Head of North America

New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jul 20, 2021
Aug 18, 2021
Position Type
Employment Type
Full Time

The Fred Hollows Foundation
Head of North America
New York, New York or Washington, D.C.; other locations selectively considered

Poor vision is considered the world’s largest unaddressed health issue — and it affects more than a third of us. Globally, 36 million people are blind and about 1.3 billion live with some form of vision impairment. Almost 90% of those people live in low- and middle-income countries. Yet 90% of vision loss is preventable or treatable. Without urgent action the number of people who are blind will triple to more than 115 million over the next 30 years.

The Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) aims to solve the growing crisis of avoidable blindness. FHF is one of the world’s largest and most innovative eye health international development organizations, working in more than 25 countries globally and having restored sight to more than 3 million people. The work goes where demand is greatest, and The Foundation’s work has historically focused on Australia and the Pacific, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and East Africa. The Foundation is an ambitious organization, committed to closing the gap between rich and poor, as well as between women and men, in accessing quality eyecare. 

Founded in 1992 in honor of late Professor Fred Hollows, a renowned Australian eye surgeon, FHF has become one of Australia's most loved charities and is among the fastest growing international NGOs in healthcare with a forecasted global annual budget of USD $70 million in 2021. Over the last five years, The Foundation has significantly invested in diversifying its fundraising channels and expanding into international markets, such as London, Hong Kong and Singapore, Dubai, and New York (in late 2017).

The Fred Hollows Foundation USA is the newest entity aiming to raise awareness and funds in North America for FHF’s sight-restoring and life-changing programs around the world. FHF USA has built a robust Advisory Council and secured over $20 million combined from institutional and government funders, major donors, and corporations since 2015. FHF USA has made good progress so far and is ready for the next phase of growth in the region.

The Head of North America leads FHF’s ambitious goals in the region to become a significant source of revenue and impact recognition for the organization’s global work. The new US leader will manage and expand the US operations and capitalize on the assets acquired over the past 30 months.

This role is for a talented, experienced operational and development leader who will continue building a robust pipeline of major individual and institutional donors. This person will also contribute to FHF’s evolving global strategy on Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) grants and lead the strategy implementation in the region.

Within a cross-functional global team anchored in the Sydney and London offices and reporting to the Sydney-based Global Director of Philanthropy & Government Relations, the Head of North America will provide overall leadership on all aspects of the US office, including operations, strategy development, fundraising, communications, stakeholder management, and compliance.

The Head of North America will have the growth mindset to build and lead a robust fundraising program for FHF in North America as it begins a dynamic stage of expansion in the region and prepares for its part in The Foundation’s future, global fundraising campaign. The Head of North America will be a collaborative team player, working closely with global senior leaders, FHF’s stakeholders, advisory groups, ambassadors, and network to grow FHF’s fundraising operations in North America and position FHF to achieve the greatest possible impact around the globe. This individual will also work closely with FHF’s program delivery staff throughout the world to increase issue and brand awareness among key stakeholder groups throughout the US.

The Head of North America will be a highly driven and energetic self-starter with a passion for building initiatives and programs and implementing processes and systems from the ground up. This leader will bring extensive development and fundraising experience in the US and a proven record of accomplishment developing start-up operations and inspiring others to drive growth. The Head of North America will be an intuitive planner with a demonstrated ability to set priorities, and develop and implement thoughtful, clear, action-oriented growth strategies.

While The Fred Hollows Foundation will consider a broad range of backgrounds, the ideal candidate will have the following qualifications/experience:

  • Passion for the vision and mission of FHF, and its impact on developing countries. Ability to authentically engage and inspire others as a senior representative of the organization.
  • Ten or more years of proven leadership experience in development, serving in roles with progressive levels of responsibility, including experience with the following: individual giving, institutional giving, major gifts, planned giving, stewardship, development operations, and leadership in a major fundraising campaign.
  • Knowledge of and fundamental adherence to the principles, ethics, and best practices of modern fundraising.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; culturally competent with respect to issues such as racial, cultural, religious, sexual, and gender identity.
  • Ability to lead, recruit, evaluate, and develop a diverse team of development professionals and contribute to the ongoing fostering of a high-functioning, results-oriented workforce. Track record of maintaining best practices, clear goals, and shared accountability, as well as conceptualizing and executing development office growth.
  • Grounding in financials and budget management, as well as the ability to ensure high standards of compliance for the region.
  • Demonstrated success in developing the case for support and strategic, innovative fundraising plans, and executing those plans to grow fundraising and exceed goals.
  • Successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts from individual and institutional donors at the level of six to seven-figures and greater.
  • A forward thinker with a track record of utilizing new methods of constituent engagement and connectivity, who will be driven by innovation in developing advancement best practices in the current and post-COVID-19 world. 
  • Valid work authorization in the US and ability to travel regularly, both domestically and internationally, as well as attend after-hours networking opportunities.

Like the people we serve, we know everyone is different. We do not want our people to blend in, in fact we want to stand out. We recognize that innovative thinking comes from having a diverse work force, so if you’re good at what you do and want to make an impact then come as you are.

The Fred Hollows Foundation is committed to protecting the rights of children and community partners in all areas where we work. Applicants are advised that The Foundation reserves the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures to ensure we maintain and promote a child safe environment.

The Fred Hollows Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity.

The Fred Hollows Foundation has retained the Diversified Search Group to assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:

Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Managing Director
Fundraising & Advancement Practice Leader
Diversified Search Group
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York, New York 10174
gerard.cattie@divsearch.com | 212.542.2587


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