Job Posting: Director of Philanthropy

0.5 FTE contractor position, Senior level development position


The Organization

The Carol Emmott Fellowship is an independent program based at the Public Health Institute, a global nonprofit headquartered in Oakland, California. The late Carol B. Emmott identified the need for a fellowship that could create an inflection point for women in leadership who have demonstrated that they are both brilliant and committed to leading improvements in health.

Our lofty vision and mission is to support outstanding women leaders who have the potential to transform health and to accelerate the leadership capacity and impact of women leaders in health. In the two years since the Carol Emmott Fellowship was conceived, the program’s influence has grown to touch many of the nation’s top healthcare organizations and has changed the trajectory of the fellows’ careers.

The Program

The Carol Emmott Fellowship (CEF) stands apart as a transformative development opportunity for the nation’s most promising women leaders in health. It selects candidates who have been nominated by a sponsoring organization to participate in an intensive program that focuses on building executive competencies as well as a network of exceptional peers and mentors. The fellowship is led by some of the most respected experts in their fields who support the goal of overcoming gender disparities in health leadership.

The hallmarks that distinguish the program are:

  • Quarterly convergence conferences where fellows meet with nationally influential leaders and are provided with a variety of experiential learning opportunities.
  • Online discussion sessions led by some of the top minds in health and policy leadership.
  • Access to a high-level network of peers who are in line for senior leadership roles as well as senior executive leaders in health.
  • Hand-selected mentors with similar career interests and strategic leadership expertise.
  • An impact project identified by the fellow that she completes within her organization during the fellowship.

The Role

As a member of the Carol Emmott Fellowship Executive Team, the Director of Philanthropy will play a pivotal role in shaping CEF’s future and in advancing the mission and vision of the organization. This is a unique opportunity for a strategic and innovative leader to shape the narrative and architecture of CEF’s development plan and to directly impact the organization’s ability to ensure the elimination of inequities for women in healthcare throughout the country.

As a key senior spokesperson for CEF, the Director of Philanthropy will be an outstanding communicator who is at ease in a front-facing role, with the stature and credibility to cultivate and maintain senior- level relationships across a variety of donors, including individuals, foundations, corporations and other partner organizations. S/he will work closely with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, the Advisory Board and with members of management team, and will establish strong and collaborative working relationships with key committees.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Analyze CEF’s national fundraising potential, and design and implement a development plan to support the growth of the organization;
  •  Develop and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with CEF’s broad network and together, work on the identification and implementation of innovative, mutually beneficial fundraising efforts;
  • Articulate a clear and compelling case for support for CEF, and craft a fundraising strategy that will inspire and motivate constituencies to achieve ambitious revenue generation goals;
  • Guide, manage and actively participate in efforts to identify, cultivate and solicit sources of funds and gifts, including major gifts, foundation/corporate grants, workplace giving, individual recurring giving, and planned giving;
  • Together with the Executive Director, and the Board, put in place the strategy and implementation for a significant capital campaign;
  • As part of CEF’s Management Team, assist in the implementation of CEF’s strategic plan and set priorities for the organization; and
  • Institute a system of accountability and a constructive means of critical evaluation of the effectiveness and success of CEF’s national development activities and programs.

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will be an inspiring and creative leader who brings a compelling vision for accelerating the growth of private support for the organization, and the experience and the know-how to implement it effectively. S/he will be a highly strategic and dynamic individual, able to energize CEF’s supporters around its mission.

We are looking for an exceptional revenue generator and strategic thinker – someone with a track record of meeting revenue goals as well as proposing innovative and sustainable resource-generating ideas. S/he will have campaign experience, will be results-oriented, and will have the ability, experience and stature to communicate effectively at all levels within the organization and externally.

The ideal candidate is a collaborative individual with the ability to quickly gain an understanding of CEF’s culture, mission, and organizational structure. S/he will possess the experience and leadership skills necessary to establish a culture of philanthropy, and to align CEF’s development plan to its strategic goals. 

The Director of Philanthropy will begin as a .5 FTE contractor with the goal of increasing the position, given funding through development efforts, to full time in 2019. Much of the initial development is anticipated to occur in the San Francisco area; however, the position will be virtual, enabling the successful candidate to live anywhere within the United States.

Skills/experience include:

  • Proven track-record and success in driving revenue generation across multiple funding sources;
  • Excellent communication and compelling presentation skills. S/he will inspire and passionately articulate CEF’s mission to broad and diverse audiences;
  • Strong strategic and implementation skills. S/he will quickly grasp the opportunities and challenges of the organization and the role, and understand how to work effectively to develop innovative and creative fundraising plans;
  • The personal inclination and professional ability to be a positive and unifying figure who can lead by influence and example in order to create an integrated development culture across the CEF network. The successful candidate is someone who can persuade and influence; someone who can build and preserve trust and agreement, as well as confidence and respect, among various constituencies;
  • Ability to work thoughtfully yet decisively with multiple internal and external constituencies;
  • Previous experience creating and implementing a fundraising program with defined priorities, metrics, and clear accountability;
  • Demonstrated ability to personally secure funds from a wide range of donors with a focus on major/principal gifts;
  • A flexible, inclusive approach to leadership, which adjusts to different audiences;
  • A healthy, balanced ego and the confidence to recognize his/her own strengths and weaknesses and;
  • Personal drive and integrity; exemplary levels of professionalism, and resilience.


Barbara B. Anderman, MA Member, Governing Board National Chair, Advisory Board 925-381-4157