Careers

Fistula Foundation is growing! Open positions are listed below.
Development Officer
Executive Administrative Assistant
Senior Communications Manager

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Development Officer

About Fistula Foundation (FF):

An estimated one million women in Africa and Asia suffer from obstetric fistula, a debilitating childbirth injury that leaves a woman incontinent and, as a result, often abandoned by her husband and shunned by her community. The only cure is surgery, which we deliver through on-the-ground partners in more than 20 countries including Ethiopia and Bangladesh. Quite simply, these surgeries change women’s lives—and their families’ lives–forever.

We have the dynamism of a lean start-up team with the stability of a mature organization, including a $5M reserve and $6M endowment. Our supporters love to share stories about how we’ve touched their lives, as seen in more than 600 stories on GreatNonprofits.org. And we have 12 years of 4-star Charity Navigator ratings along with a consistent “A” from Charity Watch. We’ve earned the recognition of high-profile leaders, from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Nicholas Kristof, to internationally renowned ethicist, Peter Singer.

Position Overview:

Fistula Foundation is looking for a creative and motivated frontline fundraising professional to be an integral part of our expanding Development team.  Over the last decade, FF’s most generous donor community has grown substantially.  Today, 80% of our total giving each year is from donors making annual gifts of $1,000+.  Our CEO focuses on high-level, long-term engagement with select top donors in close partnership with the Sr. Director, Donor Relations who serves as main point of contact for $10,000+ donors/prospects.  Your role will focus on serving as main point of contact for donors/prospects giving $1,000 to $9,999 annually, which we define as “midlevel” donors.

Strong teamwork is essential for success in this role.  You will be joining a small, dedicated staff that is highly integrated in its work and focused on collaboration.  You will work closely with Development team members including the Development Associate, whose role focuses on logistics and implementation of large-scale fundraising and stewardship mailing projects, and report directly to the Senior Development Manager, Donor programs to implement an existing engagement plan.

Basic Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2-4 years of fundraising experience in a similar position. Experience with and a passion for fundraising and donor service work is preferred.
  • Basic knowledge and expertise regarding solicitation of annual and special gifts.
  • Exceptional and versatile project management skills, strong time-management skills and superior interpersonal and communication abilities.
  • Excellent donor communications experience and attention to detail (phone, email, and in-person etiquette) with an emphasis on building trust among a wide range of donors and colleagues.
  • Ability to write clear, structured, articulate written donor materials, proposals, giving impact updates and thank you letters.
  • Sound judgment, stellar track-record and interest in learning/continuous improvement.
  • Strong teamwork is essential for this role. Ability to take initiative and meet deadlines with a strong work ethic.  As a small, lean organization, every member of our team must be willing and able to pitch in with tasks large and small.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to adapt to new conditions, assignments and deadlines; quick turnaround on key projects is essential for success.
  • The ability to listen and to be inquisitive and eager to learn from other Foundation staff about our work and our partners in the field – which is used for top donor stewardship and cultivation.
  • Demonstrated interest in continual development of professional skills/expertise.
  • Integrity, humility, optimism, a sense of humor and a strong work ethic.
  • Experience with or demonstrated interest in international poverty alleviation, women’s health and/or the advancement of women is desirable, though not required.

Responsibilities:

Including but not limited to:

  • Manages a large portfolio of midlevel donors who give between $1,000 and $9,999
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit donors; working with staff and volunteers as appropriate.
  • Responsible for implementing an existing development plan for the “midlevel” donor segment that is integrated into the overall development plan, including resource management.
  • Steward donors through extensively personalized written communications to conduct gift conversations and provide timely giving impact updates, including handwritten signatures and notes.
  • Selective one-on-one engagement through phone calls and Skype video calls as well as face-to-face visits with local supporters.
  • Extensively utilized handwritten signatures and notes.
  • Work closely with Senior Development Manager and other team members to ensure coordination with organizational fundraising efforts.
  • Support Senior Development Manager in logistics and implementation of fundraising and stewardship mailing projects targeting “midlevel” donor prospects. Coordinating, organizing and doing quality control on internal efforts to produce, hand-sign and customize targeted mailing projects.
  • Manage donor records in Raiser’s Edge including reporting, tracking and coding for contact, solicitations and stewardship.
  • Assist in the creation and preparation of proposals and impact reports to individual donors.
  • Coordinate midlevel donor mailings, including customizing of thank you letters to top donors.
  • Coordinate midlevel donor engagement including speaking 1:1 with select donors, correspondence, special projects such as scheduling donor visits and group calls.
  • Responsible for creating and executing informative, detailed, and timely responses to donor inquiries.
  • Performs other job-related duties as required.

