Born Free USA Executive Search

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A recognized leader in animal conservation and welfare, Born Free USA is a national advocacy nonprofit that also manages one of the largest primate sanctuaries in the United States. The organization is global in reach and has partnerships with Born Free UK, South Africa, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

Born Free USA is seeking a dynamic and passionate Director of Development to strategically drive national fundraising efforts and build a comprehensive fundraising program. The Director of Development will serve as a thought leader and partner to the CEO, the Board of Directors, and the Senior Leadership Team, as well as lead and manage a team of three development professionals.

Responsibilities will include:

Spearhead Strategic Growth
• Build a sustainable and diverse fundraising program that encompasses individual, corporate, legacy, and institutional giving strategies
• Inspire, motivate and support the philanthropy team 
• Engage in data-driven analysis and decision-making

Track Performance
• Establish metrics to measure progress toward fundraising goals
• Regularly report on the progress of the comprehensive development strategy 
• Work closely with leadership to establish and monitor budgets, set budgetary expectations and ensure employee understanding of departmental and organizational finances

Strengthen Brand Awareness and Innovation 
• Create synergies and opportunities between Born Free USA and Born Free Foundation (headquartered in the UK) to maximize the potential of the Born Free brand and what it represents
• Stay abreast of emerging philanthropic trends, and analyze and recommend innovative new fundraising activities

Born Free USA’s international connections combined with its commitment to Compassionate Conservation sets it apart from other wildlife charities. Click the button below to learn more.

Full Position Description

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Heidi Waltner-Pepper, Senior Vice President, Ter Molen Watkins and Brandt at Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to Heidi Waltner-Pepper, Senior Vice President, TW&B via email at or Caroline Older, Vice President, TW&B at