Accounts to:    Vice President, Development and Communications

Based in:         New York, New York

Salary range:  $95,000-$110,000


The International Women’s Health Coalition is looking for an experienced associate director to manage donor support from foundations and governments, craft high-quality written products for fundraising and outreach purposes, and play a key role in managing a 7-person development team. The associate director reports to the vice president for development and communications and focuses on stewarding high level donors through strategic communications, cultivating and stewarding a portfolio of donors, and expanding the donor base through prospect research and outreach.S/he will be a strategic communicator, excellent writer and editor, creative thinker, problem-solver, politically astute, and someone who enjoys working collaboratively and proactively across the organization.



A just and sustainable world where all people, regardless of gender, enjoy their human rights and health, and have power over their lives.



In order to achieve gender justice, IWHC advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and adolescent girls, by:

  • Funding and supporting feminist leaders, organizations, and movements, primarily in the Global South.
  • Advocating for international and US policies, programs, and funding, and holding governments to their commitments.
  • Generating knowledge and leading dialogues on critical and emergent issues.



The associate director will manage IWHC’s fundraising from foundations and governments, which currently make up approximately 70% of IWHC’s $9.3 million budget. The associate director will be responsible for sustaining and growing a portfolio of donors over the coming years. The associate director will work closely with development staff and senior leadership to prepare proposals and reports for current donors. S/he will also research and identify new donors and trends in foundation and government support, and work closely with the development team and senior staff to strategize and build relationships with new donors.


As a senior manager on the development team, the associate director will play a role in overseeing the development department, acting as a liaison to program teams, providing high-quality written products for donors, and supporting the vice president for development and communications in building staff cohesion and ensuring collaboration across the development team.


IWHC values teamwork and engages staff across all functions. The associate director will therefore be expected to understand and write about IWHC’s work and collaborate across teams on proposals and reports. S/he will also be expected to contribute to IWHC’s overall programmatic and organizational development, especially to its monitoring and evaluation, and to engage in programmatic activities, when relevant. S/he should be prepared to assist in development activities outside of the institutional funding role, such as the New York Annual Dinner and Leadership Council events in New York.



  • With the vice president for development and communications, design and execute the annual and long-range fundraising plan for institutional giving. This includes developing strategy, goals, agendas, and other collateral materials as needed, and providing leadership in the preparation of all background/briefing material.
  • Work with the vice president to maintain foundation revenue projections and expense tracking. Supervise one member of the foundation relations team. Perform administrative oversight functions and other duties as assigned.
  • Manage a portfolio of foundation donors, including many of the organization’s largest donors; develop solicitation and stewardship strategies; and maintain a schedule of contacts with foundation representatives. Support the president, as well as other executive leaders, with outreach and engagement strategies to maintain and increase grant revenue.
  • Build and maintain relationships with staff of institutional foundations as needed for proposal development, grants management and according to their interest; develop relationships with staff of donor advised funds, family foundations and philanthropic advisors.
  • Collaborate with the executive team to pursue new opportunities in foundations and government fundraising, including researching and building strategies for outreach to foundations. Prepare leadership team and other key program staff for meetings with foundation donors and prospects; and participate in donor meetings as appropriate. Work with the development team to strategize customized communications and touch points with top donors.
  • Manage a foundation relations officer, as well as consultant writing staff on an as needed basis. Ensure timely, strategically packaged writing products and carefully crafted budgets that display critical thinking across the breadth of IWHC’s grantmaking and advocacy activities, and a depth of knowledge about IWHC’s global programs.
  • Manage officer to ensure proposals, reports, and disbursement requests for institutional funders are submitted in a timely manner. This includes maintaining a foundation relations calendar, alerting executive and senior leadership of upcoming deadlines, liaising closely with finance to meet upcoming deadlines and need for input; ensuring compliance with guidelines; coordinating inputs of responsible staff; and ensuring files are maintained.
  • Work closely with development leadership to oversee the creation of fundraising materials for individual campaign, principal gift and major donors and prospects.
  • Keep abreast of IWHC’s work, and participate actively in program team meetings, brown bags, and other report backs, with a view to capture the latest and most interesting developments for inclusion in proposals. Travel opportunities are available, and sometimes necessary, to remain immersed in programmatic content.
  • Provide support to the vice president of development and communications, acting in a leadership capacity to implement the department strategic plan, chair meetings, and provide direction and support to staff.
  • Ensure that the foundation relations officer receives institutional donor information for Raiser’s Edge, and the finance team is kept abreast of proposals, grant awards and other donations.
  • Develop and maintain database profiles on potential donors;
  • Other duties as assigned, including for key development events.



  • Minimum 8 years of work experience, ideally in nonprofit fundraising, including minimum four years of fundraising experience working with foundations or institutional giving.
  • Passion for IWHC’s mission and work.
  • Proven grant writing or other writing experience is a must, with priority placed on those with experience writing for institutional donors.
  • Highly organized with high standards of quality and productivity, close attention to detail, ability to coordinate, synthesize and track large amounts of complex information
  • Able to work effectively and accurately under pressure, meet deadlines and manage competing priorities.
  • Politically astute, tactful, with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse staff across an institution; strong team player with sense of humor, excellent interpersonal skills, proactivity and ability to “manage up.”
  • Excellent written communication skills, including ability to communicate clearly, directly and effectively with colleagues.
  • Solid understanding of budgets and financials for proposals and reports.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office and prospect research. Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.
  • Maturity, discretion and professional manner.
  • Availability to travel domestically and internationally to meet with donors.
  • An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.


COMPENSATION: Competitive salary and excellent benefits, including generous vacation time, and no contribution for employee-only medical, dental, and vision coverage, among others.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 2, 2020 (applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis)


DESIRED START DATE: As soon as possible.


TO APPLY: Submit application on our website or send cover letter (including ref. #ADFR and salary requirements) and resume to: Liisa Sweet-Korpivaara @ fax 212-979-9009, or via email to: [email protected]


We cannot respond to all inquiries—only candidates for consideration will be contacted. We do not accept phone calls.


IWHC is an equal opportunity employer. IWHC values the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity brings to the work and culture of the office. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to consider joining us. IWHC does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the grounds of race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, HIV status or disability.