Director of Philanthropy (HI)

KEES has been exclusively retained by Heifer International in its search for two  Director of Philanthropy roles, one be based in the New York City area, and the other in New England.

The Director of Philanthropy roles will offer an energetic, self-directed, experienced fundraiser the opportunity to join a development program within an organization that has broad reach and a proven reputation in the international development and humanitarian arena.

Heifer is seeking an exceptional major gift professional with demonstrated success securing six and seven figure leadership gifts on behalf of charitable organizations in areas of Heifer International’s focus. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to personal and team excellence; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; strong drive to create and strengthen donor relationships; and the ability to work cooperatively and diplomatically with a culturally diverse group of people. They enjoy high-level, front-line relationship building, solicitation, and strategy development for cultivating high-value relationships.  Candidates must display improvisation and flexibility in a rapidly changing environment and a capacity to work under pressure.

Key responsibilities include crafting strategies to engage donors and prospects and developing highly tailored proposals and engagement opportunities, with strategic responsibility for growing high-profile relationships.

One position is based in the New York City area and the second position is based in New England.  The Director of Philanthropy is required to reside in or within commuting distance of their region will be expected to have frequent local travel, and on occasion, national and international travel as well.

This position offers a competitive salary with strong benefits. Relocation assistance may be offered.

Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

Specific requirements include:

  • A minimum of five years of progressive experience in fundraising with an emphasis on major gifts. Demonstrated ability in building a robust pipeline of qualified donors through effective research and cultivation strategies. 
  • Proven fundraising skills, including major donor development with experience in proactive donor cultivation and tailored asks based on donor interests. Ability to prospect, cultivate and acquire donations from high net worth individuals
  • Demonstrated success in securing resources through grant applications and written proposals. Ability to prepare and present documents and reports in a well-designed, attractive format with impeccable attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of and experience with raising funds within the philanthropic culture of the assigned region is a must.
  • Proven interpersonal and communication skills; ability to skillfully and tactfully relate to individuals and groups.
  • Willingness and capability to travel frequently and work effectively from a home office.
  • Commitment to Heifer’s mission, Cornerstones values, and rural development model is a must. Knowledge of the nonprofit sector with awareness of the context in which nonprofit organizations operate.
  • Career track record that shows stability with an organization and capacity to develop and nurture relationships culminating in overall success.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required; Master’s degree preferred.


To assure confidential tracking of all applicants, no applications will be accepted via email. ALL INQUIRIES WILL BE HELD IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.

This search is being managed by Sue Bultman, Senior Consultant, and Alison Lewin, Project Manager of KEES. Questions may be addressed to [email protected].

KEES is a retained search and consulting firm dedicated to building transformative teams and leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors.

Heifer International works in 25 countries to attain sustainable livelihoods through community-owned interventions, and has provided more than 32 million families with the tools and training to lift themselves from poverty. Recognizing the different ways in which each region of the world supports the people who live there, Heifer has developed their 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development to serve as the foundation for community growth. By organizing their work into large-scale programs consisting of strategic initiatives that aim to meet the long-term needs of communities in many parts of the globe, Heifer creates deeper impact in the lives of their project partners by improving access to income, education, sanitation, water sources, health care and infrastructure.

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  • Biz Ghormley
    published this page in Job Board 2018-09-13 00:46:32 -0400