 

How We Will Invest in You:  
Compensation, Benefits, and Culture

The Fistula Foundation offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, a 403b match, and a generous vacation plan that begins in Year 1.  We also offer a Competitive salary with potential for bonuses and increases based on performance.

Our team prioritizes gratitude, initiative, productivity, and teamwork. We celebrate the successes of our team and our partners.  We value creativity and passion for our mission, while encouraging our teammates to live healthy lives.  We believe in work-life balance and the 40-hour work week.  We’re a dog-friendly office with weekly fruit delivery, paid gym memberships, and a supportive office culture.

How to Apply:

Please send your résumé and a thoughtful cover letter that articulates your interest and qualifications for this position, including salary requirements, via email to: Kimberly Adinolfi, Senior Development Manager, Donor Programs, Fistula Foundation, kimberly@fistulafoundation.org. We will respond to all applicants.

Fistula Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity among its applicant pool. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds, especially racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply for this position.

Executive Administrative Assistant

About Fistula Foundation:

An estimated one million women in Africa and Asia suffer from obstetric fistula, a debilitating childbirth injury that leaves a woman incontinent and, as a result, often abandoned by her husband and shunned by her community. The only cure is surgery, which we deliver through on-the-ground partners in more than 20 countries including Ethiopia and Bangladesh. Quite simply, these surgeries change women’s lives—and their families’ lives–forever.

We have the dynamism of a lean start-up team with the stability of a mature organization, including a $5M reserve and $6M endowment. Our supporters love to share stories about how we’ve touched their lives, as seen in more than 600 stories on GreatNonprofits.org. And we have 12 years of 4-star Charity Navigator ratings along with a consistent “A” from Charity Watch. We’ve earned the recognition of high-profile leaders, from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Nicholas Kristof, to internationally renowned ethicist, Peter Singer.

Position Overview:

Fistula Foundation is looking for an outstanding administrative professional to be an integral part of supporting our leadership team.  Your role will focus on providing administrative and specialized support to the CEO and Senior Director, Donor Relations (SDDR) who works remotely and spends one day a week on site at our office.

Basic Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree (preferred) and at least 4 years of administrative experience.
  • Comfortable providing one-to-one support to senior level staff
  • Experience in supporting remote staff (preferred, not required)
  • Flexible and ‘can do’ attitude. Ability to adapt to new conditions, assignments and deadlines; quick turnaround on key projects is essential for success.
  • Strong teamwork is essential for success in this role. As a small, lean organization, every member of our team must be willing and able to pitch in with tasks large and small.  Ability to take initiative and work productively with others in a small work setting.
  • Strong work ethic including time management and ability to work to deadlines and attention to detail (phone, email, and in-person etiquette).
  • Advanced ability with Microsoft Office including knowledge of mail merge functionalities (working knowledge of the fundraising software Raiser’s Edge is a plus, not required).
  • Experience with and a passion for non-profit or donor service work experience is preferred.
  • Integrity, humility, optimism, and a sense of humor

Responsibilities:

  • Manage an executive calendar for the CEO
  • Also for the CEO, plan, coordinate and execute all requested meeting logistics and events, including board calls and meetings. Examples include preparing agendas, briefings, and correspondence for staff and business meetings and maintaining records and files of current and post CEO projects, operations and decisions
  • For both the CEO and SDDR, arrange business travel, both domestic and international, including trip itineraries
  • Primary support to SDDR in personally stewarding top donors by helping create and execute informative, detailed, and timely responses to donor inquiries. Examples include speaking 1:1 with donors, correspondence, special projects such as scheduling donor visits and group calls, preparing small batches of customized mailings, weekly batches of top donor thank you letters and creation and personalization of proposals and giving impact reports to individual donors.
  • Follow an existing development plan that is integrated into the overall development plan to prepare above described tasks and special projects intended to nurture and deepen our relationships with top donors
  • Manage donor records in Raiser’s Edge including reporting, tracking, coding preferences and proactively monitoring upcoming relationship-building tasks
  • Work with spreadsheet, database, presentation and word processing software packages in the preparation of requested documents

How We Will Invest in You:  
Compensation, Benefits, and Culture

The Fistula Foundation offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, a 403b match, and a generous vacation plan that begins in Year 1.  We also offer a Competitive salary with potential for bonuses and increases based on performance.

Our team prioritizes gratitude, initiative, productivity, and teamwork. We celebrate the successes of our team and our partners.  We value creativity and passion for our mission, while encouraging our teammates to live healthy lives.  We believe in work-life balance and the 40-hour work week.  We’re a dog-friendly office with weekly fruit delivery, paid gym memberships, and a supportive office culture.

