One in eight Indian children in the age group of 2–9 years have a disability (such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, language delays, Down syndrome, and others). This extrapolates to over 50 million children with or at risk of disabilities in India.
Childhood disability is a complex issue that cuts across multiple dimensions of family and society, including healthcare systems, education, community life and policy. There isn’t just one system that needs to be fixed, but many.
Because of the lack of access to skilled resources as well as how society views disability (deficit-model, stigma), much remains to be done in this space, in India as well as the world over.
About Ummeed (www.ummeed.org)
For the last twenty years, Ummeed has been working towards creating an inclusive world for children with developmental disabilities in India. The core target beneficiaries (direct or indirect) of all of Ummeed’s interventions are children with and at risk of developmental disabilities, and their families. The goal is to help them participate and have a sense of agency in the various ecosystems they are part of (such as home, school, and community). Early identification, early and appropriate interventions, and creating platforms for their voices become important steps towards these outcomes. This is sought to be accomplished through our work in the clinic at Mumbai, through training for caregivers/ medical and school professionals/ community workers, and creating awareness about child development and childhood disability.
Over the last five years, Ummeed has grown from a 50+ member team to a 100+ member team, its annual budget has increased three-fold (from 3.5 crores to 11 crores) and its impact has increased about 24-fold (from about 10,000 to over 2,50,000 children).
Over the next few years, Ummeed is looking to consolidate its position as a center-of-excellence, expand/ deepen its influence in multiple geographies in India, disseminate its models of care locally as well as internationally, and set up a center (a physical space) dedicated to the cause of child development and childhood disability
About the Position – Lead, Resource Mobilization
Ummeed’s growth plans over the last few years have been adequately supported by external donors. Its donor database includes corporates, foundations, family offices, high net worth individuals [HNIs] and retail donors. As Ummeed seeks to scale its reach and impact over the next few years, there is a need to further diversify its donor base and expand its reach with individual donors and High Net Worth Individuals (HNIs), while sustaining trusted relationships with existing funders.
The “Lead, Resource Mobilization” position will play a key role in enabling Ummeed’s future growth through expanding Ummeed’s donor network across donor categories and funding sources.
Reporting into Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Roles and Responsibilities
The responsibilities of the Lead, Resource Mobilization will include the following:
Work closely with the COO and Ummeed’s senior team to define fundraising priorities, strategies, goals, and targets for each year
Expand Ummeed’s donor network, including mapping, researching, and building connections with prospective HNI and Corporate donors
Identify and execute event-based opportunities such as Auctions, Galas, Dinners, Walk events for fundraising and network building with HNIs
Work closely with the communications team to develop high quality collaterals for new donors, particularly HNIs and individual donors
Support Ummeed’s current flagship fundraising event (55 Km Goa Walk), etc.
Stay abreast of current and new trends for fundraising for the social sector
Supervise, coach, and mentor junior team members
Minimum qualifications, Skills required
Ummeed is looking for a high impact individual preferably with a master’s degree in marketing and 8-10 years of rich experience in business development/ sales from a reputed organization. Experience of working with High Net Worth Individuals (HNIs) will be an asset. The person should have an outgoing pleasing personality, be passionate about working in the social sector, and be willing to learn.
Key competencies for the role include:
Ability to strategize newer sources of funds and opportunities for fund raising particularly for HNIs
Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort with building new relationships, including making cold calls
Impactful oral and written communication skills
Ability to speak to and work with senior Individuals
Ability to adapt complex technical information into a format that will work for different donors, in oral and written format (strong narrative and powerful presentations, including attention to detail)
Excellent collaboration skills, including ability to work with diverse teams and styles
Willingness to learn about the sector and nuances of Ummeed’s philosophy and values
Ability to initiate, multitask and manage work with minimum supervision and within stringent timelines
A challenging, professional and flexible work environment, and opportunities for growth and creating impact at scale
A leadership that invests in its people, giving them the freedom to explore, innovate, learn, while responsibly delivering on committed outcomes
A strong culture of respecting diversity, being inclusive, and committed to serving children with disabilities and their families
An opportunity to work in collaboration with a diverse group of highly passionate, motivated and talented individuals
An opportunity to transition for the right professional from a corporate role to a meaningful role in the social sector.
If you are looking for a fulfilling role in the non-profit sector and would like to support an innovative, cutting-edge organization, do apply for this position through https://ucdc.kekahire.com. We would welcome caregivers of children with disabilities to apply as well as interested persons wishing to transition to not for profit sector.
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