staff and volunteers who support these grassroots changemakers, OPEN strengthens and expands the global progressive movement. We help our member organisations become more powerful, efficient and wise by connecting, supporting and inspiring each other across borders.

Overview of the position

The Interim Development Director will be responsible for increasing OPEN’s global revenue from national, regional and international foundations and/or individual major donors. The Interim Director is responsible for assisting the Executive Director in building on and delivering OPEN’s Development Strategy. The Interim Development Director will also build and ensure a streamlined, flexible and responsive process for all proposal response and development, within the overall OPEN strategy.

They will undertake extensive outreach to potential donors and partners; create mechanisms to maintain and cultivate an active pipeline; identify and apply for posted opportunities; identify and pursue pathways to partnerships for new funding; and build relationships with new donors.

OPEN also aims to increase the capacity of our team in undertaking fundraising. The Interim Development Director will also support the team to strengthen their capacity in donor networking, grant writing, proposal negotiation, etc.

The Interim Development Director will participate in ongoing team meetings relating to fundraising and development, and serve as the contributor of the team who ensures development work is focused on the best opportunities, as well as actively delivering against existing timelines and commitments. The duties of the role will include managing timelines and schedules of fundraising activities, contributing to the development of funding proposals and maintaining fundraising project tracking systems. This role is the only dedicated development/fundraising post in the team.

About you

You are an experienced Development Director, with demonstrated achievements. You have a strong background in fundraising for national, regional and/or global organizations and are comfortable performing a range of duties including, but not limited to, contributing to funding proposals, coordinating fundraising events, meeting with prospective donors, writing annual solicitation letters, as well as, representing the organization in external events and meetings with funders.

You are able to navigate complex donor environments with judgment, sound strategic thinking, and tactical skill. You are also proficient in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications for fundraising, and able to present materials to external audiences in a credible and persuasive way.  You have excellent political understanding, and ability to collaborate effectively with campaigners and program staff and are self-directed, motivated, and able to execute independently at a high level.

You have superb interpersonal skills, including the ability to generate respect and trust from colleagues and external constituents and top-notch project management skills and attention to detail, and the ability to establish strategies and tactics based on data

You thrive in a fast-paced, quick-reaction work environment and you are able to work with a high degree of collaboration, flexibility, and good cheer.

Additionally, you have deep experience working with diverse constituencies, and commitment to expanding the diversity amongst our donors. You believe in the power of digital and grassroots organizing, and a natural affinity for an organization whose primary orientation is to serve a base of similar minded organizations.

Your strong integrity, humility, and discretion will match our culture and you will be able to be effective in an organization whose staff all work remotely. 

If even some of the above criteria speak to you, you could be the perfect person for the job. Formal education, qualifications and extensive experience matter less to us than excellence, initiative and drive. 

Key responsibilities: 

Execute and lead on securing new funding sources for OPEN.

Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors and key prospects.

Create and improve key messages and stories which convey the work of OPEN in a compelling and relevant way for different donor communities.

To empower the OPEN team with the knowledge, appropriate information and systems they need to continue development activities more independently as far as possible

Qualifications and Skills

Experience of fundraising for different parts of the civil society sector, different thematic areas and different geographic regions will be advantageous. 

Experience of being the sole dedicated fundraiser in a smaller organisation will be advantageous.

Extensive experience in fundraising with hands-on experience across at least two funding channels (i.e., foundations; major donors) for a national, regional or international NGO.

Proven track record of success in fundraising with evidence of personal engagement and leadership of successful, large, and complex proposals and pitches.

Proven successful experience of complete management and delivery of the entire grant proposal cycle 

Experience in working with virtual teams and creating an enabling environment.

Current and strategic understanding of the global development funding environment and future trends.

Experience in and knowledge of international development

Excellent spoken and written English to include research, writing, and communication skills.

Demonstrated experience building the capacity of staff 

Independent, but good at working with a team and ability to coordinate with others to produce material on deadline, usually managing multiple deadlines.

Proven ability to build consensus and support across, up and down the organization.

Excellent budget management skills including the ability to design and oversee complex program budgets in compliance with donor requirements.

Candidates should be able to describe examples where they have developed a proposal, managed iterations with the programme teams and funder, closed the deal, set up the project for success internally, and supported reporting and funder engagement in the project/org through to completion.


Final compensation for this position will be determined based on location, cost of living, and cost of employment in your region/country, based on OPEN’s current compensation framework. For transparency, below are indicative values for compensation in a few different cities for a 3 month assignment.

New York - $21,900 

London - £15,150 

Berlin - €14,900

Application Instructions:

Please submit your resume and a cover letter via email to In your cover letter please share examples of notable funding successes in your recent roles, and a description (1-2 pages maximum) of 1-3 specific fundraising challenges and how you overcame them.

Deadline for applications submission - 15th June 2021, 11am GMT


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