Apr 24, 2023

Senior Development Manager

$102,000 - $107,000 yearly
  • Positively Partners
  • Remote
Full-Time Evaluation Fundraising/Development Research and Development

Job Description


Founded in 2018, The Health Initiative (THI) is a not for profit organization/campaign focused on catalyzing a new conversation about – and new investments in – the known drivers of health. The U.S. spends ~$12 billion every day on healthcare – even though only ~20% of health outcomes are tied to clinical care. This disconnect is increasingly untenable, especially in the wake of COVID and a national reckoning on racial inequities. Even pre-COVID, 24% of those with commercial health insurance still lacked adequate food, housing, or other basics – driving up healthcare costs.

THI’s theory of change is rooted in effecting a flywheel between cultural and technical change, with a focus on three primary drivers: (1) mobilizing broad support for investing in health; (2) increasing public and private investments in health; and (3) ensuring those investments yield healthy food, safe homes, and well-paying jobs in communities.

As instigator and advisor, THI works intensively with public and private healthcare institutions that control billions of dollars and impact millions of lives (health insurers, federal agencies, state departments of health and human services, and foundations) to partner with communities to invest in health, not just healthcare. With THI’s guidance, these institutions make investing in health central to their strategy, business model, and operations – and engage with communities to mobilize and align resources for healthy food, safe homes, and well-paying jobs while building community wealth and addressing historical inequities. THI Co-founders Rebecca Onie and Rocco Perla are national leaders whose careers offer critical insights into and experience with the drivers of health, healthcare delivery, and healthcare policy.


The Health Initiative (THI) seeks a resourceful, thoughtful, and detail-oriented Senior Development Manager. This team member has three primary functions:


  • translate visions and ideas into tactical development plans & approaches for donors

  • support the execution of the development plans (e.g., briefings, draft communications)

  • work collaboratively to ensure flawless execution of all development activities

A successful candidate will thrive in the fast-paced context of issue-based campaigns and/or start-up environments, effectively translate senior leadership thinking into clear recommendations and approaches for donors, and have a strong understanding of how to staff senior leaders to achieve development goals. We seek candidates with excellent development instincts, strong attention to detail, and good communication skills who are able to flex between strategic conversations and detail-oriented execution. The Senior Development Manager will need to be able to build systems, adapt approaches to different styles, and continuously improve work with an eye to what is needed to get results rather than rigid execution of an existing plan. They will work with THI’s Project Managers to understand goals and implement plans for achieving them.

The Senior Development Manager reports to the Chief Campaign Officer and will collaborate closely with the Chief of Staff and Project Managers.


All staff at THI work collaboratively and across functions to deliver on our mission. Given the dynamic nature of the organization, the responsibilities below are reflective but not exhaustive of what you should expect in the role.

Ongoing Responsibilities:

  • Update development plans/approaches (within boundaries, principles, and guidelines):
    • Update overall path to goal, quarterly plans, and weekly prioritization of tasks

    • Make recommendations for prioritization of donors

  • Identify steps necessary to engage, close, or steward a donor

  • Conduct background research, engage in ongoing scanning, & provide briefings on current donors and potential new donors

  • Draft development communications, including email drafts, reports, and standard slides for THI’s Co-Founders

  • Proof, conduct background research for, and support the creation of new development materials, including proposals, new slide decks, and detailed agendas

  • Lead the standardization of content, ensuring the latest materials are saved in the right locations

  • Deliver concise verbal communication in internal and external meetings

  • Support execution of development plans (potential and current donors) including managing timelines with Project Managers and identifying opportunities for growth

  • Identify and build the tools and systems that position THI for next-generation development success, including substantive reporting, sincere donor acknowledgment, and inspiring updates for our donors

  • Work with the co-founders, senior leadership team, and other relevant team members to evaluate and analyze the effectiveness of development approaches and to test new approaches based on learnings


The Health Initiative values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual identity, veteran status or any other status protected by law. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender non-conforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.

Hiring Organization

The Health Initiative


There are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below.

  • Three to five years’ experience working in a development function

  • Excellent background research and briefing development skills including experience summarizing results in a written format for senior leadership

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • The ability to work independently and as a team member

  • A talent for prioritizing and managing multiple projects with short-, medium-, and long-term deadlines; ability to successfully meet deadlines consistently

  • Strong strategic and systems thinking skills, combined with an entrepreneurial mindset and a get-it-done attitude

  • Continuous improvement mindset, ability to learn and use new systems and technology

  • Good judgment; ability to recognize and successfully navigate ambiguity

  • Scrupulous attention to detail while also recognizing that creativity and flexibility are essential for long term success

  • Commitment to and deep understand of the mission, vision, and values of THI and their impact on healthcare

  • Equity-minded individual who displays an informed and thoughtful commitment to diversity and inclusion both internally and externally

Industry/Service Area

Healthcare/Public Health


Mid-Senior level


THI offers a comprehensive benefits package. The salary for this position is between $102,000 - $107,000 (commensurate with experience). THI has a no-negotiation compensation policy and candidates will be offered compensation based on experience. In addition to a competitive salary, THI also offers:


  • Full coverage of medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • Generous 401K matching and parental leave

  • Unlimited sustainable vacation and sick time

This is a full time, exempt role and is fully remote within the US. THI prefers staff to work eastern time zone hours.

Application Instructions

Please submit an application with an updated resume using the portal provided by our recruitment partners, Positively Partners.

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