Director of Development

National Health Council
Posted Date: 
Friday, August 9, 2019
Washington, DC

When applying, please submit a cover letter detailing your experience as it relates to the duties and responsibilities for this position along with your desired salary level. Please submit a cover letter and resume directly to:

The National Health Council (NHC) brings diverse organizations together to forge consensus and drive patient-centered health policy. Founded in 1920, the NHC is the only organization that brings together all segments of the health community to provide a united voice for the more than 160 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers. Made up of more than 125 national health-related organizations and businesses, the NHC's core membership includes the nation’s leading patient advocacy organizations, which control its governance and policy-making process. Other members include health-related associations and nonprofit organizations including the provider, research, and family caregiver communities; and businesses representing biopharmaceutical, device, diagnostic, generic, and payer organizations.

The NHC’s strategic goals are:

  • Promote increased access to affordable, high-value, sustainable health care.
  • Grow an engaged, patient-centered, multi-stakeholder membership that is representative of the health ecosystem.
  • Enhance brand awareness and engagement among key audiences.

The NHC provides access to deep policy resources and expertise on a broad range of complex issues that impact all people with chronic conditions. We advocate for medical innovations that reflect priorities by patients and their family caregivers. We promote increased access to affordable, high-value, sustainable health care. 

The NHC’s broad public policy agenda is set by our Board of Directors, including the Board Policy Committee, both of which are multi-stakeholder bodies with patient advocacy group leaders as majority members. Throughout the year, multi-stakeholder Action Teams explore the policy goals set by the Board, analyze current legislation and the environment, and provide recommendations and strategic direction. 

The Position

The NHC is seeking a Director of Development. She/he will design and execute a development strategy as well as oversee and execute ongoing fundraising efforts.

Reports to: Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives


  • An undergraduate degree is required. An advanced degree in health services, public or business administration (or a related field) is highly desirable. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • A minimum of five years of corporate fundraising and engagement experience is required. Specific experience in a nonprofit health care field/setting required.

Professional Experience

  • Development/Fundraising: Proven success in:
    • development for a nonprofit organization.
    • government, philanthropic, charitable and corporate organization grant and proposal development.
    • running successful development/fundraising campaigns from corporate/life sciences donors
    • translating concepts into donor-driven strategies.
    • staying on top of fundraising trends and the nonprofit community.
  • Project/Program Leadership: Experience in planning, leading, and managing specific development projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress to senior managers.  
  • Communications: Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications (including grant and proposal writing). Ability to convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials. Superior interpersonal, presentation, and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Collaboration: Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives.
  • Relationship Building: Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships across different levels of the organization and externally. Understanding and experience of current dynamics in corporate relations and corporate philanthropy. Can effectively present professionally.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design and Execute the National Health Council’s Annual Development Plan
    • Conduct research, prospecting, and application to corporate donors and donors in the life sciences space.
    • Develop proposals for projects within the public policy and program areas.
    • Identify additional revenue generating opportunities and diversification.
  • Build a Robust Donor Base
    • Develop and maintain key long-term relationships with existing donors.
    • Expand relationships with key donor prospects to include foundations.

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