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Foundations Relations Officer

Position Description
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 to join 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 and 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 ideally 80% FTE with benefits; depending on the skills and interest we would consider hiring at 100% FTE or at 60% FTE.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and applying a deep understanding of Hesperian’s programs to effectively tell our story to domestic and international funders.
  • 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.
  • Conducting prospect research, identifying funding opportunities for one or more program areas,, and preparing briefs on institutional donors 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.
  • Maintaining and regularly sharing knowledge of relevant local, national, and international trends and opportunities in institutional giving.
  • Assisting with Hesperian development and promotional events, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • At least three years of direct or related experience with grant writing, foundation relations, development support, or philanthropy.
  • Fluency in English with strong writing and analytical skills.
  • Excellent oral and interpersonal communications skills. 
  • Experience in researching, identifying, and cultivating new relationships with prospective institutional funders preferred
  • 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.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary range: $60,000-$66,500 (full-time equivalent, pro-rated to 80% FTE)

Benefits (pro-rated to 80% FTE): 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: ATTN: Foundation Relations Officer Search. Email: [email protected] 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.

All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US. Hesperian is unable to provide visa sponsorship at this time.

 

Development Director

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

Hesperian seeks a dynamic Development Director to lead our fundraising team! As the Development Director, you will work closely with two fundraising team members (Foundation Relations Officer and Manager of Individual Giving) plus the Executive Director and Board of Directors to reach Hesperian’s annual fundraising goal of $1.5 million through individual major gifts, corporate donors, and foundation grants.

Our ideal candidate is an experienced fundraising professional with a proven track record of success with both foundation fundraising and major gifts from individuals. This full-time position reports to and partners closely with the Executive Director, serves on Hesperian’s senior management team, participates in meetings with the Board of Directors, and leads its Fund Development Committee.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Development Director will focus both on direct fundraising and on shaping fundraising strategy, planning and management.  Key responsibilities:

  • Oversee the foundation fundraising program to raise $1.1 million annually: Lead and actively participate in the cultivation, solicitation and management of a portfolio of foundation and other institutional funding sources.  Support the Foundation Relations Officer with a focus on generating new prospects for program work.  Ensure appropriate messaging and regular communications for stewardship of foundations staff.
  • Oversee individual donor program raising $400,000 annually: Support the Individual Giving Officer with a focus on stewardship, streamlining of systems and developing new gift opportunities. Ensure appropriate messaging and regular communications for stewardship of existing individual donors.
  • Develop annual and quarterly goals in coordination with the Executive Director. Lead and implement plans to meet those goals.
  • Coordinate and work with the Board of Directors to support fundraising efforts; lead meetings of the Fund Development Committee (board members and advisors).
  • Ensure clear and persuasive proposals, LOIs, concept notes, short pitches, and appeal letters are produced by the fundraising team with program staff input.
  • Coordinate with Manager of Finance regarding periodic income projections, donor reporting requirements, and financial reports required for donors.
  • Serve as a member of the senior management team; provide input into the development of program planning and operational budgets.
  • Supervise a team of two fundraising staff (Foundation Relations Officer and Individual Giving Officer). Ensure appropriate levels of support and supervision of volunteers working to support development activities.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Five or more years of nonprofit fundraising experience; at least two years spent managing a team of professional staff preferred.
  • Strong writing skills and demonstrated ability to write and edit persuasive philanthropic copy.
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets through foundation grants and individual donors. Experience developing and managing fundraising goals and work plans to achieve them.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience with outreach, cultivation, and relationship-building with new foundations and individual donors.

 

CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong initiative and personal organization, successful at managing multiple projects.
  • Detail-oriented, able to meet multiple and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders, including staff and board members, international partners, and Hesperian donors.
  • Commitment to social justice, understanding of the issues and politics of community and international health and development.
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to Hesperian’s work, mission and philosophy.

 

Compensation & benefits:
This is a full-time position with a starting salary of $85,000 to $95,000 depending on experience.  Excellent benefits include 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 candidates should send a resume and cover letter to: Hesperian, ATTN: Development Director Search. Email: [email protected] No 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.

All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US. Hesperian is unable to provide visa sponsorship at this time.

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].