U. S. Director of Development

Reference: JOB994
Employer: Hekima Place


Hekima Place is a fully registered children's home located on 10 acres of land in Kajaido County, Kenya near Nairobi on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Hekima Place offers a safe and loving home for 80 girls ranging from babies to university students whose parents have been devastated by the AIDS virus, family violence, or the effects of poverty.

Hekima Place was founded by Kate Fletcher of Pittsburgh, PA in August 2005, and currently resides on the Hekima Place property. An Executive Director was hired in 2017, resides at Hekima Place also and is responsible for the operation of the home along with a staff of 24. Hekima Place provides a family-like environment in five residences and several community buildings. The girls receive spiritual, physical, and emotional care and healing, so that they may take their places as healthy, wise, Godly leaders of Kenya.

The energy and significance of Hekima Place is contagious, so much so that each year dozens of volunteers from the United States travel halfway around the world to play a part in the work. Guests stay in a fully furnished 12-bed house.  Currently, the US Board of Directors and Kenyan Board of Trustees are planning to construct a primary school followed by a high school on property adjacent to Hekima Place.

Hekima Place is governed by 20 members of the Board of Directors and a Kenyan Board of Trustees and raises $500K+ annually in support of their mission. The Board of Directors is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They connect volunteers and donors to Hekima Place and plan and host fundraising events and speaking engagements throughout the year.


The mission of Hekima Place is to provide a loving faith-based home for orphaned or vulnerable Kenyan girls while supporting excellence in education and empowerment for their futures.

Position overview

The founding Executive Director, Kate Fletcher, is based in Kenya and now serves as a fundraising for the home and school.  An operations-focused executive director is based on-site in Kenya.   Situated primarily in Pittsburgh PA but representing other areas of the US and Canada, the Board acknowledges the need for a full-time director of development to manage the philanthropic aspects of the organization and is now recruiting for a Director of Development to coincide with their transition plan from a working board to a governance board.  The organization is also currently in the process of hiring a p/t bookkeeper and clerical help to assist with day to day activity.

The successful candidate will design and carry out strategies for fundraising and “friendraising” necessary to achieve the vision of Hekima Place while providing on going attention to its current donor family.

The Director of Development will report to the President of the Board of Directors and interact with all Board members through a variety of cultivation and solicitation activities. The Director must be a self-starter with demonstrated commitment to the values of Hekima Place and represent the organization with integrity and exemplary interpersonal skills at all times. A consultant is currently engaged to support capital campaign activity and assist in other areas as requested. 


The successful Director of Development will:

  • Design, plan, and implement comprehensive fundraising activities including annual appeals, grantsmanship, major gifts, cultivation and fundraising events, and restricted gift projects and other programs to support the ongoing operation of Hekima Place.
  • Participate in current capital campaign planning and strategy implementation for Kenyan building activities underway.
  • Maintain contact with and prepare grant proposals for submission to foundations and corporations.
  • Implement and/or oversee all activities required to support successful cultivation and solicitation, including but not limited to print and broadcast media outreach, social media content, one on one engagement and volunteer coordination.
  • Provide interest and capability research on prospects and donors as needed, recommending and implementing appropriate cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Analyze, recommend and implement office systems and processes that advance donor stewardship including use of e-tapestry database to manage contacts, identify leads and develop innovative ways to routinely communicate and deepen relationships between Hekima Place and donors.
  • Focus on relationship building with funders, partners and volunteers, while maintaining effective and productive relationships with the community at large.
  • Develop and maintain active and productive relationships with board members, donors and other stakeholders.
  • Develop, present and manage budget relating to development activities and operate within approved budget parameters.
  • Oversee the processing of donor information with e-tapestry or other donor information system.  Oversee clerical help in the strategic and accurate processing of gifts, ensuring accurate and up to date well organized records within ETapestry
  • Utilize a computer database (ETapestry) to manage stateside contacts, identify leads, and develop innovative ways to routinely communicate and deepen relationships between Hekima Place and donors and create reports for board members.

Performance objectives

The Development Director will be expected to continue to deliver outstanding outcomes while successfully addressing the following in their first six months in the position:

  • Learn the history and core values of the organization from its existing volunteer leadership.
  • Develop and submit to the Board for approval a comprehensive development plan that includes timelines, costs, metrics, and deliverables.
  • Facilitate healthy communication between all internal and external stakeholders of the organization: Board, staff, volunteers, partners, and the public at large.
  • Build knowledge about community partners and donor constituencies and promote of funding opportunities to retain, recruit, and maximize resources from diverse revenue sources that support the organization’s continued growth and sustainability.
  • Establish Develop Committee to assist Director in meeting goals and objectives set forth in job description.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The successful candidate will be an experienced and tested leader who possesses a combination of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree and no less than three (3) years of successful experience in fundraising and or sales/marketing
  • Demonstrated success in creating and implementing a robust development plan preferably within a nonprofit organization.
  • Previous exposure to capital fundraising campaigns.
  • Specific experience with major donors and foundation funding requests.
  • Experience with international nonprofit organizations preferred but not required.
  • Adaptable strategic thinker and able to develop and implement strategies to achieve fundraising plan and strategic objectives.
  • Authentic, hands-on leadership style.
  • An understanding and appreciation of working with dedicated volunteers.
  • Fluency with computers and associated office productivity software, including donor and donor prospect databases. Knowledge of ETapestry a plus.
  • Ability to budget and operate within budget parameters.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team


This position offers a competitive compensation package as found with other nonprofit organizations of similar size, scope, and scale.

How to apply

Please direct all inquiries, resume, position specific cover letter and salary expectation to:





Hekima Place is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted January 26, 2018