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Vice President of Development

Project Healthy Minds
New York, United States
$200,000.00 - $250,000.00
Posted Date
Jun 28, 2024

MISSION: Project Healthy Minds is a mental health tech non-profit startup. We are pioneering a first-of-its-kind model: applying technology to address one of the biggest social issues of our time: the growing mental health crisis. We believe in a simple but profound idea: that it should be as easy to find mental health services as it is to book a flight or a restaurant reservation. That’s why we’re building the world’s first digital marketplace for finding mental health services that are right for you.

To do that, we work with some of the most inspiring and influential leaders in America—business titans, tech entrepreneurs, clinicians and scientists, musicians, artists, athletes, media stars, policymakers, and more—because we believe that the world’s most complex challenges require interdisciplinary teams and solutions.

We are backed by a powerhouse of industry-leading Board of Directors and Advisory Council members who are passionate, hands-on, and dive into the important work with us.

Learn more at and @projecthealthyminds on social.

THE OPPORTUNITY: We are looking for a visionary and ambitious development leader who is as talented at frontline fundraising as they are at building and managing a team or crafting a development strategic plan. We are growing quickly and need a proven leader to help shape the development strategy and plan a multiyear hiring plan and provide hands-on execution of the plan. This is an ideal opportunity for a talented frontline fundraiser who gets equally excited at cultivating and strengthening relationships with key donors as they get about building teams, designing systems, and executing a multiyear strategic plan.

Reporting to the Founder & CEO, Phillip Schermer, this role will serve as a thought partner and senior counselor to the CEO. Reporting to the Vice President of Development will be a team that currently includes the Major Gifts Officer, Director of Events, Director of Corporate Relations, and the additional resource of a development consultant. It is anticipated that resources will be available to build out the development team, in alignment with revenue goals and projections.

FUNDING: The organization is on an ambitious growth trajectory with a goal of growing annual philanthropic revenue to $25 million/year within the next five years.


  • An entrepreneur at heart – you are a builder at heart and are excited about growing a development function. You bring that entrepreneurial spirit into everything you do, taking initiative and actively seeking to deepen current donor relationships and forge new ones.
  • A skilled fundraiser – you bring a wealth of experience with individual fundraising in the non-profit sector. You have actively managed and grown a donor pool and secured six-, seven-, and eight-figure gifts, and you are eager to build a diverse portfolio of supporters for Project Healthy Minds. You offer extensive knowledge of industry standards and best practices. Knowledgeable about the greater New York and national philanthropic communities.
  • Emotionally intelligent – you understand that the heart of this role lies in building deep, thoughtful relationships with our stakeholders. With excellent communication skills, reliability, and a positive disposition, you care about serving as the main point of contact for a large group of stakeholders with wide-ranging personalities and backgrounds. Your excellent interpersonal skills allow you to develop and maintain long-term productive relationships both internally and externally.
  • A born leader – you lead, inspire, and collaborate with your development colleagues through your vision and empathy. You are a thought partner to the Founder & CEO and are intuitively talented at managing a development team of full-time and part-time staff.
  • Flexible – you can be nimble and easily balance different priorities, with experience and comfort working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. You have the ability to travel, as necessary.
  • Mission-driven – you are passionate about our work and are motivated to raise money to expand access to mental health services.
  • Driven by customer satisfaction – as you remain laser-focused on fundraising, your principal goal is to give each donor a customized, outstanding experience with Project Healthy Minds.
  • Experienced – bachelor’s degree and 15-25 years in non-profit fundraising. Management experience is required. The ideal candidate has a full set of fundraising experience: individual major giving, corporate partnerships, foundation relations, etc.

This is a full-time, in-office position. The compensation range for this role is $200,000-$250,000, depending on experience, skills, and other relevant considerations, plus the opportunity for incentive compensation and attractive benefits.

Howe-Lewis International is pleased to assist Project Healthy Minds with this important search. Please click here to apply online via the Howe-Lewis Talent Portal. You may also email your resume and letter of interest to


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