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The Role:

The person in the role will be responsible to implement the organization’s fundraising strategies and plans to achieve Akshara’s annual targets through maintaining and growing its existing donor-base and securing new and sustainable sources of funding. Current fundraising activities undertaken by Akshara include institutional funding – Corporates/Foundations and retail funding – crowd sourcing platforms.

Being part of a small team that reports to the Chairman of the organization, the successful candidate will be able to work independently and should possess an entrepreneurial approach to his/her work. Developing and managing both internal and external relationships is a key part of the role.

Additionally, the successful candidate will also contribute to other areas of the strategic partnership group like media, social media, and documentation and outreach events.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Develop and deliver a comprehensive and coherent fundraising strategy for the organization.
  • Enhance existing fundraising activities and channels and investigate and harness new and emerging sources of contributions to Akshara.
  • Create and manage a sustainable and diverse fundraising portfolio consisting of existing and new sources of funding, with streams including corporates, community, trusts/foundations and other grant-makers, individuals and other retail platforms.
  • Set and achieve realistic time-limited fundraising targets, agreed in consultation with key staff and the Board of Trustees.
  • Lead communication with key donors and funders with the aim of cultivating, growing and sustaining long-term funding and collaboration.
  • Maintain records of donor information for future use
  • Evaluate the success of previous fundraising events
  • Ensure reporting to funders is accurate, transparent and timely.
  • Make impactful presentations and pitches to prospective donors.
  • Implement retail fundraising campaigns as required.
  • Build strong working relationships with colleagues across the organization, as well as Board Members, in order to engage the whole organization in fundraising drives.
  • Support programme teams to create their annual budgets.
  • To oversee the maintenance of necessary systems and processes to support fundraising in conjunction with the Finance Team
  • Undertake monthly review of programme-wise expenditure based on the budgets shared with the donors and direct the programme teams accordingly.
  • Devise an annual volunteering plan for the organization and engage volunteers from our donor community and others effectively.

Person Specification:

Education: A Bachelors/Masters degree in Marketing is desirable.

  • 5 years proven track record of fundraising in an NGO or similar environment
  • Strong creative, strategic, analytical, organizational and personal related skills and experience delivering plans across multiple channels
  • Proficiency in Microsoft products, including PowerPoint, Excel, Word, etc
  • Knowledge of Kannada will be a value add
Skills & Abilities:
  • Strong presentation and communications skills
  • Excellent people management and relationship management skills
  • Team player, with the ability to work on one’s own initiative as well as part of a small dynamic team
  • Ability to be highly organized, in order to manage and prioritize workloads.
  • Creative and innovative in thought process and delivery.
  • Should be willing to travel as required.

Please send your application to asha@akshara.org.in by October 15th 2019.

Your application MUST include: A covering note explaining your interest and suitability for the position and how your skills match the competencies detailed in the job description; your CV (not more than 3 pages); and your compensation history. This is a key role at Akshara and candidates unable to commit at least 2 years to Akshara need not apply.