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Open Positions:


Director of Development

Creative Commons is seeking a Director of Development to lead development on behalf of the organization. We are laying the foundations for the next phase of our work, and need you to not only help us raise funds, but shape how we do it. You will be responsible for securing the resources and relationships necessary to fulfill our vision to realize the full potential of the Internet — universal access to research and education, full participation in culture — to drive a new era of development, growth, and productivity. We know this is a big project, and there’s a lot to do — we need someone who is undaunted by the challenge, and who can set strategy but also dig in and implement it.

The Job

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Director of Development will work closely with the CC board of directors, program leads, and finance staff to develop and execute strategies to fund ongoing projects and operations and build the organization’s long-term sustainability. You will be responsible for building and executing a comprehensive fundraising strategy, focusing mainly on individual and corporate donations at first, and provide a supporting role in seeking grant partnerships. Our individual small dollar donor program is supported by an ongoing relationship with an external consulting team, who you will manage.

As Director of Development, you will work in all three areas of individual, corporate, and grant funding. Responsibilities will include:

Individual donations

  • Creating and executing a strategy for a large sustained base of individual donors, solicited online and offline, including list-building, driving conversions, donor acquisition and retention, and events
  • Developing and meeting annual targets and metrics; tracking progress and providing analysis on fundraising initiatives
  • Developing and executing CC’s annual fundraising plan and in-year campaigns

Corporate gifts and partnerships

  • Developing and securing a fundraising pipeline with quarterly and annual targets
  • Building and maintaining relationships with donors, funders, partners, and other key stakeholders
  • Managing and supporting the CEO, program staff, and Board’s relationships with key foundation, corporate, and individual donors and prospects
  • Proactively monitoring the funding landscape, seeking out potential donors suited to our current projects, and supporting project managers in identifying and pursuing these opportunities
  • Providing support to team members working to secure major gifts and partnerships


  • Assisting the CEO in his efforts to steward and solicit foundation grants
  • Leading the planning, research, writing, coordination, reporting, and stewardship of foundation, corporate, and institutional grants


  • Managing the CiviCRM fundraising database and overseeing staff responsible for data entry and gift processing
  • Developing and tracking reports on all aspects of fundraising
  • Working with Creative Commons’ staff and global community of affiliates and supporters to identify local fundraising opportunities, and to build support and engagement for global fundraising programs. You will embed fundraising as part of our culture
  • Managing the CC online store

Goals and Targets

Sustainability and diversification of revenue are our immediate goals in development, followed by growth and exploration of areas of opportunity and interest to fulfill our mission. We have set revenue targets for 2015, and need a partner for our CEO and board to meet them. For individuals, we are starting with a small, dedicated base, and will need to aggressively drive list growth and professional fundraising. With hundreds of millions of CC licensed works, and strong corporate platform partners, raising at a minimum $1M in new individual small-dollar donations is an attainable goal in the first 2 years. The successful candidate will show their experience, backed by results, in meeting similar targets, and outline a plan for how they will use their skills and experience to realize this goal, and set targets for corporate and grant revenues to meet the organization’s needs.


We are seeking an accomplished and organized senior professional with a creative entrepreneurial spirit to attract, cultivate and manage support for this leading organization that works with communities and partners across the globe. As the successful candidate, you are someone with:

  • A passion for fundraising, campaigns, a/b testing, leads, and making deals. This is your profession.
  • 5+ years of nonprofit development experience
  • A proven track record of institutional, corporate, and individual fundraising. You can close, and you have the numbers to back it up — dollars raised, conversion, retention, etc. (note: please include these in your application)
  • A gift for strategic writing. You can write letters, e-mails, tweets, and subject lines that deliver results and make people act.
  • Skills in both online and offline fundraising best practices, and new approaches
  • The ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders
  • A strong network in the government and nonprofit sectors. Experience in the US philanthropy context is a must.
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively with program leads and other staff to drive proposals and projects to successful conclusion
  • An ability to respond flexibly to unanticipated requests and assignments and short timelines
  • A familiarity with fundraising/donation/donor management technology.
  • A passion for open knowledge, copyright, innovation and creativity on the Web, and an awareness of the technical and legal challenges associated with copyright and IP

Work Environment

Creative Commons is a globally distributed organization. We support remote working employees in order to hire the best talent wherever they are. Laptop/desktop computer and necessary resources are supplied. May require some travel.

How to Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume to “jobs@creativecommons.org” with the subject heading of “Director of Development Application.” No phone calls, please.