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Executive Director

Hope for Depression Research Foundation | New York NY 10065 USA | Full Time | Posted: 11/28/2012

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Hope for Depression Research Foundation

Executive Director

Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), located in New York, NY is a 501 (c) 3 public charity dedicated to the funding of depression related research. Founded in 2006 by Audrey Gruss, the organization has an annual operating budget of $4 million and sponsors “innovative international research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and its related mood and other emotional disorders”. As HDRF is underwritten by a private foundation, every dollar raised by the foundation goes directly back into research.

The Executive Director (ED) will be responsible for providing leadership in all areas of strategic planning, development, communications, and administration and will report to the Chairman. He/she will collaborate with the Chairman and Board of Directors to further build HDRF’s infrastructure and to determine overall fundraising strategies and priorities, with the goal of significantly expanding HDRF’s donor base and increasing HDRF’s profile.

As the executive and administrative leader of HDRF, the ED will work closely with Chairman, staff leadership, members of the Board of Directors, and high-level volunteer leadership to develop and implement key advancement strategies, translate institutional priorities into appropriate major gift fundraising programs, and establish a long term development plan to support continuous growth. He/she will also collaborate and work closely with leadership in identifying and responding to gift opportunities, and maintaining the flow of information about these priorities throughout the organization. It is critical that the Executive Director be someone who is a strategic thinker that can make optimal requests of the existing donor base, while developing new relationships that will serve as the seeds for new donors – ultimately increasing the major gift activity of the organization significantly. He/she will serve as the primary conduit to the Chairman and the Board on major gift-related issues – using these key organization leaders in a strategic and well thought out capacity in order to cultivate targeted prospects and close significant major gift opportunities.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished senior advancement professional with a proven track record in building sustainable full service development operations and successfully interfacing with high net-worth individuals, as well as corporate and foundation leadership. He/she must demonstrate exceptional abilities in management, communications/marketing (oral and written), volunteer leadership, and all areas related to institutional advancement. In addition, the Executive Director must have well-developed interpersonal capabilities to collaborate seamlessly with leadership, staff, and volunteers in order to accomplish the Foundations’ ambitious goals. The ideal candidate is knowledgeable and most comfortable working in a fast-paced organization dedicated to innovative research initiatives for advancing treatment for depression. The ED is someone who is “a natural” in collaborating at the highest levels with CEO’s, wealthy donors, industry and thought leaders, and other groups. He/she will use his or her talents and influence to grow the Foundation’s contributed revenues as well as refine and expand its brand and market position, while maintaining its mission to fund innovative and collaborative research. The ED must have the stature to build effective relationships with the Board in order to leverage their relationships and uncover new prospective supporters. Finally, the successful leader appointed to this role will have the unique opportunity to influence the future director of the Foundation, while helping to bring about dramatic treatment improvements, and hopefully someday in the near future, a cure for depression.

A Bachelor’s degree from a top institution is required. A master’s degree in a relevant discipline that will be credible to donors and key constituents, with strong academic credentials, is preferred.

Inquiries, nominations and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:

Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.

Managing Director

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275 Madison Avenue, Suite 1801

New York, NY 10016

212-542-2587 (W)

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Location New York, NY, 10065, United States
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Contact Name Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
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