Director of Development and Solidarity Philanthropy | Grassroots International
About this position:
Grassroots International seeks a Director of Development and Solidarity Philanthropy to manage, expand and inspire our diverse fundraising and funder organizing program. The DDSP develops an overall fundraising strategy and coordinates implementation to meet the organization’s needs and long term sustainability, and serves on the Senior Management Team. The DDSP reports directly to the Executive Director and supervises a staff of five. This full-time position is based in Boston, MA.
This will be a dream job for an organizer or activist with deep fundraising and leadership experience, or an experienced development professional with experience in social movements or community organizing - someone who’s passionate about justice AND fundraising, and who wants to put their skills to work in service of grassroots movements and a vision for a more just world. The ideal candidate will be highly values-aligned, eager to learn and grow, adept at building relationships with people of a wide range of identities and cultures, and a respectful and collaborative team member and manager.
This is an exciting time to join the Grassroots International team. We’re on a dynamic trajectory of growth and learning, while remaining deeply accountable to our partners and our mission. Over the last couple of years we’ve repeatedly broken our records for fundraising from individuals and foundations. We have a strong base of loyal, longtime donors and new donor engagement strategies are bringing in a new generation of donors. Our ED is highly involved in fundraising and the entire staff, across departments, supports a fundraising culture. The Board actively gives and engages in fundraising.
Last year we launched a new strategic plan which renews our commitment to funding social movements through long-term partnership with those movements, and sets goals for deepening and expanding our grantmaking as well as advancing our model of Solidarity Philanthropy - decolonizing philanthropy to center those most impacted by fundamental inequities and climate change.
The Director of Development and Solidarity Philanthropy will play an essential role in realizing our strategic plan by leading our team to secure funds from values-aligned foundations and individual donors and by providing leadership in organizing funders and donors as organizers and activists themselves. We see ourselves not just as an intermediary for institutional and individual funders, but an organizer, bridge builder, and leader promoting a bolder, more progressive politic in philanthropy to mobilize more resources toward global movements. The DDSP will be an integral part of that strategy.
About Grassroots International:
Grassroots International connects people in the US with global movements that defend land, territory, water, food, seeds and the earth. Together we address the root causes of injustice and oppression, and build alternatives that nurture human rights, ecological justice, and liberation. We do this through grantmaking, social action, and philanthropic leadership. As a public foundation, Grassroots International raises its budget annually. Our organizational culture is collaborative, relational, and deeply mission-driven.