Director of Growth - imagine1day, Vancouver

Closing date:  11 Jan 2012

Imagine1day is a charity committed to the next generation of African leaders by ensuring each child in Ethiopia receives a quality education. Our primary fundraising model is CREATRIBUTION™ which is a concept we created to allow individuals to use their unique passions and talents to garner contributions towards this important goal.

You are an action-oriented leader and could be described as a pioneer who embraces change, possibility, and growth. You will approach this role with creativity and passion to take imagine1day to the next level of professional fundraising. You are strategy-minded, and an innovative, experienced operations leader with proven project management skills. As a manager, you are encouraging and respectful of others and foster a workplace culture that values diversity, imagination and excellence. You are a loyal and committed team member who acts with integrity at all times, and you thrive in a cross-functional environment. You are known to be a compelling communicator and effective collaborator. You are excited about our work in Ethiopia and about CREATRIBUTION™.

The Director of Growth, reporting to Executive Director, has overall responsibility for planning, developing and executing imagine1day’s global fundraising strategy, encompassing CREATRIBUTION™ and all other funding sources.
  • Develop and implement imagine1day’s fundraising strategy from conception through execution to reach personal revenue targets and those set in imagine1day's annual and strategic plans.
  • Develop and implement a strategy and design systems and processes, to scale CREATRIBUTION™ to multiple geographic locations and key target markets.
  • Identify and develop new business opportunities with prospective and current donors and partners, based on imagine1day’s strategic priorities and long term goals.
  • Support and grow fundraising initiatives within Ethiopia.
  • Support the establishment and growth of imagine1day in the US market.
  • Prepare presentation, application, and proposal materials for corporate and foundation grant applications.
  • Contribute to the advancement of the imagine1day brand through strategic partnerships.
  • Work cross-functionally in education programming, budgeting, strategic planning, and in developing the Board of Directors, to broaden the understanding of the link between this position and the overall organisational goals.
  • Inspire and mentor team members with full responsibility for the recruitment, employment, and release of department team members, both paid staff and volunteers.
The successful candidate will be part of a small and successful team, and should demonstrate enthusiasm to multi-task and manage their own administrative needs, while possessing a strong sense of initiative and excellence in working with a team. The position requires a high level of professionalism, leadership, and personal commitment.
Essential Qualifications and Experience
  • An advanced degree in business, non-profit management or other related field.
  • 8-10 years of relevant experience, with at least five years at a senior management level.
  • Understanding of business function of non-profits, including fundraising development and program design and operation.
  • Proven ability in effective strategy development, business planning and project management, with the ability to manage and prioritise work to meet deadlines and revenue targets.
  • Ability to translate the organisation’s objectives and priorities into operational delivery and respond quickly to changes in short-term priorities.
  • Demonstrated success in owning and meeting ambitious funding targets and performance indicators, as well as participating in financial projections and reporting.
  • Expertise in researching and matching prospective funder interest with an organisation’s program and funding needs.
  • High level of negotiating and influencing skills, with a track record of conveying a mission and program to diverse groups including funders, Board members, bilateral and multilateral agencies, and other partners and stakeholders.
  • Well-developed analytical and problem solving skills, with an ability to devise creative solutions to complex issues.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Highly computer literate with a particular emphasis on the use of databases to ensure the best possible donor management and stewardship.
  • Experience in leveraging social media to further awareness and funding initiatives.
  • No significant disqualifying factors/issues which would preclude from obtaining entry visas into any country.
How to apply: 
  • This is a full-time position based in Vancouver, Canada with occasional travel to Ethiopia.
  • An attractive compensation package is provided.
  • Well-qualified and experienced applicants should send a resume and cover letter clearly outlining your personal qualities and attributes, past experience, and proven achievements as they pertain to the job description and essential criteria listed therein.
  • Electronic applications to the attention of Sapna Dayal, Executive Director, to
  • Applications must be received by January 11, 2012. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
  • Please do not contact imagine1day to follow up on your application. For more information about imagine1day  
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