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Board Liaison and Philanthropy Manager

Position Summary

For more than 30 years, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has used science and medicine to document and call attention to mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. PHR, which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize for its work to end the scourge of landmines, is poised for even greater growth and impact. As part of that strategy, we are investing in the growth, diversification, and engagement of our board of directors, a new advisory council, and partnerships with individuals and organizations in the philanthropic community that share a passion for human rights and an appreciation for PHR’s unique role as an anchor human rights organization.

One such newly created role is that of board liaison and philanthropy manager. This position is for a fundraising professional who is responsible for significantly expanding and stewarding PHR’s base of major donors. Primary responsibilities focus on major donor engagement, working directly with the executive director and board members on stewarding PHR’s top philanthropists, and developing relationships with prospects. This will include supporting the stewardship of PHR’s board and leadership council; the management of donor communications for key stakeholders; the development and implementation of stewardship strategies; and the management of PHR’s key fundraising event – its annual gala. The board liaison and philanthropy manager serves on a staff of eight committed fundraising professionals; manages the development associate; will work closely with donors and programmatic staff; and will serve as a thought partner with the executive director and the board of directors.

Reports to: Chief Development Officer

Location: New York, NY


Board Liaison

· In collaboration with the chief development officer, staff the board development committee and the gala committee to support successful fundraising activities that attract new donors and reach new revenue milestones.

· Ensure that the board and other bodies/groups receive regular communications and engagement opportunities that help increase their involvement in the organization.

In collaboration with the executive director and board chair, support the design and execution of board and council meetings and new member orientation.

· In partnership with the executive director and director of policy, support the management of the advisory council.

· Organize and assist in board-related special events, such as dinners, receptions, fundraisers, and field trips.

Philanthropy Manager

· Contribute to the development of and help implement long- and short-term fundraising strategies to expand PHR’s base of major donors, both domestically and internationally.

· Work with program and communications staff to draft donor briefs, proposals, and requests that secure financial support.

· Design an annual calendar of creative and unique major donor and prospect engagement opportunities.

· Identify major donor prospects and conduct background research to help identify interests.

· Track donors and prospects through the moves management system.

· Regularly measure and report on fundraising progress for their portfolio.

· Other related tasks as required.


· Bachelor’s degree.

· Minimum five years of fundraising experience with a track record of building donor relations and closing gifts or related and equivalent experience.

· Discretion and experience interacting diplomatically with board and council members, donors, and other external stakeholders or similar profile.

· Knowledge of philanthropists in the human rights field desired.


· Superb written and verbal communication skills.

· Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with staff at all levels, and ability to represent PHR with tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality.

· Excellent planning and organizational skills, including ability to prioritize, manage time efficiently, meet deadlines, and work independently and collaboratively.

· Meticulous attention to details.

· Good listener with the ability to build rapport easily with internal and external constituents.

· A team-oriented person with a passion for human rights, excellent judgment, maturity, creativity, flexibility, and a good sense of humor.

· Strong commitment to the mission and goals of PHR.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position located in New York City and is an in-office-based role (not remote).

How to Apply

Please email cover letter (with salary requirements) and resume to Please include the job title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email. Kindly indicate where you saw this job posting in your cover letter.

Physicians for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit and hire without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status, or age.

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