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Director of Development

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Village Health Works (VHW) is a 501(c)(3) corporation. It is a social justice organization founded on the belief that health equity is not a commodity but a right. Founded in partnership with the communities we currently serve, VHW’s mission is to provide the neediest high quality, compassionate health care and education based on critical thinking in a dignified environment. VHW’s holistic approach integrates clinical services with education, food security, economic development, environmental protection, music and the arts. In the context of where we currently work, this is the only way we can sustainably end the extreme, multigenerational scarcity in a way that uplifts and engages communities with dignity and in their own context. We believe that the lack of access to quality healthcare and education is the biggest threat to development and world peace.

Currently VHW operates in a wide array of clinical and community programs in a catchment area of over 200,000 people within the provinces of Rumonge and Bururi, though its doors are open to every patient regardless of where that patient is coming from. Our first clinic attends over 51,000 outpatient consultations per year.  Since 2007 until summer 2023, our 60-bed inpatient wards have been providing basic adult and pediatric non-operative inpatient services including treatment of malnutrition, mental health, chronic and acute diseases and uncomplicated obstetrical deliveries. These services have been administered by our staff of generalist physicians under the supervision of our current Medical Director.

Village Health Works has embarked on a plan to expand our clinical services to provide comprehensive quality medical care and training. To achieve this goal, VHW has constructed and officially opened an 85,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art teaching hospital with several services that include surgery, obstetric deliveries, intensive care, pediatrics and neonatology, emergency, pathology lab, medical education and research center.  To provide excellent patient care and training we must expand the scope and skills of the healthcare providers through training, teaching and research, hiring through rigorous development and implementation of systems and structures, policies and procedures that are framed by high quality norms and international standards.

Additionally, VHW has established the Kigutu International Academy, a grade 9-12 boarding school to equip young minds with an education based on critical thinking to prepare them to become the leaders we wish their country and the continent to have for a better future.

Our core values are as follows:

  • Every member of VHW’s team must value the dignity inherent in each individual, aspire to excellence in all we do, proceed with boldness and perseverance.
  • Compassion and justice must be at the heart of our organization.
  • To accomplish the mission of our organization we all must be accountable to each other and to our community.

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Position Summary

The Development Director is responsible, in partnership with the CEO, for all fundraising and development activities. The Director will create new relationships to build VHW’s visibility, impact and revenue.  The Director will design and implement a plan for developing external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support.

The Director will have the responsibility for creating and implementing the infrastructure, including hiring staff, needed to raise revenue for both capital and annual needs.

The Director will expand and diversify the donor base and work closely with staff in both the US and Burundi to increase funding.  In addition, the Director will work with the Board of Directors and support board members as they take on a more active fundraising role.


  • Lead all funding initiatives working closely with the CEO and Board Members.
  • Actively work with the CEO and staff to implement a comprehensive development/fundraising strategy to include increasing the donor base, major donors, foundations, and corporations.
  • The position is responsible for face-to-face solicitation of major donors.
  • Oversee the development and execution of all proposals including researching funding sources.
  • Monitor all donor information providing statistical analysis to board and senior leadership.
  • Identify, develop, and mentor the development team.
  • Oversee the donor database to make sure that records are accurate and donor acknowledgments go out on a timely basis.
  • Oversee communications and marketing.
  • Provide support to the CEO, Country Director, and surrogates for public speaking engagements.
  • Plan, lead and attend fundraising events.
  • Oversee grant writing and grant management teams working closely with Country Director based in Burundi.


  • A record of success in fundraising and creating marketing strategies and the ability to harness financial resources by cultivating effective relationships with existing and potential donors.
  • An enthusiastic, entrepreneurial approach to fundraising.
  • Experience with grants and major donor cultivation.
  • Proven success in securing six - and seven-figure gifts—a frontline fundraiser.
  • Ability to work effectively with trustees and senior management team.
  • Superior relationship-building skills.
  • A professional demeanor and personal style that elicits trust from prospects, staff, and trustees.
  • A history of building visibility for an organization and a track record as an effective communicator in writing and verbally.
  • Impeccable integrity, judgment and discretion needed to handle confidential matters.
  • Ideally, experience with the international philanthropic community.
  • Able to inspire teamwork and to motivate others to work together toward a common goal.
  • An exceptional manager of people.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to work both independently, without supervision, but also as a team player.
  • A minimum of Bachelor's degree required, master's degree in relevant field of study preferred.


Additional Personal Qualities and Competencies

  • Deep connection to the mission and vision of VHW and the ability to authentically engage and inspire others as a senior representative of the organization.
  • Unimpeachable integrity and commitment to the highest standards of professionalism; mature judgment in handling sensitive information. Values-driven, committed to personal and professional development. Leads by example and with humility. Elevates institutional goals and values beyond personal gain, ensuring efforts are mission-focused and quality driven.
  • Emotionally intelligent leader, with the interpersonal skills and cross-cultural sensitivity to develop and sustain impactful relationships with colleagues from different cultural, linguistic, and educational backgrounds. A sense of humor and perspective, and a penchant for transparency, consultation, and collaboration.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial setting.
  • Exceptional relationship management and communication skills (written and oral) with a variety of stakeholders, including board members, individual donors, partners, corporations, senior management, and staff. The presence and comfort level to serve as a highly visible and public-facing ambassador of VHW. Ability to clearly articulate goals and progress, and how funding strategies impact larger organizational goals.
  • An energetic self-starter who is highly organized and detail-oriented, and willing to roll up their sleeves in a start-up culture. Agile and creative in adapting to changing circumstances in a dynamic environment.
  • Excellent public speaking ability.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary range: $130,000 to $150,000 commensurate with experience. Discretionary annual increases based on performance.
  • Benefits include 401(k) Plan and company-paid medical, dental, vision and life insurance.

How to apply

Qualified candidates are encouraged to immediately submit a CV and a thoughtful cover letter outlining why this position is of interest, exactly how your experience matches the qualifications stated and what you believe differentiates you from other candidates. Submissions should be sent to: ( Please include “Director of Development” in the subject line of your email.

Village Health Works considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status.




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