World Pediatric Project
Description: Executive Director, Development
Salary range is
$125,000-$150,000 plus benefits.
Please send cover
letter and resume or candidate nominations to:
requested by September 29 and accepted until the position is
World Pediatric Project (WPP) seeks
the first Executive Director, Development (EDD) in North Carolina
as the organization expands from its founding market in Richmond,
VA to the Research Triangle region in North Carolina. WPP began as
passion projects in two cities initiated to save the lives of
children. International Hospital for
founded in Richmond, VA in 2001,
and Heal the Children Missouri
founded in St. Louis, MO in 2004, merged in 2011 to better leverage
and scale their combined expertise and resources as World Pediatric
Project. Now, WPP is prepared to expand its reach yet again. A
10-year cycle of strategic growth has been initiated under Chief
Executive Officer, Vafa Akhavan, who began his tenure in 2021. As
part of WPP’s vision to serve more children in less time and to
increase its global impact, WPP intends to grow from the current
two locations (St. Louis and Richmond) to five in the next three
Thanks to the generosity of a lead
donor, WPP will establish a hub in the Research Triangle region of
North Carolina as a blueprint model for WPP’s future market
expansion. WPP selected the Triangle area for its first major
expansion based on WPP’s donor base in the area, the region’s
world-class pediatric care, and the Triangle’s attractive quality
World Pediatric Project’s EDD position
presents an incredible opportunity for a dynamic leader with
limitless vision. Launching this new endeavor for WPP calls for a
fundraising leader who is energized by the prospect of expanding
the organization’s reach, building its presence, and forging the
relationships that will sustain WPP and benefit the children and
Since 2001, WPP has provided thousands
of children with access to lifesaving and life-changing care,
facilitated training for hundreds of local healthcare workers
across pediatric specialty disciplines, and worked with governments
and hospitals to develop system capacity and resources and advocate
for health policies. Driven by its guiding purpose, WPP seeks
“to elevate the human condition by enabling
sustainable transformation of access to advanced pediatric
WPP partners with governments,
in-country health care workers, and local organizations to achieve
its vision “to have unique, sustainable models
for advanced pediatric care implemented everywhere we
For more than 20 years, WPP has grown
to an expansive and dynamic healthcare delivery system. The WPP
network now includes:
45+ professional staff members
200+ medical volunteers
nearly 50 hospital and supply partners
two market-based Advisory Boards and an Executive Board
and thousands of donors and supporters from more than 15
WPP provides direct advanced
care to thousands of children each year, while also strengthening
the capacity of local healthcare systems. These outcomes are
DIRECT CARE – Delivering pediatric
surgical and specialty care to children in 12+ specialties via
traveling diagnostic and surgical teams and coordination of care at
GLOBAL NETWORKS –
Continuously building a robust network of pediatric healthcare
resources through global partnerships.
CAPACITY BUILDING – Developing in-country
healthcare resources through training, education, technology, and
COMMUNITY-DRIVEN MODEL –
Local staff in 12 partner countries drive organizational efforts in
the Latin America, Caribbean and United States Regions.
In turn, the WPP Model:
Builds strong international and regional
networks with hospital partners and medical
Formalizes partnerships with Ministries
of Health and regional health agencies
Strengthens local healthcare systems by
prioritizing education, training, and advocacy programs
Commits to excellence through monitoring patient
care and tracking outcomes
Leads efforts on the ground in all
partner countries with professional WPP staff and partner
Demonstrates cultural competency and
Partnerships are a vital part of the
WPP delivery system. Philanthropic in-kind support from medical
volunteers, supply and equipment companies, hospitals, and other
partners help turn every dollar raised into so much more than
delivered care. Through event and program sponsorship and outright
giving, WPP Corporate Partners invest in a global health system
that means the difference of a lifetime for the communities
WPP operations originate from offices
in Richmond, St. Louis, Belize City, Belize and Kingstown, St.
Vincent & the Grenadines, with numerous field team members
currently working in six US states and throughout WPP’s 12 partner
The Executive Director, Development
(EDD) reports to the Senior Vice President – Market Development in
Richmond, VA. Given that the position is a new one, the inaugural
leader must be comfortable with all facets of a start-up initiative
– including the adaption of critical and efficient policies,
systems and programming as modeled in other regions, and – most
importantly - the initiation and cultivation of relationships that
will promote engagement with the community and drive financial
support for the WPP mission.
The EDD role will have two principal
areas of responsibility. Approximately 85% of the leader’s
responsibilities will involve driving strategy and hands-on
implementation for short- and long-term revenue growth and
expansion in the new market. This will require that the EDD have a
demonstrated history of success not only closing six-figure
philanthropic gifts but also in developing and executing the type
of comprehensive fundraising strategy, tailored to the targeted
geographical area, that yields such donations. This leader will be
a person who has an interest in driving front-line fundraising
efforts; the success of those efforts will directly correlate with
the speed of hiring and expansion of the Raleigh-based WPP team.
Upon team expansion, the role is intended to shift from “key
player” to “player-coach,” and ultimately “leader.”
As WPP is powered by a network of
individual, medical, corporate, and other community partners, the
EDD will be expected to serve as the face and chief relationship
officer for WPP in the market (approximately 15% of the role’s
responsibility). Such partnerships will serve to expand the donor
base, increase outlets for treatment – especially in neonatology,
cardiac, craniofacial, and orthopedic care – and catalyze a rich
and complex network of medical professionals, regional health care
agencies, and hospitals. Leveraging these partnerships – and the
insights and assets of a market board, which the new EDD will
recruit and lead – the WPP leader in North Carolina will network to
forge new relationships with institutions and healthcare workers
who have an interest in supporting WPP’s work in the Triangle
Finally, the expansion to North
Carolina marks an important first step in WPP’s aspirations to
extend the arc of the organization’s impact. As such, the EDD will
contribute to establishing precedents and best practices that WPP
replicates as it enters new markets.
