Job Opening: Development Director

SOIL’s beloved Development Director who has been instrumental in SOIL’s success for over a decade, Leah Nevada Jean, is moving on from SOIL at the end of the year and SOIL is looking for a new addition to our team.

Location: Remote based. Washington, DC or Portland, Oregon preferred but not required. Up to 25% travel including extended stays in Haiti possible.

Application Deadline: August 30, 2019

Start Date: September 25, 2019

About SOIL: SOIL is a non-profit research and development organization working in Haiti to affordably and effectively increase access to full-cycle urban sanitation services. For a small monthly fee, SOIL provides over 1,000 households with ecological sanitation toilets and waste treatment services. All waste is safely transformed into rich compost in a treatment process that respects World Health Organization standards. SOIL compost is used to support agriculture and reforestation efforts in Haiti, helping to rebuild the country’s fragile ecosystem and growing resilience to the impact of climate change. SOIL is now one of the largest and most promising tests of the paradigm-shifting hypothesis that sanitation no longer needs to focus on waste disposal, but rather on the ecologically-beneficial and economical nutrient capture and agricultural reuse of human waste. SOIL’s model is also one of the few interventions globally that has made demonstrated progress towards creating a working social business model for providing sustainable sanitation services to informal urban settlements.

SOIL is currently seeking a Development Director to serve as part of the executive leadership team at SOIL. The Development Director will be responsible for managing all development activities and associated staff. The primary responsibility of the Development Director is to ensure that SOIL’s activities are fully funded on an annual basis through a combination of individual giving, foundation grants and institutional funding. The Development Director will also be responsible for developing the annual strategy for the development team, supervising all development staff, and continuing to build the organizational operating reserve. As a nimble, fast-paced organization, SOIL is looking for a hard-working candidate that’s enthusiastic, creative, flexible, and committed to the mission of our organization and its success.

Required Qualifications:

We are seeking a candidate with the following qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication (in English)
  • Experience with grant writing and reporting and individual donor cultivation and engagement
  • Staff supervision experience
  • Strong time and task management skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to tackle and complete assignments on a quick turnaround
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite
  • Experience with CRM databases like Salesforce or NetSuite
  • Proactive approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Desired Qualifications:

  • A strong donor network
  • Graphic design experience and aptitude
  • Social media experience
  • Knowledge of WordPress and/or HTML
  • Familiarity with MailChimp
  • 5+ years of experience working in an international nonprofit setting
  • Experience with results-based financing and/or the development of public private partnerships
  • Haiti-specific experience
  • Fluency in French or Haitian Creole


As Development Director you will report to SOIL’s CEO and directly supervise all development staff.

General Development Responsibilities: Improving the financial health of SOIL by managing SOIL’s overall development activities and taking the actions necessary to ensure that SOIL’s annual income is set on course to achieve SOIL’s full budget. Specific activities to include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Contributing to the financial health of the organization by collaborating with the CEO  and Development team to send regular and timely grant funding requests.
  • Maintaining and making continued improvements to a donor database in NetSuite that records all donor contact information and key donor information such as lifetime contribution amount, most recent contribution, and annual contributions amount.
  • Supervising all development staff and volunteers as needed.
  • Submitting timely reporting on grants received to funders.
  • Maintaining a grant tracking system to ensure that all deadlines for grant applications and reporting are met.
  • Researching new grant opportunities and developing a network of contacts to increase SOIL’s success rate in finding and securing foundation funding.
  • Contributing to the financial health of the organization by collaborating with the CEO  and Development staff to improve outreach to current and potential individual donors with the goal of increasing the amount of recurring and one-off donations.
  • Continuing to improve the efficacy and security of SOIL’s online donation platforms.
  • Ensuring that all donors receive timely thank you letters and other expressions of gratitude that convey our appreciation and encourage repeat donations.
  • Traveling, as requested and mutually agreed upon, to represent SOIL to current or potential donors or to support SOIL’s work.
  • Working in close collaboration with SOIL’s development staff to ensure that all deliverables are met in a timely and professional manner.
  • Submitting a monthly Development report that summarizes progress towards strategic objectives in both offices, including challenges and proposed resolutions.
  • Submitting a quarterly Development report to share with the organization’s Board of Directors.
  • Submitting weekly activity reports by email to the Executive Management Team.

Public Relations / Donor Outreach: Collaborating with SOIL staff to maintain a vibrant, professional, and interactive public presence for SOIL that draws in new donors and volunteers, keeps past donors engaged, and supports SOIL’s mission to increase awareness about ecological sanitation solutions around Haiti and globally. Specific activities to include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Managing efforts to keep the SOIL website smoothly running and secure.
  • Managing the effort to keep the SOIL website regularly updated with news items, staff blog posts, compelling beneficiary stories, and media mentions.
  • Managing the effort to grow an active and effective social media presence.
  • Seeking positive press opportunities for SOIL and collaborating with the CEO to bring these opportunities to fruition.
  • Supporting the production of an annual report, calendar, donor outreach letters and emails, monthly newsletters, and other branded materials to increase awareness of SOIL’s activities among current and potential supporters, collaborators, and beneficiaries.

Organizational Management, Strategy, and Administration: Support the CEO in managing administrative procedures and activities that enable SOIL to better achieve its mission. Specific activities to include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Partnering with the Executive Management Team to create annual and long-term strategic plans for the organization.
  • Collaborating with colleagues to conduct high-quality research targeted at peer-reviewed publications.
  • Representing the organization in meetings and negotiations with other international organizations and at fundraising events, conferences, and other events or meetings as requested.

Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position and you will be required to work, at a minimum, 8 hours per day, Monday to Friday with exact hours dependent on time zone.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and 3 references to SOIL by email at [email protected] no later than August 30, 2019.

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