Careers and Internships at PHR | Chief Development Officer

Chief Development Officer

In concert with the executive director, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) will design, articulate, and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy for the organization. This individual will fully explore PHR’s fundraising potential, with the understanding that fundraising will play a vital role in the organization’s ability to increase its impact.

The CDO will manage an experienced development team charged with developing new and creative approaches to significantly increase individual giving (major donors, membership) and ensure ongoing philanthropic support from foundations, corporations, and governments. PHR’s goal for annual fundraising in 2018 is approximately $18 million with anticipated growth of 20% per year which it has been successfully been achieving each year for the past five years. The CDO will also be responsible for a $25M campaign which was launched with an $8 million challenge gift in 2017.

The ideal candidate will possess proven leadership, management, team building and organizational skills; a strong record of securing new donors and track record with cultivation and solicitation of major donors; experience with acquisition programs, substantial experience working with Boards; and the passion, enthusiasm, professionalism and drive to achieve ambitious fundraising goals.

In addition, PHR seeks a candidate with a strong personal commitment to human rights issues, an understanding of how to inspire and engage a group of major donors interested in promoting human rights, successfully build and engage a membership constituency and synchronize fundraising initiatives with the core mission of the organization.

The chief development officer is a member of the Executive Management Team (EMT) and works closely with the board of directors and senior staff. This position is based in PHR’s New York City headquarters. This role is currently focused on the east coast region, but PHR is eager to expand its influence on the west coast and in Europe.

Reports to: Executive Director

Location: New York, NY


  • Partner with the executive director, senior staff and Deputy CDO to establish priorities and strategies for PHR goals and objectives, implementing a comprehensive and strategic development plan aimed at supporting the organization’s mission and activities, building upon the strengths of existing development efforts, and aggressively pursuing new opportunities for funding and engagement.
  • Provide strategic leadership for PHR’s $25M capital campaign (of which $13 M has already been secured).
  • Provide overall leadership for a department of seven with three of more direct reports as well as significant consulting contracts.
  • Provide dynamic and innovative leadership for PHR’s fundraising efforts, building an infrastructure that supports short and long term goals, including the implementation of major gifts and membership programs.
  • Inspire and staff the Board in the direct solicitation of major gifts, the planning and execution of fundraising events (including the gala), and building the pipeline planning and development of a large portfolio of donors.
  • Inspire and engage a group of elite donors interested in promoting human rights.
  • Working collaboratively with Communications and Advocacy teams, initiate a major acquisition drive to develop a membership program and ultimately expand the pool of major gifts and individual donors.
  • Reinforce a culture of philanthropy among all stakeholders, from staff to volunteers to donors.
  • Guide and support programmatic staff who are engaged with fundraising. Utilize key leaders’ time and talents appropriately with respect to cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship efforts.
  • Staff multiple board committees.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Communications department to enhance messaging at all levels of the organization, keeping donors and the public informed, thanked, and involved; providing vehicles for more effective Board and staff fundraising communications; and ensuring increased online giving opportunities.
  • Foster an environment that rewards new ideas and entrepreneurship, creating a culture that celebrates innovation, builds confidence, encourages teamwork, promotes diversity, and sets clear expectations for future success.
  • Plan and carefully manage the development budget, ensuring that funds are spent efficiently and effectively in support of PHR’s mission.
  • Liaise and collaborate with the director of communications on all advancement-related activities, ensuring PHR’s public face is consistent with achieving the organization’s mission and fundraising goals.
  • Work collaboratively and in coordination with other departments, including through active participation in the work of the entire EMT. Conduct effective interdepartmental communications and provide regular summaries of all development activities to PHR directors.
  • Develop and implement strategies to take advantage of PHR’s strategic plan and campaign initiatives.
  • Report regularly to the EMT and executive director on outcomes, efforts, and progress toward PHR’s fundraising goals.


  • An energetic, dynamic leader who has a 7-10 year track record of effective fundraising.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; relevant master’s degree preferred.


  • Proven ability to identify, ultimate, solicit, and steward major gifts.
  • Ability to build a low level donor/membership program through traditional and social media channels including new donor acquisition.
  • Goal orientated with strong internal direction and motivation.
  • Strong management skills, both strategic and operations, and a demonstrated ability to build, manage, mentor, and sustain an effective team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior leadership, Board members, staff, and volunteers, providing strong support and inspiring them to productive action.
  • Thoughtful and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Superior writing skills, as well as strong presentation and communication skills, with the ability to deal with sensitive human rights issues, directly and passionately, and to translate PHR’s mission and programs into fundraising initiatives that garner financial support.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-­paced, diverse, and demanding environment with constantly changing priorities due to newly emerging opportunities.
  • Willingness to travel less than 15 percent.
  • Familiarity with and demonstrated commitment to international human rights is essential.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. PHR offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, a retirement savings plan, and generous vacation.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter (with compensation requirements), and resume to, including “Chief Development Officer” in the subject line. Please indicate where you saw this job posting in your cover letter.