More than two million people and 10
colleges and universities reside in the “Triangle” region of North
Carolina which includes the cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel
Hill. The Research Triangle Park has attracted hundreds of
companies to the region helping to make it the largest research
park in the United States. Perfectly positioned midway between the
coast and the Appalachian Mountains, with the highest peaks east of
the Rockies, the Triangle offers residents a beautiful place to
The Research Triangle is anchored by
three major universities, The University of North Carolina - Chapel
Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University. Along
with these institutions come the benefits of top medical schools.
The Triangle medical ecosystem is known for innovative research,
highly effective clinical trials, renowned surgical centers, and a
variety of community resources. The Triangle region has some of
the top-ranked hospitals in the country with satellite
locations spread across the region.
- Develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan tailored to
the specific demographics, industries, and donor pool within the
Research Triangle Park and state of North Carolina (starting with
- Spearhead approach for NC office to generate $ 5 million
annually by year 2028 (starting with year 2).
- Identify and pursue opportunities for new fundraising and
revenue growth through creative means; pilot and test fundraising
programs for future rollout in all US-based markets (starting with
- Identify, recruit, and lead the North Carolina Market Board
(non-governing board) and key fundraising volunteers to align
fundraising efforts with organizational goals and foster a culture
of philanthropy throughout volunteer leadership.
- Serve as the face and chief relationship officer for WPP in the
market: Leverage existing partnerships as well as the insights and
assets of a market board, to drive new relationships with
institutions and healthcare workers who have an interest in
supporting WPP’s work in the Triangle area.
- Complete launch of $1.5M inaugural campaign by June 30, 2024
- Donor Cultivation: Identify and engage with potential major
donors, philanthropic organizations, corporate partners, and
community stakeholders to foster strong, lasting relationships, and
generate donations, contributionsand funding.
- Identify Grant Funding Opportunities: Identify grant
opportunities from local agencies, foundations, and corporations
and collaborate with VP-Institutional Giving to secure funding for
initiatives and projects.
- Major Gifts and Capital Campaigns: Develop and execute major
gift campaigns, capital campaigns, and other fundraising
initiatives to secure substantial contributions and
- Donor Stewardship: Implement effective donor stewardship
programs to ensure ongoing support and engagement, fostering a
sense of pride and partnership in the organization's mission.
- Fundraising Events: Plan, organize, and execute fundraising
events and campaigns that engage the community, attract potential
donors, and increase overall financial support.
- Evaluate future staffing structure for the region and, in
partnership with WPP’s senior leadership team, create a funding
strategy and hiring schedule to build out the staffing within the
- Partner with other WPP market leaders, the WPP senior
leadership team, and global WPP region leaders to align strategy,
create programmatic synergies and networks, and raise funds and
support for the organization.
- Financial Management: Work closely with the finance team to
ensure proper allocation and reporting of funds and maintain
transparency with donors and stakeholders.
- Public Relations and Advocacy: Represent the organization at
public events, conferences, and media appearances to raise
awareness about the mission and drive support.
Performance Metrics: Lead team members
to reach key performance indicators (KPIs), measuring the success
and effectiveness of fundraising efforts and regularly report
progress to senior leadership.
Required Skills &
World Pediatric Project is a great fit
for an entrepreneurial leader committed to advancing pediatric
health care across the globe. Candidates should possess strong
initiative, personal drive and motivation, demonstrate exemplary
professional behavior and values, and be resourceful,
collaborative, culturally and competent and fully embrace the
- Bachelor's degree in a related field (e.g., Nonprofit
Management, Business Administration, Communications) required;
advanced degree preferred.
- 7-10 years of related experience and proven track record of
successful fundraising in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on
major gifts, events, and campaigns.
- Results-oriented leader who has demonstrated the adaptability
to pivot strategy amidst changing conditions in order to achieve
- Knowledge of the unique philanthropic landscape within the
designated geographical area is highly desirable.
- Strong leadership skills with the ability to inspire and
motivate teams, volunteers, and donors.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including
the ability to deliver compelling presentations and proposals.
- High level of emotional intelligence and the ability to
cultivate strong, trust-based relationships with diverse
- Strong capacity and resilience of working in a fast-paced,
changing, and agile environment.
- Familiarity with fundraising software, donor databases, and
online fundraising platforms is a plus.
- Passion for the mission and vision of WPP and dedication to
making a positive impact on the community.
- Must be able to drive on a regular basis;
must have and maintain an incident-free driving record.
- Must be able to lift 30 pounds without assistance.
- Hybrid work in RTP with regular site visits for donor
engagement and special events.
- Periodic travel to partner countries and other WPP regional
World Pediatric Project is committed to attracting extraordinary
leaders for this position. We seek to attract and retain such
outstanding employees through a comprehensive package that includes
a competitive salary in the range of $125,000-$150,000 and a
generous employee benefits package that includes medical, dental
vision, 403(b) plan, professional development, paid holidays, and
paid time off (PTO).
cover letter and resume in one attachment by September 29 to
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
World Pediatric Project is
committed to creating an inclusive work environment and welcomes
applications from all genders, races, religions, sexual
orientations, ages, and any other groups that could bring diverse
perspectives to our organization.
7201 Glen Forest
Drive, Suite 304