Skateistan International Job Vacancy: Development Director - Berlin, Germany

Development Director (Full-Time Position: Berlin, Germany)

Skateistan is looking for a new Development Director to join its award-winning organization, at the head office in Berlin. The Development Director will lead the organization’s fundraising team, helping to guide and develop a sustainable, long-term, fundraising strategy that enables the organization to meet the needs of thousands of Skateistan students around the world. The new Development Director should have extensive experience and a proven track record in fundraising so they can build upon existing funding relationships as well as cultivate new revenue streams.  The Development Director will collaborate closely with the Executive Director, as well as the Communications and Programs teams, to ensure the organization is meeting donor commitments through its innovative educational and sport programs, at its schools in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa.

The initial contract will be for 12 months with possibility of renewal, and will be based at Skateistan’s head office in Berlin, Germany.  Travel to all of Skateistan’s schools in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa as well as to fundraising events will be required throughout the year.

Position Core Responsibilities:

  • Setting the organization’s fundraising strategy in conjunction with the Executive Director. The fundraising strategy will consider major revenue streams (grants, corporate donors and individuals), regular fundraising campaigns, high net worth individuals and fundraising events
  • Responsible for seeking out new funding and award opportunities 
  • Representing Skateistan at meetings with current donors, potential donors and at fundraising events
  • Responsible for oversight and stewardship of all major donor groups
  • Coordination and management of the Development staff at head office, including the Communications Manager
  • Coordination and regular communication with the Skateistan fundraising entities (Skateistan USA, Skateistan UK and Skateistan Germany)
  • Collaboration with Deputy Executive Director to strategize how to best meet the organization’s funding needs
  • Conducting annual visits to the Skateistan schools in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa and meeting with major donors in the respective countries
  • Oversight and management of Skateistan’s donor database
  • Maintaining oversight over the organization’s MEL (monitoring, evaluation and learning) system, to ensure it captures the necessary data to demonstrate the impact of Skateistan’s programs and inform organizational decision-making. Also to ensure that Skateistan’s MEL is in line with donor expectations and current standards in the youth development and Sport for Development and Peace (SDP)
  • Convey key learnings captured by the organization’s MEL to Skateistan’s managing directors 
Skills required: 
  • Minimum professional and academic experience
  • 4+ years and a proven track record of experience in successful fundraising (through various channels) for organizations with multimillion dollar budgets
  • 4+ years experience in a management role
  • Experience working with major donors including government agencies, foundations,  large corporates and high networth individuals
  • Experience using donor databases (ideally Salesforce)
  • Experience in MEL
  • Bachelor or equivalent in Development Studies, Business or other relevant field
  • Desired experience
  • Desired: 2+ years experience in fieldwork for an aid organization
  • Desired: experience working with youth or peace-building organizations
  • Skills
  • Native-level English speaker
  • Very strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Strong networker and confident public speaker
  • Persistent
  • Very comfortable asking for money
  • Excellent leader
  • Extremely organized and self-motivated, with excellent time management skills
  • Must be able to manage multiple priorities, deadlines, tasks efficiently
  • Strong eye for detail and excellent editing skills
  • Knowledgeable about social media and using emerging digital tools for fundraising 
Desired: Proficiency in other languages, especially German

Desired: Background in skateboarding

  • EU citizenship or work visa preferred
  • Willing to work flexible and long hours across various time zones
  • Comfortable travelling regularly to various locations, including Afghanistan  
The Development Director is a full time paid position beginning in February 2017, and includes monthly salary and benefits (paid vacation, medical insurance, work related flights, in-country accommodation).

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your CV and Cover Letter to with the subject Development Director.

Application Closing Date: 9th January 2017.

Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.