About Kiva

Kiva is an international nonprofit working in more than 80 countries, with a mission of expanding financial access to help underserved communities thrive. We do this by crowdfunding loans for entrepreneurs, women and students on our kiva.org lending platform, and by addressing the underlying barriers to financial access around the world through innovative projects and partnerships. Our organization combines the culture and technological passion of an internet start-up with the compassion and heart of a nonprofit to create impact and opportunity at global scale. With offices in San Francisco, Portland, New York, Nairobi and Bangkok, Kiva’s team includes 100+ employees and 400+ volunteers worldwide. Our team is growing as we pursue exciting new opportunities to create a financially inclusive world.

About the role

This position is an integral part of Kiva’s overall revenue strategy and long-term sustainability. The Director of Strategic Development will be responsible for managing and expanding fundraising partnerships with foundations and corporations. The Strategic Development Director will work closely with Kiva’s Senior Program Leaders to understand and map program strategies to the funding landscape and provide critical feedback to the program teams.

This position will report directly to the VP of Strategic Development.

Responsibilities / Tasks:

  • Own an annual revenue goal of +$1mm
  • Manage and develop a pipeline of 50+ prospects with progressive speed and predictability
  • Independently manage the full business development cycle from creating and customizing pitch materials, to pitching concepts, formalizing proposals, and negotiating and closing contracts
  • Serve as the relationship manager and first point of contact for your partner portfolio through post-sales engagement including internal and external  communications, timely and high quality reporting, and ongoing stewardship
  • Lead proposal development and creation of pitch decks and concept strategy documents for prospective philanthropic partners
  • Collaborate with teams across Kiva in order to coordinate major funding opportunities including Senior Program Leads, Product and Engineering, Legal, Finance, Impact Investments, Marketing and Communications
  • Manage multiple stakeholders’ requests and drive deliverables on an accelerated timeline
  • Represent Kiva at conferences and events including speaking opportunities
  • Maintain excellent knowledge management hygiene and detailed records using Salesforce, G Suite, Confluence, and other relevant internal systems

Skills / Qualifications / Experience

Required:

  • Minimum 7 years work experience in fast-paced, growth-oriented organization(s), specifically in a non-profit development role or for-profit sales experience, with significant portion of past portfolio(s) working with corporations or large foundations
  • Demonstrated track record of securing six-figure grants and donations from foundations and corporations as primary development lead
  • Capable of producing written documents and pitch decks with a very fast turnaround, in a way that reflect a clear understanding of funder goals and how those intersect with new initiatives at Kiva
  • Experience with C-level partnerships including heads of foundations, heads of Corporate Social Responsibility, and senior program officers
  • Deep interest and/or experience in international development and financial inclusion and capable of speaking articulately about international development and microfinance with funders, including a strong understanding of Kiva’s role and paths for growth
  • Excellent verbal/written communication, excellent listening skills, and high EQ
  • Skill and comfort manipulating data to support arguments and decision making
  • High energy and experience managing multiple projects and stakeholder demands simultaneously
  • Must be independent and trustworthy to take on and manage relationships, while also being a team player and communicative with a broad set of stakeholders
  • Adept at PowerPoint, Word and Excel and Google equivalents
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States

Preferred:

  • MBA or Master’s in International Relations, Global Studies, International Development, etc.
  • Experience with Enterprise Sales
  • Experience working in fintech, “tech for good" or other technology related environments
  • Experience living or working internationally, particularly in a developing country
  • Track record of securing seven-figure grants
  • Experience working with business intelligence software, particularly Looker

To be successful as a member of the Kiva team, you will also:

  • Have a passion for our mission and desire to positively impact a dynamic non-profit organization
  • Have a passion for the unique ways that technology can help solve the world’s biggest challenges
  • Have a positive, can-do attitude, and a willingness to tackle everything from the nuts and bolts of a partnership to high level strategy on new initiatives
  • Be an innovative and creative thinker; be unafraid to try something new and inspire others to do so
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
  • Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction
  • Work well independently as well as part of a team
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment

What We Offer

  • An amazing mission: Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty across the globe
  • An opportunity to improve real lives, solve hard problems, and change the world
  • Friendly, supportive, and adventurous environment with a team of engaged colleagues
  • Casual, but high performing work environment
  • A comprehensive, industry-leading benefits package
  • Opportunities to connect with and learn from colleagues and partners globally

A diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other is an integral part of Kiva's culture. We actively welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer and a great place to work. Join us and help us achieve our mission!

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