Director of Development

Organization Overview

Legado is a women-led, global nonprofit that works alongside Indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) in places important for biodiversity (Kenya, Mozambique, Peru, and growing) to ensure they have the tools, resources, and partnerships they need to design and implement solutions of their choosing that benefit both their communities and landscapes—an outcome we call Thriving Futures. 

We are a social change non-profit with a team of individuals driven to create a paradigm shift and committed to the systems change work to get it done. Our work centers on legacy,  it supports 360° community-led change, and creates Thriving Futures. Please visit our website to learn more.

Position Overview

As the Director of Development (DoD) you are fiercely committed to building Thriving Futures around the world and supporting 360° community-led change. Under the direction of the Executive Director (ED), you will develop and oversee the execution of fundraising strategy for a growing international nonprofit. You will provide the critical coordination to support a cohesive fundraising strategy and coordinate daily activities that result in inspiring pathways to support Legado. This is an ideal position for someone passionate about supporting community-based changemakers who is looking to increase their own skills while contributing to a growing organization.

Position Details
  • Classification: Full-time, Exempt
  • Location: Remote, United States
  • Work Hours: 40 hours per week based at least 60% on Eastern or Central US time, flexible schedule with the ability to join global team meetings which may fall outside of regular business hours.  
  • Annual Salary: $80,000 - 110,000
  • Travel Requirement: Up to 15% time to understand work and programs, and meet with donors
  • Reports to: ED
  • Coordinates with: Various staff as necessary, particularly Deputy Chief of Staff, Executive Director, and Communications Lead
  • Supervises: Development and Administrative Specialist
  • Benefits Summary
    • Employer supported competitive medical coverage
    • Health and Dependent Care FSA
    • Employer-paid life insurance, short-term disability, and long-term disability
    • 401(k) retirement savings program, with up to 4% employer contribution 
    • Paid Time Off: 45 days to be used flexibly across holidays, vacation, and illness.
  • Develops and executes Legado’s annual fundraising plan in collaboration with ED.
  • Assists and/or leads in short- and long-range strategic planning activities to create and implement fundraising goals and objectives.
  • Coordinates day-to-day development strategies and activities.
  • Leads funder prospecting and cultivations efforts
  • Identifies networking events key to developing relationships with funders
  • Researches, writes, edits, and/or oversees the preparation of persuasive, accurate, and grammatically and syntactically correct solicitations, proposals, case statements, reports, correspondence, and other development-related communication materials in support of Legado’s fundraising activities.
  • Leads donor stewardship and engagement
  • Manages Bloomerang database and oversees all data entry, gift processing, and constituent management.
  • Coordinates with Communications Lead to develop and track proposals and reports for all individual and institutional fundraising.
  • In partnership with ED and Development and Administrative Specialist, creates, runs, and analyzes monthly development reports to improve fundraising strategy and implementation. 
  • Works with Deputy Chief of Staff and ED to ensure accurate revenue forecasting
  • Supports ED and Senior Team’s relationships with major donors.
  • Maintains knowledge of Legado’s programming in order to better contribute to strategic planning that aligns with Legado’s growth trajectory and values
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
  • Passion to drive transformational change – you are passionate that a Thriving Futures approach can shift siloed conservation and development practices and create new pathways for 360° community-led change.
  • Development/Fundraising experience – you have 5+ years experience in a leadership position in philanthropy or development. You bring an understanding of best practices for development infrastructure, planning, and growth oriented strategy for institutional and individual funders. Ideally you have direct experience in fundraising for international social entrepreneurship.
  • Network orientation - You are skilled in recall, capitalizing on network knowledge to cultivate new and strengthen existing relationships.
  • Project management - You have strong project management experience, with the ability to create, execute on, and oversee project timelines and plans. You have a proven ability to conduct research, gather data, analyze information, and prepare effective, accurate, and timely reports and other documents to support development objectives.
  • Thriving in a fast-paced, emergent environment – you can process a great deal of information from multiple sources while remaining strategic, flexible, organized and eager to learn. You are able to toggle rapidly between strategic and tactical thinking. You have exceptional verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to work effectively in a virtual environment – You can build authentic relationships while working remotely and are an expert in utilizing a variety of software and technologies to succeed, such as Google Apps, CRM systems (Bloomerang experience strongly preferred), and project management software.
  • Education background – You have a Bachelor’s degree and, ideally, a Master’s in a relevant field as well. (Note, at Legado we know that lived experience is as valuable as educational credentialing, thus even if you feel you don't have the precise qualifications listed we encourage you to apply).
  • Commitment–You are willing to commit at least two years to this position.


To apply, please send:

  1. A cover letter expressing interest and a description of relevant experience. The cover letter should also detail why you think a holistic approach is needed to create systemic change
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. The names and contact information of two or more references

Applications should be emailed to Urszula Stankiewicz ( by April 25, 2024. Applications sent only through LinkedIn or without all required materials will not be reviewed.