Director, Development & Communications

Washington, DC or New York, NY preferred | Full-time


About the position

We’re looking for a proven fundraiser, compelling storyteller and pitcher, and avid social networker, who wants to use these skills for good by advancing bold health justice goals and ensuring access to lifesaving HIV treatment for all people around the world.

This is an integral position in a small, dynamic team that is dedicated to achieving universal access to treatment and care for all people living with HIV around the world. As our Director of Development & Communications, you will work with our team to develop and implement an overall fundraising strategy for the organization while leading Health GAP’s strategic communications to advance our core campaigns and position our organization and staff for greater impact.

You will communicate Health GAP’s mission and work in compelling ways to donors, reporters and other key influencers. When you’re not pitching a new story or opinion piece to the media, or launching a new online fundraising campaign, you’ll be identifying and cultivating new major individual and foundation donors to meet our annual revenue target. You are able to quickly write powerful (and at times witty), high-quality copy and to translate complex policy analysis for a wide range of audiences—including funders, grassroots activists and decision-makers.

Interested candidates should submit an application here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Working at Health GAP

Health GAP is an international advocacy organization that is dedicated to eliminating barriers to universal access to lifesaving medicines for all people living with HIV around the world. Our team combines pragmatic policy work with audacious grassroots action to win equitable global access to treatment, care and prevention for people living with and affected by HIV.

At Health GAP, we have a clear goal: to be a place where a diverse group of passionate, high-impact people wants to come and do their best work. Health GAP recruits, employs, compensates and promotes regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital status, sexual orientation and other protected status as required by applicable law.

Our dedication to diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion, and equity is core to our mission. We know that to end the HIV pandemic, we must fight to dismantle the systems of oppression—racism, sexism, colonialism, ableism, homophobia and other forms of injustice—that fuel HIV. Our team is one place that we are committed to doing this work. Health GAP has a compensation policy that aims to undo structural inequity by setting pay according to the position, not the individual. We also provide a competitive package of benefits and paid time-off, including fully employer-paid medical, dental and vision insurance.



  • Lead Health GAP’s annual initiatives to raise $1.5 million from individuals, foundations, multilateral organizations, and businesses
  • Diversify Health GAP’s funders and increase yearly revenue
  • Work with Health GAP’s leadership team to develop a multi-year fundraising strategy that will position the organization to achieve its programmatic goals and advance its overall mission
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit major individual donors, with support from Health GAP’s board and leadership team
  • Identify, develop and manage new relationships, and strengthen and manage existing relationships, with private foundations and multilateral organizations
  • Draft emails, letters, reports, social media and oversee the production of videos and other graphic elements, as part of strategic fundraising campaigns/appeals
  • Develop proposals and write letters of interest and funder reports, working closely with relevant staff
  • Develop processes and tools for tracking progress on the implementation of major grants.
  • Supervise fundraising and communications interns and provide ongoing guidance and coaching to improve the performance of staff and volunteers supporting these areas of work



  • Develop and implement strategic communications goals in support of Health GAP’s campaigns and ensure Health GAP is using its external communications to position us for success
  • Oversee the production and management of all Health GAP external communication, e.g. reports, analyses, research, action alerts, speeches, social media feeds and initiatives, op-eds, fact sheets, infographics, and videos
  • Write high-quality copy for op-eds, letters to the editor, press releases and statements, reports, blogs, speeches, and other materials as needed
  • Pitch stories to reporters, editorial board writers, columnists, bloggers, and producers and other content developers, and generate persuasive press materials
  • Develop and deploy communications products that showcase the work of Health GAP’s allies in the global South and grassroots activists in the United States, and where appropriate support partners in communicating their work
  • Manage relationships with external consultants, including graphic designers and web developers, and ensure that resources for such support are used for maximum impact
  • Leverage earned and social media to achieve communications, fundraising and advocacy goals
  • Improve, strengthen and expand Health GAP’s media contacts and relationships with media
  • Monitor and identify newsworthy and social media trends and angles and seize emergent opportunities to advance Health GAP’s mission
  • Ensure that Health GAP is regarded as a priority source for expert analysis and interpretation and ensure the  integrity, quality and accuracy of all external communication

Candidate Profile

Required qualifications

  • At least 10 years of relevant experience, for example in philanthropy, communications, fundraising/development, public relations, journalism, or digital organizing
  • A passion for Health GAP’s mission, and knowledge of global health, human rights, and development issues, as well as U.S. politics and advocacy
  • Experience working for non-profit organizations, private foundations, labor unions, government, elected officials, think tanks or other agencies doing comparable work
  • A Bachelor's degree
  • Outstanding writing, editing, proofreading, and verbal and written communication skills, including crafting talking points, writing op-ed columns and writing grant reports
  • A love of engaging with reporters, producers, grant-makers, potential individual donors, building relationships, and pitching cutting-edge human rights and social justice policy work and stories to these audiences
  • Successful fundraising track record, including experience mobilizing multiple major individual and private foundation gifts/grants
  • Successful track record of pitching stories to media and generating strategic coverage of individuals, issues, organizations, and campaigns
  • Experience organizing press conferences, funder briefings, calls, webinars and major media or fundraising events
  • Experience briefing or coaching staff or other spokespeople ahead of media interviews and/or funder meetings
  • Experience in managing the development, design, and production of websites and written publications
  • Experience managing social media platforms and crafting and implementing social media campaigns
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Willingness to collaborate intensively with a multicultural, international team that is spread across different time zones
  • Willingness to travel within the U.S. and internationally


Desired qualifications

  • Previous experience with online media management, CRM and/or project management tools
  • Experience in digital organizing or proven track record in growing online fundraising, website traffic, social media followership and email subscribers
  • An already established network of relevant media and/or fundraising contacts
  • Experience building organizational relationships with reporters and influencers via social media, especially Twitter
  • A master’s degree


Further details

Compensation is competitive and will be determined based on a combination of factors, including the cost-of-living in the city you choose to work from (for some context: the annual salary for this position in New York City will be between $75,000-$83,000).

We offer significant benefits, including the ability to work from home, flexible hours, four weeks’ vacation time per year, additional paid-sick/personal leave, paid parental leave, fully-employer paid health insurance, access to flexible spending and dependent care accounts, and opportunities to travel internationally. This position will report to the Managing Director.