Vice President, Development

About the Organization

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) connects the world’s leading public and private organizations to accelerate biomedical breakthroughs for patients. The FNIH brings together leading scientist to navigate and solve complex human health problems and advance development of new therapies, diagnostics, and potential cures; advance global health and equity in care; and celebrate and train the next generation of scientists.

Established by Congress in 1990 to support the mission of the NIH, the FNIH is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. For more information about the FNIH, please visit

EOE Statement

The FNIH is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. The FNIH celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


THE OPPORTUNITY: The Vice President, Development (VP) will plan, direct, and execute a comprehensive fundraising plan including major gifts, corporations and foundations, annual fund, special events, and planned giving. The VP will drive the Foundation’s overall fundraising strategy while playing a leading role in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major donors, growing the corporate and foundation philanthropic funding base, and supporting Board and volunteer leadership development and engagement. Funds raised support high-impact biomedical research, science education and training, and other programs at FNIH.

The ideal candidate is an experienced, visionary, and inspiring leader able to cultivate relationships with internal and external stakeholders while broadening the base of FNIH supporters, and building/leading a team of fundraising professionals.

The VP will report to the Senior Vice President and Chief Growth & Innovation Officer and will serve on the Foundation’s leadership team, attend Board meetings, and present on fundraising progress and opportunities. He/she/they will have regular and frequent access to the President and Chief Executive Officer CEO and the Advancement and Communications Committee of the Board, and oversee a team, currently comprising five full-time staff members. The VP will build a much larger team over time.

FNIH is a hybrid workplace. The VP will be onsite at least six days a month and will be expected to be available at the Foundation offices in North Bethesda, MD for in-person meetings with prospective/current donors, Board members, and staff. The estimated base salary range for the Vice President, Development is $225,000-$275,000 plus competitive benefits.

FUNDING: Historically, the Foundation has been successfully focused on revenue from partnerships with industry. The VP will design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing and expanding key external alliances by cultivating and growing philanthropic support from individual donors. FNIH has a current annual operating budget of approximately $96.5 million. Revenue sources include corporate partnerships ($9.5M), individual donors ($4.5M), foundations ($18.6M), pharma and biotech ($58.6M), and government ($5.3M).

Position Requirements


  • A genuine interest in the FNIH mission.
  • 10-15 years of fundraising experience, ideally in biomedical research or healthcare.
  • Significant history of successful management, team building, and leadership experience.
  • Track record of raising major gifts ($1M+) from individuals, corporate foundations, charitable foundations, and/or other sources.
  • Experience working with an engaged CEO and board.
  • Demonstrated leadership, financial, and personnel management abilities.
  • Development of strong credibility and rapport with donors, key stakeholders, and colleagues.
  • Experience building budgets, setting goals, and presenting results.
  • History of collaboration, creativity, integrity, and gratitude, and a commitment to incorporating principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and public speaking skills: able to articulate a compelling vision for investing in the Foundation that can be scaled and adopted by all stakeholders.
  • Knowledgeable about the use of social media to increase brand awareness and drive contributions.
  • Willingness to travel regularly to the FNIH home office and nationally/internationally to meet with donors.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is desirable.

FNIH is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

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