The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (the Award) is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be.
Participants in the Award challenge themselves to complete sustained activities through developing skills, getting physically active, giving service and experiencing adventure.
Depending on the time frame participants sign up to, completion of the program results in the achievement of a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. More than this, though, participants learn more about themselves than they could imagine, and gain skills to succeed in life though learning outside the classroom.
Our ambition is that every young person aged 14 to 24 in the world should have the opportunity to participate in the Award. Operating in over 130 countries and territories around the world, we are now expanding our operation across the USA through our Chicago based national headquarters.
The work of the national office is to promote the Award, recruit delivery partners, and support them to deliver the Award to young people across America.
We are recruiting for a Development Director to make our ambitious growth plan a reality
The Development Director will be responsible for securing philanthropic gifts and promoting the Award through effective identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of gifts as well as organizing and attendance of cultivation events, and active communications to a wide-ranging stakeholder base.
Reporting to the CEO, the successful candidate will work to establish key messaging of what the Award does, how it benefits people, and how others can support the Award’s ongoing success. They will be responsible for the calendar of communications activity, looking after both hard copy collateral and digital media.
In particular, the Development Director will have responsibility for a series of events attended by High Net Worth (HNW) individuals, potential corporate sponsors, and members of the British Royal family. With meticulous organizing, they will meet with prospective and existing donors, tell our story in a sincere and compelling way, and secure financial support to aid the Award’s operation in the USA. We need someone who is comfortable and experienced with operating in this high profile environment to make these events a resounding success.
Bachelor’s degree educated
Diverse and progressive experience in Fundraising to the level consummate to this role.
Demonstrable experience of producing and editing fundraising proposals and applications for a range of donor organizations.
Experience of working with high net worth individuals and other stakeholders.
Previous experience of working in the charity/ not-for-profit sector of at least 7 years.
Prior experience of delivering high profile events.
Experience of communicating compelling stories to garner support from various stakeholders.
Excellent communication, negotiation, and advocacy skills with the ability and presence to represent the Award in public and to influence senior figures in government, business and the media
Able to demonstrate leadership and decision making skills
Able to organize and plan effectively
Ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders
Ability to work collaboratively and as a team member
To apply for this role, please send your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover letter should be no more than two pages, and should address the how you meet the essential criteria contained in the person specification for this role.
The closing date for applications is 12 midnight CDT on Sunday 23 February 2018 and interviews will take place shortly after.
Additional Salary Information: Please state your current salary when applying
About The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award USA
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award (referred to as 'the Award') is the world's leading achievement award for young people. It is voluntary, non-competitive and available to anyone aged 14-24. The Award is tough but it is about individual challenge, not about reaching specific standards set by someone else.
Young people design their own Award program, set their own goals and record their own progress over four sections: Service, Physical Recreation, Skills and an Adventurous Journey, and to achieve a Gold Award, take part in a Residential Project.
The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve. There three progression levels which when successfully completed lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.