Senior Development Specialist

Posting Number: #239-20

Position Title: Senior Development Specialist

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Remote

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Program Summary

The Public Health Institute (PHI) is currently accepting applications for the position of Senior Development Specialist (SDS) to support the PHI Central Development Team. The SDS will be a seasoned development professional with a strong acumen for technical proposal writing and coordination. The SDS will additionally bring robust experience for business development in the philanthropic sector and donor cultivation. Working closely with the Deputy Director of Development and members of the Senior Management Team, the SDS will identify, engage, cultivate, solicit, and steward current and prospective foundation donors and/or corporate philanthropy to grow financial support for PHI and its programs. This role requires an entrepreneurial spirit, good writing skills, time management, and the ability to multitask.

This is a remote, time-limited position that is expected to last one year.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Expertly prepare compelling donor communications including letters of intent, proposals, sponsorship decks, reports, letters, and emails;
  • Research and assess new funding opportunities that match PHI’s development strategy and overall goals and mission;
  • Assist Deputy Director of Development in managing the PHI pipeline, including the following: identifying new funders, vetting new opportunities via desk research and funder dialogue (as applicable); tracking funding opportunities through Salesforce and other management tools; and provide input on pursuit decisions;
  • Participate in fund development and external relations meetings;
  • Monitor long-term trends in the public health and global health development space and in PHI’s current technical areas. Advise programs and PI/PDs on pipeline and messaging in light of those trends;
  • Perform capture/proposal technical support, including establishing relationships with funders, PI/PDs/Program Teams, potential partners, potential consultants/staff, gather operational information and bid context, and analyze the competitive environment for considering PHI’s differentiators;
  • Mentor central staff – particularly early-career staff, new to business development – in writing proposals, performing capture, and fulfilling various roles on proposal teams. Lead or co-lead training in BD skills, as necessary;
  • Writing sections of, or complete, technical proposals;
  • Coordinate development of new materials and templates, and support the team to update business development materials and templates as well as corporate capability statements;
  • All other duties, as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, development, business, or a related field.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of related experience that includes professional grant writing experience, preferably in a non-profit setting,
  • Prior experience and demonstrated success in proposal development for philanthropic donors required, preferably in public health/global health sectors.
  • Strong editorial sensibility and skill set – must have high interest and tenacity in writing and editing proposals and business development materials.
  • Highly motivated self-starter with the ability to embrace a spirit of entrepreneurship and flexibility in order to increase fundraising capacity.
  • A passion for health equity and the mission of the Public Health Institute.
  • Experience and commitment to advancing health equity and racial justice.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to meet deadlines under pressure and manage multiple tasks and competing priorities.
  • Strong computer skills and ability to learn new systems easily; proficiency in Microsoft Office applications. Familiarity with Salesforce is desirable, though not required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience cultivating new foundation relationships.
  • Willingness to support others work when needed, strength as a team player
  • International development experience related to global health in Africa, Asia, Latin America, or Eastern Europe preferred but not required

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree is preferred.

Important Information

  • This is a full-time (40 hours per week) time-limited position based remotely.
  • This position is anticipated to last 1 year.
  • This position includes PHI’s full suite of benefits.


The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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