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Director of Donor Development in Washington DC

Position: Director of Donor Development

Job Status: Exempt, full-time

Reports to: Vice President for New Business Development and Fundraising

ANERA, a leader in development and relief specialized in the Middle East and particularly the Palestinian people, is seeking an experienced director of donor development at its headquarters inWashington.

The successful candidate will raise funds in support and promotion of ANERA’s mission to improve lives of the most vulnerable people in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon.

As director of donor development you will be expected to identify and cultivate relationships with new prospective donors, solicit contributions from existing donors, and steward relationships with major donors. You will implement a system that encourages increased giving at all levels.

The position will require you to make independent judgment calls and take initiative while working in a collaborative, fast-paced, creative environment with a small fundraising and communications team. You will also work closely with the ANERA Board of Directors – specifically the development committee and advisory council – to raise funds and expand ANERA’s donor base.

Job Responsibilities

  • Cultivate existing and new individual donors to increase private support for ANERA
  • Solicit restricted and unrestricted gifts from major donors and family foundations
  • Ensure proper stewardship of donors, including monitoring and reporting on restricted gifts
  • Assist in creating and sending special mailings to donors
  • Maintain donor files and contact records in the database
  • Manage cultivation and appreciation activities, including personally acknowledging gifts
  • Collaborate as a member of the team that plans and executes ANERA’s Annual Gala Dinner, with a particular focus on securing sponsorships
  • Coordinate fundraising gatherings throughout the year, in multiple locations throughout the US.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Strong understanding of all aspects of fundraising theory and practice, either through on-the-job training or course work
  • 3-5 years of progressive fundraising experience with an emphasis on major donor gifts and event planning
  • Strong command of MS Office Suite and experience working with fundraising databases; knowledge of Salesforce a plus
  • Background and interest in the Middle East/Arab world preferred; Arabic language skills a plus
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills and effective telephone presence
  • Ability to write brief proposals and reports for individual donors
  • Proven organizational skills and ability to multitask under tight deadlines
  • Ability to travel – domestically and to the Middle East (once yearly)
  • CFRE or CFM certification a plus
  • Experience with the management of volunteers and interns preferred

How to Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to with “Director of Donor Development” in the subject line.

Vice President of Philanthropy in Washington, DC

ANERA is one of the largest US non-profit organizations providing development, health, education and job creation programs in the West Bank, Gaza, and Lebanon. In fiscal year 2014, with a global staff of over 100, ANERA implemented programs worth more than $63 million.

We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for an experienced vice president of philanthropy who will provide vision and oversight to further develop ANERA’s fundraising operations and increase unrestricted and restricted program revenue. With oversight of a headquarters fundraising staff of five, the vice president is responsible for all of ANERA’s fundraising operations directed at individual, corporate and institutional donors including oversight of direct mail, planned giving, individual donor relations, and online donations. This collaborative and highly effective team works in conjunction with the field staff in raising a multi-million dollar annual fund, communicates with an online list of over 30,000, and provides financial stewardship to a list of over 8,000 individual donors in 30 countries annually.

As a member of the senior management team, this position coordinates with the president, chief financial officer, vice president for new business development, and country directors to provide leadership and management of all ANERA activities, and collaborates with the board of directors.

Role & Responsibilities


  • In coordination with the president and various stakeholders, initiates and implements a long-term strategy for growth
  • Creates and/or manages administrative systems that will facilitate growth goals and improve ANERA’s overall operations
  • Leads and mentors a fundraising team of five staff responsible for the cultivation and solicitation of major individual, foundation and corporate donors through all vehicles.
  • Raises funds by meeting a yearly goal that is based on personal solicitation of donors
  • Oversees preparation for ANERA’s annual fundraising dinner
  • Manages, with the president, the execution of international fundraising efforts, including government donations
  • Represents ANERA at select donor and membership gatherings
  • Oversees composition and review of high-level funding proposals and reports on major gifts
  • Becomes proficient with legal requirements applicable to ANERA as a US not-for-profit organization engaged in the Middle East

Budgetary Management and Agency Administration

  • Coordinates with the chief financial officer on financial matters
  • Develops departmental and revenue budgets with participation of relevant team members and in conjunction with the president
  • Approves and monitors fundraising team expenses and budgets
  • Drafts suitable policies and procedures to guide all fundraising related efforts


  • University degree with 8-10 years of experience in fund development with at least 3 years of experience at a senior level; CFRE preferred
  • Exceptional knowledge of non-profit fundraising and resource generation and demonstrated success in raising six-figure gifts from donors and funders
  • Strong communication, strategic, and leadership skills, as well as the capacity and desire to work in an environment of consensus-based decision-making and highly effective cross-disciplinary cooperation
  • Proven track record of senior management, with supervision of staff, and an ability to manage multiple tasks, especially on a remote basis
  • Extensive knowledge of fundraising operations, fundraising communications, donor stewardship, event management, and fundraising ethics, as well as ability to analyze and improve fundraising systems
  • Proposal writing and grant solicitation experience preferred
  • Knowledge of the Middle East preferred
  • Ability to travel to Gaza, West Bank, Lebanon, and willingness to travel domestically to visit with current and prospective donors (up to 20% of the time)
  • Values that are consistent with ANERA’s, which are based on collaboration, entrepreneurship, high ethical standards, accuracy and a driven desire to make a difference in the lives of families throughout the Middle East

How to Apply

Send resume and brief letter of interest to “Vice President | Philanthropy” should be clearly stated in the subject line. No phone calls will be accepted. No recruiters. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Staff Accountant in Washington, DC

Position:  Staff Accountant

Status:    Non-Exempt

Reports To:  Director of Accounting

Position Summary

Working with general supervision, performs a variety of activities for the proper accounting of receipts, payables, and payroll of the headquarters office. Maintains records and documentation for accounting and human resource functions.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

Process all payable transactions of the headquarters office. Includes: processing of all invoices and payments ensuring accuracy, proper documentation and approval. Identify and resolve any difference/disputes between vendor and ANERA. Maintain, secure and provide records necessary for 1099 compliance. Maintain required records, reports and files in an organized manner.

  • Process and record all receipts in the general ledger system for review and approval of Director of Accounting. Maintain neat and orderly records to support research as necessary. Prepare daily receipts report.
  • Process bi-monthly payroll. Balance payroll and accrued leave accounts. Ensure all appropriate benefit deductions, State, Federal and local tax payments are made.
  • Maintain personnel files. Coordinate the completion and implementation of employee elections/changes in payroll and benefit plans. Provide updated benefit plan information to employees as appropriate. Ensure files are kept according to procedures and are confidential as appropriate.
  • Reconcile bank accounts and specified general ledger accounts.
  • Participate in and support the monthly and annual accounting closings.
  • Prepare both standard financial reports and ad hoc financial reports on request.
  • Compile and maintain a procedural manual for all job tasks.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Working with general supervision, performs a variety of activities for the proper accounting of receipts, payables, and payroll of the headquarters office.  Maintains records and documentation for accounting and human resource functions.

Minimum Desirable Training and Experience:

Associates Degree in accounting or business and 2 years experience in a similar position, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

How to Apply

Please send letter of interest and resume to by June 30, 2015. “Staff Accountant” should be clearly stated in the subject line.

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