About the role:
This leader will ideally be based with the Accion team in Washington, DC. However, consideration will be given to a New York City or East Coast Corridor location, with frequent travel to Washington DC.
The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will be responsible for leveraging global awareness of, and interest in, financial inclusion initiatives by building and stewarding robust, meaningful partnerships with current and prospective institutional and corporate funders, major individual donors, and others.
A bold-thinker and a strategic, yet hands-on, executor they will lead best-in-class and innovative fundraising programs and enhance/refine Accion’s overall approach to its fundraising and development efforts.
The CDO will actively manage a donor portfolio by personally participating in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, as well as collaborating with the President & CEO to ensure that he is effectively supported and leveraged to achieve fundraising goals. They will have the capacity to develop fluency in the issues and opportunities in financial inclusion, individual strategy sectors, and solutions to create tailored and compelling strategies for institutional, corporate, and individual donors across a range of geographies and demographics.
As a member of the organization’s Operating Committee (senior leadership team), the CDO will also be engaged in broader organizational strategies and initiatives, working collaboratively across the organization with a wide range of stakeholders and, in particular, with the communications team and global program staff.
Accion is a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. We catalyze financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the three billion people who are left out of — or poorly served by — the financial sector. For nearly 60 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through our work with more than 160 partners in 55 countries. More at http://www.accion.org.
Proven leader in development or other relevant fields, with the ability to set and articulate a vision for the organization’s next fundraising chapter, build and execute a development plan, and evaluate outcomes with a metrics-based approach. Specifically including:
Skills & Personal Qualities:
Passion for Accion’s mission, vision and values, including a commitment to building a financially inclusive world; the capacity to understand and appreciate Accion’s strategies, programs and impact; and the ability to share this knowledge with potential donors with conviction. The candidate will have a willingness to embody Accion’s values of excellence, respect and passion for social change
Strategic thinking, planning and implementation skills, including:
Leadership and management acumen, which includes:
Bachelor’s degree required; an advanced degree is preferred
Willingness to travel domestically and internally, as this will be required
Accion is an equal opportunity employer; employing qualified individuals without regard to age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, veteran status, creed, religion, citizenship, disability, parental status, marital status, gender or sexual orientation. This philosophy is practiced in, but is not limited to, employment, upgrading, demotion or transfer, recruitment or recruitment advertising, layoffs or termination, rate of pay or other compensation, and selection for training. Accion also employs qualified individuals without regard to height, weight or record of arrest without conviction. Accion applies standards with regard to, and makes employment decisions based on, education, experience, interpersonal skills and general suitability for a position.