Position Announcement
Managing Director, Development


In-person in Manhattan 2-3 days flexible, with residence under 1 hour traveling distance of office.

About Synergos

Synergos is a global non-profit organization solving complex issues and deeply entrenched societal problems around the world by advancing Bridging Leadership, a style of leadership which builds trust and collective action. Our experience over the last 35 years in more than 30 countries tells us that collaboration, shared vision and deeper understanding releases more and better solutions than working alone. Today we help dismantle systems that create the most urgent problems of our time: poverty, social injustice, and climate change. Working with the world’s most prominent funders, our work has employed our Bridging Leadership methodology in a variety of areas: drowning prevention in Bangladesh, leadership development in Ethiopia, agricultural development in Nigeria, youth entrepreneurship in MENA, maternal health in Namibia, teen empowerment in South Africa, non-profit capacity building in Brazil and more.

About the Opportunity

Synergos seeks an entrepreneurial and globally-minded professional with a passionate commitment to change societal inequities utilizing the Bridging Leadership approach. The position of Managing Director, Development, is an exciting opportunity to create a fundraising strategy to support our international programs and to seek out funders whose initiatives align with ours.

Reporting to and closely partnering with our new CEO, you will create and oversee a comprehensive fundraising plan that is focused on new sources of funding from all donor segments, with an emphasis on large-scale international funders and HNWI. You will be supported by a small but mighty development team which you will shape to fulfill future fundraising activities and goals. You will also represent Synergos and its mission in meetings with funders, thought leaders and other externals, and as a member of the Global Leadership Team collaborate in providing direction for the organization’s overall goals and be responsible for Development deliverables.

Ultimately, as the Managing Director, Development, you will enlarge our support network beyond our current funders and will be energized to propel Synergos into a new era of fundraising excellence in support of society-changing programmatic initiatives.

Key Deliverables


  • Develop a fundraising strategy and implement a multi-year/multi-pronged development plan with fundraising targets that reflect and support the organization’s goals.
  • Oversee the identification and cultivation of new HNWI individual donors at the $50-100K major donor level, creating and cultivating a pipeline for the future.
  • Cultivate strong and cooperative working partnerships with corporations, foundations, and other potential partners, securing grant funding in support of our country programs.
  • Develop a major donor program, planned giving program, reinvigorate our major fundraising event and annual end-of-year campaign, as part of a 3-year plan.
  • Partner on annual philanthropic/symposium week and other events ensuring maximum cultivation opportunities.
  • Assure strong policies, practices, and systems for managing the portfolio of funders, financial reporting, and compliance with donor rules and regulations.

Organizational Strategy and Leadership

  • Participate in setting the strategic direction for Synergos as a member of the Leadership Team.
  • Advocate for fundraising priorities and continue to strengthen systems and messaging of development campaigns.
  • Steward a culture of philanthropy at all levels of the organization, including staff, senior leadership and Board of Directors.
  • Bring strong knowledge of philanthropic community and bridge those in the realm of international development.
  • Model organizational values and contribute to a values-driven, collaborative, positive and high- performance culture.


  • At least 10-15 years of experience working in the international non-profit sector in leading comprehensive fundraising efforts including cultivating and soliciting foundations, corporations, and major donors.
  • Demonstrated success in winning multi-million-dollar grants supporting society-changing initiatives internationally.
  • Deep knowledge of philanthropic community in the realm of international development.
  • Possesses strong leadership and organizational skills, as well as creativity and drive, to identify and cultivate new donors, increase donor value, and develop a thriving and robust development department.
  • Proven ability to strategize, plan and budget work including working closely with the Board of Directors Development Committee.
  • Experience in partnering with a CEO and Board leadership, and assisting leadership in managing major donor relationships.
  • Outstanding written, listening, and spoken communication skills in English; capacity in other languages a plus.
  • Ease in reaching across organization and geographical distances with a sensitivity to cultural differences.
  • Embraces technology with sound working knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics CRM strongly preferred.
  • The highest standards of ethics, integrity and values consistent with those of Synergos.


Bachelor’s degree, with advanced degree preferable.


Domestic and international travel possible but not guaranteed.


$180K-$200K plus benefits depending on experience and geographic location.

Synergos offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, community service day, and much more.

Synergos is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, sex (including gender identity, nonconformity, presentation or expression), sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic made unlawful to consider by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Synergos is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws.

We’re driven by purpose. We’re a values-driven organization focused on improving lives around the world. Join us!

To Apply

In addition to a resume, please submit a cover letter to via the link below.