Director of Development (Volunteer Position)
Founded in 2012, the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM) is a U.S. based 501 (c) (3) tax exempt public charity, nonprofit and non-governmental organization working to develop alternative methods of preventing, resolving, and educating people about inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts in countries around the world.
ICERM works with the State of New York residents and diaspora associations, national governments, judiciary, schools, community leaders, religious groups, peace advocates, media, local, regional and international organizations, etc. to foster a culture of peace among ethnic and religious groups through research, education and training, expert consultation, dialogue and mediation, and rapid response projects. We are committed to creating a new world characterized by peace, irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious differences. We strongly believe that the use of mediation and dialogue in preventing and resolving ethnic and religious conflicts in countries around the world is the key to creating sustainable peace.
ICERM organizes its work into five specific programs:
- Research: We create and maintain a global conflict alert database through the conflict monitoring networks, and develop new conflict prevention and resolution tools through the journal of living together, conflict early warning and response mechanism, and other publications.
- Education and Training: We educate people about ethnic and religious conflicts through the ICERM radio project, web-based forums, peace education programs, international conference on ethnic and religious conflict resolution and peacebuilding, world youth convention on ethnic and religious harmony, lectures, sports and artistic activities, peace exchange program, retreats and publications, and we train new mediators and facilitators through classroom and e-learning modalities.
- Expert Consultation: We provide consultation & advisement services, monitoring and evaluation, post-conflict investigation and reporting, election observation and assistance to formal and informal leadership.
- Dialogue and Mediation: We facilitate communication and dialogue through the living together movement, and assist parties to reach a mutually satisfactory solution through unbiased, culturally-sensitive, confidential, regionally-costed and expeditious processes.
- Rapid Response Projects: We provide moral, material and financial support to the victims of ethnic and religious conflicts.
For more information, please visit: www.icermediation.org.
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Volunteer Director of Development serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting ICERM. In partnership with the COO, this position is responsible for all fundraising and development activities. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build ICERM’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. The Volunteer Director of Development also will design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support.
The Volunteer Director of Development will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow ICERM’s budget through the solicitation of major gifts, federal and state grants, special events, and corporate and foundation support.
S/he will expand and diversify ICERM’s donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives. In addition, the Volunteer Director of Development will work closely with the board of directors and support board members as they take on a more active fundraising role.
It is expected that the amount raised by ICERM will increase in future years as the Volunteer Director of Development systematically and effectively strengthens the organization’s overall fundraising capacity.
- Support and partner with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and board members on all major fundraising initiatives
- Collaborate with the COO to develop and implement ICERM’s financial strategy
- Actively work with the COO and senior staff to develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include corporate, foundation, government grants, etc. as well as carry out membership drive
- Have primary responsibility for development and execution of all proposals; write and archive all proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach
- Oversee research funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position ICERM ahead of major funding changes or trends
- Monitor all donor information; provide and present statistical analysis to board and senior leaders
- Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors
- Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program
- Identify, develop, and mentor the development team
- Preferably retired development & fundraising experts with 10-plus years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization; demonstrated success in a development function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources). Young development professionals or career changers can also apply.
- Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing donor relationships over time
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships
- Ability to write competitive grant proposals; experience with the USAID or USDOS grant applications
- Strong organizational skills
- Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
- Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside ICERM
- Minimum of Bachelor’s degree required
- High energy and passion for ICERM’s mission is essential
- Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic development plan
- Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time
ICERM Core Values
The following core values constitute the fundamental values or ideals at the heart of the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation: independence, impartiality, confidentiality, non-discrimination, integrity & trust. They articulate ideals that ICERM aspires to hold itself accountable for and offer guidance about how we should behave in carrying out the organization’s mission.
On no occasion or circumstance, therefore, shall ICERM restrict qualified applicants from participating in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its recruitment process because of reasons related to race, color, nationality, ethnicity, religion, language, sexual orientation, opinion, political affiliation, wealth or social status.
How to Apply
In case you or someone you know may be interested in serving as a Volunteer Director of Development, please send email to: careers(at)icermediation.org