Careers and Internships at PHR | Director, Individual Giving and Board Liaison

Director, Individual Giving and Board Liaison

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 land mines, is poised for even greater growth and impact. As part of that strategy, we are very excited to be recruiting committed activists with a passion for human rights.

One such newly created role is that of director, individual giving and board liaison. This position is for a fundraising professional who is responsible for significantly expanding and stewarding PHR’s base of individual donors. Primary responsibilities focus on major individual donor engagement, including stewardship of PHR’s board and leadership council, as well as overseeing PHR’s annual gala. The director, individual giving and board liaison serves with 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 PHR’s executive director, chief development officer, and the board of directors.

Reports to: Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Location: New York, NY


Individual Giving

  • Work with CDO, executive director, and senior staff to implement long- and short-term fundraising strategies to expand PHR’s base of major individual donors, both domestically and internationally.
  • Manage donor communications and development of stewardship strategies for top donors.
  • Determine individual giving goals to meet organizational needs and assume responsibility for ensuring goals are met. 
  • Identify major donor prospects; conduct background research in preparation of meetings; manage a portfolio of existing and major donor prospects; and participate personally in soliciting gifts. 
  • Track donors and prospects through the moves management system.
  • Work with program and communications staff to draft donor briefs, proposals, and asks that secure gifts.
  • Work in partnership with the director, institutional giving to develop cross-functional development strategies and targeted donor support.
  • Design and implement an annual calendar of creative and unique major donor engagement opportunities.
  • Support existing team, and recruit, hire, and inspire a top-notch professional staff that also includes rotating interns.
  • Perform other related tasks as required.

Board Liaison

  • Staff the board development committee and the gala committee in support of successful fundraising activities that attract new individual donors and reach new revenue milestones.
  • Provide support for the execution of board meetings, including support of agendas, presentations, and logistics.
  • In partnership with the executive director, staff the board nominating committee and oversee successful implementation of new board orientation.
  • In partnership with the executive director and director of policy, support the management of the advisory council.
  • Organize and assist in leading board-related special events, such as dinners, receptions, fundraisers, and trips.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum seven years of related and equivalent experience, with progressive responsibility for fundraising, and a track record of building donor relations and closing major gifts.
  • Proven management skills and the ability to effectively evaluate, prioritize, and develop individuals at all stages in a portfolio.
  • Discretion and experience interacting diplomatically with high-level individuals, including board and advisory council members, donors, and other external contacts.
  • Knowledge of donors in the New York area and 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 the 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.
  • Excellent presentation, organizational, interpersonal, and writing skills.
  • 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). 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 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 committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff.