Friday, August 13, 2010

WaterAid America needs a rockstar Development Director in NYC - any takers?

And another addition to the Blogging on Water jobs board. The water sector is growing growing growing. And must keep growing until universal coverage...

Must say WaterAid and WaterAid America are impressive outfits and aren't just 'doing water programs' or raising funds for their own work, but also are thought leaders and advocacy leaders in the sector.  And by the way, HERE is a link to the US State Department's Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act 2010 Report to Congress. More on that soon.

On to the business:

WaterAid America

Director of Development
New York, NY

WaterAid transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities. Since its creation in 1981 in the UK, WaterAid has expanded its programs to 26 countries and has benefited almost 15 million people. WaterAid’s recently launched Global Strategy for 2009-2015 sets the ambitious aim of ensuring that by 2015 an additional 25 million people will have access to safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene as a direct result of its work; and that by influencing the policies and practices of government and service providers WaterAid will have reached a further 100 million people.

WaterAid America, one of the four self governing members (along with the UK, Australia and Sweden) of WaterAid International, was created six years ago. It is poised to dramatically increase and expand its annual income from $3.7 million to $15 million within the next five years. With this clear organizational vision and vital fundraising goals, WaterAid America seeks a dynamic Director of Development to lead the strategic growth and build a diversified and sustainable flow of funding from private and public sources.

This position provides an unmatched opportunity to develop and implement a fundraising strategy for a leading global not-for-profit organization with a strong track record in securing peoples’ rights to water and sanitation. The Director will design and execute a five-year fundraising plan in close consultation with the CEO. The plan will incorporate strategies to increase support from individuals, foundations, corporations, other organizations, and the US government; effectively position the CEO and Board Members to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts, as well as expand WaterAid America’s public image and visibility among targeted constituencies; build and maintain a portfolio of prospects; and manage a small team of development staff.

The ideal candidate for this role will be a highly entrepreneurial professional with the development expertise to effectively inspire and secure major new donations. Requirements: track record of building a fundraising operation that resulted in marked revenue growth; ability to successfully leverage major gifts, ideally within a dynamic, fast-paced environment in which he or she actively expanded and engaged a non-traditional donor constituency base; and experience managing annual and planned giving campaigns, internet-based initiatives, and the submission of proposals to private and family foundations and USAID.

Full position profile at

Confidential applications to Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to my attention (tara ((at))

Learn more about WaterAid America at and read National Geographic's April 2010 feature article, Our Thirsty World, in which WaterAid's Ethiopia program is featured.

Please contact me with your confidential suggestions, referrals, and/or questions. I'm happy to provide more information or speak with you at your convenience. Many thanks for your consideration!

Thank you, Tara M. Reese

Executive Recruiter
Senior Consultant, Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC
tara ((at))

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