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Development Officer

Equality Now
New York, NY
  • Expired: April 27, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.

TITLE: Development Officer

REPORTS TO: Senior Development Manager

LOCATION: remote position based in US. Applicants from all States will be considered.

REMUNERATON: Competitive and commensurate with experience

About Us

Founded in 1992, Equality Now fights for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls around the world through legal advocacy. Working with grassroots women’s and human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes national and international action to support efforts to stop these abuses. The organization’s work is focused on four main program areas: Legal Equality, End Sexual Violence, End Harmful Practices, and End Sex Trafficking.

With presence in the US, UK, Amsterdam, Lebanon, Kenya, India, Georgia, Equality Now has a staff of 60 and is governed by a 10-member US Board of Directors, a 5-member UK Trustees group, and a 6-member Africa Board.

The organization had an ambitious 2017-2021 strategic plan which resulted in enhanced presence and work in MENA, Eurasia, and LAC regions. In 2020, in response to the pandemic, we restructured the organization to become a dispersed organization. The organization will be embarking on a strategic refresh (2022-2024) this year. Current priorities include expanding programs in MENA, the Americas, and Eurasia as well as capacity building with an emphasis on development and communications activities. The 2022 budget is $13 million.

Position Summary

The Development Officer is an integral part of Equality Now’s Development team. S/he is responsible for leading the development team’s efforts to increase income from some of our most loyal partners investing between $1,000 and $10,000 annually. This passionate and enthusiastic fundraiser manages a personal portfolio of mid-level donors, developing relationships that will sustain and grow their support over time.

Additionally, the Development Officer bears primary responsibility for planning and executing successful cultivation and fundraising events that educate and inspire donors, engaging them more deeply in the life of Equality Now.

This is a particularly exciting time to join the Equality Now team, as we prepare to launch a $50 million fundraising campaign. The Development Officer will play a key role in the success of the campaign, directly soliciting donors and organizing events to engage the community in making the campaign a success.

Primary Duties And Responsibilities

Donor Engagement and Solicitation:

  • Manage a personal portfolio of 100+ donors who give $1,000 - $10,000 or more annually, building strong personal relationships that lead to ongoing support;
  • Design and execute a strategy for each donor in the portfolio, with goals for renewing their annual support and growing their giving over time based on capacity research;
  • Identify donors with major gift potential within the mid-level portfolio and cultivate them for major gift involvement - in particular, building strategies for asking donors to support the $50 million fundraising campaign;
  • As a frontline member of the development team, conduct at least 5-7 donor meetings each month;
  • Maintain regular touch points with donors in your portfolio, including email updates, event invitations, phone calls, and report submissions;
  • Draft donor correspondence, including letters of interest, proposals, and reports;
  • Research trends in the fundraising field that impact Equality Now and use findings to suggest new ideas for donor engagement;
  • Utilize fresh thinking to make recommendations to the team on cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation strategies that set Equality Now apart from other non-profits and help to lead the implementation of these ideas;
  • Proactively utilize Raiser’s Edge/NXT for donor management and reporting – entering all donor stewardship interactions in the database in an accurate and timely manner; and
  • Participate in strategy conversations with the wider development team, contributing to developing and maintaining a comprehensive individual giving program that spans annual donors to major gifts.

Event Management:
  • Partner with the Director of Development and the Senior Development Manager to create a strategy for in-person and virtual cultivation events to drive donor engagement around the globe;
  • Coordinate the execution of highly curated, intimate cultivation events, including Equality Now’s new “Ask the Activists” series;
  • Create and manage complex work plans involving internal stakeholders from Equality Now’s global programs, communications, and development teams, as well as external stakeholders such as event vendors, speakers, volunteer leaders, and donors;
  • Design and manage event budgets, ensuring that we plan expenses and income carefully, making adjustments as needed to manage costs;
  • Plan and manage event logistics, including selecting venues, designing programs, creating and distributing invitations, coordinating copy for web site and social media promotion; creating guest lists and tracking RSVPs, managing on-site event activities, and coordinating follow up;
  • Manage VIP experiences around Equality Now’s program events, leading the development team in coordinating the involvement of our most important donors and prospects, ensuring that they have smooth, engaging experiences;
  • Develop metrics to gage event success and reporting on metrics to key leaders – including the Global Executive Director and members of the Global Executive Board – using findings to improve future events;
  • Work with event consultants, development, and communications colleagues to successfully plan and implement all aspects of Equality Now’s annual Gala, including but not limited to: overseeing event logistics, producing the evening’s performance, effectively managing celebrity engagement, delivering all event materials (both promotional and evening of), managing all fundraising activities, managing contracts and the event budget, accurately planning and managing the budget, managing the acknowledgment process, and generally maximizing participation, event quality, and financial support;
  • Liaise with high-net-worth donors and high profile stakeholders, including celebrities and members of the Global Executive Board, to coordinate their engagement in events, executing the highest level of diplomacy and poise in cultivating strong relationships with Equality Now;
  • Staff and manage event committees, which include senior staff leaders and some of Equality Now’s most valuable donors, and participate in Development Committee meetings;
  • Develop efficient and effective systems to institutionalize information related to events and to replicate successes over time; and
  • Assist in creating and implementing new event sponsorship opportunities to support program and activism campaigns where Equality Now operates.

Skills And Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • 3 - 5 years of relevant experience in frontline fundraising, events management, and individual giving;
  • Ability to manage multiple, competing priorities in a fast-paced environment with a strong attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on a team and to build and maintain positive relationships with people in variety of roles, including volunteer leaders, senior management, and colleagues;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, maturity, poise, tact, and sound judgment;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Excellent listening skills and the ability to accept constructive feedback;
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to meet deadlines;
  • Strong project planning and problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent computer skill, including competency with standard business applications and database systems;
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally and to work/travel on select evenings and weekends for events and donor meetings;
  • Discretion with sensitive materials; and
  • Strong commitment and respect for Equality Now’s mission and values.

  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge/NXT;
  • Advanced degree; and
  • Professional experience in the women’s rights sector.


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No calls please. This is a remote position based in US. Applicants from all States will be considered.

Due to the volume of applicants anticipated for this role, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Equality Now is strong because it is diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Equality Now does not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Candidates are selected on the basis of ability, in accordance with all country and location specific laws.

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