Development Officer

Carolina for Kibera
Chapel Hill, NC
Job Type
Deadline for Applications
Where to Apply
Beth-Ann Kutchma


Carolina for Kibera (CFK) seeks an experienced, confident, energetic, and highly organized fundraising professional to join our US team. The Development Officer (DO) will hold primary responsibility for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major donors/prospects, including individual donors, foundations, and corporations. Through this work, the DO will build sustainable, long-term philanthropic relationships between CFK and its donors while meeting major gift fundraising objectives. The DO works independently and is also part of a three-person fundraising team that includes a Director of Operations & Communications and an Administrative Associate. The DO reports to the Director of Operations and Communications.

CFK’s US office is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. CFK will consider telecommuting options for candidates based in the following areas where we have a significant donor base: Atlanta, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC.


Identifies, cultivates, and personally solicits major gift prospects
Writes proposals for major gift individual prospects and foundations
Manages a major gift portfolio of approximately 50-75 individual donors and approximately 5-10 foundations
Identifies new major gift prospects and develops relationships with new foundation partners
Supports the fundraising efforts of high‐level volunteers, including the Board of Directors, in securing new and renewed gifts
Ensures that fundraising goals align with program needs and CFK’s long term strategic plan
Works in partnership collaboratively with CFK-Kenya’s fundraising team to effectively manage portfolios and strategic priorities
Ensures all donors receive appropriate, prompt acknowledgement and updates on the impacts of their gifts
Maintains stewardship records in CFK’s relational database
Works with the Director of Operations & Communications to develop an annual fundraising budget and to set annual fundraising goals
Participates in the execution of events and programs in support of fundraising activities
Tracks progress in reaching fundraising goals and produces monthly, quarterly, and annual fundraising reports
Meets or exceeds annual fundraising goals


Demonstrated and signification experience in a fundraising capacity at a major gifts level
Strong commitment to and passion for the mission, vision, and work of CFK
Confident, highly motivated, dynamic, and results-driven fundraiser with a high degree of integrity
Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising plan
Experience and proven success in writing proposals for major grants
Experience in donor relations, public relations, and prospect research
Major gifts fundraising experience, including:
Experience and demonstrated success asking for and closing major gifts of $50,000+
Experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors
Knowledge of current trends in charitable giving
Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents such as major donors, corporations and foundations
Ability and desire to make multiple weekly/monthly face-to-face solicitations
Qualities of a self-starter who enjoys contacting donors and developing donor relationships
Sound judgment and confidentiality in handling donor information
Ability to excel and work in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, diverse, and high-demand office culture
Excellent verbal, written, and intercultural communication skills
Knowledge of international community development, gender and ethnicity issues, youth education, public health, and asset building
Experience working with relational databases; Salesforce experience preferred
Experience with and understanding of international development organizations a plus
International travel experience; experience living or working in East Africa a major plus
Must be able to travel both in the US and internationally


Bachelor’s degree required. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.


Compensation is dependent upon on qualifications and experience. CFK offers a competitive benefit package.


To apply, submit a cover letter and resume via this online form.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. The first review will begin on December 3, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Direct any questions regarding the application process to Beth-Ann Kutchma at

Please address the following in the cover letter:

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses and how would they factor into your effectiveness in the role of Development Officer at CFK?
Succinctly describe an example of cultivating a relationship with a potential major gift donor and the outcome.


Established in 2001, Carolina for Kibera (CFK) is a development and research organization promoting youth leadership, affordable healthcare, education, and good ethnic and gender relations in one of the world’s largest informal settlements, Kibera, Kenya. CFK facilitates community development through a globally renowned model of participatory development. CFK is a major affiliated entity of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and partner with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Additional Information

Please visit the CFK website to apply: