Director of Institutional Development
Location: This position is usually located
in our headquarters in New York City, but is remote while offices
remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Classification: Full-time | Exempt
Work Authorization: Applicants must be
authorized to work in the United States.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is a preeminent international
advocacy and research organization that uses science and medicine
to prevent mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. For
more than 30 years, PHR has mobilized a community of clinicians and
human rights professionals to advance human rights, public health,
and social justice across the globe. In this time, it has become a
trailblazer in its field, leading landmark investigations into
crimes against humanity, and earning a 1997 Nobel Prize for its
investigation of the health impact of land mines in Cambodia. PHR
has also exposed the use of chemical weapons against civilians in
Iraq, exhumed mass graves in Bosnia and Rwanda for international
tribunals and provided evidence for criminal investigations into
torture and extrajudicial executions.
Today, PHR is on the front lines of the most pressing human
rights crises of our time, from the coup in Myanmar, to U.S. police
violence, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The last year has only
highlighted the critical importance of using science-based
approaches to safeguard human rights, most particularly those of
women and children, immigrants, refugees, detainees, and other
populations at risk.
Recent highlights of PHR’s work include:
- Advocating for an Evidence-based Response to the
Pandemic: Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, PHR has
sounded the alarm over the grave risks posed by COVID-19 to
populations in areas where health systems are underdeveloped,
decimated by armed conflict, or virtually nonexistent. PHR is
elevating the voices of local health providers about the extreme
dangers of COVID-19 to their communities and supporting partners
around the world in advocating for a concerted, collaborative,
science- and rights- based worldwide response.
- Documenting Police Violence: Following President
Trump’s July 26, 2020 order to deploy federal agents to protest
sites around the country, PHR sent an expert team to Portland,
Oregon to investigate reports of the extreme force police and
federal agents were using against protestors and first
- Highlighting Violence Against the Rohingya: PHR has
produced numerous reports documenting serious human rights
violations against the Rohingya people of Myanmar. Its latest
research sheds new light on the patterns of extreme injuries,
specifically related to sexual violence, that survivors suffered
through rape, gang rape, mutilation, forced witnessing of sexual
assault, and other forms of sexual violence.
PHR’s vital work is sustained by a dynamic and deeply committed
team of approximately 45 based in New York, Boston, Washington,
D.C., Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is also
supported by a prominent Board and an annual operating budget of
The Director of Institutional Development is responsible for
identifying new prospective donors and creating and implementing
strategies for PHR’s institutional giving program, comprised of
foundations, governments, and corporate funders. The director of
institutional development will report to the CDMO and supervise a
staff of three. They will help to establish and maintain
relationships with PHR’s institutional funders and will work
closely with PHR leadership and other staff to design and prepare
funding proposals and reports, and to help ensure compliance with
all awarded grants and their requirements. This role will also be
instrumental in the development of new programmatic areas of work
during the 2021/22 year.
The ideal candidate will have experience growing and managing a
diverse portfolio of funders and grants in line with strategic
organizational priorities, and a demonstrated capability in forming
strong relationships with funders and partners.
Reports to: Chief Marketing and
Development Officer (CMDO)
- Develop and manage the stewardship of institutional funders in
conjunction with the Chief Marketing and Development Officer
(CMDO), COO, Executive Director, and senior leadership.
- Support PHR’s new strategic planning process, including in the
development of institutional giving strategies and the
identification of potential funders to support new program
- Identify and steward new institutional funding prospects, as
well as steward current donor relationships; develop and implement
solicitation and cultivation strategies.
- Oversee and prepare written communications as well as delegate
writing projects for the development department including letters
of inquiry, proposals, reports, budgets, pitch letters, grant
applications, and periodic updates on activities to secure new
funding and renewals, and to comply with grant reporting
- Coordinate with senior and program staff on grant fundraising
efforts and oversee submission of proposals and reports; manage
negotiation of government and foundation contracts.
- Partner with COO and CMDO to prepare grant budget proposals,
financial reports, and other information for tracking, analysis,
budgeting, and internal/external reporting.
- Oversee adherence to calendar for proposal and reporting
- Recruit, hire, and supervise a top-notch professional staff
that also includes rotating interns.
- Assist the CMDO with other functions as needed.
Qualifications and Skills
- Bachelor’s degree is required.
- Minimum six to eight years demonstrated successful management
of a complex fundraising program, including foundation relations,
and grant writing experience, or equivalent experience. Knowledge
of Moves Management a plus.
- Experience working with a range of funding partners, including
government funders and grants.
- Proven understanding of, and ability to work with and prepare
- Demonstrated experience inspiring and leading a dynamic team,
supporting professional development, effectively delegating, and
project managing multiple simultaneous work-streams.
- Strong writing and content development skills, direct grant
writing expertise, and a track record of successfully securing
institutional funding, and exceeding contributed income goals in a
competitive fundraising environment. Proficiency with Microsoft
Office applications, especially MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook.
- Working knowledge of Salesforce a
- Outstanding communications skills, both verbal and written,
including the ability to write and edit persuasively on a wide
range of human rights issues, and the ability to grasp and
communicate substantive PHR policies and programs.
- Excellent interpersonal skills which include the ability to
work with staff at all levels; interact with donors; and represent
PHR with tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality.
- Excellent organizational and project management skills,
including ability to ensure deadlines are met.
- Ability to exercise sound judgment and leadership in a
collaborative, professional, and ethical manner.
- Strong commitment to the mission and goals of PHR.
- Mature, resilient, resourceful, and detail-oriented, with the
ability to work both independently, and as a member of a team.
- Strong commitment to the mission and goals of PHR.
Salary and Benefits
PHR offers competitive compensation, with options for medical,
dental, disability, and life insurance, a retirement savings plan,
and generous vacation. PHR observes the last week of the calendar
year as an opportunity to refresh, with all offices
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Name/First Name, Director of Institutional Development” in the
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A complete application consists of:
- a) A thoughtful cover letter explaining why you are qualified
for/interested in the
Director of Institutional Development position with
- b) Resume/curriculum vitae.
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Physicians for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer
committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its
work and staff. We recruit and hire without discrimination based on
race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual
orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital
status, veteran status, age, or any other protection afforded by