Development Director vacancy

Development Director vacancy at the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE)

TIDE is a Belizean NGO working to protect some of the most pristine coastal and marine ecosystems in Central America, including some of the healthiest coral reefs in the whole Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. TIDE works by building local capacity for conservation and fostering community participation in sustainable management of natural resources.

TIDE is one of the leading conservation organizations in the region, pioneering new approaches, such as Managed Access - the world’s first national-scale rights-based fisheries management program in a developing country. TIDE is winning international acclaim for innovation in community engagement. For example, we recently won the World Energy Globe Award for our “Freshwater Cup” competition, which involves hundreds of children each year in mini-projects to protect freshwater resources and the Mesoamerican Reef.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a passionate and talented individual to lead the development team at TIDE. As a member of TIDE’s leadership team, the development director plays a key role in steering the strategic direction of the organization and is responsible for mobilizing the necessary resources for TIDE’s cutting edge programs.


  1. Refine TIDE’s fundraising strategy and oversee its implementation. The strategy involves a mix of traditional grant-writing, establishing an individual donor program, board fundraising, and establishing / growing new and existing mission-related businesses.
  2. With input from colleagues and stakeholders, develop funding proposals to statutory funders, private foundations and corporate sponsors to secure funds for TIDE’s programmatic and administrative needs.
  3. Research new funding prospects and cultivate relationships to build and diversify TIDE’s donor base.
  4. Secure funds to hire a second development professional who will be responsible for the individual donor program and external communications, and support that person in their role.
  5. Support the board of directors in building a committed and effective fundraising sub-committee.
  6. Lead the development of TIDE’s mission-related businesses, working with colleagues to develop business plans, and mobilizing resources to establish / grow these businesses.
  7. Oversee the timely creation of TIDE’s annual reports and reports to funders.
  8. Work closely with executive director in all fundraising efforts.


Additional Responsibility:

  1. Perform other incidental and related duties assigned by the executive director.
  2. Enhance the organization’s public relations by actively participating in meetings, conferences and workshops related to TIDE’s mission.
  3. Participate in the preparation of 5-year strategic plans and 3-year operational plans for the organization.


The development director has the option to hire and oversee volunteer development officer interns to support him/her in his/her duties.


The successful candidate will possess the following:

-        A minimum three years’ experience, with demonstrated success in non-profit fundraising.

-        Excellent writing, organizational, inter-personal and strategic thinking skills.

-        A passion for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

-        A good quality bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. fundraising, communications, English, environmental science, international development, etc.).

-        A sound understanding of environmental / development issues.

-        Initiative, energy, enthusiasm, creativity and drive.

The following would be desirable:

-        Postgraduate qualification in a relevant field.

-        Experience living in a developing country and among people of other cultures.

-        Knowledge of the funding landscape in Latin American and/or the Caribbean, and contacts within the funding world.


We offer competitive remuneration commensurate with qualification and experience. Additional benefits of working for TIDE include:

-        Health and life insurance.

-        Living and working in a beautiful, peaceful Caribbean town.

-        Being part of a friendly and dynamic team.

-        Contributing to impactful conservation success stories at a leading Belizean NGO.

-        Opportunities to visit the protected areas managed by TIDE.

-        Adventure in a country with pristine ecosystems, world-class snorkelling and SCUBA.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please send your résumé, cover letter and three letters of recommendation in an email with the title “TIDE development director” to Mrs. Celia Mahung, Executive Director, at The deadline for applications is February 24, 2017. Should you have any questions, please call us on +501-722-2274 or +501-722-2431, or write to

Date: February 20, 2017 Author: admin
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