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Director of Philanthropic Partnerships

Remote Position

About The Health Initiative:

Founded in 2018, The Health Initiative (THI) is a not for profit organization that catalyzes new conversations about – and new investments in – the known drivers of health. The U.S. spends ~$12 billion every day on healthcare – even though only ~20% of health outcomes are tied to clinical care. This disconnect is increasingly untenable. Even pre-COVID, 24% of those with commercial health insurance still lacked adequate food, housing, or other basics – driving up healthcare costs.

THI works relentlessly to achieve our vision of a health-based economy that equitably invests our country’s public and private dollars in health, not just healthcare – and our aim of increased investments in the known drivers of health, including healthy food, safe homes, and well-paying jobs.

As instigator and advisor, THI works intensively with public and private healthcare institutions that control billions of dollars and impact millions of lives (health insurers, federal agencies, state departments of health and human services, and foundations) to partner with communities to invest in health, not just healthcare. With THI’s guidance, these institutions make investing in health central to their strategy, business model, and operations – and engage with communities to mobilize and align resources for healthy food, safe homes, and well-paying jobs while building community wealth and addressing historical health disparities. THI Co-founders Rebecca Onie and Rocco Perla are national leaders whose careers offer critical insights into and experience with the drivers of health, healthcare delivery, and healthcare policy.

About the Position:

The Health Initiative (THI) seeks a resourceful, thoughtful, and detail-oriented Director of Philanthropic Partnerships. This team member has four primary functions:

  • translate visions and ideas into strategic, donor-specific tactical development plans
  • test and develop standardized approaches to support THI systems
  • support the execution of the development plans (e.g., briefings, draft communications)
  • work collaboratively to ensure flawless execution of all development activities

A successful candidate will thrive in the fast-paced context of issue-based campaigns and/or start-up environments, effectively translate senior leadership thinking into clear recommendations and approaches for donors, and have a strong understanding of how to staff senior leaders to achieve development goals. We seek candidates with excellent relational instincts, strong attention to detail, and good communication skills who are able to flex between strategic conversations and detail-oriented execution. The Director of Philanthropic Partnerships will need to be able to build systems, adapt approaches to different styles, and continuously improve work with an eye to what is needed to get results rather than rigid execution of an existing plan. They will work closely with the Chief Campaign Officer and Senior Campaign Director to set the development strategy, approach, and systems to create plans and implement tactics to achieve goals.

As a a small organization, the Director will work closely with all staff, including program staff to support technical content development, operations staff on development systems, project managers as key supports to manage and execute development timelines, and with the Co-Founders to develop strategies for donors and staff development activities. The position reports to the Chief Campaign Officer, who oversees THI’s fundraising and programmatic work.


All staff at THI work collaboratively and across functions to deliver on our mission. The Director of Philanthropic Partnerships will be tasked with guiding the team through the process of closing a multi- million dollar fundraising campaign and supporting the management of a close network of major philanthropic partners through the life of their investments. Given the dynamic nature of the organization, the responsibilities below are reflective but not exhaustive of what you should expect in the role.

Ongoing responsibilities:

  • Staff and advise THI’s Co-Founders on relationship management and donor strategy, and manage up for effective implementation
  • Update development plans/approaches (within boundaries, principles, and guidelines):
    • Update overall path to goal, quarterly plans, and weekly prioritization of tasks
    • Make recommendations for prioritization of donors
  • Identify steps necessary to engage, close, or steward a donor
  • Conduct background research, engage in ongoing scanning, and provide briefings on current donors and potential new donors
  • Draft development communications, including email drafts, reports, and standard slides for THI’s Co- Founders
  • Proof, conduct background research for, and support the creation of new development materials, including proposals, slide decks, and detailed agendas
  • Support the standardization of content, ensuring the latest materials are saved in the right locations
  • Deliver concise verbal communication in internal and external meetings
  • Support trade-offs of Co-Founder time relative to development and other priorities
  • Support execution of development plans (potential and current donors) including managing timelines with Project Managers and identifying opportunities for growth
  • Identify and build the tools and systems that position THI for next-generation development success, including substantive reporting, sincere donor acknowledgment, and inspiring updates for our donors
  • Work with the Co-Founders, senior leadership team, and other relevant team members to evaluate and analyze the effectiveness of development approaches and to test new approaches based on learnings

Who We’re Looking For:

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work.

This position might be a good fit for someone that has experience staffing others to support major gifts; someone interested in applying skills from a current relationship management function to non-profit development (e.g., account management); or someone with experience staffing executives on relationships and communications (e.g., special assistant).

We are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below.

  • Seven to ten years’ experience working in a relationship management function, including development, account management, or relationship management
  • Excellent background research and briefing development skills, including experience creating high- quality written prep materials for senior leadership
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, ideally including experience writing on behalf of others
  • The ability to work independently and as a team member
  • A talent for prioritizing and managing multiple projects with short-, medium-, and long-term deadlines; ability to successfully meet deadlines consistently
  • Strong strategic and systems thinking skills, combined with an entrepreneurial mindset and a get-it- done attitude
  • Continuous improvement mindset, ability to learn and use new systems and technology
  • Good judgment; ability to recognize and successfully navigate ambiguity
  • Scrupulous attention to detail while also recognizing that creativity and flexibility are essential for long term success
  • Commitment to and deep understand of the mission, vision, and values of THI and their impact on healthcare
  • Equity-minded individual who displays an informed and thoughtful commitment to diversity and inclusion both internally and externally

Compensation and Benefits:

THI offers a comprehensive benefits package. The salary for this position is $145,000. THI has a no-negotiation compensation policy. In addition to a competitive salary, THI also offers:

  • Full coverage of medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee and family
  • Generous 401K matching and parental leave
  • Unlimited sustainable vacation and sick time

This is a full time, exempt role with some flexible evening and weekend work expected and is fully remote within the US. THI prefers staff to work eastern time zone hours.

Equal Opportunity Statement:

The Health Initiative values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual identity, veteran status or any other status protected by law. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender non-conforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

The Health Initiative has contracted with Capability Company Consulting to support the search process. Please send 1) a cover letter linking your skills and experience to this position description, 2) your resume, and 3) three to five professional references with complete contact information to:

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, beginning by June 24, 2024. Early submission is encouraged.