Position Summary

This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced development executive who will drive philanthropic support for the Guttmacher Institute in fulfilling its very important mission—advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally.

During this period of global upheaval, with an ongoing pandemic, economic instability, and a reckoning on racism and injustice in all forms, the work of the Guttmacher Institute is more vital than ever. The Institute’s commitment to high-quality research and its expertise in evidence-based advocacy uniquely positions it to influence the conversation around sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

The Vice President for Development will bring passion for SRHR and for the Institute’s long-term vision, as well as a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. As a member of Guttmacher’s Executive Leadership Team, the Vice President for Development will play a key role in setting Institute-wide strategic priorities, ensuring strong and effective management, and creating a healthy, equitable organizational culture.


The Vice President for Development will provide leadership, strategic vision, broad oversight, and strong day-to-day management of Guttmacher’s Development Division, which currently includes seven staff and has potential to grow. This executive will sit as a valued member of Guttmacher’s Executive Leadership Team in crafting Institute-wide strategic priorities, collaborating with a dynamic board, and building a strong organizational culture. The Guttmacher Institute seeks to foster a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment, where every employee’s unique talents are valued and recognized as an asset to the achievement of our mission.

In leading a Development team charged with raising approximately $30 million annually, the VP will set out a vision for the Institute’s fundraising and will work collaboratively to carry this vision through to execution—by setting clear fundraising goals and marshaling resources to achieve them, by skillfully representing the Institute with current and prospective donors, and by ensuring that Development staff have the support they need to thrive while developing as professionals.

Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following:

Management and Personnel oversight

  • Oversee supervision processes, professional development, and policies within the Development Division.
  • Serve as an inspirational leader for staff; promote a culture of strong integrity, high performance, meaningful collaboration, and continuous improvement that values commitment to equity, learning and quality.
  • Take a proactive approach to hiring needs to ensure that the Division attracts and retains a talented and diverse staff to carry out Guttmacher’s fundraising initiatives.
  • Supervise the Director of Institutional Giving and the Associate Director of Individual Giving as well as any additional staff brought into the Development management team, with attention to quality of performance, professional development, and job satisfaction. Provide input on the performance of senior development staff and other staff when appropriate.
  • Encourage and facilitate staff professional development at all levels.
  • Regularly review existing divisional capabilities and play a lead role in evolving structures, processes, and staffing to improve deliverables.


Executive Leadership

  • Serve as a key member of the eight-person Executive Leadership Team to develop Institute-wide priorities and goals.
  • Facilitate strong and productive interdivisional relations and communication at multiple levels.
  • Collaborate with other members of the Executive Leadership Team to ensure consistency and coordination of processes and procedures across divisions.
  • Work with the Executive Leadership Team to establish and monitor performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, and establish priorities. Actively engage and contribute to ongoing organization-wide strategic thinking.
  • Participate in committee meetings at regular Board meetings; attend all Board meetings and prepare presentations and other materials as directed by Institute’s President or Board.
  • Actively champion, model, and advance the organizational commitment to racial and gender equity - an overarching value and a core principle underpinning our work.
  • Contribute to the creation and implementation of organizational policies that are consistent with best practices and with the Institute’s commitment to equity.


Fund Development

  • Collaborate with the CEO and Executive Vice President to establish appropriate long- and short- term fundraising goals, priorities, and policies, and implement strategic initiatives to support the Institute’s mission and vision.
  • Sustain and build the Institute’s institutional funding portfolio of approximately $27 million, made up of grants from private foundations and U.S. and foreign government agencies, with a focus on driving increased diversification of funding.
  • Ensure the continued growth of Guttmacher’s individual giving program, which has a current annual value of $3 million, to include identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual prospects. Engage the CEO, senior staff, and Board members in cultivating and closing gifts, as appropriate.
  • Oversee the management and marketing of the annual giving, major gifts, and planned giving programs and coordinate fundraising from foundations, individuals, and government agencies.
  • Gather fundraising data on performance metrics and other measures of success; prepare statistical analyses and reports related to fundraising efforts and donor engagement.
  • Actively engage the Board of Directors in fundraising efforts and ensure that individual members are supported in carrying out their roles as fundraisers.
  • Ensure ongoing fundraising excellence in line with the Institute’s values, mission, vision, and plans.


External Relations, Communications & Partnerships

  • Work collaboratively with Communications colleagues and Guttmacher staff to ensure a consistent message is delivered to current and prospective donors, the public and potential partners.
  • Ensure that all fundraising messaging and publications are compelling and consistent with the Institute’s brand and voice.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with external partners and senior colleagues in research, advocacy, reproductive health care provision, and other communities.
  • Develop institutional partnerships as appropriate in the advancement of strategic goals and Guttmacher’s mission.
  • Explore, establish, and maintain relationships with new partners, such as the private and corporate business community, when appropriate and in the interests of the organization.


The successful candidate will bring passion and enthusiasm for the Guttmacher Institute’s mission and have at least 10 years of development experience, including the management of fundraising professionals, involvement at the executive leadership level, and a familiarity with fundraising for causes unrelated to direct programming.

Specific qualifications include:

  • Genuine passion around Guttmacher’s commitment to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally
  • Strong management and organizational skills with a demonstrated capacity to recruit, lead and marshal the talents of a diverse, competent, and creative staff.
  • Ability to identify opportunities for innovation and implement changes successfully and expeditiously.
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills, the ability to inspire and motivate in one-on-one situations and as a public speaker, serving as an ambassador for the Institute in high-level contexts.
  • Consistent record of setting and meeting ambitious development and fundraising goals.
  • Experience planning and implementing fundraising strategies that secure support from a wide range of donors, including experience raising six-figure and seven-figure gifts from individuals and seven-figure grants from institutional donors. Experience raising grants from foreign governments and multilateral agencies is a plus.
  • Experience working with a CRM and related technologies within a fundraising environment.
  • Significant experience building generative relationships with philanthropic institutions and high-net worth individuals.
  • Direct experience working effectively with boards, senior management teams, and external partners in development initiatives. The ability to effectively navigate large, complex, matrixed organizations.
  • A sense of accountability for oneself and for others as it relates to meeting commitments; inclusive management style that actively solicits input from team members.
  • Experience and willingness to travel both domestically and internationally (following the lifting of COVID restrictions).
  • Unquestionable ethics, integrity, transparency, and accountability in all actions.
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited university is required. CFRE certification is a plus.  

Salary and Benefits

A competitive compensation package will be made available to the qualified candidate. 

Excellent benefits that include medical, dental, vision and life insurance; vacation, personal and sick time; paid parental leave; tuition reimbursement; commuting subsidy; and 401(k) with employer match. The Guttmacher Institute strives to provide the training and support staff need to be successful in their positions and to grow professionally.