Development Specialist, Bay Area
International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC)

Accounts to:    Vice President, Development and Communications
Based in:        San Francisco Bay Area



The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) recognizes that women’s and girls’ human rights, health and equality are essential to social, environmental, and economic justice for all.

We envision a world in which all women and girls can exercise their human rights to:

  • access the information, resources, and services they need to enhance and protect their health and achieve their full potential;
  • make informed decisions about their sexuality, relationships, pregnancy, child-bearing, and marriage and all other matters related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights, free of discrimination, coercion, and violence; and
  • participate in and assume leadership of civil society movements to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.



IWHC advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. IWHC furthers this agenda by supporting and strengthening leaders and organizations working at the community, national, regional, and global levels, and by advocating for international and US policies, programs, and funding.

IWHC builds bridges between local realities and international policy by connecting women and young people in the Global South to key decision-makers. In doing so, IWHC brings local voices to global debates and in turn, makes global processes and policies more understandable and actionable at the local level.



IWHC is looking for a full-time Development Specialist to steward IWHC’s Bay Area Leadership Council members, provide administrative and logistical support for the organization’s events and meetings in California, conduct regular prospect research and strategy development, and support IWHC’s individual giving program and the Director of Major Gifts. The position is currently IWHC’s only full-time, West Coast-based staff member, and requires an entrepreneurial, outgoing, and organized team member. S/he will contribute to IWHC’s mission to promote, advocate and mobilize support for the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights, and form an integral part of the organization’s seven-member Development team. S/he will work to not only sustain and grow IWHC’s burgeoning West Coast presence, but to strengthen the organization as a whole. S/he will work closely with the Major Gifts Director and the individual giving team, and support the work of the Vice President, Development and Communications and the President’s office.



  • Work with the Development team, including the Vice President for Development and Communications, and the Major Gifts Director, to implement IWHC’s Bay Area Strategy for outreach, cultivation and fundraising;
  • Work with the Major Gifts Director to steward Bay Area Leadership Council members, ensuring gifts renewals and regular correspondence with members; Collaborate with Development and Communications staff to schedule meetings and prepare briefing notes and follow up for staff. Suggest contacts and possible donors to meet with, and strategize to prepare for the meetings;
  • Plan and execute California-based cultivation events. Working in collaboration with Development and Program colleagues, coordinate all elements of special events, including brainstorming creative ideas for event content (e.g. themes, speakers, annual dinner honorees), and collaborating with Communications staff on messaging, media, event program, and web content; arranging venue and menus, developing invitations and event materials, and managing event program and follow-up;
  • Lead prospect research for the Development team. Conduct research on individual, corporate and institutional donors and prospects; compile information into detailed profiles, reports and briefing documents, and work collaboratively to develop donor strategy;
  • Track individual giving to the organization from the Bay Area by maintaining income tracking lists and ensuring scheduling of regular meetings to discuss donor and prospect strategy, timely renewal of gifts, and the achievement of fundraising targets;
  • Design and implement event and stewardship follow-up plans, and work closely with the Development Operations and Membership Services Specialist and the Development Associate to ensure that the appropriate data is captured in the database;
  • In conjunction with Development colleagues, provide administrative support to the Development department for team meetings and specialty events;
  • Provide administrative and logistical support to the Director of Major Gifts, including scheduling, travel, etc.
  • Liaise with and oversee consultants, interns, vendors, and volunteers;
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Passion for IWHC’s mission and a strong commitment to women’s rights, sexual and reproductive rights and health, human rights, and gender equality. Interest and experience in international affairs and foreign policy;
  • High level of self-motivation, dynamism, perseverance, and ease at taking initiative and working independently with limited supervision;
  • Approximately four years of experience with fundraising for a nonprofit organization. Fundraising for nonprofit advocacy or women’s rights is preferred;
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to develop relationships and build and maintain connections;
  • Excellent listening and speaking ability, with sensitivity to cultural communication differences and ability to deal with high level donors and senior executives on the phone and in person;
  • Must be detailed-oriented in execution;
  • Fluent written and spoken English required, and excellent writing skills for follow up;
  • Superior computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office and internet research;
  • Familiarity with donor databases is required, with a strong preference for those familiar with the Raiser’s Edge;
  • Ability to meet deadlines, manage competing priorities, and work cooperatively, effectively and accurately under pressure;
  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues, mature and diplomatic manner and disposition, good sense of humor;
  • Available to work evenings, occasional weekends and to travel, as needed
  • Development department for team meetings and specialty events;
  • Liaise with and oversee consultants, interns, vendors, and volunteers;
  • Other duties as assigned.


COMPENSATION: Competitive salary and excellent benefits, including generous vacation time, and no employee contribution for employee-only medical, dental and vision coverage, among others. Please note that there may be a need to work additional hours, including evenings of special events.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2019 (applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis)


DESIRED START DATE: As soon as possible


TO APPLY: Send cover letter (including ref. #DS2019) and resume to Liisa Sweet-Korpivaara @ fax 212-979-9009, or via email to: [email protected].


Only complete applications will be reviewed and due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.


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 individual’s race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, HIV status or disability. This policy applies to all of IWHC’s activities including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline and discharge. We are committed to seeking qualified candidates who contribute to the diversity of the working environment.