Senior Vice President of Development

Fistula Foundation
July 31, 2019
San Jose, California
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


About Fistula Foundation

An estimated one million women in Africa and Asia suffer from obstetric fistula, a debilitating childbirth injury that leaves a woman incontinent and, as a result, too often abandoned by her family and shunned by her community. We are in business to end this needless suffering.  Surgery is the only cure, which we deliver through partners in more than 20 countries.

Over the last decade we have emerged as the global leader in fistula treatment, treating more women in more places than even the United Nations or the US government. We are raising four times as much money as we were a decade ago and treating 15 times as many women. But, we are far from done and we need the help of a talented and driven development leader to help us end fistula in a generation.

True to our Silicon Valley roots, Fistula Foundation is dynamic and growth oriented. We pride ourselves on being run like a successful financially disciplined for-profit organization; the big difference is our bottom line is measured not in earnings per share or profit, but in the number of women we are able to help.  It also means that we “lean hard” into technology and the efficiencies it brings, enabling us to do more with fewer resources.  Fistula Foundation is committed to delivering results against our mission and aspires to the values of the Effective Altruism movement.

We have the dynamism of a lean start-up team with the stability of a mature organization, including a $14M reserve, which includes a nearly $8M endowment. Our supporters love to share stories about how we have touched their lives, as seen in 675 five-star stories on We have 13 years of 4-star Charity Navigator ratings, along with a consistent “A” from Charity Watch. And we have earned the recognition of high-profile leaders including Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof, Grammy winner Paul Simon, and internationally renowned ethicist Peter Singer.


The Opportunity


We seek an experienced and ambitious development leader to partner closely with the CEO on short-term and long-term organizational strategy, especially strategic direction of our successful development team. The new Senior Vice President of Development will serve as a key member of our senior leadership team, providing direction and coordination for a comprehensive fundraising program that secures new financial resources from all donor segments, including major donors. Our ideal candidate brings creativity and drive to improve donor retention and increase donor value to grow a thriving development program.



Key Responsibilities


  • Partner with CEO and Deputy Director to strengthen donor acquisition and retention.
  • Contribute to senior leadership team’s decision-making and organizational planning.
  • Lead our development team in learning and applying fundraising best practices.
  • Advise on all donor programs and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Lead and manage a growing and seasoned team of five development professionals, including mentoring and coaching.
  • Introduce and generate enthusiasm for new actionable donor insights, including analysis of donor segments, key messages, and calls to actions.
  • Partner with communications teammates to create and execute all aspects of successful integrated, multi-channel campaigns, from strategy and creative concept to copy approval and campaign performance analytics.
  • Manage successful direct mailings (average of one per month).
  • Create new strategies and tactics for donor stewardship that emphasize relationship building and meaningful donor cultivation in order to improve donor retention.
  • Optimize our development operations to accurately record, maintain, and update donor and prospect records. Work with other members of the team on improving acknowledgment processes and stewardship activities.


Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate brings enthusiasm for our mission, a strong fundraising track record, proven leadership of diverse and dedicated teams, and entrepreneurial drive.


  • 10-plus years of professional experience working in the nonprofit sector. Demonstrated success in significantly growing development programs.
  • Background in and commitment to international development, particularly in Africa, strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the status of women strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated creative ability to conceive of and lead new ways to attract supporters.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors to build long-term relationships.
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside Fistula Foundation.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s preferred.
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement an annual strategic development plan.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with keen attention to detail.
  • Sound working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge.
  • Ability to travel internationally one to two times a year.


Our Team

Our team prioritizes initiative, productivity, and teamwork. Our expectation is that our employees find our mission deeply compelling and they are motivate to work hard and work smart to help us help as many women as we can. We want our employees to have soft hearts but tough minds.  We celebrate the successes of our team and our partners. We value creativity and passion for our mission, while encouraging our teammates to live healthy lives.

We offer a generous, comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, a 403b match, and a significant vacation plan that begins in Year 1. We offer a competitive salary with potential for performance-based bonuses and opportunities for advancement.

We are proud of our supportive office culture, including gym memberships, fruit delivery, and a dog-friendly environment.

To Apply

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume to: Susannah Sallin, Search Consultant, We will respond to all applicants. Thank you.

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