Director of Development (APA)

American Psychiatric Association
Washington, DC, DC

The U.S. is on the verge of a national breakthrough in mental health awareness. The American Psychiatric Association Foundation seeks a Director of Development to help fund and advance this breakthrough, creating a mentally healthy nation for all.

The APA Foundation is the charitable arm of the American Psychiatric Association, the oldest medical association in the United States. The Foundation educates the public about mental health. It has trained 75,000 school personnel to recognize early signs of mental illness and substance abuse; educated over 900 judges on behavioral health issues they may experience in the courtroom; provided mental health resources to more than 45,000 employers; and supported more than 400 counties in reducing the number of people with mental illness in jail. Its impact on the psychiatrists who deliver mental healthcare is equally broad, with 1,750 psychiatric residents and early career psychiatrists supported in their education and professional development.

To make sure these wide-reaching programs reach all who need them, the APA Foundation seeks a Director of Development to lead comprehensive fundraising initiatives that engage a diverse range of mental health professionals, healthcare-related companies, patients, and community members. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development is responsible for designing an integrated fundraising strategy that increases restricted and unrestricted giving from all constituencies, developing systems to support its execution, and leading a two-person fundraising team that works in collaboration with APA staff, APA/APAF Boards, District Branches, and Ambassadors.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 8 to 10 years of experience fundraising in an association foundation or healthcare organization, including at least 3 years in a leadership role.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and lead an integrated development program that secures multi-faceted support (including restricted and unrestricted giving) from corporations and individuals.
  • Familiarity with corporate partnerships and giving vehicles and track record of personally managing relationships with high-level executives.
  • Knowledge of individual giving at all levels, from annual to major and planned gifts.
  • Experience mobilizing a network of members and volunteers in a fundraising process.
  • Experience planning and managing successful special events.
  • Collaborative mindset, with the ability to work across departments to advance fundraising efforts and to continue to build a culture of philanthropy.
  • Bachelor’s degree; CFRE or other relevant advanced degree preferred.