Fundraising and Advancement, Global/International, Health, Nonprofit and Social Impact, Politics/Policy

Managing Director, Development

  • Seed Global Health
  • Boston, MA

This position has been filled.

Founded in 2012, Seed Global Health (Seed) envisions a world in which every patient has access to the skilled health professional required to save lives.

Through strong collaboration with the public sector, Seed trains physicians, nurses, and midwives, building health teams that can provide high-quality care and save lives throughout the community. Seed does this by strengthening clinical care delivery, improving health workforce education, and supporting policies that enable health professionals to succeed.

Seed is dedicated to creating lasting change in the health systems of its partner countries: Malawi, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia. To ensure that these changes are durable, Seed forms deep local partnerships that inform its work at both the individual and systems levels. Together, Seed creates multi-generational impact to not only treat today’s problems but solve for those of tomorrow.

Seed’s theory of change is grounded in the belief that people are among the most important levers of change in the health system. Physicians, nurses, and midwives have the expertise critical to addressing the triple burden of communicable and noncommunicable diseases and emerging threats—like COVID-19—with which countries grapple.

Seed’s priorities are driven by a shared vision and the needs of the countries, institutions, and communities it serves. As such, its work currently focuses on the following: community health; emergency care; maternal, newborn, and child health; mental health; and primary care.

Now celebrating a decade of continued growth, Seed Global Health is at an exciting moment in its organizational evolution. Seed enjoys trusted relationships throughout its partner countries and the African continent, and knows how, where, with whom, and, above all, why to change the course of healthcare worldwide. In addition to training and empowering health workers with partners in Malawi, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia, Seed is fighting to change the global narrative when it comes to human resources for health needs and moving the needle on action toward new components of an equitable global public health system. Now embarking upon a formal relationship with the African Union to train health workers, Seed stands at the threshold of further, major growth and impact that will push new limits of what is possible in global health.

Seed seeks a leader in the role of Managing Director, Development who will leverage this positive backdrop and bring new levels of awareness and philanthropic support to the organization. This individual will be a mission-focused, well-rounded, and creative development professional serving on Seed’s leadership team. They will have experience managing a development team; mobilizing resources from a diverse and growing portfolio of individuals, foundations, and corporate funders; supporting building the brand and telling the story for a dynamic, expanding and inspiring enterprise; and working closely with staff, the CEO, Board of Trustees, and other supporters to achieve annual and multi-year revenue goals. The Managing Director, Development will report to the CEO and provide support across the organization, also serving as a member of the Seed Governance Council.

While Seed will consider a broad range of backgrounds, the ideal candidate will have the following qualifications/experience:

  • Deep connection to the mission and vision of Seed Global Health and the ability to authentically engage and inspire others as a senior representative of the organization.
  • Ten to 12 years of progressively responsible experience in development, ideally including experience with a nonprofit organization focused on global health.
  • Proven record of developing and executing development strategies aimed at securing funding from a diverse mix of individual donors, foundations, and corporations, including success in soliciting and closing six and seven-figure gifts.
  • Experience with core development functions, including pipeline management and forecasting, database implementation, and integrated grants management.
  • Demonstrated ability in planning and executing integrated, strategic communications in support of achieving fundraising, event, or other organizational goals.
  • Strong record of providing strategic and operational leadership, including creating and managing a budget, while ensuring efficient processes and resource allocation. Demonstrated ability to recruit, manage, mentor, motivate, and ensure ongoing professional development of staff.
  • Demonstrated experience cultivating, training, and working collaboratively with senior-level colleagues, board members, and other high-level volunteer leaders on successful development activities.
  • Strong understanding of technology and information systems.  Ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about strategy and process. Experience with Salesforce is a plus.
  • A forward thinker with a track record of utilizing new methods of constituent engagement and connectivity, who will be driven by innovation in developing development best practices in the current and post-COVID-19 world.
  • Up to 25% travel may be required, including both domestic and international travel, consistent with public health guidance.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree in relevant field of study preferred.

Seed Global Health is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants. Seed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

Seed Global Health has retained the Diversified Search Group for this engagement. Managing Director Gerard F. Cattie, Jr. is leading the search with Managing Director Liz Lombard. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed here or via email to

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