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Senior Development Officer – Foundation Relations

Position Overview

Would you like to apply your excellent writing and communications skills to ensure better health outcomes for vulnerable populations globally and locally?

Hesperian Health Guides seeks a Development Officer to lead our efforts to raise funds from private and corporate foundations. You will supervise a part-time grant writer, and work closely with the Executive Director and Hesperian board members to raise an average of $1.2 million annually. This position is part of a fundraising team that includes a Manager of Individual Giving and a Development and Media Specialist. This is a full-time position and reports to the Executive Director. 

Our ideal candidate is a fundraising or communications professional with at least 5 years of experience, and a proven track record of success with all aspects of foundation fundraising including: strategy development, research, cultivation and stewardship, and development of complex grant proposals. We are looking for a committed progressive fundraiser with the drive to help take this U.S. and internationally focused organization to the next level.

About Hesperian

Rarely has one small non-profit organization had such a broad and sustained impact on health in communities struggling with poverty as Hesperian Health Guides. Best known for the publication, Where There Is No Doctor, a practical guide to identify, treat, prevent, and address the underlying causes of a wide range of health issues; our print and digital materials are used in 222 countries and territories around the world by community health workers, Peace Corps volunteers, missionaries, teachers, health educators, health agencies, community organizers, and everyday people in low-resource settings. Through our open copyright approach, we support governmental, NGO, and community-based partner organizations around the world to create localized, translated editions of our materials to magnify access to essential health information. There are now 264 print editions of Hesperian’s publications available in 84 languages with over 6 million copies currently in circulation; our mobile-friendly online content in 15 languages was accessed by over 5 million people in the last 12 months alone.  

Hesperian is based in Berkeley, CA. Our annual budget averages $1.9 million. We have 20 full-time and part-time staff, and hundreds of volunteers contribute thousands of hours of their time annually. We value an office culture of familiarity, longevity, and shared vision. The average Hesperian employee has several years of international experience and a desire to make ‘Health for All’ a reality.  


  • Lead the identification, research, cultivation, outreach, stewardship and management of Hesperian’s foundation and corporate funding portfolio.
  • Develop strategies and work with the Executive Director, members of board of directors, and other staff in outreach and cultivation efforts with potential funding sources.
  • Develop effective and compelling communications (LOIs, concept papers, proposals and correspondence) for existing and potential institutional funders tailored to each funder based on their priorities and requirements.  
  • Develop annual fundraising plans, in coordination with the Executive Director including strategies and goals for acquiring, renewing and generating support from foundation and corporate funders.
  • Supervise and support the work of the (part-time) Grant Writer.
  • Maintain up-to-date information on funder communications, deadlines, and reporting requirements.  


  • Five or more years of nonprofit fundraising or communications experience
  • Demonstrated ability to craft and edit compelling proposals, reports and fundraising communications
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience developing and managing fundraising goals and budgets
  • Highly organized, with superb attention to detail, and able to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Enthusiasm for Hesperian’s work, mission and philosophy 
  • Interest or experience in health of marginalized communities, women’s health, and environmental health strongly preferred
  • Prior experience living and working outside the U.S. a plus

Compensation:Starting annual salary from $60,000 to $68,000 depending on experience. Excellent health, dental, vision and other benefits. We are a family friendly workplace with flexibility around schedules.

To apply: Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to: Hesperian, ATTN: Development Manager: Foundation Relations, 1919 Addison St. Suite 304, Berkeley, CA 94704; Email: jobsearch@hesperian.orgNo phone calls, please.

Hesperian is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. Hesperian policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed or religion, sex, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, genetic characteristics or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

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