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Development Director, Midwest - Remote

Smile Train
New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 8, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Social Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Smile Train in the search for a Development Director, Midwest.

Smile Train seeks a collaborative, innovative, and entrepreneurial professional to fill the newly created role of Development Director, Midwest. Reporting to the Senior Director, Development, the Development Director will establish goals and strategies to drive philanthropy and activities that reflect the priorities of Smile Train. The Development Director will drive change by securing major gifts in support of Smile Train and achieve short- and long-term goals for various programs and activities that advance its impact around the world. The Director will design and implement strategic development plans to cultivate, solicit, and steward individual donors, while maintaining a well-designed and documented prospect portfolio. The Development Director will manage and grow a high volume of significant donor relationships, meaningful contacts, and solicitations. The Development Director will work with a defined, robust portfolio of approximately 150 high-level donors and prospects to advance the mission of the organization. This is a fully remote position. Preference will be given to candidates based in Chicago, Dallas, or Houston, though consideration will be extended to candidates based outside of these geographic regions based on experience level. The position requires domestic travel (post-pandemic) up to 50%. 

Smile Train is changing the world one smile at a time. Smile Train is an international nonprofit and the world’s largest cleft-focused organization. For the last 21 years, Smile Train has supported safe and quality cleft care for over 1.5 million children. Its mission is to transform the life of every person impacted by cleft lip and palate. It trains and supports doctors and medical professionals to provide free life-changing comprehensive cleft treatment to its beneficiaries. Its sustainable model has allowed it to reach children in 90+ countries to date and it is just getting started.

Smile Train sustains world-class training programs that empower medical professionals to treat cleft patients with life-changing, high-quality care. This differentiates Smile Train from mission-based models: Smile Train supports local medical professionals and local hospitals – it’s how it builds up healthcare infrastructure around the world while providing care 365 days a year. Beyond surgery, its local partners also provide speech therapy, psychological support, nutritional services, orthodontics, and other essential forms of care to ensure that children with clefts have everything they need to not just live, but thrive.

As Smile Train embarks on an ambitious multi-year strategic plan, the organization is financially well-positioned and focused on growing philanthropic support, strengthening development infrastructure, and the cultivation and solicitation of key partnerships with individuals.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least seven years of relevant experience, including exposure to major gift donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship processes. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of the specific education and experience cited. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Smile Train as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Smile Train, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law. 

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