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How I Decide Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Date Posted 01/19/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


How I Decide Foundation 

Based in the Greater Philadelphia, PA

Management Recruiters - Mid Hudson Valley is an executive search firm focused solely in serving the nonprofit sector.  We have a national practice and the large majority of our placements are executive leadership and senior fundraising professionals. 

Our client is the How I Decide Foundation (https://howidecide.org). Founded in 2014, the How I Decide Foundation is an educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) based in suburban Philadelphia. Their team is composed of academics, educators, and business professionals, and their work synthesizes insights from mindfulness through the behavioral sciences to neuroscience.  For four years, they successfully developed and distributed award-winning and nationally recognized programs developing youth decision-making skills. They are now shifting their strategy from program development and distribution to building a movement to bring Decision Education to all students in Middle and High School. A dynamic and engaged Board supports them and are committed to the new strategy and are active in identifying and connecting with new contacts and relationships. A Development Committee of the Board has been established to support the new Director of Development. 

Position Overview 

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Development will set, guide, and execute the strategy for all development efforts. A new position in the organization, the Director will have the opportunity to build the development function. S/he will be responsible for developing our efforts to solicit gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations both for operational support and for supporting other organizations and initiatives in the field of Decision Education. The Director of Development will ensure that the How I Decide Foundation is viewed as the central reference and conduit of funding within this diverse constituency. 

The Director of Development will work closely with a senior peer group within the organization as the development partner on a variety of strategic initiatives. 


  • Design, implement, and evaluate the development plan both in the short-term and long-term.

  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations.

  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors.

  • Oversee organization and execution of special events.

  • Develop and oversee a consistent call time program for the Executive Director, Board Chair and others.

  • Write grants and support grant writing efforts of partner organizations.

  • Manage implementation of a development information system/CRM.

  • Collaborate with the Board’s Development Committee.

  • Hire, mentor and lead team members responsible for the How I Decide Foundation’s Development efforts.

  • Track and measure all aspects of Development efforts with clear accounting and accountability.


The How I Decide Foundation is seeking a talented Director of Development who consistently demonstrates intelligence, integrity, and energy. They have ideally served in a leadership role within a complex  nonprofit entity, and been individually productive in areas such major gifts, donor relations, grant writing, event planning, Board engagement, and information systems and reporting. 

They seek someone with the demonstrated skills to identify opportunities, develop promising approaches, work with high net worth individuals and corporations of every size, and shepherd stakeholders through all parts of the development life cycle. The ultimate goal is to build an engaged, sustainable, and growing base of financial support for the foundation and other participants in the field of Decision Education. This is an excellent opportunity for a talented, intellectually curious go-getter who is ready to build a development department from scratch. 

Qualifications of ideal candidates include: 

  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing development strategies.

  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.

  • A strong track record as a self-starter who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently.

  • Ability to adapt to changing development conditions and focus.

  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence”.

  • High energy, emotional maturity, integrity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position development discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.

  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters.

  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.

  • Experience working with individuals or organizations within the financial sector a plus.

  • Experience or interest in education and/or cognitive science is a plus. 

This is a full-time salaried position based in Greater Philadelphia. They offer a very competitive salary, as well as a comprehensive benefits package.

The How I Decide Foundation is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected categories covered under local law.


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