The primary responsibilities of this role will be to:
- Design and develop a high impact development strategy and cultivate prospects for the purpose of converting them into HIP donors.
- Identify promising funding sources with the capacity, passion, and vision to support HIP.
- Secure major gifts from diverse public and private sources, including high-net-worth individuals, foundations, and governments.
- Inform, engage, and develop these funding sources successfully as enabling financial supporters of the project.
- Build credibility, transparency, and trust within the broader funding community to develop future, potential funders of HIP.
- Manage donor relationships.
- Maintain a well-documented portfolio with all associated administrative duties, such as activity tracking.
- Accompany the CEO and others in meetings with donors, as appropriate.
The Human Immunome Project has substantial potential for revenue generation via its world-class network, and this is an excellent opportunity for a driven individual to make a major impact on both the organization as well as the future of scientific inquiry.
In the future, the role may be responsible for building and leading a development team, but for now it will be an individual contributor role focused upon very well-defined financial development deliverables on behalf of HIP collaborating with outside consultants.
The position requires a confident, credible, inquisitive, communicative, successful and experienced development professional. The individual considered must demonstrate the confidence and personal demeanor that exude character, strategic acumen, humility, competence, and candor derived from notable achievement.
Markers of the Director’s success include:
- Raising the funding necessary for HIP to fully execute on the plan according to the project steps outlined. They place a high value on building relationships with donors and to continually keeping them informed as to progress and project impact.
- Solidifying themselves as an integral, high-impact member of HIP’s leadership team.
- Providing significant input into overall strategic decisions at HIP.
In summary, the Director is part of a small, highly-committed team that successfully executes on the opportunity to harness the human immune system to enable people to live much healthier—and longer—lives.
The Successful Candidate
- An undergraduate degree.
- A minimum of 8 years of development/fundraising experience including closure of 6-figure gifts from high-net-worth individuals, from venture capital or early-stage funding entities, or other forms of high risk/high impact funders.
- Proven experience as a leader/influencer of a successful, innovative initiative where entrepreneurial drive and an inherent sense of urgency are demonstrated.
- Experience as a senior, contributing member of the leadership team of an organization with a successful fundraising track record.
- A professional track record of experiences and successes that sparks interest and connection among target donors.
- Experience in working with board members and/or volunteers in fundraising.
- Communicate breakthrough ideas and their impact on people based upon research and discovery.
- Convey effectively the enormity of HIP’s vision along with its potential payoff for humankind.
- Use available resources to identify and research prospects who have a potential interest in HIP.
- Develop prospect strategies and the steps, both internal and external, that will lead to a successful outcome.
- Prepare the CEO and others for activities and conversations to advance prospect relationships.
- Ability to record and track multiple prospect initiatives accurately and thoughtfully.
- An executive presence and credibility that extends well beyond their functional skill set.
- Shows a natural interest in scientific research and discovery.
- Operates with a sense of partnership and is able to quickly become part of an evolving team. Serves as an active participant in the senior team and able to contribute to the formulation of strategy.
- Sets a high bar for performance and models positive, winning behavior for all to see.
- Places a high value on building trusting and transparent relationships both internally and externally.
- Has the confidence and perspective to serve as a solid sounding board and business partner to balance HIP’s leadership team.
We believe our programs are strengthened when they are developed and supported by individuals with diverse life experiences, whose understanding of social and cultural issues can help make our work and workforce more inclusive. We encourage people of all racial, economic, social, cultural, sexual orientation, and gender expressions to apply. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment. People of color, women, LGBTQI+ people, people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply:
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and your resume to HR@immunomeproject.org