United States of America: Senior Foundations Officer

Organization: University of Global Health Equity
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 18 Oct 2018

Under the supervision of the Director of Partnership Development, and in close coordination with PIH’s Director of Foundation Relations, the Senior Foundations Officer (SFO) is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of foundation gifts of $100,000+. As a member of a dynamic and growing fundraising team, this person plays a central role in developing and implementing foundation gift strategies for the organization and implementing individualized prospect plans. The person in this position is expected to work directly with senior UGHE and PIH staff and board members to achieve these goals.

Specific Responsibilities

Proposal Development, Grant Writing, and Reporting (60%)

  • Assume primary responsibility for writing and editing requests for funding, such as letters of inquiry, concept papers, proposals, and grant applications, to foundation and corporate funding sources in close partnership with program staff.
  • Provide writing support to Director of Partnership Development as needed.
  • Build consensus with internal stakeholders and with funders to define proposal and report strategies, purpose, and framing.
  • Ensure key deliverables are submitted to donors on time, meeting both internal and external deadlines.
  • Oversee the production of proposal materials, such as project budgets, photographs and maps, application forms, board and staff lists, and cover letters.
  • Ensure good stewardship by hosting grant launches, monitoring grant-funded projects, and proactively communicating changes to the donor. *Perform other relevant duties as needed to support foundations team and development department goals.

Donor Prospecting, Cultivation and Management (40%)

  • Build portfolio of prospects using existing foundation contacts and new prospects using internal and external research tools.
  • Develop comprehensive cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for a designated portfolio of foundation funders, and assume primary responsibility for independently implementing and adjusting these strategies over the course of the year to meet annual revenue goals.
  • Engage across the fundraising teams at UGHE and PIH to maximize value of foundation partnerships and identify opportunities to creatively leverage organizational relationships.
  • Represent PIH externally with significant foundation funders and foundation prospects on phone calls, face-to-face meetings, and site visits.
  • Assume responsibility for preparing PIH leadership to lead or participate in these meetings, and other cultivation and solicitation activity.
  • Qualify new and lapsed funders in a timely manner to build out a broader prospect pipeline for the team, and maximize organizational investment in new prospects.


  • Requires at least 3-5 years of fundraising or related programmatic experience, including specialized knowledge of foundation fundraising best practices, proposal development, and donor solicitation.
  • Experience in a higher education environment and knowledge of the higher education funding environment. Knowledge and experience in global health is not mandatory but is strongly desired.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills; ability to articulate UGHE’s and PIH’s mission, program objectives, and resource needs persuasively to potential donors.
  • Ability to serve as an external representative to donors.
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to manage complex projects from creation to completion, plan and prioritize multiple projects, and coordinate teams to meet deadlines.
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate effectively with culturally diverse staff across departments and countries.
  • Demonstrated poise, tact, integrity, and professionalism.
  • Interest in social justice strongly desirable.
  • Knowledge and proficiency with best practices in donor recognition and data management. Raiser’s Edge experience desirable.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

How to apply:

The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is an initiative of Partners In Health (PIH), an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. In three decades of operating alongside public sectors in countries around the world, PIH has developed a model to deliver high quality health care to some of the world’s most marginalized communities. Nowhere has this impact been more profound than in Rwanda, where Inshuti Mu Buzima—PIH’s sister organization—and our government partners have driven innovation for a decade.

The University launched in Rwanda in September 2015 with its flagship degree program, the Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD). The Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelors of Surgery (MBBS) program, to be launched in July 2019, aims to improve individual and population health by training diverse clinician leaders with the skills, attitudes, and commitment to promote wellness, to ease suffering, and to develop more effective and equitable health care delivery systems. Consistent with UGHE’s vision of training future leaders with expertise in health care delivery, our medical students will pursue a joint MBBS and MGHD degree.

Members of the UGHE community are tenacious and resolute in our drive to attain social justice, make common cause with those in needed, listen to and learn from others, and operate with honesty and humility as we uphold academic integrity and intellectual curiosity. The University of Global Health Equity seeks individuals committed to these values to join the team.

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