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Job Opportunities

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Foundation Relations Officer – Part-Time

Hesperian Health Guides provides information and educational tools to help people around the world take greater control over their health and lives, and works to eliminate the underlying causes of poor health. Since our founding more than 45 years ago, Hesperian has joined with like-minded organizations and movements to promote health justice on a global scale.

Hesperian seeks a highly motivated Foundation Relations Officer for our development team. The ideal candidate is a hands-on, collaborative individual with enthusiasm for and commitment to Hesperian’s work, mission, and philosophy. They possess the experience and motivation to conduct development research; prepare effective briefs, proposals, updates, and reports; manage an active portfolio of institutional supporters and prospects; and contribute to the overall success of the development team. The Foundation Relations Officer reports to our Development Director, works with the Individual Giving Officer, Executive Director, project managers, and finance team; participates in joint development and marketing team efforts; and may work with volunteers, student interns, and consultants.

Hesperian’s diverse, devoted staff is committed to social justice and engages with the issues and politics of community and international health. We seek caring learners with proven ability to accomplish shared goals working successfully with people differing in life experiences and identities.
The Foundation Relations Officer position is 60% time with benefits.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and applying a deep understanding of Hesperian’s programs to tell our story to domestic and international funders effectively.
  • Maintaining the grants calendar and institutional funder records to track meetings, internal and external deadlines, relationship-building and other communications.
  • Timely drafting, submitting, and following up on LOIs, grant proposals, and reports focusing on an assigned portfolio of current and new funders.
  • Using sound judgment in supporting and building strong relationships with assigned institutional funders and their representatives.
  • Identifying funding opportunities for one or more program areas, conducting research, and preparing briefs on institutional supporters and prospects.
  • Working with the Director of Development to prepare the Executive Director, relevant staff, and Board members in advance of meetings with institutional donors and prospects.
  • Assisting with Hesperian development and promotional events, as needed.
  • Maintaining currency and regularly sharing knowledge of relevant local and national trends and opportunities in institutional giving.


  • At least two years of direct or related experience with grant writing, foundation relations, development support, or philanthropy.
  • Fluency in English with excellent writing, communications, interpersonal, and analytical skills.
  • Highly organized, able to take the initiative, work in a team, and be resourceful with excellent time management skills.
  • Working knowledge of ethical standards for development professionals and effective use of independent judgment.
  • Demonstrable flexibility and resilience in a dynamic work environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and prior nonprofit employment.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office, G Suite, Dropbox, CRM database management preferred.
  • Bilingual/bicultural is a plus, as is experience working or volunteering internationally.

​We know that some great candidates may not meet all criteria and encourage you to apply.


Work at home until Hesperian’s East Bay office re-opens. Occasional weekend work required.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary range: $55,000-$62,500 (full-time equivalent, pro-rated to 60% time)

​Benefits (pro-rated): Medical, dental, and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, 403(b) plan, paid vacation and personal days, professional development opportunities, and generous family leave policy.

To apply:

Interested individuals should send a cover letter including what excites you about this opportunity and a summary of your qualifications (1 page), a resume (1-2 pages), and one relevant writing sample (up to 2500 words) to [email protected] with the subject line ATTN: Foundation Relations Officer Search. No phone calls, please.

Hesperian is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions based on 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.

Work Study Opportunities

Paid work-study opportunities are available. If you are a UC Berkeley student, please visit the work-study website for a listing of open positions. If you are a student at another institution and are interested in work-study opportunities, please email us at [email protected].