Responsible and accountable for implementing the Resource Development plan in Africa to support the Aga Khan Academies in Mombasa, Maputo and other planned Academies in Africa. The role requires managing various geographies in Africa particularly countries represented within the student body. This includes and is not limited to Uganda, Tanzania, DRC, Angola, Madagascar, Rwanda and South Africa.
Implement existing work plan to include Annual Giving programme at two Academies. This to include cultivation, retention and advancement of any current and new donors. For this purpose, donor is broadly defined as parents, students, corporates, suppliers, alumni as well as other friends of the network of Academies.
Manage donor stewardship for new and existing donors. Work closely with the AU resource development team, advisors and senior leadership in managing donor relationships. Once approved, implement a donor recognition policy.
Research and replicate best practices from top schools in relevant geographies. Implement and where necessary modify existing appeals for various donor segments and implement on-line giving programme for Africa.
Manage and optimize the use of Raisers Edge donor management system including generating qualitative as well as quantitative reports for internal and external stakeholders.
Update relevant materials to support various donor segments. Maintain high quality and standards for printing materials, content, social media, and on-line donor messaging.
Contribute to the development and implementation of the AU resource development plans in the region.
The Director is expected to deliver an annual target or up to 10% of the Academies annual budget through its activities and campaign.
Manage and build the capacity of his/her team members to pursue their understanding and development in all matters related to Public Affairs and Resource Development.
The ideal candidate will have the following:
At least five years’ experience in a similar role. An undergraduate degree in business or a related field and relevant experience in resource development is mandatory.
Demonstrable track record of strategic fundraising at management level in a comparable national/international organisation.
Proven ability to build, manage and develop key stakeholder, client and donor relationships.
Experience of developing and implementing strategic and business plans.
Experience in bringing innovative, creative resource mobilisation thinking and ideas to an organisation and/ or its services.
Knowledge of the fundraising environment and of a range techniques and disciplines, which will support the cost-effective generation of income.
Experience of using Raisers Edge or other donor management system is important but not required
Proven persuasive communication skills with the ability to present and convey complex ideas and issues clearly and coherently.
Highly motivated and able to work autonomously, take initiative and make decisions.
Ability to work flexible hours and be able to travel at least 50% of the time.
Resource development experience in private international K-12 schools or tertiary level would be important but not necessary.