Organization: National Institute for Reproductive Health and NIRH Action Fund

Location: New York, NY

Express Interest


The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) works to increase access to reproductive health care by changing public policy, galvanizing public support, and normalizing women’s decisions to have abortions and use contraception. Since 2008, NIRH has provided direct grants and hands-on support to more than 150 reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations in 39 states and 56 localities across the country.

The National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund, with associated PAC’s and IEC, conducts nonpartisan advocacy and electoral engagement to advance reproductive health, rights and justice in states and cities across the country.

NIRH seeks a highly skilled Chief Development Officer with a strong track record in securing both individual and institutional funds, to provide strategic direction, leadership and management of all aspects of fundraising activities for both NIRH and the NIRH Action Fund.  Reporting to the President, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) serves as a key leadership team member, provides an active voice in the organization’s strategic decision-making and will design and implement systems and protocols to ensure annual growth. The CDO will communicate NIRH’s vision to the Boards and potential funders and donors, build strong relationships with stakeholders and meet aggressive fundraising targets. The CDO will supervise a four-person staff.

This is a full-time position located in New York, NY. For more information on NIRH, please visit

Role and Responsibilities:

The CDO for NIRH will be accountable for but not limited to the following key responsibilities:

Resource Development Strategy

  • Inculcate and promote an organization-wide culture of philanthropy and appreciation.
  • Create and implement a comprehensive development strategy for NIRH, the NIRH Action Fund and PAC, with clear annual financial goals for each.
  • Develop clear short-term and long-term plans for the development department, including a departmental budget and calendar and benchmarks to measure progress and success.
  • Direct and manage all fundraising activities, including the identification of new funding opportunities and the implementation of targeted strategies for each cohort.
  • Oversee major annual fundraising luncheon.
  • Ensure continued growth of institutional funder revenue.
  • Manage and expand the individual donor program and maintain a portfolio of high-level donors and prospects.
  • Engage the President and appropriate other staff and Board members in relationships with high net-worth individuals.
  • Partner with the finance department on organizational budgeting and revenue projections.
  • Partner with the communications department to ensure seamless and coordinated messaging, including the implementation of a digital fundraising progress.
  • Evaluate possibilities for a planned giving program.
  • Create a program for enhanced Board and donor engagement, including but not limited to site visits, political education opportunities, parlor meetings, briefings and webinars.
  • Oversee operation of the database, including systems and protocols for acknowledgment procedures and metrics for reporting and evaluation.

Board Relationship Management

  • Partner with the President to establish and sustain strong relationships with Board members.
  • Support Board members in their fundraising roles and responsibilities.
  • Staff the Board Fundraising Committee.
  • Work with the Nominations and Board Development Committee to develop and maintain a leadership pipeline.
  • Provide leadership for the orientation, support and the “onboarding” of new Board members in support of their fundraising responsibilities.

Management and Leadership

  • Serve as an ambassador and advocate for a philanthropic culture within the organization.
  • Serve as a strategic thought partner on the leadership team.
  • Collaborate and lead cross-departmental initiatives and projects.
  • Lead a four-person development team.
  • Provide weekly supervision for the development team, identify clear departmental and individual goals with benchmarks to monitor progress.
  • The CDO will act as an advocate for the development team providing advice, guidance and support on equality and diversity.


  • 15+ years of development experience, including management responsibilities. 501(c)3 and 501c(4) fundraising experience preferred;
  • Passion for and commitment to NIRH’s mission, fluency in the pertinent issues and the ability to articulate the case for support;
  • Experience with the diverse components of comprehensive fundraising planning and implementation with solid experience in portfolio management and moves management;
  • Demonstrated success in securing funding from individuals and foundations;
  • Strong management skills with proven success in supervision and staff development;
  • Experience in Board relations;
  • Exceptional judgment, maturity and demonstrated leadership;
  • Enthusiasm for working with a team, as well as the ability to drive new initiatives and thrive in a fast-paced environment;
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills;
  • Impeccable attention to detail;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment;
  • Experience with donor databases and other relevant technology- knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus; and
  • BA degree required; advanced degree preferable.

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


NIRH has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Liz Lombard and Turner Delano here.

The National Institute for Reproductive Health is an equal opportunity employer. NIRH strives to build and support an equitable work community that attracts, develops, and retains exceptional people. As a member of the reproductive freedom movement, NIRH aims to foster leadership and raise the voices of historically marginalized people, including but not limited to Black people and people of color, indigenous/native peoples, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people, disabled/differently abled people, immigrants, and low-income people. We strongly encourage candidates of these and other diverse backgrounds to apply.

The NIRH staff and board have committed to racial equity, and as such have been engaged in a multi-year process to adopt a racial equity lens across the organization. As such, this person will come into a team that’s currently engaged in shifting its organizational framework.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, institutions of higher education and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information, visit