American Nutrition Association
Senior Vice President for Development
Hinsdale, Illinois (20 minutes west of downtown Chicago); hybrid
in-office and remote work model
The American Nutrition Association® is a 501(c)(3) charitable
nonprofit organization. The ANA envisions a society of Healthy
People, Powered by Nutrition. The ANA brings that vision to life
through its mission to champion the science and practice of
Six foundational values guide the work of the ANA:
- Nutrition is a Science – There is a rich and
evolving body of science illuminating nutrition’s impact on our
- Nutrition is Medicine – Nutrition is the core
of our health and can prevent and reverse disease.
- Nutrition is Personal – Because our biology is
unique, personalized nutrition most powerfully taps our health
- Nutrition is Healthcare – Nutrition belongs in
the core of our healthcare culture and system, and all health
professionals should be equipped and empowered to integrate
nutrition into their work.
- Nutrition is an Ecosystem – Nutrition is an
ecosystem of food growers and providers, scientists, academics,
healthcare professionals, policymakers, philanthropists,
corporations and more.
- Nutrition is for Everyone – Every person
deserves access to healthy food and unbiased, science-based
Our society is in crisis: Over 60% of Americans suffer from one
or more chronic diseases, and over 70% are overweight or obese.
This is spreading across the globe.
- Poor nutrition is the leading cause of chronic disease and
- Just as poor nutrition is the primary cause, the science shows
us that personalized nutrition has the power to help reverse this
- Yet nutrition is vastly underutilized in our health system and
culture relative to its potential for impact.
The American Nutrition Association exists to close that gap. As
the champion and professional home for science-based, personalized
nutrition, the organization:
- Educates health professionals and the public
- Certifies health professionals in nutrition practice
- Advocates to expand nutrition in public policy
- Connects the nutrition ecosystem
Now is an exciting time. The ANA is expanding its work beyond
its scientific and healthcare roots to directly engage the public
and the entire network of stakeholders that make up the ecosystem
of nutrition. The ANA is leveraging its unique position to catalyze
a Movement to bring the power of nutrition to every American.
Building on a foundation of scientific excellence and energized by
the stewardship of a remarkable cadre of scientists, practitioners,
business leaders, and philanthropists, the ANA is poised for
tremendous growth and increased societal impact.
The ongoing evolution of the nascent ANA Development program,
which was formally established in 2019, and marshalling of
increased, sustainable philanthropic support are critical to
fueling the organization’s continued ascendency. Amid a sizeable
growth phase in the ANA’s overall infrastructure, the organization
is seeking candidates with an entrepreneurial mindset for the role
of Senior Vice President (SVP) for Development. Reporting to the
CEO, the SVP for Development serves as a key executive and member
of the leadership team making strategic decisions affecting the
ANA. In partnership with the CEO, this position is responsible for
all fundraising and development activities. The successful
candidate will help forge new relationships to build the ANA’s
visibility, impact, and financial resources. The SVP for
Development will also design and implement a comprehensive plan for
developing key external alliances by cultivating, soliciting, and
stewarding philanthropic support from individuals, corporations,
The SVP for Development will have primary responsibility for
building on the existing Development infrastructure and team (which
currently includes a full-time Corporate Relations Manager and
part-time Major Gifts Officer, with access to half the time of the
CEO and substantial time from other team members) to grow ANA’s
budget through major gifts, conference sponsorship, corporate and
foundation support, and the annual fund. They will expand and
diversify the ANA’s donor base/pipeline and work closely with other
team members to secure funding for new initiatives. In addition,
the SVP for Development will work closely with the Board of
Directors and support Board members as they take on a more active
While the ANA will consider a broad range of backgrounds, the
ideal candidate will have the following
- Commitment to the ANA’s mission and a passion for advancing
humanity through the lens of nutrition, food, or health.
- Ten or more years of nonprofit development experience with
progressive levels of responsibility, including broad knowledge of
all functional areas of fundraising (major, planned, and annual
giving; corporate and foundation giving; stewardship; operations)
and leadership in a major capital campaign.
- Knowledge of and fundamental adherence to the principles,
ethics, and best practices of modern fundraising, including the
integration of various giving programs to diversify the funding
base and cultivate greater donor commitments.
- Demonstrated ability to provide strategic and operational
management, leadership, and coaching, including developing a
diverse, multi-disciplinary team of development professionals and
contributing to the ongoing fostering of a high-functioning,
results-oriented workforce. Track record of setting strategic
direction, establishing goals, benchmarking, shared accountability,
conceptualizing and executing development department growth, as
well as working cross-departmentally when necessary to achieve
results. Experience managing budgets.
- Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of how to build
diversity, equity, and inclusion in the development function;
culturally competent with respect to issues such as racial,
cultural, religious, sexual, and gender identity.
- Demonstrated success in developing the case for support and in
making strategic, innovative fundraising plans, and executing those
plans to grow fundraising. Demonstrated experience cultivating,
training, building relationships with, and working in collaboration
with executives, senior staff, and volunteer leaders on
- Demonstrated strength in prospect discovery and in building
effective strategies to compel new major donor investment.
Experience integrating giving programs at various levels to
cultivate greater donor commitments. A forward thinker with a track
record of utilizing new methods of donor engagement and
connectivity, who will be driven by innovation in developing
philanthropic best practices in the current and post- COVID-19
- Proven ability to personally cultivate, solicit, and steward
major gifts from individual and institutional donors at five and
- Demonstrated ability in planning and executing integrated,
strategic, and innovative communications in support of achieving
- The ability to extract and analyze data to make effective,
efficient decisions about donor strategy and process. Working
knowledge of modern data management practices and technological
innovations that can streamline advancement processes and
contribute to the integration of related functions. Extensive,
in-depth Salesforce experience is a plus.
- Ability to travel as necessary, consistent with public health
- Bachelor’s degree required; Certified Fund-Raising Executive
(CFRE) certification would be considered highly desirable.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender
identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin,
genetics, disability, age, family status, or veteran status. We
celebrate diversity and are committed to providing an inclusive
environment of mutual respect.
The American Nutrition Association has retained the DSG
Fundraising & Advancement Practice of 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 and DSG Fundraising & Advancement Practice
Diversified Search Group
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York,
New York 10174