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Vice President Philanthropy

Seattle, WA, USA Req #44
Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Vice President of Philanthropy will propel SightLife to its next stage of growth, working closely with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Chief Global Officer (CGO), and other senior leaders to develop a strategy and grow the team that will fuel the achievement of SightLife’s ambitious mission and vision focused on eliminating corneal blindness worldwide by 2040.


The Vice President of Philanthropy will be an integral member of the team responsible for the organization’s financial growth.  They will lead the philanthropy team responsible for global fundraising efforts, as well as, personally generate and close a significant pipeline of institutional,  and individual donors.

Candidate Profile
The preferred candidate will possess outstanding leadership abilities and hold a proven track record of success.  They will be an experienced, hands-on, executive able to partner closely with the Chief Global Officer and others to identify, cultivate, and secure partnerships that generate financial resources. They must be able to both shape and lead innovative business development and revenue generation strategies. They will lead a team that works effectively with and across diverse constituencies around the globe to make compelling presentations, build effective partnerships and advance the level of engagement and, ultimately, the reputation of the organization.

The VP of Philanthropy will be responsible for the following: 


  • Collaborate with the CEO, CGO, and other executives to lead and drive the evolving resource mobilization strategy for SightLife
  • Evolve the strategy for lead generation and opportunity (pipeline management) through stewardship and increasing loyalty of donors.
  • Work with the philanthropy team and organization’s Subject Matter Experts to architect effective strategies for government, foundations, corporate, individual and planned giving.
  • Develop regional specific fundraising strategies outside of the US, specifically, India, Greater Asia, Africa and Latin America.
  • Drive all fundraising efforts as part of SightLife’s overall strategic plan, and in coordination with US and international teams
  • Liaise with teams to ensure tailored, market-driven approaches for the US and internationally are mutually reinforcing
  • Refine and drive a global resource acquisition strategy: how should SightLife source the financial resources needed to meet our organizational goals?
  • Develop non-traditional revenue models to increase funding for international programs, such as: social impact investing, co-investment, public-private partnerships, and other innovative revenue generation models


  • Lead the work plan to achieve annual financial targets as outlined by the resource mobilization strategy, including the overseeing of a multi-million dollar pipeline of potential donors (major donors, corporations and foundations around the globe)
  • Maintain a personal, significant, external-facing, international portfolio to advance SightLife’s mission
  • Build long-term relationships with key partners by effectively stewarding and providing timely reporting to donors and partners
  • Articulate targeted, innovative philanthropic opportunities to current and potential donors
  • Successfully close 7 and 8 figure gifts
  • Develop workflows and processes across teams (e.g. partnerships and content delivery - what are the workflows and pass-offs between these teams when working with prospective content providers)


  • In partnership with the SightLife Communications team, build a visibility strategy to increase awareness of SightLife’s work around the world to target audiences
  • Serve as an ambassador, representing and speaking on behalf of SightLife to key audiences around the world
  • Develop and manage a visibility plan for CEO and CGO
  • Leverage SightLife’s brand to access new markets


Continually refine a human resource plan with the CEO and CGO to realize proposed partnerships strategy and organizational growth goals:

  • Build and lead a diverse team of partnership leaders who are experts at generating financial and non-financial resources
  • Lead quarterly forecasting and strategic planning process for the team, driving (and regularly reporting on) team’s quarterly objectives, key results, and KPIs
  • Manage an annual budget allocated by CEO and CGO to build team and drive priorities

The successful candidate will have the following professional qualifications:

  • 10-15 years fundraising experience from individuals, corporations, foundations, government, and international entities, with a progressively-increasing track record of success spanning transitions to co-investment and partnerships
  • Proven experience in managing and growing a high-functioning team (4 FTEs and external consultants)
  • Demonstrated expertise in collaborating with other department leaders, department heads, and remote teams in order to achieve institutional goals
  • Expertise and comfort interfacing with the highest-level leaders and stakeholders across geographies, sectors, and organizational types
  • Experience working with teams in Asia
  • Significant business development experience with demonstrated success in developing strategic revenue generating partnerships with government entities
  • Mastery of moves management across donor types (Individual, Major Donor, Foundation, Corporation) with a track record of securing 7 and 8 figure philanthropic gifts
  • Ability and willingness to travel (likely 25%+, with a mix domestic and international)
  • Ability to raise funds for a global health organization
  • Ability to represent the organization together with the CEO or CGO with funders, at conferences, and at international convenings
  • Demonstrated interest in and understanding of the international development space
  • Exceptional communication and project management abilities
  • Solutions-oriented and exceptionally enterprising; ability to thrive in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment and to radiate positivity, even when under pressure
  • Exceptional problem solving skills and data-driven strategic thinking

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Seattle, WA, USA