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Development Strategist

Development Strategist

Job ID 
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US-NC-Chapel Hill
Experience (Years) 
Posted Date 
Education Requirement 
Bachelor's or Equivalent
Relocation Eligible 
Position Type 
Regular Full-Time

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Ipas works globally so that women and girls have improved sexual and reproductive health and rights through enhanced access to and use of safe abortion and contraceptive care. We believe in a world where every woman and girl has the right and ability to determine her own sexuality and reproductive health.


The Development Strategist contributes to Ipas’s efforts to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors in support of Ipas’s mission and the priorities of the strategic plan. The Strategist leads proposal development processes, working with Ipas staff at all levels to submit high-quality proposals, responses to competitive bids, and other donor correspondence. The Development Strategist also supports implementation of country-based and/or global technical fundraising strategies by providing strategic, logistical, and writing and editing support. The Strategist works collaboratively with individuals from various departments, regions, and countries. As a proposal manager, the Strategist provides guidance and assignments to staff at all levels of the organization who contribute to proposal processes. This position provides indirect supervision and/or coaching to Development Strategists or Associates responsible for proofing and formatting reports and proposals for on time submission.





• As a proposal manager, works with teams to collaboratively manage complex donor proposal processes, including establishing and tracking timelines, ensuring appropriate review, and clearly communicating with team members about their roles throughout processes
• Writes and edits proposals, letters of inquiry, bids, and other donor communications focusing on clarity and accuracy, readability, and professional presentation – presenting them as donor-ready to final reviewer
• Provides collaborative coaching in the fundraising process and logistical and writing support to country program and other programmatic teams to support the creation and implementation of fundraising strategies and donor and prospect cultivation plans
• Fosters and contributes to a team approach within Development and with other Ipas staff
• Ensures that information related to donor proposals, contacts, and processes are well-documented and accessible to others within Development and the organization as a whole, using various tools and databases according to Ipas Development guidelines
• Performs other duties as assigned


• Bachelor’s Degree and 5-7 years’ relevant experience
• 3-5 years of fundraising, proposal management, and writing and editing experience
• Experience providing coaching support, guidance, and feedback to colleagues
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
• Ability to travel 10%

• Excellent written and spoken English skills

• Competitive bidding experience
• International programmatic implementation experience
• Experience working in an international development and/or health and rights NGO
• Spanish and/or French language skills
• Advanced degree
• Working knowledge of donor databases

• Strong writing ability to articulate Ipas's mission and messages clearly and effectively to donors and potential donors
• Excellent editor with a strong attention to detail
• Excellent organizational, proposal management, and time management skills
• Superb interpersonal and communication skills
• Strong analytical and strategic problem-solving skills

Commitment to Diversity

Ipas is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, genetic information, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination.