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Job Opportunities

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Development Director


Hesperian seeks a dynamic Development Director to lead our fundraising team! As the Development Director, you will work closely with 2 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 the Executive Director, serves on Hesperian’s senior management team, participates in meetings with the Board of Directors, and leads its Fund Development Committee.


The Development Director will spend an estimated 60% time on direct fundraising and 40% on 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 developing funding sources for new 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 fundraising plans, in coordination with the Executive Director and fundraising staff, including strategies and goals for acquiring, renewing and generating support from foundations and individuals.  Create work plans and effective systems to ensure that monthly and quarterly fundraising activities are implemented to meet annual goals. Evaluate the effectiveness of those plans.
  • Coordinate and work with the Board of Directors to support fundraising efforts; lead meetings of the Fund Development Committee (board members and advisors).
  • Work with the Executive Director to coordinate the overall philanthropic outreach strategy.
  • 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 2 fundraising staff (Foundation Relations Officer and Individual Giving Officer). Ensure appropriate levels of support and supervision of volunteers working to support development activities.


  • 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 (foundation grants and major gifts). 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.


  • 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 competitive salary 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.


Writer/Researcher for Project on Epilepsy and Seizures

Hesperian Health Guides, non-profit publisher of Where There Is No Doctor and other health publications, 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 full-time Writer/Researcher for a Hesperian initiative to produce resources on Epilepsy and Seizures. This new staff position will research, review and create draft materials for a short chapter for Hesperian’s New Where There Is No Doctor and an expanded book-length resource on epilepsy; work with an editor to refine the editorial vision, organizational structure and scope of the resources; and carry out this vision by developing the content for both print and online presentation. Joining existing global epilepsy-related networks and creating relationships with interested individuals and organizations is an integral part of this position.

Background: In the US, about 3 million adults and ½ million children have epilepsy. While medical treatment for seizures is fairly accessible, social understanding of epilepsy is limited, leading to stigma and discrimination. Globally, about 50 million people have epilepsy and seizures, of whom 80% live in low- and middle-income countries where about 75% get no treatment. There is a worldwide need for understandable, politically progressive materials, accessible to people with epilepsy, their family members, and their caregivers, which focus on the physical and especially social aspects of epilepsy and seizing. These resources will deal extensively with stigma and its effects, helping people effectively counsel family members, friends and neighbors, as well as organize to change discriminatory policies and practices regarding people who have seizures. 

Responsibilities include:

The writer/researcher will be responsible for writing, research, and editing to generate a manuscript consistent with the editorial vision of the book. This includes work to:

  • Research and draft sections covering all aspects of epilepsy: its varieties, diagnosis, origins, treatment, stigma, relationship to violence, etc. 
  • Oversee any research conducted and compiled by interns, contractors, staff, and volunteers.
  • Work with production staff and external artists to modify and develop illustrations.
  • Edit any materials drafted by co-workers, contractors, interns and volunteers.
  • Organize, coordinate and participate in processes for consultation and feedback regarding the drafts among Hesperian staff, community reviewers, and external expert reviewers.
  • Collaboration with editorial staff to evaluate feedback from internal, external and community reviewers and help create and implement editorial plans for revisions based on this feedback.

The writer/researcher will support the management of the process to develop the book. This includes work to:

  • Reach out to and build relationships with networks, organizations, and individuals involved with epilepsy and related health topics.
  • Collaborate with the editor to develop quarterly and annual work plans for the project, annual project budgets, and periodic progress assessments.
  • Manage expenses for the project according to and within the parameters of the approved budget. Participate in project budget reviews. 
  • Support the editor in effective communication with the production staff.
  • Work with fundraising team to support the development of fundraising and reporting materials.
  • Represent Hesperian by participating in and presenting at events and conferences regarding epilepsy, and public health in general.
  • Participate in the development of other Hesperian publications, editorial, and staff processes as requested. 


Proven ability to research and write non-fiction in a popular, non-academic style.

The ability to accept and respond positively to editorial feedback.

The ability to work and build relationships cross-culturally.

Also appreciated: experience living outside the United States; fluency in languages other than English; experience with epilepsy; familiarity with global public health issues and institutions.

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a full-time position with a starting salary range of $50,000 – $60,000 depending on experience.  Hesperian is located in the San Francisco Bay Area; due to the pandemic, this is a remote work position.

​Benefits: 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: please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to: [email protected]

No calls please.

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].