One World Surgery is a nonprofit organization with a mission is to ignite the spirit of service and transform lives by providing access to high-quality surgical care globally. One World Surgery funds and operates a world-class surgery center in Honduras located on the ranch of their partner, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, which is home to over 500 abandoned and disadvantaged children. One World Surgery is dedicated to helping patients lacking resources and access to receive world-class surgical care, as well as empowering hundreds of physicians, nurses and volunteers to make a positive impact on global health.

One World Surgery’s visiting medical professionals and on-site staff have successfully treated more than 12,000 Honduran patients from 2009-2016. During week-long medical mission trips to their surgery center in Honduras, physicians, clinical and nonclinical volunteers come together to perform life-changing surgeries. One to two medical mission teams are hosted each month, with up to 60 volunteers per teams. These life-changing volunteer opportunities give socially minded individuals the power to make a positive impact on global health and poverty. One World Surgery is expanding this care model to Dominican Republic and other Latin American countries in order to bring surgical services to under-resourced communities.

One World Surgery is a newly formed nonprofit organization. As a separate 501(c)(3), One World Surgery maintains a close working relationship with Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA), the foundational corporate partner. SCA is an outpatient surgical care corporation with more than 200 surgical care facilities.

Position Overview
The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director of One World Surgery and manages one full-time staff member, a Communications and Development Associate. The Director of Development will work closely with the Executive Director to provide strategic vision, establish annual goals and implement effective fundraising strategies. The total revenue goal for the organization in 2017 is $2.3 million.

The successful candidate will cultivate relationships with individual donors and oversee all annual giving campaigns to expand the base of philanthropic support. S/he is the primary major gift officer for the top donors and prospects and will work with the Executive Director and key volunteers to enhance donor stewardship across the organization. This position is expected to personally manage 50-75 donors and prospective donors.

This organized, engaging professional will also leverage the power of corporate social responsibility within the SCA environment and work with facilities across the country to implement and grow employee and facility campaigns. It is also expected that the Director of Development be a hands-on day-today manager of all fundraising operations, including budgeting, database oversight, moves management and event planning.

Candidates must have a minimum of seven years of development experience with a successful track record of face-to-face gift solicitations and excellent relationship-building skills. S/he must also have an entrepreneurial spirit and be comfortable navigating complex, fast-paced working environments that include multiple domestic and/or international sites. The selected candidate will be a highly motivated individual with strong project management skills, creativity and keen attention to detail. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred. This full-time position is based in the Chicagoland area with an immediate start date.


  • Develop and implement a comprehensive development plan of individual, corporate, foundation and event giving with clearly defined revenue goals.
  • Manage a personal portfolio of 50-75 prospects and donors; build and implement individual cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans.
  • Oversee all aspects of the annual giving campaign, including year-end giving program, employee giving, and surgical facility peer-to-peer fundraising efforts.
  • Provide positive, collaborative support to the Executive Director and key volunteers; manage their solicitation and stewardship activities.
  • Prepare proposals, reports, letters and other donor-related materials as needed to support fundraising activities.
  • Attend events and meetings to cultivate and steward donor and prospect relationships. This includes occasional domestic and international travel.
  • Provide leadership and logistical oversight for all cultivation and fundraising events.
  • Manage the development budget.
  • Advocate and advance best practices in fundraising and relationship-management.
  • Perform other related duties, as required.
  • Attend one international medical mission each year.

First Year Goals

  • Establish trust and confidence of Executive Director, Board and key volunteers.
  • Identify and cultivate an increasing base of major gift prospects and donors.
  • Meet individual revenue goal of $1 million.

The ideal candidate will possess nearly all of the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible fundraising experience with strong generalist knowledge as well as the ability to build excellent donor relationships and solicit major gifts.
  • The ability to set strategic direction for a complex development program with minimal supervision, monitoring results and ensuring they meet organizational goals.
  • An entrepreneurial working style and able to succeed in a fast-paced, dynamic organization.
  • Prior experience managing volunteer/board committees focused on fundraising.
  • A minimum of one to two years of management experience preferred. Previous experience at a multi-site organization is a plus.
  • Project management experience and an ability to manage a wide range of tasks and deadlines within multiple projects with keen attention to detail.
  • A creative, strategic thinker able to effectively collaborate with colleagues and volunteers across the globe.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and listening skills; strong presentation and public speaking abilities.
  • Previous experience overseeing logistics for a range of donor-related events.
  • Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team with a willingness to help out as needed on projects.
  • Strong technology skills including Microsoft Office Suite. Experience managing and using fundraising/CRM database software to build a robust development operation.
  • A passion for the mission of One World Surgery.
  • Ability and willingness to travel nationally, internationally, and to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • A bachelor’s degree; an advanced degree would be preferred.

Application Process
One World Surgery has retained Giving Tree Associates to conduct this search on their behalf. To be considered for this position, please send a letter of interest and resume to:

Laura Ford
Senior Associate Consultant

One World Surgery is an equal opportunity employer.