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Senior Vice President for Development

  • American Nutrition Association
  • Hinsdale, Illinois (20 minutes west of downtown Chicago); hybrid in-office and remote work model

This position has been filled.

The American Nutrition Association® is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. The ANA envisions a society of Healthy People, Powered by Nutrition. The ANA brings that vision to life through its mission to champion the science and practice of personalized nutrition.

Six foundational values guide the work of the ANA:

  • Nutrition is a Science – There is a rich and evolving body of science illuminating nutrition’s impact on our health.
  • Nutrition is Medicine – Nutrition is the core of our health and can prevent and reverse disease.
  • Nutrition is Personal – Because our biology is unique, personalized nutrition most powerfully taps our health potential.
  • Nutrition is Healthcare – Nutrition belongs in the core of our healthcare culture and system, and all health professionals should be equipped and empowered to integrate nutrition into their work.
  • Nutrition is an Ecosystem – Nutrition is an ecosystem of food growers and providers, scientists, academics, healthcare professionals, policymakers, philanthropists, corporations and more.
  • Nutrition is for Everyone – Every person deserves access to healthy food and unbiased, science-based nutrition knowledge.

Our society is in crisis: Over 60% of Americans suffer from one or more chronic diseases, and over 70% are overweight or obese. This is spreading across the globe.

  • Poor nutrition is the leading cause of chronic disease and obesity.
  • Just as poor nutrition is the primary cause, the science shows us that personalized nutrition has the power to help reverse this crisis.
  • Yet nutrition is vastly underutilized in our health system and culture relative to its potential for impact.

The American Nutrition Association exists to close that gap. As the champion and professional home for science-based, personalized nutrition, the organization:

  • Educates health professionals and the public
  • Certifies health professionals in nutrition practice
  • Advocates to expand nutrition in public policy
  • Connects the nutrition ecosystem

Now is an exciting time. The ANA is expanding its work beyond its scientific and healthcare roots to directly engage the public and the entire network of stakeholders that make up the ecosystem of nutrition. The ANA is leveraging its unique position to catalyze a Movement to bring the power of nutrition to every American. Building on a foundation of scientific excellence and energized by the stewardship of a remarkable cadre of scientists, practitioners, business leaders, and philanthropists, the ANA is poised for tremendous growth and increased societal impact.

The ongoing evolution of the nascent ANA Development program, which was formally established in 2019, and marshalling of increased, sustainable philanthropic support are critical to fueling the organization’s continued ascendency. Amid a sizeable growth phase in the ANA’s overall infrastructure, the organization is seeking candidates with an entrepreneurial mindset for the role of Senior Vice President (SVP) for Development. Reporting to the CEO, the SVP for Development serves as a key executive and member of the leadership team making strategic decisions affecting the ANA. In partnership with the CEO, this position is responsible for all fundraising and development activities. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build the ANA’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. The SVP for Development will also design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

The SVP for Development will have primary responsibility for building on the existing Development infrastructure and team (which currently includes a full-time Corporate Relations Manager and part-time Major Gifts Officer, with access to half the time of the CEO and substantial time from other team members) to grow ANA’s budget through major gifts, conference sponsorship, corporate and foundation support, and the annual fund. They will expand and diversify the ANA’s donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives. In addition, the SVP for Development will work closely with the Board of Directors and support Board members as they take on a more active fundraising role.

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

  • Commitment to the ANA’s mission and a passion for advancing humanity through the lens of nutrition, food, or health.
  • Ten or more years of nonprofit development experience with progressive levels of responsibility, including broad knowledge of all functional areas of fundraising (major, planned, and annual giving; corporate and foundation giving; stewardship; operations) and leadership in a major capital campaign.
  • Knowledge of and fundamental adherence to the principles, ethics, and best practices of modern fundraising, including the integration of various giving programs to diversify the funding base and cultivate greater donor commitments.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strategic and operational management, leadership, and coaching, including developing a diverse, multi-disciplinary team of development professionals and contributing to the ongoing fostering of a high-functioning, results-oriented workforce. Track record of setting strategic direction, establishing goals, benchmarking, shared accountability, conceptualizing and executing development department growth, as well as working cross-departmentally when necessary to achieve results. Experience managing budgets.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of how to build diversity, equity, and inclusion in the development function; culturally competent with respect to issues such as racial, cultural, religious, sexual, and gender identity.
  • Demonstrated success in developing the case for support and in making strategic, innovative fundraising plans, and executing those plans to grow fundraising. Demonstrated experience cultivating, training, building relationships with, and working in collaboration with executives, senior staff, and volunteer leaders on development-related activities.
  • Demonstrated strength in prospect discovery and in building effective strategies to compel new major donor investment. Experience integrating giving programs at various levels to cultivate greater donor commitments. A forward thinker with a track record of utilizing new methods of donor engagement and connectivity, who will be driven by innovation in developing philanthropic best practices in the current and post- COVID-19 world.
  • Proven ability to personally cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts from individual and institutional donors at five and six-figure levels.
  • Demonstrated ability in planning and executing integrated, strategic, and innovative communications in support of achieving fundraising goals.
  • The ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process. Working knowledge of modern data management practices and technological innovations that can streamline advancement processes and contribute to the integration of related functions. Extensive, in-depth Salesforce experience is a plus.
  • Ability to travel as necessary, consistent with public health guidelines.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) certification would be considered highly desirable.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, family status, or veteran status. We celebrate diversity and are committed to providing an inclusive environment of mutual respect.


American Nutrition Association has retained the Diversified Search Group for this engagement. Managing Director Gerard F. Cattie, Jr. is leading the search. To express interest in this role, submit your resume and supporting documents here.  Inquiries and nominations should be directed via email to

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