Director of Development (fundraising)


The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is seeking a Director of Development to develop and implement fundraising strategies to secure funding for the UWC and its various projects and initiatives around the world.  

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the UWC is a non-governmental organization that represents the interests of the 20M+ Ukrainians living in over 70 countries outside Ukraine. 

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 created an urgent role for the UWC to provide critical humanitarian and other support to the people of Ukraine. Thousands of lives have already been lost and over six million Ukrainians have been displaced as a result of Russia’s ongoing war on Ukraine. 

The Director of Development will lead a team of professionals and volunteers that will maintain and expand the current fundraising pipeline and expand our major gifts as well as bequests.  

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Development will be a senior member of the UWC executive team. Working collaboratively with the ED, UWC Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the Director of Development will lead the preparation of campaign strategic plans, annual development business plans, and fundraising cases for support while also working with senior volunteers to move donors and prospects through the fundraising cycle. A self-starter who is committed to justice and passionate about our mission to serve the Ukrainian people, the new Director is a builder with strategic vision who will advance the fundraising program and implement the required resources and infrastructure; to exponentially grow the UWC’s financial resources and overall impact.

This is a critical time in Ukraine’s history and an unprecedented opportunity the Director to make an important social and humanitarian impact and create a legacy that has the power to impact the livelihoods of millions of people across the globe.


Strategy & Planning

  • Develop the annual business plan for the department setting the fundraising strategic direction in support of approved fundraising priorities in alignment with the strategic goals of UWC.
  • Create and manage the department operating budget, approve expenditures in accordance with UWC accounting policies; and liaise with external vendors and consultants in the delivery of the annual development program.
  • Build the overall culture of philanthropy at UWC to develop fundraising as a core competency that is defined by professionalism, support of donor cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and recognition, adherence to principles of transparency and the pursuit of measurable goals.


  • Serve as the “Chief Development Officer” and campaign director, delivering strategic oversight of all revenue streams with direct responsibility for all principal gift strategies and seven-figure major gift negotiations.
  • Work collaboratively with senior leadership, volunteers and external partners on the preparation of campaign strategic plans, annual plans, and fundraising cases for support.
  • Build the donor pipeline and ensure prospects and donors are moving through all stages of the fundraising cycle in a strategic and timely manner.
  • Introduce principal and major gift fundraising through staff expertise that can manage long-term relationships and design complex gift structures to support the goals of the various UWC campaigns.
  • Introduce leadership annual giving to bridge the donor pipeline between the annual fund and major gift fundraising.
  • Ensure that donor-facing fundraisers are fully supported through research, stewardship and communications services.
  • Manage strategic partnerships with other organizations as they support the UWC’s fundraising objectives.


  • Develop and manage a team of fundraising, research and communications professionals and volunteers to realize annual and campaign fundraising targets.
  • Support the Executive Director and the senior team of volunteers in the delivery of UWC’s fundraising strategies.
  • Work with the UWC President, Executive Director, and other senior volunteers in the cultivation and solicitation of prospective donors.


  • Progressive senior leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector, or relevant experience in the corporate sector.
  • Proven track record in all aspects of revenue development, including pipeline development and the solicitation and management of gifts at the six and seven figure level.
  • Demonstrated ability to align strategic and philanthropic plans to promote, support and meet the revenue deliverables.
  • Significant experience building fundraising infrastructure including policies, processes and metrics that contribute to revenue growth.
  • Demonstrated comfort level and success supporting senior volunteers with fundraising activities.
  • Excellent communicator with the ability to influence, persuade and motivate. Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to constructively contribute to discussions and build rapport at all levels within an organization.
  • Proficiency in constituent relationship management (CRM) tools.
  • Superior planning, organization, and time management skills.
  • Passion for the mission of the UWC is essential.
  • Interest, experience, and/or exposure to political affairs will be considered an asset.
  • Verbal and written Ukrainian language skills is an asset.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

To apply