Vice President for Development

New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 05, 2020
Dec 04, 2020
Advocacy, Research
Employment Type
Full Time


Founded in 1968, the Guttmacher Institute is a widely recognized leader in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Through a unique program of high-quality research, evidence-based advocacy, and strategic communications, the Institute works to advance SRHR in the United States and globally. Guttmacher’s overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all people worldwide, with a focus on communities and populations that bear the brunt of health inequities and have historically been denied their right to sexual and reproductive health care.


Throughout its history, the Institute has been a leading source for rigorous, policy-relevant research and a wellspring for transformational policy ideas and innovations. From playing a formative role the creation of the Title X national family planning program to conducting research that has inspired abortion law change in many countries across the globe, the Institute has been a force for positive change for more than 50 years.


With a staff of 130 and an annual budget of over $30 million, Guttmacher produces a wide range of resources on topics that include abortion, contraceptive use, and adolescent SRHR. Widely recognized as one of the world’s premier think tanks, the Institute has been the recipient of numerous accolades over its 50+-year history, including the 2018 United Nations Population Award, given in recognition of its global impact and contributions to the work of international partners.


Position Summary:

The Vice President for Development will provide leadership, strategic vision, broad oversight and strong day-to-day management of Guttmacher’s Development Division, which currently includes seven staff and has potential to grow. As a member of the Guttmacher’s Executive Leadership Team, the Vice President for Development will play a key role in setting Institute-wide strategic priorities, ensuring strong and effective management, and creating a healthy, equitable organizational culture. As leader of a Development team charged with raising approximately $30 million annually, the VP will set out a vision for the Institute’s fundraising and will work collaboratively to carry this vision through to execution—by setting clear fundraising goals and marshaling resources to achieve them, by skillfully representing the Institute with current and prospective donors, and by ensuring that Development staff have the support they need to thrive while developing as professionals.





Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following:


Executive Leadership and Institute-wide Management Responsibilities


  • Actively engage and contribute to ongoing organization-wide strategic thinking as member of the Executive Leadership Team.
  • Actively champion, model, and advance the organizational commitment to racial and gender equity - an overarching value and a core principle underpinning our work.
  • Collaborate with other members of the Executive Leadership Team to ensure consistency and coordination of processes and procedures across divisions.
  • Contribute to the creation and implementation of organizational policies that are consistent with best practices and with the Institute’s commitment to equity.
  • Work effectively with the Board of Directors.


Fundraising Strategy and Implementation

  • Formulate long- and short-term goals for the Institute’s fundraising efforts, in collaboration with the CEO and Executive Vice President.
  • Develop actionable strategies for meeting those goals through grants and gifts.
  • Sustain and build the Institute’s institutional funding portfolio of approximately $27 million, made up of grants from private foundations and U.S. and foreign government agencies, with a focus on driving increased diversification of funding.
  • Ensure the continued growth of Guttmacher’s individual giving program, which has a current annual value of $3 million, to include identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual prospects.
  • Actively engage the Board of Directors in fundraising efforts and ensure that individual members are supported in carrying out their roles as fundraisers.
  • Build and nurture relationships with donors who are crucial to the success of the Institute and its programs.
  • Ensure that fundraising messaging and publications are compelling and consistent with the Institute’s brand and voice.
  • Evaluate fundraising efforts to assess their effectiveness and incorporate lessons learned into future initiatives.


Management and Personnel Oversight

  • Provide effective management and oversight of the Development Division.
  • Serve as an inspirational leader for staff; promote a culture of strong integrity, high performance, meaningful collaboration, and continuous improvement that values commitment to equity, learning and quality.
  • Take a proactive approach to hiring needs to ensure that the Division attracts and retains a talented and diverse staff to carry out Guttmacher’s fundraising initiatives.
  • Encourage and facilitate staff professional development at all levels.


Relationship Management

  • Partner with the President & CEO to strategically engage Guttmacher’s institutional and individual donors and grow the Institute’s donor portfolio.
  • Drive a culture of collaboration with staff in other divisions of the Institute and work to ensure integration of Development with other units across the organization.
  • Partner with the other Vice Presidents to ensure that a culture of fundraising is infused throughout the organization.
  • Ensure our Board of Directors is strategically engaged in development efforts and kept abreast of our progress toward fundraising goals.



The successful candidate will bring passion and enthusiasm for the Guttmacher Institute’s mission and have at least 10 years of relevant fundraising, oversight and management experience.


Desired professional experiences and individual skills include:

  • Strong management and organizational skills with a capacity to recruit, lead and marshal the talents of a diverse, competent and creative staff.
  • Consistent record of success setting and meeting ambitious development and fundraising goals.
  • Experience planning and implementing fundraising strategies that secure support from a wide range of donors, including experience raising six-figure gifts from individuals and seven-figure grants from institutional donors. Experience raising grants from foreign governments and multilateral agencies is a plus.
  • Significant experience building generative relationships with philanthropic institutions and high-net worth individuals.
  • Ability to engage and leverage senior leaders and a Board of Directors in development initiatives.
  • Ability to identify opportunities for innovation and implement changes successfully and expeditiously.
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills, and the ability to represent the Institute in high-level settings.
  • Willingness to travel both domestically and internationally.
  • Unquestionable ethics, integrity, transparency, and accountability in all actions.



An undergraduate degree is required. An advanced degree is a plus.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is central to the Guttmacher Institute’s mission and core values, and is reflected in the talented people we employ and the work they undertake. We are seeking individuals who share this commitment and who bring unique perspectives that will add to our success.


Salary and Benefits

A competitive compensation package will be made available to the qualified candidate.  Excellent benefits that include medical, dental, vision and life insurance; vacation, personal and sick time; paid parental leave; tuition reimbursement; commuting subsidy; and 401(k) with employer match. The Guttmacher Institute strives to provide the training and support staff need to be successful in their positions and to grow professionally.




To apply, submit a resume and cover letter here.


Please note that telephone inquiries will not be acknowledged. No agencies, please.


The Guttmacher Institute seeks to foster a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment where every employee's unique talents are valued and recognized as an asset to the achievement of our mission.

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