The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a network of universities, colleges, research institutes, and other organizations strongly engaged in education and research in and about the North. UArctic builds and strengthens collective resources and infrastructures that enable member institutions to better serve their constituents and their regions. Through cooperation in education, research, and outreach, the network enhances human capacity in the North, promotes viable communities and sustainable economies, and forges global partnerships. Created through the Arctic Council, UArctic is committed to upholding its principles of sustainable development as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. UArctic is constituted as an international association based in Finland.
UArctic seeks its first Executive Director of Development to build, lead, and manage its philanthropy program with a particular focus on engaging prospects and donors in the United States and broader North America. Managing a fundraising team of two colleagues located in Iceland and Finland, the ED will work with organizational leadership and the Board to develop a comprehensive, multi-year fundraising plan focused on departmental infrastructure and the creation of a giving platform that benefits UArctic and its partner organizations. The ED will play a critical role in shaping the philanthropic priorities of UArctic, developing a robust pipeline of donors, and creating and implementing donor-facing communications, materials, and events to engage a network of supporters to spur philanthropic growth.
The successful candidate will bring 10-plus years of fundraising experience, preferably within an environmental or advocacy-based organization. A strategic and creative thinker, the ED will have a track record of building and growing sustainable fundraising operations, as well as proven success soliciting and closing six-figure gifts and above. An understanding of, or experience with, international fundraising is an asset.