How to Apply:

Please send your résumé and a thoughtful cover letter that articulates your interest and qualifications for this position via email to:  Melissa Johnson, Sr. Director, Donor Relations, Fistula Foundation, melissa@fistulafoundation.org.

This Fistula Foundation job opportunity is open for receiving applications as of 2/6/18.  First priority review will take place on 2/28/18.  We will respond to all applicants.

Fistula Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity among its applicant pool. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds, especially racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply for this position.


Senior Communications Manager

About Fistula Foundation:

n estimated one million women in Africa and Asia suffer from obstetric fistula, a debilitating childbirth injury that leaves a woman incontinent and, as a result, often abandoned by her husband and shunned by her community. The only cure is surgery, which we deliver through on-the-ground partners in more than 20 countries including Ethiopia and Bangladesh. Quite simply, these surgeries change women’s lives—and their families’ lives–forever.

We have the dynamism of a lean start-up team with the stability of a mature organization, including a $5M reserve and $6M endowment. Our supporters love to share stories about how we’ve touched their lives, as seen in more than 600 stories on GreatNonprofits.org. And we have 12 years of 4-star Charity Navigator ratings along with a consistent “A” from Charity Watch. We’ve earned the recognition of high-profile leaders, from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Nicholas Kristof, to internationally renowned ethicist, Peter Singer.

The Opportunity:

We are seeking a motivated, creative, and talented communications professional to guide our communications strategy.  This individual will lead a team of three professionals to ideate, define, and implement a broadscale communications plan across diverse print and digital channels, including auditing and redesigning our website. Successful candidates will be perceptive, dedicated and driven, and have a keen sense of audience. Fistula Foundation has a strong base of loyal supporters and partners around the world. Your opportunity is to leverage our compelling track record to heighten awareness of our work and strengthen donor loyalty.  If you bring passion and believe you could be a changemaker, we would love to meet you.  

Responsibilities:

  • Create, implement, and manage communications strategies across diverse channels, including in-house video creation, email outreach, annual reports, newsletters, and social media
  • Innovate and redesign the Fistula Foundation website
  • Lead a dedicated communications team  
  • Engage effectively with teammates and consultants to thoughtfully plan an annual calendar and execute several successful campaigns
  • Define and develop our strategic communications plan across all audiences and partners in collaboration with the CEO and senior leadership.
  • Create new, consistent messaging to raise our local and global awareness and profile
  • Manage the development and distribution of all print and electronic publications including our website, emails, programmatic marketing collateral, and donor outreach materials
  • Lead the creation of online content (including video and social media) that engages different audiences and drives measurable results
  • Build relationships with partner organizations to explore relevant opportunities to collaborate
  • Be an evangelist for the Foundation and its goals
  • Seek new ways to create awareness of and support for the Foundation with donors, the press, and key policy opinion leaders

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Proven communications talent with 7+ years relevant experience including previous experience leading communications strategy
  • Demonstrated experience managing and developing communications professionals
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Stellar interpersonal, team leadership and project management skills
  • Innovative, clear-thinking self-starter with a genuine passion to make positive change
  • Integrity, humility, optimism, sense of humor, and strong work ethic all required
  • Flexible and creative, with natural aptitude for the big picture
  • Knowledge of current trends and multimedia platforms, and creative thinker in the use of digital and emerging media technologies
  • Strong organizational management skills, with capacity to effectively manage multiple priorities ranging from strategic planning to executing to evaluating
  • Collaborative leadership style with a proven ability to inspire, support and motivate colleagues, Board members, consultants and partners to achieve goals
  • Demonstrated success in developing and maintaining relationships with colleagues, partners, and industry influencers
  • Extensive knowledge of all areas of communications, and, ideally, nonprofit development as well
  • Experience with or demonstrated interest in international poverty alleviation and/or the advancement of women is strongly preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree required

How We Will Invest in You:  
Compensation, Benefits, and Culture

The Fistula Foundation offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, a 403b match, and a generous vacation plan that begins in Year 1.  We also offer a Competitive salary with potential for bonuses and increases based on performance.

Our team prioritizes gratitude, initiative, productivity, and teamwork. We celebrate the successes of our team and our partners.  We value creativity and passion for our mission, while encouraging our teammates to live healthy lives.  We believe in work-life balance and the 40-hour work week.  We’re a dog-friendly office with weekly fruit delivery, paid gym memberships, and a supportive office culture.

How to Apply:

Please send your résumé and a thoughtful cover letter that articulates your interest and qualifications for this position to:  Susannah Sallin, Search Consultant, susannahsallin@gmail.com. We will respond to all applicants.  

Fistula Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity among its applicant pool. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds, especially racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply for this position.