Director of Development

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Director of Development
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Director of Development

The American Thoracic Society

New York, NY


Respiratory disease is one of the main threats to public health worldwide. Regardless of geography or population density, both urban and rural communities have significant risk of respiratory-related disease. The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) estimates more than 500 million people globally suffer from a respiratory-related disorder.


Some diseases, such as asthma, COPD, lung cancer, and tuberculosis, are well known. Others, such as sarcoidosis, scleroderma, and lymphangioleiomyomatosis, are rare and chiefly known to those who live with them, their families, and doctors and care providers. Environmental factors and heredity are responsible for some causes, but others are not well understood.


The American Thoracic Society (ATS) is poised to expand its sources of support and is seeking a Director of Development to serve in the key fundraising leadership role.  The ATS Foundation is a 501c3sub9 organization— a sub-organization within the ATS and is a “separate” entity.  As the fundraising leader of the ATS Foundation’s philanthropic resource development program, the Director’s primary responsibility is to partner with the Executive Director, ATS Board of Directors, ATS Foundation Board of Trustees, Public Advisory Roundtable (PAR), and industry partners to sustain and enhance the $2 million received from grantors and donors annually.  The successful candidate will be innovative, entrepreneurial, and will further create a culture of philanthropy.  


The Director will provide leadership, strategic direction, and operational coordination to the development process - building relationships between members, volunteers, research investigators and philanthropists locally, nationally, and worldwide.  The Director will have passion for the scientific mission of the ATS and possess a genuine interest and belief in the promise of biomedical research.  S/he will possess the professional maturity, stature and flexibility to effectively build relationships and alliances with scientific and philanthropic constituencies.  The successful candidate will join a culture in which passion for the mission, excellence, transparent collaboration; respect, performance measurement and accountability are guiding principles.  The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and securing philanthropic support in an agile, complex environment where the prospective donor constituency for fundraising is not immediately obvious.


ATS has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLCto assist on this important recruitment. The complete position profile can be viewed invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Development. Please send confidential inquiries directly to Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC via e-mail

The American Thoracic Society
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Mon, 05/08/2017
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New York
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