Executive Director

Leaders for Reproductive HealthRemote


Leaders for Reproductive Health (LRH) is a global initiative to generate and accelerate philanthropic funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights, specifically focused on contraceptive access, safe abortion care, and reproductive rights.

The Initiative

Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) are fundamental for gender equality, for poverty reduction, and for ending preventable deaths that are overwhelming amongst women and girls. Investments in SRHR deliver some of the greatest returns in terms of economic and social benefits, especially in the poorest countries and within the poorest communities. However, the funding gap for SRHR is large and growing. Insufficient donor support is coupled with a growing backlash against reproductive rights. At the same time, major events around the world, such as the overturn of Roe v. Wade and the success of the Marea Verde campaign in Argentina, demonstrate the increased salience of, and public interest in, SRHR.

In 2023, scoping and design work conducted by the Bridgespan Group, in deep consultation with funders and partners operating in the global SRHR sector, identified an opportunity to respond to these world events and increase the pace of progress by growing and diversifying philanthropic engagement in SRHR with ultra- and high-net worth individuals and their families. High impact opportunities in SRHR are ready to be pursued with new philanthropic resources. Connecting U/HNWI to these opportunities and curating their deep engagement in the sector is precisely the motivation and vision to launch LRH, which at its core is a global fundraising initiative focused on SRHR.

This initiative will generate net-new funding for global family planning and safe abortion care by identifying and cultivating a group of U/HNWIs as donors and advocates, and matching them with SRHR programmes, focused on where new funding will deliver the greatest impact. LRH aims to raise at least $100m in new funding within its first five years, with a $40m interim fundraising target for the 3.5 year mark.

Governance Structure & Operating Model

Funding is fully committed for LRH’s inception phase, which will cover its initial 3.5 years of operations, from the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). The following operating structure has been sketched out for the new Executive Director to support the design and implementation of the initiative’s inception-phase strategy.

LRH’s governing board will include representatives of the co-funders from the Hewlett Foundation, Packard Foundation, Gates Foundation, CIFF, and independent SRHR sector experts. The Advisory Board will include SRHR sector representatives and, in time, a small group of U/HNWI advisors. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to advise on and support efforts to shape and evolve these governance and advisory structures to ensure sector legitimacy and field collaboration.

Core operating principles for LRH include:

  • Philanthropic Advising:  Engage with and guide U/HNWI donors on learning journeys; advise donors on customized / bespoke high-impact funding opportunities in the SRHR sector.
  • Strategy:  Design, build, and curate “funding menu” for high-impact philanthropic investment; source opportunities from the SRHR field; build and maintain partnerships with the field; educate donors on SRHR initiatives and trends.
  • Donor Communications and Outreach:  Guided by the objective to create clear and compelling points of entry into the sector for new philanthropists, develop content, narratives, and communications materials for general audiences and in support of customized donor engagement activities; support efforts on donor events and experiences.
  • Operations:  Liaise with the fiscal sponsor, manage outsourced operations and internal administration.

During the inception phase, LRH will be hosted by a fiscal sponsor, which will handle all employment, benefits, accounting, and related operations activities for the team.

The Opportunity

Current SRHR funders, including the initiatives founders, are ready to do much more to leverage their credibility, networks, resources, and experience to attract new donors to the sector and inspire them to give on a scale commensurate with the global scope of the problem. In order to do this effectively, these current funders need sophisticated support from LRH. With the overall objective of mobilizing large-scale global philanthropy for SRHR, the Executive Director will begin with the following year-one priorities:

  • Lead the design and development of LRH’s strategy, operations, and brand.
  • Build relationships with the initiative’s “anchor” peer champions, who are the largest and longest standing funders in the SRHR sector; create approaches to leverage their existing networks and profiles to identify and engage new U/HNWI funders.
  • Finalize the operations and staffing plan; begin recruiting key staff.

