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Development Director, APAC

Organisation Name Room to Read
Location Hong Kong, Singapore or Australia
Date Posted 2022-01-13
Job Type Full-Time
Job Number 785970
  • Leadership role with International NGO transforming the lives of children
  • Oversee a high-performing APAC fundraising team
  • Hong Kong or Singapore; local work and residency rights required


Room to Read

Room to Read is creating a world free from illiteracy and gender inequality by transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Since 2000 Room to Read has reached 23 million children in 37,000 communities across Bangladesh, Cambodia, Grenada, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia, and plans to benefit 40 million children by 2025.
Working in collaboration with communities, partner organisations and Governments, Room to Read develops literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and supports girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond. Room to Read has established libraries, distributed 26 million books and trained 15,000 teachers.

Benefits and Culture
Room to Read offers a competitive pay with excellent benefits. The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, fun, and rapidly growing organisation that is changing the world through literacy and gender equality in education.
Room to Read employs people of outstanding calibre and offers a unique environment where staff are valued and rewarded. Room to Read is committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer.

The Role

As an integral part of Room to Read’s APAC development team, this role will manage the Asia Pacific team responsible for fundraising from Individuals, Family Foundations, as well as Corporations and Foundations, across Hong Kong, Australia, Japan and Singapore. The Development Director, APAC is also responsible for collaborating closely with the Global Partnerships and Marketing/Communications team to support strategy for Planned Giving, Chapter Networks and Annual Fund activities that impact fundraising.
Reporting to the Vice President internationally, you will utilise sound fundraising, marketing and communication principles to oversee and grow current annual revenue goals and inspire and lead a high-performing team.

Skills Required
You currently hold a leadership role in an NGO, NFP, philanthropy, education or like-minded organization and you have excellent written and spoken communications skills in English. You have a proven track record in ‘making the ask’ in the APAC charitable giving environment and securing five to seven figure major gifts, sponsorships, grants or quality sales.  You have demonstrated success leading regional teams to do the same.
The key to your success in this role will be your; 
  • Experience planning, executing and leading major gift activities, ideally regionally
  • Expertise cultivating UHNW/ HNW donors and family foundations
  • Your individual ability to raise USD 2.5MM annually
  • High emotional intelligence with a genuine style that engages and inspires a range of people
  • Excellent attention to detail with a methodical approach and the ability to deliver
  • Understanding and experience in running signature events
If leading a dynamic international fundraising team motivates you then please contact Lois Freeke in Australia on +61 2 8243 0570 or submit your cover letter responding to the skills required above quoting #785970.

Please note there is no formal closing date for this role, if you are interested we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Please be advised you can upload two attachments, including your resume and covering letter when submitting your application.