Project Liberty is seeking an experienced development leader to build and lead its development function, supporting an ambitious goal of a $150M capital raise. Successful candidates have a strong track record of strategy development and execution, securing and managing major gifts from diverse sources, and strong team management capabilities; knowledge of and enthusiasm for web3 and blockchain technology is strongly preferred.
Project Liberty is a nonprofit organization that aims to create a new civic architecture for the digital world that returns the ownership and control of personal data to individuals, embeds ethical values into technology, and expands economic opportunities for web users and developers alike. The organization seeks to accelerate the world’s transition to an open, inclusive data economy that puts citizens in control — a future in which all people can benefit from their participation and contributions. The success of this work depends on many people and organizations actively working together to shape a better future.
Project Liberty is working to engage diverse voices and equip them with the critical infrastructure needed to catalyze change. The tech team behind Project Liberty has developed a groundbreaking open-source protocol called the Decentralized Social Networking Protocol (DSNP) to serve as a new infrastructure for the next generation of the web. Project Liberty is also bringing together networks of organizations that seek change, including the formation of McCourt Institute, to help ensure that digital governance is embedded and prioritized in the development of new technology.
Project Liberty is seeking its first Head of Strategic Partnerships to work in close collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors to design and lead the fundraising function of a fast-growing nonprofit. This includes developing a strategy for reaching diverse prospects, building a team and the processes to enable successful donor attraction, engagement and retention. The primary responsibility of the Head of Strategic Partnerships is to identify, plan, and manage the three-year fundraising goal of $150M. The Head of Strategic Partnerships also partners with the CEO and finance team to ensure that needs are prioritized and resources are secured in a timely fashion, and with the program leads to help inform effective proposals aligned with Project Liberty’s mission.
Develop the fundraising strategy for Project Liberty, especially targeted towards multi-year, multi-million contributions from new donors (individuals, foundations, governments and organizations)
Implement fundraising strategies that align with overall organizational goals, with clear planning and goal setting
Relationship mapping, and prospect identification, working with staff to build or refresh their prospect portfolios and sequence approaches
Designing key messages for philanthropy and fundraising priorities
Developing and supporting the creation of fundraising promotional materials and compelling proposals for prospects
Nurture a culture of revenue development throughout Project Liberty, ensuring that team members across the organization participate in and support fundraising initiatives to meet revenue goals
Oversee the development of grants management tools and implementation
Strengthening internal reporting, data analysis and management systems to support the effective fundraising
Lead assessment of fundraising progress toward milestones and goals
Build coalition of funders and engage them actively in Project Liberty activities
Conceive of and lead Project Liberty’s strategic fundraising events
Bachelor's degree and/or advanced degree in a related field; however, education does not take the place of robust/relevant work experience
Minimum of 12 years senior-level external relations and development experience
Background in individual giving required and institutional development preferred; must have a proven fundraising record, and capacity to formulate both traditional and entrepreneurial development strategies
Successful record of achievement soliciting major gifts, securing multi-year grants, and building and cultivating relationships
Experience working successfully and collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders (e.g. board members, senior management, and colleagues across all teams)
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills – ability to build consensus across internal and external constituents, listen well, and empathize with others
Energetic and enthusiastic leader, comfortable with both the creative elements and technical components of the role; experience in developing and managing budgets
Highly organized strategic thinker with significant experience working across departments and/or divisions at a mid-size, complex organization
Excitement for or expertise in the content of Project Liberty’s work and familiarity with web3 and blockchain ecosystems
Location: This is a hybrid role based in Washington, DC, or New York, NY.
Salary:. The expected salary range for this position is USD 208,000 - USD 250,000 annually. The actual salary offer will be determined on factors including the qualifications, experience, skills, and abilities of the applicant. This role is also eligible for an incentive bonus. You’ll find a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package here at Project Liberty.
Project Liberty is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the core functions of the job.