Head of Fundraising

Head of Fundraising


Reports to: Executive Director 
Department: Fundraising
Location: Remote, strong preference for candidates based in the UK, USA (East Coast), UAE, Lebanon 
LOE: Full-time (40 hours per week)
Compensation: Competitive, benchmarked
Benefits: PD Stipend, Paid Leave etc.
Issue Date: June 2022



About the Organization & Role 


Jusoor (which means ‘bridges’ in Arabic) is an international NGO founded in 2011 with the mission of Investing in Syria’s Youth for a Better Tomorrow. The organization has become a leading global actor in educational and entrepreneurial programs for Syrian children and youth. The organization is known for its innovative approach to development challenges, high-velocity execution, and the strength of its global strategic partnerships and active volunteer base.  

At Jusoor, we believe in the power of people to bring about extraordinary change. We see the Jusoor team as leaders of a significant shift in the future of Syria and Syrians globally.

This role will work across the organization with a variety of team members as a thought partner, strategy developer, and creator and implementer of fundraising initiatives. You’ll lead a small but innovative team of staff and external contractors to raise funds and visibility for Jusoor’s work globally.  Jusoor currently raises around two million USD annually through a  diverse portfolio of individual and institutional donors and aims to expand this to over five million within the next three years. 


Required Skills and Experience

Required Qualifications 

The organization is seeking a results-oriented person motivated to raise funds for Jusoor, someone who is a natural and genuine relationship builder. The ideal candidate has:
  • 6-10 years working in fundraising including in a demonstrated leadership experience in an NGO setting
  • Passion for Jusoor’s vision of investing in young Syrians to build a better tomorrow
  • A proven track record in successfully securing grants from major donors, corporations, and individual partnerships and trusts
  • Skilled in establishing and managing relationships and partnerships with private and institutional donors and other counterparts
  • Experience in oversight of administration and maintenance of records 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead people effectively; experience in managing people, processes and deadlines to achieve fundraising goals
  • Strong judgment & discretion, capable of handling confidential information
  • Strong strategic thinking and planning skills for developing fundraising strategy
  • Can-do spirit and resourceful, able to thrive in fast-paced and ambiguous environments
  • Knowledge of novel digital strategies to promote fundraising
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and reset priorities quickly if needed
  • Ability to work occasional non-standard hours including evening and weekends
  • Ability to travel
  • ​Deep Knowledge of the MENA region context and donor ecosystem


  • Existing connections to HNWI in the Levant region
  • Knowledge of Arabic 
  • Knowledge of the challenges facing Syrian children and youth 
  • Strong writing skills that convey mission, values, and goals in ways compelling to our supporters 
  • Proficiency in donor databases (preferably Salesforce)
  • ​Experience in development and writing winning technical proposals for institutional funders 

Role Primary Duties and Responsibilities:



  • Work with the Executive Director and Board to spearhead and execute the vision and strategy for Jusoor’s fundraising efforts to deliver income growth 
  • Ensure that funding strategic objectives and KPI’s are developed and followed up on during each planning period
  • Develop budgets, projections,  work plans and board presentations 
  • ​Coordinate and provide oversight of the strategic direction for fundraising trends and their implications for the organisation


  • Hire, manage and develop a high performance fundraising team, ensuring clear roles and responsibilities
  • ​Ensure staff across the organisation are aware of and regularly participating in events in a way that increases visibility of Jusoor and its programs, among donors and potential partners


  • Using an innovative and proactive approach to business development, maintain a steady pipeline of funding opportunities and develop strategic partnerships that ensure stable income growth and excellence in grant management 
  • Lead and coordinate proposal development, including budgeting, in collaboration with technical teams
  • Act as a critical filter for the prospects in funding opportunities, bids, and philanthropic partnerships
  • Cultivate, steward and manage key donor relationships in particular major and high net worth donors, build on existing and developing new donors
  • Lead, develop and oversee the legacy / planned giving income stream for the organisation
  • Efficiently manage portfolio of major donors, maintain and ensure quality, accuracy and confidentiality of donor data
  • Oversee the running of campaigns at strategically relevant times  
  • Lead and deliver successful fundraising events
  • Develop, support and coordinate donor visits
  • Work closely with the board to mobilize leads and funding for Jusoor, integrating them into donor engagement strategy 
  • Lead innovation, in particular digital innovation, to deliver fundraising
  • Working with the program teams, ensure that partner inputs are solicited and incorporated into the design phase of new projects & proposals wherever possible
  • Budgeting & Financial Planning
  • Review monthly financial statements and facilitates reconciliation of donor gifts; between finance and fundraising data systems
  • ​Create annual fundraising projections and review on a monthly basis with income reconciliations 


  • Work closely with the Communications team in order to build and deliver effective donor acquisition and retention strategies
  • Coordinate the due diligence process for all donors and potential partners. Identify specific risk mitigation measures working with other departments as appropriate
  • Support enhancement and compliance of existing fundraising policies as well as developing new policies as appropriate and continually updating best practice documentation
  • ​Represent Jusoor at external events and to external partners and stakeholders.

Working with Jusoor


Work Environment

  • We place integrity, accountability, fairness, and respect at the core of our values.
  • We treat everyone with courtesy and respect
  • We never engage in or accept any form of harassment, bullying, discrimination, exploitation, or abuse of any kind. 
  • We consistently demonstrate collegiality and openness to different viewpoints. 
  • We act honestly and professionally in all work-related matters and uphold ethical professional practices
  • ​We are inclusive and provide equitable access to information, resources, and opportunity and do not discriminate based on age, race, gender, religion, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.

Why Work With us

  • We are a diverse and fun people to work with
  • Competitive Paid Time Off policy 
  • Professional Development stipend (focused on individuals’ career goals), plus organization-wide training opportunities 
  • ​Growth opportunities within the organization for the right candidate 

Learn more about Jusoor and the team behind it here: https://jusoor.ngo/About


To Apply


Interested candidates should apply and submit their CV and a cover letter. Note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Apply Here


As a result of the high number of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Job opening closes on

Sunday 31st July 2022, midnight ET




Jusoor is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization in the US - E.I. Number 45-3842245
Jusoor UK is a UK charitable organization  # 1154168           
Jusoor Canada is a Canadian charity # 85063 3371
Jusoor is a Jordanian Charitable organization