Development manager. maisha film lab

Job Summary

This person is expected to spearhead - the development and fundraising activities

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Management level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description

                                                   Maisha Film Lab Vacancy

Position:  Development Manager

Duty Station:     Kampala Uganda

Contract position: 3-month probation period, upon confirmation 1 year

Start Date: January 3, 2019

Remuneration: Negotiable


Maisha Foundation’s vision is to be a leading arts and culture center in East Africa providing a platform that encourages creative expression; offers a holistic approach to arts and knowledge acquisition; and presents film, literature, performing and visual arts that reflect and enrich African voices.

We are looking for a dynamic, charismatic and credible leader for the post of Development Manager. Maisha Foundation is a small organization with no endowment and no substantial recurring funding, so each year we must raise our budget anew. We have a skeleton staff in both New York and Uganda, so the successful candidate should be able to multitask and be self-motivated, be organized and comfortable working outside a structured work environment. Ideally the candidate has created a development department where none existed before, and created all the systems from scratch Development Manager, rather than inheriting an already-set up structure. He/she should have some familiarity/experience with the entertainment/arts/cultural industry. Experience in arts education and training is preferred.

This person is expected to spearhead - the development and fundraising activities to support Maisha’s annual operating budget and the building of the Maisha Arts and Cultural Center. They will serve as the liaison between our Uganda office, Board of Directors, and Founder’s office in New York City. The candidate must have a wide spectrum of development experience, including major gift cultivation, corporate/foundation giving, grant writing, donor relations, events, direct mail, database management and a proven record of successful fundraising.

Primary Functions:

  • Develop an annual fundraising and marketing strategic plan, in cooperation with the Uganda-based Program Director and the Board of Directors, to successfully raise projected annual operating funds and forge lasting relationships with new donors. 
  • From the strategic plan do an annual work plan for 2019 to 2023.
  • The ability to write grants independently is necessary, to identify and cultivate new contacts and foundations, developing proposals and overseeing annual reports.
  • Recruits and organizes volunteers to assist with development activities.
  • Implements and manages all fundraising activities including major donor campaigns, annual giving, direct mail campaigns, special events, planned giving, and as needed: endowment and capital campaigns. 
  • Conducts regular donor prospect research and expands donor prospect database.
  • Create a major gifts program and oversee annual giving.
  • Oversee the creation of marketing materials such as brochures, newsletters, website content. 
  • Start fundraising for the Maisha Arts and Cultural Center

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or University; masters preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years professional experience at a senior level with solid experience in new venture development with the ability to function entrepreneurially and identify new prospects and create new funding relationships.
  • Experience in the field of entertainment and arts nonprofits is desirable.
  • Experience leading all aspects of development, with special emphasis on major donor campaigns.
  • Exceptional writing and public speaking skills
  • Ability to work effectively and independently outside a traditional office setting without support staff and with minimal supervision. 
  • Highly organized.
  • Experience coordinating with professional event planners.
  • Extensive experience leading development campaigns, volunteers, committees, and development staff. 
  • Knowledge of relevant fundraising standards.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, manage competing priorities and maintain quality of work.


Application Deadline – December 10th, 2018

Submit application to:

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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