Director of Fundraising

The Carpentries is committed to training and fostering an active, inclusive, diverse community of learners and instructors who promote and model the importance of software and data in research. We seek an engaged and collaborative individual who shares this vision for a full-time position as the Deputy Director or Director of Fundraising for The Carpentries. The (Deputy) Director of Fundraising has a broad responsibility for the development and execution of The Carpentries fund development plan.

As the (Deputy) Director of Fundraising, you will set and meet annual revenue and fundraising goals; identify, cultivate, build and solidify relationships with new and established donors; and coordinate fundraising campaigns. You will engage with potential Member Organisations to sell memberships and will develop and administer The Carpentries’ Sponsorship Program, especially in scaling outside of the United States. You will work closely with programmatic Team Leads to ensure program growth and development align with fundraising efforts. The success of this position in meeting fundraising goals will be assessed 6-months and one year post-hire.

In this role, you’ll join a diverse team of professionals working to spread data-driven research skills. Our community comprises approximately 70,000 learners, 3,000 Instructors, 100 Trainers, and nearly 100 member organisations from research institutions around the world.


Successful applicants will have a proven ability to solicit and close gifts from individual donors and organisations. Depending on experience, candidates may be hired at either the Deputy Director (3-5 years relevant experience) or full Director (5+ years experience) level.


  • Proven ability to build, manage, and develop key stakeholder, client, and donor relationships
  • Proven track record in fundraising that has directly resulted in increased income for an organisation
  • Demonstrated track record of meeting income targets through strategic fundraising
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in a professional or volunteer settings
  • Exceptionally persuasive written and real-time communication skills
  • Proven ability to set fundraising objectives that align with broader organisational goals
  • Proven ability to stage activities with relevant milestones and schedules
  • Experience working remotely (preferably with a globally distributed team)
  • Experience working with Google Workspace tools (Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms)
  • Confident touch typist


  • Experience with The Carpentries or another volunteer community
  • Experience fundraising remotely
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion

Our team values openness, honesty, fairness, and transparency as the keys to fostering trust. We believe that the individuals who make up our community are the most important part of our organisation and our strongest resource. We strive to make decisions that prioritise people first and empower the growth and success of all who are part of our organisation. We value a growth mindset in all that we do and strive to be always improving and evolving ourselves and our methodologies, being receptive to feedback, responsive, curious, and willing to learn.

About Us

The Carpentries is an open, global community teaching the skills and perspectives to turn data into knowledge. We build capacity in essential data and computational skills for conducting efficient, open, and reproducible research. We believe in a world where more people have the computational skills and perspectives to work with data to address their questions in science, scholarship and society. We aim to build that world by scaling evidence-based teaching, creating inclusive environments, and building communities of practice based on open principles.

We’re a Core Team of fifteen staff and independent contractors, with a nine person Executive Council. We’re a fiscally sponsored project of the 501(c)3 Community Initiatives. We have a large community of instructors and contributors, and a much larger community of users. We use evidence-based teaching practices to teach the core skills for effective computational and data work, and we promote reproducible research and open science/open source widely. All interactions in The Carpentries community and spaces, both virtual and in-person, are governed by our Code of Conduct.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a remote position that will be fully funded by The Carpentries for a minimum of one year, with future funding made possible through success in this role. For US-based candidates, compensation will be $70,000 - $113,000 USD annually, commensurate with experience. Outside the United States, total compensation may need to be adjusted in accordance with legal and financial costs associated with international hiring and contracting for a US-based entity. All qualified applicants are highly encouraged to apply, and we will make every effort to be transparent about the impact of costs on potential compensation during the interview process.

In the US, Community Initiatives offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Fully paid medical, dental and vision
  • 401k with employer match
  • Basic life insurance, AD&D, STD & LTD
  • 4 weeks of vacation
  • 12 paid holidays
  • 4 floating holidays

Outside the US, Community Initiatives will make every effort to support the hiring or contracting of international workers, following all local laws related to employment and benefits, ensuring a competitive compensation package.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Carpentries is dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all people, regardless of background or identity. We are an equal opportunity employer and give consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by US federal, state, or local law. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume or CV to If you would like to be considered for any of our other open positions, please indicate all positions you are applying for in your cover letter. Please also clearly indicate the country in which you pay taxes.

Applications received before 11:59 pm Sunday, 20 March 2022 Anywhere on Earth will receive full consideration.

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