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Institutional Development Coordinator

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 human rights and humanitarian law violations and 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 an Institutional Development Coordinator to join the New York team.

Work Authorization: Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Location: Headquarters, New York, NY 

Reports to: Director of Institutional Development

Organizational Overview

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.

Role Description

Reporting to the director of institutional development, the institutional development coordinator is an integral member of the institutional development team and is responsible for conducting a full range of development activities that support fundraising plans for the programmatic areas of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), including assistance with maintaining key institutional and prospect relationships; project management; proposal management; donor and prospect moves management; and donor outreach and prospect research.


  • In consultation with the director of institutional development, implement short- and long-term strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward institutional funders for general and restricted support;
  • Support the executive director, chief marketing and development officer, and the director of institutional development in day-to-day tasks and activities, including researching and creating donor profiles; prioritizing and arranging appointments; composing/editing routine correspondence; prioritizing work; and providing project management;
  • Identify new prospective institutional donors and perform prospect research utilizing available research tools; prepare donor briefings;
  • Assist with prospect management activities, including tracking actions and organization information in the Salesforce database;
  • Develop a thorough knowledge of existing and potential funders;
  • Keep track of proposals and deliverables and ensure adherence to all deadlines through the project management platform and Salesforce;
  • Collaborate cross-functionally to capture and leverage constituent data for fundraising and deeper engagement;
  • Collaborate with the communications team to assist in cultivation and stewardship efforts, both digital and print, that attract new funders and grow overall support;
  • Manage data inputs from several sources for the institutional development department;
  • Run complex queries and reports from Salesforce; prepare weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports as well as customized dashboards for tracking progress;
  • Promote grant tracking procedures and standardization through trainings and resource creation; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

  • Bachelor’s degree, with three or more years of demonstrated successful development experience; experience with foundation relations and government grants a plus;
  • Strong judgement and decision-making skills;
  • 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 programs;
  • Exceptional research and synthesis skills, and a very high bar for work product;
  • Attention to detail and a commitment to data accuracy;
  • Self-starter with outstanding organizational skills time-management skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with attention to detail, while meeting deadlines;
  • Mature, flexible, resourceful, and a fast learner, with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to interact with donors, and represent the organization tactfully and diplomatically;
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) with advanced knowledge of Excel; experience with a donor database such as Salesforce a plus;
  • Ability to plan efficiently, organize, and manage several projects simultaneously with limited supervision or direction, while meeting deadlines; and
  • A commitment to human rights is essential.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position located in New York City. 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 “Institutional Development Coordinator” in the subject line.

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.