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The Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR), a national non-profit organization based in Washington DC, is widely recognized as the thought leader in research on sex differences and is dedicated to improving women's health through advocacy, education and research.

SWHR is committed to drawing a creative, talented and energetic staff that represents the diverse communities that we advocate for.

In addition to an open, friendly and flexible work atmosphere, we offer employees: a comprehensive health insurance package; a 403(b) retirement plan; and other benefits.

To apply for a position below, email your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: jobs@swhr.org

Positions Available


Job Title: Development Director

FLSA Status: Exempt

Reports to: President & CEO

The Director of Development serves as the principal development and fundraising representative for SWHR.  This position is responsible for providing direction and management on corporate and foundation fundraising efforts, major gift solicitations, special events and all activities designed to expand, diversify and grow SWHR’s primary revenue streams.   

Supervisory Responsibilities: Manages Development Manager and Development Interns

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership in development and advice and counsel to the President on fundraising goals and strategies
  • Oversees the development and implementation of SWHR’s fundraising plan  
  • Charged with renewing current support and expanding and diversifying fundraising programs and sources
  • Directs related budgets and staff
  • Oversees activities to grow and renew current supporter groups, donors, and fundraising activities.
  • Activities include but are not limited to:
    • all fundraising/sponsorship efforts related to SWHR’s Annual Gala
    • renewal and expansion of Corporate Advisory Council,
    • writing grant proposals and program budgets,
  • coordinating solicitation efforts of SWHR leaders and the Development Committee and;
  • developing appropriate materials to support fundraising efforts.
  • Oversees fundraising systems database, revenue tracking, and acknowledgements.
  • Identifies and cultivates potential funders from many sources, including foundations, individuals, major donors, and corporations.
  • Implements a variety of fundraising strategies, including but not limited to written, telephone, and face-to-face meetings; proposal presentation; special events; and development and support of local/regional groups.
  • Identifies, designs, and implements programs for new groups of donors and activities for donors, such as annual appeal, major gifts, planned giving, endowment, area or regional chapters, grant proposals, and special meetings and events.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated success corporate, individual, major donor, direct mail, large foundation fundraising (raising $2-5 million per year and managing a department and staff and assisting with program support, soliciting and acquiring funding (including proposal development and budget preparation and coordination with SWHR staff)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Credible public presence and articulate spokesperson
  • Effective collaborator, able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of constituencies
  • Leadership skills, including the ability to think and plan strategically in the context of organizational goals
    • Knowledge of fundraising software
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel
    • Knowledge of computer network operations
    • Ability to establish priorities, work independently, and proceed without supervision.
    • Ability to handle many simultaneous responsibilities
    • Very well organized
    • Attentive to details
    • Knowledge of health, women’s health, and/or scientific issues is a plus

Credentials and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree; graduate degree preferred.
  • At least 5 years of fundraising or related experience
  • Certified Fundraising Professional preferred.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Special Event Management—Annual Gala

  • Develops information for fundraising solicitation including lists of past and potential contributors/sponsors
  • Generates invitation lists
  • Sets up system for sponsorship/gift collection, invoicing, and maintenance of all donor lists; works with appropriate SWHR staff to track RSVPS
  • Initiates contact and closely monitors status of sponsorships and contributions, including repeated and timely personal contact
  • Creates timetable and manages the distribution of all event mailings including “Save the Date” postcards and invitations, creates and sends all fundraising letters and thank-you letters
  • Tracks income and generates post-event follow-up with donors/sponsors as appropriate
  •  Provides President and CEO and CFO with timely and frequent event income projections and final analysis
  • Works with other SWHR staff as needed on event logistics and event timeline

Corporate Advisory Council (CAC)

  • Works with SWHR staff to identify new CAC prospects and recruit new members
  • Oversees the maintenance of current member information for CAC
  • Oversees invoicing and follow-up for CAC annual dues  


  • Works with Finance and Administration staff to maintain and update Sage database
  • Manages DataSync between Convio and Sage
  • With Online Communications Coordinator, maintains donor pages of website, including creating new donation forms and autoresponders
  • Runs donation reports from Convio for financial files
  • Works with Online Communications Coordinator to maintain and update Convio site

Departmental Operations

  • Records SWHR revenue (grants, CAC dues, donations, sales, etc) in donor database and prepares reports and exports as necessary
  • Invoices dues and pledges, maintains and updates membership lists, and handles the logistics of periodic mailings
  • Manages receivables management operations: oversees system for recording and tracking pledges and gifts; develops and provides reports as required for general accounting, audit, and annual reporting; works with the Finance and Administration department to reconcile financial income with general ledger on monthly basis; and generates acknowledgements and monthly financial reports, revenue updates, and invoices
  • Analyzes gift reports and donor statistics
  • Conducts all SWHR fundraising efforts
  • Maintains Development files

Thank you in advance for your submission. Due to the anticipated high volume of applicants, we are only able to respond to those who best meet our needs at this time

Disclaimer:  This description is intended to provide an overview of this position and is not all inclusive.  The incumbent in the position will be expected to perform other duties as required.  Responsibilities may change over time.  This description is provided for informational purposes only and does not form the basis of a contract.

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SWHR offers a variety of unpaid internships.  As an intern at SWHR, you will participate in the organization and execution of different programs and activities depending on your department.

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Intern for Government Affairs 

  • Responsibilities -Assists in all government affairs activities, including: 
    • Maintaining  databases and the collation of public policy information for SWHR Congressional scorecard.
    • Assists in the development of written appropriations testimony that is consistent with SWHR’s advocacy priorities.  
    • Responds to requests for technical assistance including researching particular policy issues.
    • Assists in the monitoring, tracking, and analyzing of legislative issues that have an impact on women’s health research
    • When appropriate, attends Congressional visits for learning purposes.
    • Attends meetings, hearings, or briefings as assigned on behalf of SWHR.
    • Assists with maintaining copies and files.
    • Other duties as assigned.
  • Learning Objectives - Assist Director of Government Affairs with policy issues, grassroots efforts, briefings and other tasks. 
  • Requirements -Prefer students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in political science, government relations, international affairs or related field.  Requires knowledge and a basic understanding of the federal legislative processes. Incumbent must be able to follow written and oral communication directions, while simultaneously coordinating a variety of complex projects and work within deadlines. Requires effective oral and written communication skills, creative approaches to problem solving and the ability to be flexible and work under pressure.

Intern for Fundraising Department

  • Responsibilities - assisting with tracking invitations to and pledges for annual gala, liaison with vendors, entering and processing donations, preparing acknowledgment letters and reports, updating donor files, and researching potential sources of support.
  • Learning Objectives - basics of non-profit fundraising and event management.
  • Requirements - excellent communication skills, including strong writing and proofreading skills with knowledge of basic English grammar, punctuation, and style, and completion of college-level courses in English, communications, or public relations.

Intern for Science Department

  • Responsibilities - reviewing scientific publications and conducting online research, reviewing current web material and suggesting updates and/or changes to webmaster, drafting material to be posted online, assisting with member prospecting and other membership society fundraising, and office support.
  • Learning Objectives - how to do secondary research on women’s health and sex differences, how to manage citations and execute basic office support tasks, the basics of website maintenance and composition, and the basics of fundraising for professional societies.
  • Requirements - strong writing and research skills, completion of college-level courses in life/health sciences.
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