When Vicente Ferrer landed in Mumbai, India, in 1952, he felt an immediate connection to the plight of India’s rural farmers. Today the Vicente Ferrer Foundation (VFF) is a global organization working to eradicate extreme poverty and suffering in India. VFF USA seeks an Executive Director to lead fundraising in the United States and international partnerships across the U.S., Spain, and India.
How the Foundation Works
VFF dedicates itself to a whole-village approach that emphasizes self-sufficiency and a holistic approach that tackles not only the symptoms of poverty (such as poor nutrition and disease), but also the underlying disease—including education, women’s empowerment, environmental health, cultural development, community health, and recreation. Through whole-village and holistic methods, VFF helps people break the cycle of extreme poverty by addressing the interconnected web of issues affecting and holding back every impoverished family.
VFF’s methods empower local people in India to build up their own communities, to break down centuries of ingrained discrimination, and to take charge of their own lives. Its role is to identify and remove barriers to progress, while recognizing the people of India as the main players in the process of their own improvement.
The Executive Director Opportunity
Today the Vicente Ferrer Foundation comprises three organizations: the Rural Development Trust in India, Fundacion Vicente Ferrer in Spain, and Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA. All three work to to connect people globally in order to deliver local solutions that eradicate extreme poverty and suffering in India.
To continue growing, VFF USA seeks an Executive Director who can help it continue to perfect the unique balance of global and local. The Executive Director will help expand funding relationships in the U.S. and enhance collaborations with partner organizations abroad. VFF USA has opportunities to forge relationships with U.S. government agencies; to broaden its volunteer outreach and enhance its Board of Directors; and to continue building an integrated and effective U.S.-based outreach team that engages communities throughout the U.S.
Candidates with at least 10 years of experience in a humanitarian/social services organization or foundation with extensive fundraising experience are encouraged to apply. Spanish language ability is preferred.