Director of Institutional Development
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, is a U.S.-based international advocacy organization working at the intersection of medicine, science, and law. With a global network of thousands of medical, scientific, and legal experts, PHR uses the power of medical and scientific evidence to document violations of human rights and humanitarian law, prevent abuses, protect survivors, and promote justice and universal human rights for all.
Building upon its highly respected place in the field, and supported by a committed and talented team, PHR seeks a Director of Institutional Development.
Work Authorization: Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.
Location: Headquarters, New York, NY
Reports to: Chief Marketing and Development Officer (CMDO)
Physicians for Human Rights was founded in 1986 by five physicians who were united in the belief that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to prevent harm and promote respect for human rights. Since its founding, PHR has built a long and distinguished record of accomplishment by conducting groundbreaking investigations and advocacy, in concert with strategic partners.
PHR’s approach includes extensive documentation of the use of illegal and inhumane weapons in armed conflicts, attacks on civilians, and the physical and psychological impacts of torture and sexual violence as a weapon of war. Other core activities include protecting the rights of those seeking asylum in the United States, the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and halting attacks on medical facilities and frontline health professionals.
The Director of Institutional Development is responsible for identifying new prospective donors and creating and implementing strategies for PHR’s institutional giving program, comprised of foundations, governments, and corporate funders. The director of institutional development will report to the CDMO and supervise a staff of three. They will help to establish and maintain relationships with PHR’s institutional funders and will work closely with PHR leadership and other staff to design and prepare funding proposals and reports, and to help ensure compliance with all awarded grants and their requirements. This role will also be instrumental in the development of new programmatic areas of work during the 2021/22 year.
The ideal candidate will have experience growing and managing a diverse portfolio of funders and grants in line with strategic organizational priorities, and a demonstrated capability in forming strong relationships with funders and partners.
- Develop and manage the stewardship of institutional funders in conjunction with the Chief Marketing and Development Officer (CMDO), COO, Executive Director, and senior leadership.
- Support PHR’s new strategic planning process, including in the development of institutional giving strategies and the identification of potential funders to support new program areas.
- Identify and steward new institutional funding prospects, as well as steward current donor relationships; develop and implement solicitation and cultivation strategies.
- Oversee and prepare written communications as well as delegate writing projects for the development department including letters of inquiry, proposals, reports, budgets, pitch letters, grant applications, and periodic updates on activities to secure new funding and renewals, and to comply with grant reporting requirements.
- Coordinate with senior and program staff on grant fundraising efforts and oversee submission of proposals and reports; manage negotiation of government and foundation contracts.
- Partner with COO and CMDO to prepare grant budget proposals, financial reports, and other information for tracking, analysis, budgeting, and internal/external reporting.
- Oversee adherence to calendar for proposal and reporting deadlines.
- Recruit, hire, and supervise a top-notch professional staff that also includes rotating interns.
- Assist the CMDO with other functions as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree is required.
- Minimum four to six years demonstrated successful management of a complex portfolio, including foundation relations, and grant writing experience, or equivalent experience.
- Experience working with a range of funding partners,
- Proven understanding of ability to work with and prepare budgets.
- Demonstrated experience inspiring and leading a dynamic team, supporting professional development, effectively delegating, and project managing multiple simultaneous work-streams.
- Strong writing and content development skills, direct grant writing expertise, and a track record of successfully securing institutional funding, and exceeding contributed income goals in a competitive fundraising environment. Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, especially MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook.
- Working knowledge of Salesforce a plus.
- Knowledge of Moves Management a plus.
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
- Outstanding communications skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to write and edit persuasively on a wide range of human rights issues, and the ability to grasp and communicate substantive PHR policies and programs.
- Superb people management skill.
- Excellent interpersonal skills which include the ability to work with staff at all levels; interact with donors; and represent PHR with tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality.
- Excellent organizational and project management skills, including ability to ensure deadlines are met.
- Ability to exercise sound judgment and leadership in a collaborative, professional, and ethical manner.
- Strong commitment to the mission and goals of PHR.
- Mature, resilient, resourceful, and detail-oriented, with the ability to work both independently, and as a member of a team.
- 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 and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the job title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email and where you saw this job posting in the email body.
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.