Development Director

Part Time
Posted 1 year ago


The Chacruna Institute of Psychedelic Plant Medicines is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by Brazilian anthropologist Dr. Bia Labate, which produces high-quality research on plant medicines and psychedelics, and helps propagate academic knowledge in more accessible formats. We educate the public and create cultural understanding and legitimacy regarding these substances so that they may cease to be stigmatized and outlawed. Chacruna also promotes a bridge between the world of plant medicines and the emergent field of psychedelic science, between “traditional ceremonial use” and clinical and therapeutic settings, bringing the knowledge and perspectives of the social sciences to health care professionals and practitioners of psychedelic-assisted therapy. Finally, we foster cultural and political reflections on the field of psychedelic science and facilitate conversations about controversial topics that have been simmering on the sidelines as psychedelics go mainstream. For more information visit our website at


Chacruna is seeking an experienced Development Director to implement and lead our strategic business planning, fundraising and overall financial growth. They will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing all of Chacruna’s fundraising efforts including membership, crowdfunding, major gifts, grants, planned giving and special events. They also build and maintain important relationships with current and future donors across the space. They will also be responsible for developing and managing the organization’s annual budget and general finances. Finally, they will help create and execute strategic objectives and key results in line with the organization’s mission, and ensure that these measures are implemented across all departments within the organization. 

The Development Director will work closely with the Executive Director and COO to understand Chacruna’s various programs, revenue streams and administrative needs, and to translate the vision and purpose into specific actionable measures and goals. They will work with our accountant and bookkeeper to classify and track cash flow and financial reporting and projection. They will also work with Chacruna’s events team, helping with sponsorship and fundraising events, and work with our designers, video and social media team to create promotional content to support fundraising. 

This is a remote, part-time position, with a 20-30 hour per week minimum commitment. 


  • Provide leadership, direction and management of all Chacruna financial activities, objectives and key results 
  • Create and execute annual fundraising strategy and plan to secure multi-year funding for operations and programs 
  • Develop fundraising goals and metrics for reporting results 
  • Create and manage organization budget and help ensure financial goals are met across various revenue streams 
  • Identify and evaluate new potential funding opportunities in the field
  • Help make key decisions regarding major financial investments such as hiring new employees 
  • Improve and maintain donor relationship management system, fundraising database and tracking systems, and other fundraising technology
  • Build new relationships and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors 
  • Oversee grantseeking including research, proposal writing and reporting for government, corporate and foundation grants
  • Organize and direct crowdfunding campaigns for special projects 
  • Work with Chacruna designers and videographer to create promotional imagery and video for fundraising 
  • Implement social media and newsletter fundraising strategy and work with social media team to create fundraising marketing campaigns
  • Create planned giving program for deferred gifts and bequests 
  • Help foster and grow Chacruna member monthly donor community 
  • Work with events team to coordinate and manage special fundraising events 
  • Support with soliciting sponsorships for Chacruna conferences  
  • Recruit, train and manage additional staff, interns and volunteers as needed   
  • Other special projects assigned by leadership team 


  • Experience working in fundraising, finance, sales or other relevant field 
  • Knowledge of the contemporary landscape of psychedelic science and culture 
  • Excitement for the mission, vision and values of the organization
  • Excellent organizational, project management and communication skills
  • Creative and strategic thinker and problem solver 
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment
  • Extensive knowledge of social media 
  • Degree in business or nonprofit management, finance or economics a plus
  • Experience helping grow a start-up or nonprofit a plus
  • Experience in using CRM or donor management systems a plus
  • Analytics-based marketing experience a plus 


Please email a resume and cover letter to 

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Job CategoryFinance, Marketing, Operations
RoleDevelopment Director

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