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Director of Development

Competitive package
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The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is a leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. Our first-class research, practical policy advice and communications promote global progress and prosperity by focusing on improving the lives of the world’s poorest people.

Director of Development

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)


Competitive package

We are looking for a Director of Development to drive and implement a fundraising strategy that allows us to extend our global reach and reputation and supplements our existing programme funding. Building on our recent and comprehensive fundraising review, the new role of Director of Development will both maximise relationships with our existing, high-profile major donors and develop new relationships with trusts and foundations, philanthropists and corporate donors. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of Development will identify and develop donor propositions that deliver income in addition to our individual programmes, working closely with our programme and researcher colleagues. The Director of Development will also work closely with senior staff and the Board to cultivate donors, will feed into organisational strategy and will recruit a fundraiser to support this exciting stage in our growth.

The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial and proven major donor professional, with a successful track record of growing income from new and existing trusts, foundations and philanthropists. As an exceptional relationship builder, you will be adept at both developing relationships with major donors as well as with the board and staff at all levels. You will also be a strong communicator, able to communicate complex ideas into clear vision, whilst being able to present technical detail as needed. Most importantly, you will be ambitious to seize the income opportunities open to us as we continue to grow and develop our global impact.

For further information, please visit the following link and download the appointment brief below.

For an informal conversation about the opportunity, please contact Anna Gardet or Sam Taylor at Prospectus on 0207 691 1920 or e-mail anna.gardet@prospect-us.co.uk or sam.taylor@prospect-us.co.uk

Closing date: Thursday 13th July 2017

Initial interviews with Prospectus: 17-27th July 2017

Site visit at ODI: 31st July/1st August 2017

Panel interviews: w/c 7th August 2017

Prospectus embraces diversity and works actively to achieve a workforce and governance reflecting society.


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