Director of Digital Fundraising

Job posting
Closing date: 10 April 2020

Title: Director of Digital Fundraising

Reports to: Chief Marketing Officer

Location: Chicago (IL), Detroit (MI), NYC, Oakland (CA), or Stamford (CT)

FLSA: Full Time /Exempt

Schedule: Monday-Friday with weekday evenings and/or Saturdays required, up to 10% domestic and international travel required

Various Work Locations: regional buildOn office

How to Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to:

Director of Digital Fundraising

As buildOn’s Director of Digital Fundraising, you will apply your expertise in inbound marketing, online fundraising, lead generation, donor cultivation, content marketing, and technology to develop and lead strategies that will grow the buildOn movement and help end the education crisis across the globe.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience in end-to-end creation and execution of digital -fundraising strategies, with a broad understanding of general marketing principles and trends. We are seeking to significantly expand our base of support, total revenue from small gifts, and the percentage of donors making monthly recurring gifts. We are also working to increase the number of digital donors who transition into higher touch, higher gift categories.


  • Oversee all digital fundraising strategies and manage the digital marketing budget, including strategic oversight of all aspects of donor engagement, i.e., donor communications, digital campaigns, and stewardship programs.
  • Develop an online fundraising strategy that equips external fundraisers ('crowdraisers') with the tools and strategies they need to succeed and to convert one-time donors and non-donors into lifelong donors.
  • Build and continually optimize an award-winning website with a superior user experience that drives lead generation, engagement, donations, and other supporter actions. Will lead a full redesign of the website and direct ongoing content development by the marketing team.
  • Create strategies and develop customized donor-centric approaches that achieve high conversion, retention, acquisition, and loyalty to move donors up the giving pyramid - through short-term campaigns to large ongoing programs - that will drive engagement, increase funding and grow buildOn's movement.
  • Partner with the CMO to create personalized programs and marketing journeys for buildOn's core audience segments to develop ongoing relationships that move supporters through engagement pathways, unlocking and enhancing each individual's commitment to the cause.
  • Evaluate and enhance's SEM & SEO to continually increase web traffic, drive donors and supporters to the site, and encourage supporters to take action.
  • Develop strategy and optimize tactics for CRM/email marketing programs to ensure we are reaching the right people with the right message at the right time. Oversee the development and deployment of email messages by the marketing team.
  • Lead the development of a social media strategy that will increase the quality fans and followers and turn them into supporters. Oversee the execution of social media communication by the Marketing Team.
  • Lead storytelling strategy. Manage and mentor Marketing Managers and Coordinators to create compelling content that meets marketing goals.
  • Serve as marketing liaison with regional VPs of Development, ensuring that each region has the marketing tools needed to meet their fundraising goals.
  • Oversee the development of all online and offline marketing tools (including print collateral). Creates and maintains a schedule for creating and keeping materials up to date.
  • Manage a team of five marketing team members.
  • Manage all external marketing partners, including but not limited to: web developers, copywriters, outside agencies.

What you’ll need to succeed

  • You are committed to changing the world.  You believe in buildOn’s mission and are committed to equality and service. You are as comfortable in a Bronx High School, or in West Africa, as you are at your desk.
  • You have extensive digital fundraising experience.  You can identify, cultivate, and secure donations from new prospects through digital fundraising strategies.
  • You are obsessed with quality. You have an intense focus on creating and launching only the highest quality, most compelling, and visually dynamic creative work possible.
  • You are focused on the customer. You strive to provide consistently high internal and external stakeholder satisfaction.
  • You communicate persuasively. You can plan and deliver oral, written, and visual communications and stories that move people to action.
  • You are collaborative. You develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with people inside and outside the organization.
  • You lead by example and elevate expectations around performance.  You are skilled at coaching and performance management.
  • You are entrepreneurial. If you don’t have the tools you need to be successful, you will find them. Challenges don’t overwhelm you, and you have the tenacity to overcome them.
  • You are strategic. You are focused on achieving your goals and spend your energy on the ideas and tasks to get you there.

Required Qualifications

BA/BS in Marketing, Business, Digital Media, Communications, or a related field.

Minimum 5 years' experience in digital fundraising, marketing in positions of increasing responsibility - with a focus on digital fundraising where you've developed and executed a range of successful fundraising campaigns and identified emerging market trends.

Minimum 3+ years' experience in the nonprofit industry preferred, but consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate skills and experience in for-profit in growing engaged constituent communities and innovation.

High-level experience with email marketing platforms (MailChimp), CRM systems (Salesforce Pardot), CPC/CPA Advertising (Google Ads), WordPress, social media platforms, and the Adobe Creative Suite a must.

Experience with HTML and other programming languages a plus.

Experience managing and coaching people.

High level' big picture' strategy and 'roll up your sleeves' execution.

About buildOn: buildOn is not a charity; it's a movement! At home or abroad, buildOn's goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. In the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. Internationally, buildOn is constructing schools in Haiti, Nicaragua, Nepal, Senegal, Malawi, and Mali. Our students have contributed more than 2.3 million hours of service in the U.S. and have helped build nearly 1,600 schools around the world.

buildOn is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing its employees with a work environment that is both challenging and rewarding. For additional information, please visit our website at

How to apply

Please submit Resume and Cover Letter to (Please include Job Title in Subject Line)


Stamford, CT 06905
United States
Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):

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