The Council of Korean Americans (CKA) seeks a full-time Development Director to lead our organization’s fundraising efforts. This person will implement CKA’s national development strategy to identify, cultivate and solicit donors and prospects, forge partnerships with corporations and foundations, as well as work with the Board of Directors and CKA Members to advance CKA’s mission of advancing Korean American leadership.
The Development Director will be responsible for leading CKA’s primary fundraising activities, including our major gifts program, annual fund, and special events, in close coordination with the Executive Director and the Board Committee on Development. Applicants do not have to speak Korean or be based in Washington, DC.
This is a unique opportunity to help strengthen Korean American and Asian American visibility and influence in the United States by engaging donors who are committed to creating change.
Implementing CKA’s annual fundraising plan
Developing and maintaining ongoing relationships with major donors
Identifying, cultivating and engaging prospective donors and prospects
Overseeing our grants program, including corporate and foundation proposals and reporting
Directing our annual fund program, including mailings and digital outreach
As part of the senior leadership of CKA, advising the Executive Director on organizational strategy and priority setting as it pertains to fundraising
Managing all aspects of CKA’s special events, including public conferences and cultivation events around the country
Serving as staff liaison to CKA’s Development Committee
Overseeing our fund database and gift tracking systems
The successful candidate will have 7-10 years of experience in development with a proven fundraising track record; experience developing and maintaining productive working relationships with board members and donors; familiarity with donor databases; and be a strong email, phone, and in-person communicator. S/he must be able to prioritize projects and tasks effectively, work independently as well as collaboratively, take initiative, demonstrate resourcefulness, and respond flexibly to changing demands in a dynamic work environment.
The successful candidate will have a chance to work with leaders from various sectors and from around the country and be part of strengthening the Korean American community. As part of a small but growing staff team, s/he will be an active contributor to the strategic direction and vision of CKA.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in a related field
Seven to ten years of development or related experience
Ability to travel and work on weekends and evenings a must
Experience in donor relations, plus familiarity with customer/donor relationship management software
Skills and Commitment
Excellent communication skills, including writing and speaking
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate effectively to senior professionals
Must be organized, detail-oriented, and have the ability to work in team settings as well as individually
Must be able to juggle multiple projects, prioritize activities, and meet deadlines
Must be willing to travel several times per year
About Council of Korean Americans
The Council of Korean Americans (CKA) is the leading independent, nonpartisan, national voice for Korean Americans. We are dedicated to providing leadership on issues critical to our community and preparing the next generation of Korean Americans to lead the society they will inherit. Founded in 2011, CKA has demonstrated impact on national issues by educating and activating Korean Americans through leadership development, coalition-building and education. CKA members are high-profile Korean Americans in finance, law, medicine, business, entertainment, military and public service.