New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.

Director, Individual Giving and Events, KIND, Inc.

The Organization

About KIND:

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.

KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services.

To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.

KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.

Position Summary:

KIND seeks a Director, Individual Giving and Events to manage and expand our fundraising efforts. The Director, Individual Giving and Events will implement long and short-term fundraising strategies to expand our base of major individual donors, determine and meet annual giving goals, oversee and staff our annual fundraising gala, and so much more.

This position can be based in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Washington D.C.

Essential Functions:

Individual Giving:

  • Work with Chief Development Officer (CDO), President, and senior staff to implement long and short-term fundraising strategies to expand KIND’s base of major individual donors.
  • Manage donor communications and development of stewardship strategies for top donors.
  • Determine individual giving goals to meet organizational needs and assume responsibility for ensuring goals are met.
  • Identify major donor prospects, conduct background research in preparation of meetings, manage a portfolio of existing and major donor prospects, and participate personally in soliciting gifts.
  • Track donors and prospects through the moves management system.
  • Work with program and communications staff to draft donor briefs, proposals and asks that secure gifts.
  • Work in partnership with the Director of Donor Relations to develop cross-functional development strategies and targeted donor support.
  • Design and implement an annual calendar of creative and unique major donor engagement opportunities.
  • Staff the Board Development Taskforce and other taskforces in support of successful fundraising activities that attract new individual donors and reach new revenue milestones.

Event Fundraising:

  • Oversee annual gala fundraising pipeline and help set fundraising strategy.
  • Brief president, board, and staff on key donors and prospects in advance of annual gala event.
  • Staff annual gala consultants.
  • Manage development staff in their work on events.
  • Organize and assist in leading Board related special events, such as dinners, receptions, fundraisers, and trips.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum of seven years’ progressive responsibility in fundraising; and a track record of building donor relations and closing major gifts.
  • Proven management skills and the ability to effectively evaluate, prioritize, and develop individuals of all stages in a portfolio.
  • Discretion and experience interacting diplomatically with high-level individuals including Board and Council members, donors, and other external contacts.
  • Knowledge of donors in the New York area and in the immigration field desired.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs with advanced knowledge of Excel; experience with a donor database such as Salesforce a plus.
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with staff at all levels, and ability to represent KIND with tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, including ability to prioritize, manage time efficiently, meet deadlines, and work independently and collaboratively.
  • Meticulous attention to details.
  • Excellent presentation, organizational, interpersonal, and writing skills.
  • Good listener with the ability to build rapport easily with internal and external constituents.
  • A team-oriented person with excellent judgment, maturity, creativity, flexibility, and a good sense of humor.
  • Strong commitment to the mission and goals of KIND.


Application Instructions:

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Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role.

KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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