World Press Photo: Development Director

World Press Photo in Amsterdam is looking for a Development Director for 32 – 40 hours a week | Vacancy for a Paid Position, Fulltime | Deadline: 09-05-2021

The World Press Photo Foundation believes in the power of showing and the importance of seeing high-quality visual stories. Our purpose is to connect the world to the stories that matter.

For six decades, the World Press Photo Foundation has been working from its home in Amsterdam as an independent, nonprofit organization. In that time, the world has changed continuously, and new developments in the media and technology have transformed journalism and storytelling. Our mission has expanded, and we draw on our experience to guide visual journalists, storytellers, and audiences around the world through this challenging and exciting landscape.

With our worldwide exhibitions, events and festival, we showcase stories that make people stop, feel, think and act. Our annual contests reward the best in visual journalism and digital storytelling. Our programs – the 6×6 Global Talent Program, the African Photojournalism Database, the Joop Swart Masterclass, the Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative, and the West Africa Visual Journalism Fellowship – encourage diverse accounts of the world that present stories with different perspectives.

The World Press Photo Foundation is currently looking for a new Development Director to develop and solidify its development strategy in both a national and international setting.

Development Director

32 – 40 hours a week

The development team will consist of 2 people, the new Development Director and a Development Coordinator, who will passionately work with one goal in mind: maintaining existing and developing new, sustainable relationships with different stakeholders – public, private and institutional – to support the organization in fulfilling its mission.


  • Develop and implement organization’s annual fundraising plan in partnership with the Executive Director;
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy to ensure that the organization’s revenue meets its annual funding objectives;
  • Broaden donor base through: individual and major donor recruitment and retention, corporate giving, planned giving, and digital fundraising;
  • Oversee the planning of in-person and virtual events;
  • Execute and continuously improve, and execute a short, medium, and long-term strategic development plan;
  • Establish benchmarks for progress and success; monitor results against revenue goals;
  • Collaborate with colleagues across all WPPF teams to create and embed fundraising culture through identifying and developing sponsorship opportunities in all activities;
  • Conduct prospect and donor research and develop a strategy for special (international) exhibitions, events and other fundraising campaigns;
  • Communicate to and with (potential) sponsors, funds and private donors (trustees and associates) via mailings, brochures, website, presentations and personal contacts.

We are looking for a creative and engaged development and fundraising professional. The dynamic and ever-evolving environment that we work in requires a strategic and practical approach, as well as problem-solving skills and a deep motivation to empower and translate vision into results. The new director drives for change and improvement and has a profound sense of personal responsibility and accountability for delivering high quality and original work within a set timeline.

  • An advanced degree in business administration, hospitality, international relations or related area;
  • 10+ years experience in a strategic fundraising and development leadership role;
  • Proven track record of raising major grants and gifts;
  • Knowledge of the funding landscape in the Netherlands and globally, with the network and ability to quickly position WPP within that landscape;
  • Broad understanding of successful engagement with trusts, foundations and major donors. Knowledge and experience within individual giving is a plus but not essential;
  • Proven success directing fundraising and donor policy in the cultural, nonprofit, NGO sector of similar complexity;
  • Experience in leading complex partnership agreements/negotiations and presenting to and communicating with decision-makers including corporate executives, private donors, board members and others;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
  • Native or near native Dutch and English speaker and writer;
  • Experience in a culturally aware and international setting;
  • Believes in World Press Photo’s purpose and core values.

General information
The World Press Photo Foundation strives to be an inclusive environment and is fully committed to this in the recruitment, selection and placement of staff. All interested parties, regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, or gender, are welcome to apply and will be considered equally. The WPPF believes that diversity and inclusion among the staff is critical to its success and wants to enhance the diversity of its workforce to reflect the world we live in. Women, non-binary people, and people of color are therefore especially invited to apply.

At the moment, this position is only open to EU citizens or individuals with an existing and valid work permit for the EU.

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, please contact Erik Jager, HR Director (, +31 (0)6 55720076.

How to apply
Please respond in English before 10 May by filling in the application form. Please submit both your cover letter and resume as a pdf document. You can start your application by clicking the button ‘Apply now’.

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