water4 Careers

Director of Development

Blue Wave

Organization Summary

Water4, a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt entity incorporated under the laws of the State of Oklahoma, USA, is an international nonprofit using faith, innovation and empowerment to reimagine a world free from the water crisis. Water4 equips missional entrepreneurs in developing nations to create lasting economic, physical and spiritual change through market-based safe water solutions. This approach puts the solutions to local problems in the hands of local people, and ensures that safe water access is sustained by local resources. Since 2008, Water4 has impacted the lives of over one million people in more than 30 countries through the power of safe and living water.

Position Summary

The Director of Development is responsible for supporting the development strategies and implementing the organization’s fundraising efforts to achieve revenue goals. They will implement activities to secure donors and contributions in support of the organization’s goals and funding needs, with clear strategic guidance from the Sr. Director of Development. The Director of Development will be responsible for providing leadership to the Development team, in collaboration with the Senior Director of Development.

The Director of Development will play a critical role in cultivating relationships with new and existing donors by meeting prospective donors and supporters regularly to establish effective communication and expand support. They will grow a major gifts program, including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors. They will build the planned giving program, manage the annual fund program, and manage capital campaigns, with efforts focused not only on individuals, but also churches, small businesses, schools, nonprofits, foundations and trusts. In collaboration with the Marketing team, they will create communications collateral to support fundraising efforts, including messaging for monthly email updates, social media posts, year-end letters, and annual impact reports.

Time Allocation of Responsibilities



Manage, retain and increase Water4’s major gift portfolio, including:

  • Donor relationship building, donor cultivation, gift solicitation, campaign development and stewardship
  • Collaborate with leadership and other staff on building relationships with major philanthropic partners
  • Manage Water4’s fundraising database and tracking systems
  • Maintain gift recognition program


Maintain an active major donor portfolio of 70+ donors


Manage creation of publications and other materials to support fundraising activities


Oversee and collaborate with Development staff


Serve as an ambassador of Water4, speaking and representing the organization at strategic events as opportunities arise


Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of development experience required, with internationally-focused non-profit experience preferred
  • Proven track record of success in fundraising, including developing mass campaign and individual solicitation strategies
  • Professional experience managing projects and leading teams
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Salesforce and Mailchimp
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Analytical thinking and ability to analyze data
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally on occasion

Required Skills

  • High energy, positive, self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Competence to determine the relative importance of issues facing Water4 at any given time and to focus staff efforts on the most strategic issues
  • Ability to explain the work of Water4 in a clear and compelling manner in one-on-one meetings with donors and in group settings
  • Capacity to develop strong, trusting relationships with the CEO and Water4 senior leadership staff, based upon professional competence and on embodying the values of the Kingdom
  • Team and leadership development
  • Group facilitation skills (preferred)
  • Strong organizational skills and a disciplined approach to getting things done on a timely basis
  • Exceptionally strong verbal and written communications skills coupled with the ability to ask good questions
  • Ability to thrive in an organization that is infused with faith and vision, growing at a rapid pace and innovating on the fly


Job Title:
Director of Development
Reports To:
Sr. Director of Development
Travel Required:
Level/Salary Range:
Position Type:
Full Time Exempt
Oklahoma City, OK
Date Posted:


Email: HR@water4.org