KARAM FOUNDATION IS SEEKING A NEW DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT TO MOTIVATE OUR INVESTORS TO MOBILIZE THEIR RESOURCES FOR DISPLACED SYRIAN COMMUNITIES. WE ARE LOOKING FOR AN EXPERT WITH STRONG EXPERIENCE IN THIS FIELD TO ELEVATE OUR SUCCESSES. YOUR ROLE WILL BE CENTRAL TO SCALING KARAM’S FUTURE IMPACT AND GROWTH.
You are creative. You never stop thinking of ways to leverage our impact and mobilize and inspire people to give.
You take risks. You are joining a team of people rethinking how education and aid are delivered to marginalized communities affected by conflict. We may make mistakes, but we don’t stop trying to do better. You are open to all paths to success.
You are a go-getter. You have entrepreneurial zeal. You set your goals and plan the way to achieve them. You adapt to unexpected challenges and to donor needs. You know that results matter most.
You are a great communicator. You understand Karam’s tone and deliver polished, pitch-perfect messages to our supporter base across various constituencies.
You are a builder. You get excited by our accomplishments but are always looking at ways to expand our successes. Whether that means building new tactics or tools, or investing in the team you are working with — you have a growth mindset.
You care. You are motivated by a love of humanity that doesn’t stop at borders. You want to be part of our mission of building a better world.
You are collaborative. You come with positive energy and want to work with our small team and with partners to get things done. You don’t let ego, process, or dogma get in the way.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR: THE ESSENTIALS
3-5 years experience in major gift strategy and fundraising
Track record of setting, measuring and delivering development strategies
Track record of utilizing different fundraising tactics to mobilize donor bases
Excellent verbal and written communicator
Strong teamwork and leadership skills
Extremely organized and results-oriented
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR: STRONGLY PREFERRED
Experience working on Syria and/or humanitarian crises
Experience working on education and/or innovation causes
Experience of working with remote teams and volunteers
Arabic language (not a deal-breaker for us)
Strategy: You will be the lead in developing and executing the Development Strategy to meet the organizational goals of increased financial support. You will set and achieve revenue and activity goals for the Development Department. You will manage a portfolio of 10-15 key donors.
Management and Mentorship: You will manage our development staff in addition to day-to-day operations of the department. You will support the CEO’s portfolio of donors.
Support Department Activities: You will be responsible for providing robust support to development initiatives including campaigns, major gift solicitation, donor outreach, and grant applications. You will prepare materials and reports for board meetings.
Leadership: You will be part of the Senior Leadership of Karam Foundation and play a role in setting the organizational vision, strategy and culture.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Karam Foundation
Karam means generosity in Arabic. We are a Syrian-led organization founded in 2007 in Chicago. We have been supporting Syrian communities in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and the US since 2011. We've developed various innovative education projects including community innovation centers (Karam Houses) for refugee teenagers in Turkey and a higher education scholarship program for refugee youth, as well as sustainable development and smart aid projects to address the evolving obstacles that Syrians face.
We have built two Karam Houses, innovative workspaces for Syrian refugee teens, in Istanbul and Reyhanli, Turkey, which defy traditional approaches to refugee education. At Karam Houses, hundreds of Syrian refugee teens learn through access to technology (maker spaces, internet, computers), expert mentorship (Syrians refugee architects and engineers), and a sophisticated design-based curriculum (developed by MIT grads) that teaches youth how to build their ideas and their community.
We think about refugees and humanitarian aid differently and so we do things differently. We believe in investing deeply in communities affected by conflict. We are on a mission to build 10,000 Leaders for the Future of Syria by 2028.