Senior Development Consultant

DataKind is looking for a Senior Development Consultant!



This is a remote position that can be based anywhere in the U.S. and requires the majority of working hours each day to fall between 8am and 6pm Eastern Standard Time.



$80 - $90/hour

Based on the candidate’s level of experience.


Engagement Description 

The Senior Development Consultant will shape the next phase of DataKind’s Development team to grow the organization’s fundraising program. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the consultant will  propose strategy, planning, and guidance for the comprehensive fundraising efforts with corporate, foundation, and individual donors. 

As DataKind seeks to grow and diversify financial support for DataKind’s $4.5 million annual operating budget, the consultant will be responsible for leading the creation and preparing for implementation of the development strategy; coaching staff, the Board, and volunteers in cultivating donors; and representing DataKind externally, as needed. 


This is an ideal opportunity for a proven and values-driven nonprofit fundraiser who has management experience and a track record of securing major gifts.


This is a 4 month engagement (from mid February - May 2023), remote role,ideally full-time (40 hours/week), but open to part-time commitments of at least 25 hours/week. The consultant should be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet on some nights or weekends with volunteer teams or to help run DataKind events. 


The Senior Development Consultant will be responsible for the following in addition to any other projects assigned by the Chief Executive Officer:


Portfolio Strategy and Management

  • Develop, implement and manage forward-thinking strategies to 1) raise our annual budget with 10% growth per year, 2) increase diversity of funding support, and 3) acquire new partners with the capacity to make major annual and multi-year gifts.
  • Design annual development plans with solid, yet ambitious, fundraising goals and oversee implementation of strategies to achieve those goals, including personally cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gifts from current and prospective donors.
  • Ensure that customized strategies and timetables for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of high-level gifts are established for all existing and prospective major donors.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for new fundraising efforts that will expand and diversify the funding base, establishing new partnerships with corporations, private and corporate foundations, and high-wealth donors.
  • Ensure the timely creation of fundraising/stewardship materials, collateral, and personalized proposals with support from the Communications team. 
  • Build a culture of Salesforce utilization to track and evaluate the team’s key metrics, and use data to meaningfully and continually improve practices and inform decisions.

Donor Engagement

  • Support the team in developing customized plans for each donor in their respective portfolios while also managing your own portfolio. 
  • Partner with the Programs team to develop familiarity with programmatic needs, capabilities and priorities and to conceptualize proposals for new initiatives.
  • Enhance DataKind’s marketing plan and execute donor communications strategies in partnership with the Communications team. 
  • Collaborate with leadership and the Board on the management of select high-capacity donors, including support for meeting preparation and follow up. 
  • Represent DataKind externally and partner with other teams across DataKind to help advance a culture of philanthropy. 


Team Structure and Coaching

  • Inform the design of the Development team as we look to evolve the current team roles. 
  • Mentor a team of fundraising professionals to help build and advance their respective portfolios. 
  • Encourage a culture of high performance, continuous learning, and commitment to quality by setting and modeling high standards through regular performance feedback, career development opportunities, and performance and development goals.



  • Alignment with DataKind mission and values, including our commitment to anti-racism
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in fundraising or donor relations, including leading a team responsible for securing funds 
  • Expertise in donor strategy and best practices, including designing and implementing organization-wide fundraising programs to identify, qualify and engage diverse constituents through to acquisition (major donors, foundations, corporations, and prospects at all levels)
  • Proven track record of creating and implementing a comprehensive development strategy that met or exceeded its objectives for either a region or entire organization
  • Track record of personally soliciting 6-figure gifts from individuals as well as institutional partnerships
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence with a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain long-term, productive relationships internally and externally
  • Strong familiarity with philanthropic communities across the United States
  • Experience using technology to streamline work, especially a CRM database (preferably Salesforce)Prior experience in data, technology, global health, or economic equity and opportunity a plus
  • Able to work occasional nights and weekends for meetings or events with our global community of partners and volunteers


About DataKind

DataKind is a global nonprofit dedicated to harnessing the power of data science and artificial intelligence (AI) in the service of humanity. DataKind matches skilled volunteers from academia and industry with visionary changemakers, collaboratively designing innovative solutions to tough social challenges. 

People are at the center of our process: DataKind celebrates human-centered design principles that focus on the “why,” the “for whom,” and the “should we” long before we ever get going on the “what.” We’ll continue our work until all people and all communities can use digital technology for the outcomes they want to see, with an emphasis on including those who have historically been excluded from the technology sector or will be impacted by the intervention. 


DataKind is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Naturally, DataKind is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented groups in tech to apply. DataKind does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected category. 


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.