LEAF: Director of Fundraising

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LEAF Academy is an exciting new boarding high school which opened in September 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia with a mission to develop young people with the potential to be future leaders and shapers of society in Slovakia, Central Europe and beyond. Our students demonstrate character, excellence, entrepreneurial leadership, and civic engagement and are selected on a need-blind basis. More information about LEAF Academy can be found at www.leafacademy.eu.

LEAF Academy is a part of the LEAF organization, a Slovak non profit which runs a portfolio of programs focusing on improving education experience of talented high school students, mitigation of brain-drain, and development of talented young professionals. More information about LEAF can be found at www.leaf.sk/en/.

Čo hľadáme / Our requirements

Position description: You will be responsible for creating a fundraising initiative at LEAF and for designing and executing fundraising strategies and major fundraising programs for LEAF and LEAF Academy. You will need to identify new potential donors and organize initiatives to solicit funding mostly but not only from individual and institutional donors from abroad.


  • Research prospective donor markets and donors
  • Drive the creation of a strong fundraising message that appeals to potential donors
  • Design and execute fundraising strategies – organize campaigns or events that will lead to soliciting donations
  • Identify and contact potential institutional and individual donors
  • Assist in developing major gift opportunities
  • Identify and coordinate the preparation and submission of  grant proposals.
  • Maintain donor records for future use
  • Ensure that all legal requirements for fundraising or charitable solicitations are satisfied

Educational Specialization

Preferably business, finance, communications, or public relations, but other fields are not excluded

Work experience

 Practice in sector: 3 years in a leadership or independent specialist position

Personal prerequisites

Process leadership and management, in part.

  • Project planning and prioritization
  • Project outcome monitoring
  • Administrative skills

Content leadership, in part.

  • Problem-solving
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Creativity
  • Analytical skills

People leadership, in part.

  • Clear and concise communication
  • Ability to cooperate w/o formal hierarchy
  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships
  • Pro-activity and resilience

Digital skills are an advantage (the more the better, but can be compensated with clear learning)

Strong commitment, drive and motivation

Čo ponúkame / Our offer

If you look for routine position and best tangible perks, LEAF Academy may not be the best place for you. If you search for opportunity to follow your personal desire and mission, we can offer:

Meaningful impact: We aspire to support the development of talented young people who have the potential to be change-makers in society by building a boarding school, literally from the ground up!

Professional team environment: You will become part of a diverse and supportive team that strives to be at the forefront of 21st Century Education.

Challenging assignments: We are an entrepreneurial organization. On-the-job learning and fast personal development here is inevitable. You have a chance to bring and immediately implement new ideas.