National Foundation Director
World Vision

Federal Way, Washington

World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God. Based in Federal Way, Washington (just outside of Seattle), they employ about 1,000 people in the US, with revenues of approximately $1 billion in 2018.

The organization is known for their broad reach and ability to successfully scale their work in the field as well as for their holistic model of development—the ability to serve communities with multiple interventions (WASH, Health, Economic, Education, Child Protection, and Spiritual). View “Who We Are” to learn more about World Vision and its work around the world.

Their new National Foundation Director will lead a highly specialized fundraising team in defining and executing a strategy to cultivate and secure significant funding from select institutional foundations to maximize significant and aligned multi-year investments with World Vision. Partner with C-level executives in the marketplace and leaders throughout World Vision’s partnership to support and contribute to the overall revenue goals of the foundations by promoting and engaging key constituents in their work on behalf of the poor.

Ensure the World Vision brand is accurately represented and recognized as a leader whiting the foundations segment, executing with excellence on all foundation grants, thereby building their reputation and ability to grow significantly, leveraging media contacts and communication channels. Help carry out their mission, vision, and strategies as a Christian organization. Personify the ministry of World Vision by witnessing to Christ and ministering to others through life, deed, word and sign. This role is based at World Vision’s headquarters in Federal Way, although for the right candidate, consideration would be given to someone based in Washington, DC or Southern California.

In this role, the selected candidate will:

  • Lead a best-in-class foundations team of professional fundraisers chartered to raise significant amounts of resources from foundations (giving capacity of $1M or more), enabling World Vision to deliver more help to the poor.
  • Accountable to meet or exceed income and yield to ministry goals each year through the creation of a culture and practice of accountability, productivity, efficiency, effectiveness, continuous improvement and motivation with the foundations team.
  • Build and lead the global cultivation strategy for institutional foundations, in partnership with International Programs Group, Resource Development, Corporations, and Gifts-in-Kind to maximize gifts to World Vision.
  • Interface with C-Suite executives on behalf of World Vison at venues and partnerships including Gates Foundation, PATH, Washington Global Health Alliance and other strategic alliances and foundation organizations.
  • Represent World Vision US senior leadership as needed for foundations in public venues such as conferences, leadership councils, speaking engagement s and World Vision partnership related efforts.
  • Develop high profile initiatives for foundations to build public awareness of World Vision’s work and leading to fundraising opportunities.
  • Hire, fire, train, counsel, evaluate and recommend salary increases and promotions for those under direct supervision.
  • Work collaboratively with team members when assigned to work as a member of a team.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Maintain awareness of corporate goals, objectives, organizational announcements, and activities. Reference and follow organizational policies and procedures, seeking clarity as needed.

Required Experience:

  • A mature, active and growing faith in Jesus Christ, who will actively participate in and contribute to the spiritual disciplines of the organization (Christian conduct, devotions, chapel, prayer, worship), and incorporate WV’s Core Values into decisions within scope of role.
  • Bachelor’s degree of equivalent work experience (eight years) required, advanced degree preferred. In addition to education or education equivalent, requires a minimum of 15 years of related leadership experience in foundations or executive leadership of foundations (strongly preferred), or fundraising and/or sales experience.
  • Must be able travel up to 35%.
  • Prior experience leading remote teams.
  • Experience with institutional foundations, fundraising and cultivating relationships.
  • The ability to interact with people of various levels of a large and complex global organization.
  • Previous experience working for a nonprofit, strongly preferred.

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To learn more about World Vision and its work, please visit their website at

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