Deputy Director, Northwest Region

Closing date: 27 Oct 2017

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Deputy Director, Northwest Region

Working closely with, and reporting to the Northwest Regional Managing Director, the Deputy Director will serve as a critical contributor in leading the Northwest regional office to fundraising success. The Deputy Director will manage a portfolio of major donors and prospects (100 to 150) with a giving capacity of $100,000+; identify, cultivate, and solicit new high net worth individuals for the major donor program; support regional board and committee development; support special events in the region; and help expand UNICEF USA's presence throughout Northwest.

Key Responsibilities/Outcomes (include but are not limited to):

  • Manage a portfolio of high net worth donors and prospects in the NW market to generate significant financial support for UNICEF USA

  • Develop and execute strategies for each portfolio donor with the goal of securing new 5, 6, and 7-figure gifts, gift renewals or upgrades

  • Secure one-on-one in-person donor meetings and solicitations to establish or strengthen donor relationships for long term support. Minimum requirement of 8 in-person meetings or significant phone calls per month

  • Solicit and secure gifts at the major gift level, including multi-year gifts. This will include identification, cultivation, and stewardship of high net worth individuals

  • Assist with the planning and execution of a series of cultivation and special events in the Northwest, including an annual fall gala

  • Support the management and expansion of the Northwest Regional Board, including meetings and other activities

  • Shape and edit donor correspondence such as letters, emails, funding proposals, and reports

  • Maintain accurate records of donor outreach and solicitation plans through regular upkeep of donor database

  • Work collaboratively with the internal business units of the UNICEF USA designed to assist the major gift program, e.g. special events, program services, communications, etc.

  • Become knowledgeable on UNICEF’s vast programmatic needs for the purpose of effective donor stewardship, using available resources and opportunities

  • Special projects and other responsibilities as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7-9 years’ relevant work experience, with at least 5-7 years of frontline major gifts fundraising experience and proven track record of securing six and seven-figure gifts

  • Must be a self-motivated professional with a proven success record in fundraising

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential, both written and verbal

  • Strong computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and have strong experience using a fundraising database

  • Keen attention to detail, flexibility in high-pressure situations and the willingness to assist with all tasks needed to ensure the success of small regional team

  • Ability to effectively lead internal and external meetings

  • Must possess a strong work ethic, have confidence, take initiative and be an enthusiastic team player

  • Must share a strong commitment to international humanitarian relief and passionately embrace the mission of UNICEF USA

  • Ability and willingness to travel in the interest of donor cultivation and stewardship, as needed

  • Must demonstrate UNICEF USA Core Values: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork, and Service

Must possess current and valid US Work Authorization and be eligible to work for any US employer without sponsorship.

Due to the high volume of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Salary is commensurate with experience. In addition, UNICEF USA offers a comprehensive benefits package.

UNICEF USA is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.