As the initiative gets underway, and as the team takes shape during the inception phase, the Executive Director will be responsible for:

  • Determining overall strategic direction of LRH, reporting on and presenting key milestones and decision points to the governing board.
  • Onboarding, prospecting, and stewarding U/HNWI donors, liaising with donor-facing staff.
  • Overseeing and advising on the development of a “learning journey” to sensitise and educate U/HNWI donors on key areas and investment opportunities pertaining to SRHR.
  • Serving as the public “face” of the initiative, representing the organization at key events and forums.
  • Working in collaboration with the fiscal sponsor on LRH’s international operations.

Candidate Profile

This is an exceptionally unique and ground breaking opportunity for an innovative and entrepreneurial executive with a demonstrated track record designing and executing fundraising strategies / campaigns with U/HNWI, especially for donors who are early in their journeys of philanthropic giving. LRH requires an Executive Director who has extensive experience developing and implementing strategies that secured eight figure+ gifts and who brings a rich professional development background with an acute understanding of principal gift progression and U/HNWI engagement.

The Executive Director will inspire, lead, support, and successfully design the vision and future of the initiative, including building the development of its brand, organizational strategy, and an agile international team of highly talented development professionals and issue experts. The position requires an entrepreneurial strategist and fundraiser who is skilled at moving initiatives to scale quickly and effectively, and is an expert in collaborating and communicating with a diverse set of partners and philanthropic stakeholders. An awareness of and sensitivity to equity issues in global philanthropy, and an ability to understand and respond to sector feedback, is paramount.

The Executive Director will be a poised and sophisticated relationship builder who inspires donors with significant wealth to act. Supportive, respectful, discreet, and service-oriented with donors, the Executive Director will be an effective listener, and a confident and passionate communicator with the strategic prowess needed to coordinate cross-sector stakeholders, global giving strategies, and complex content areas to generate and scale philanthropic funding, all while managing the ongoing creation and development of the initiative. The Executive Director will bring enthusiasm, a sense of optimism, and a readiness to share the field’s urgency to significantly increase philanthropic giving to SRHR.

Candidates must be familiar with the capacities and tools necessary to accomplish this significant task, which includes: donor portfolio and pipeline project management, marketing and communications, staff management, pledge design and execution, and donor engagement. Additionally, the Executive Director must be experienced with sophisticated and collaborative strategic partnership models to engage sector-wide stakeholders.

The Executive Director will be capable of building and leading a high-performing team that is likely to be geographically dispersed. A thought and strategy partner for staff when needed, they must bring a genuine and meaningful approach to collaboration to take advantage of the deep technical resources of the network of partner organisations of the initiative, as well as the multiple groups of advisors that will form part of the initiative’s governance.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have aminimum of 20 years of fund development and principal gifts experience, with at least seven years at the executive leadership level. A significant and demonstrated track record securing eight and nine-figure funding commitments is required.

Management experience supervising, leading, and building high performing teams is essential. Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written, as well as a high attention to detail are essential.

While experience in and knowledge of the SRHR sector is not necessary, the Executive Director must understand and be committed to the values and principles of sexual and reproductive rights and justice, and must be motivated by fundraising for broad-based sectoral initiatives, including safe abortion care. Candidates must also bring a commitment to equity as a principle of effective philanthropic funding.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for the Executive Director is $380,000 to $420,000 USD and comes with a highly competitive benefits package, including health coverage, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits, paid parental and sick leave, vacation, and holidays. Additionally, the Executive Director is eligible for a bonus structure set against annual goals and objectives set in conjunction with the governing board.

To Be Considered

Position Location & Travel

The Executive Director position is open to candidates worldwide. Ability to travel frequently internationally is required.

Submit Materials

LRH values, celebrates, and supports a diverse and inclusive environment. All qualified candidates who contribute to the initiative’s broad commitment to diversity are strongly encouraged to submit their materials for consideration via the Become a Candidate button below.

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The search for LRH’s inaugural Executive Director is being led by:

Jeff Waldron
Senior Advisor
Direct: 415.529.2150