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Chief Development Officer

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation
District of Columbia, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Aug 20, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Other Fundraising
Education, Environment, Other Fields, Research, Technology, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation in the search for a Chief Development Officer.

Reporting to the President, the Chief Development Officer will oversee revenue growth in support of the Foundation’s mission: To identify and support our nation’s most promising young science and technology graduate students in the fields of applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering, whose creativity, talent and ambition compels them to seek solutions to the country’s greatest challenges. This is a remote position with a preference for individuals living in or with easy access to the Northeast corridor (Boston to Washington, DC).

The Foundation’s focus on investing in and stewarding these individuals provides Hertz Fellows with unparalleled freedom to pursue research ideas, personalized mentorship, and participation in the Hertz Community so that they can best propel their scientific discoveries into actions that will ensure our country’s technological leadership in industry, academia, national security, and defense.

The Chief Development Officer will be a thought partner to the Foundation’s leadership; close six- and seven-figure gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations; grow the planned giving program; and plan and implement an anticipated capital campaign. The role of Chief Development Officer offers a highly entrepreneurial and independent professional the opportunity to devote their efforts to creating a lasting imprint on the future of the nation’s science and technology leadership, while free from a complex, bureaucratic work environment. The Chief Development Officer will work remotely, should be located in a major metropolitan area in the NE corridor (preferably the Boston or NYC area), and must have the ability to travel easily throughout the United States.

Through the Hertz Fellowship, the Foundation provides the nation’s most promising graduate students in science and technology with five years of funding and the research freedom to pursue innovative ideas with real-world impact. The Hertz Fellowship is not a prize for past achievement—it’s an investment in the future. To date, more than 1,200 Fellowships have been awarded.  Fellows have gone on to become recognized as some of the most notable leaders in science, engineering, and mathematics and have received countless awards and accolades, including the Nobel Prize, MacArthur Fellowships, the Fields Medal, the National Medal of Science, and the National Medal of Technology.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least seven years of experience working with principal and major gift donors, preferably in the field of science and technology research. The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the position prospectus.

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