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Senior Advancement Officer, Public Partnerships

The CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, corporations, organizations and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world. The CDC Foundation is the go-to nonprofit authorized by Congress to mobilize philanthropic partners and private-sector resources to support CDC’s critical health protection mission. Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has raised over $1.6 billion and launched more than 1,200 programs impacting a variety of health threats from chronic disease conditions including cardiovascular disease and cancer, to infectious diseases like rotavirus and HIV, to emergency responses, including COVID-19 and Ebola. The CDC Foundation managed hundreds of programs in the United States and in more than 160 countries last year. Visit for more information.  

The Senior Advancement Officer for Public Partnerships will lead business development strategy and resource mobilization efforts for the CDC Foundation’s portfolio of federal grants, federal subawards and jurisdictional funding contracts. S/he will be responsible for developing resource mobilization strategies for a variety of public health projects, working closely with CDC Foundation colleagues to identify project ideas for support and engagement; identifying, cultivating and soliciting six- and seven-figure gifts in support of various projects; facilitating cross-sector dialogue with the aim of building partnerships; developing compelling proposals, budgets and collateral for prospective funding partners; and negotiating the terms of collaboration with partners. The Senior Advancement Officer’s fundraising efforts will focus primarily on competitive bid opportunities and may include large-scale, complex projects with multiple revenue streams and/or implementing partners. 
The Senior Advancement Officer will report to the Associate Vice President for Advancement and serve as a key member of the Public-Private Partnerships team. S/he will work synergistically and strategically with staff across the Foundation, CDC colleagues and cross-sector partners to develop proposals of mutual interest and benefit to all parties. The Senior Advancement Officer will develop and manage relationships in order to steward partners for long-term, diversified engagement with the Foundation. Monitoring all prospect and partner contacts within his/her portfolio to ensure positive and purposeful donor relations, the Senior Advancement Officer will recommend involvement of executive staff when vital to any stage of the partnership-building process. 

Job Highlights:

  • Position Title:Senior Advancement Officer, Public Partnerships
  • FSLA Classification:Exempt
  • Reports to:Associate Vice President for Advancement 


  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree (MPA/MPH) preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of demonstrated grant writing, government contracting, fundraising or equivalent business development experience; a demonstrated leader in his/her field.
  • Highly energetic professional with a track record of developing fundraising strategies, building donor relationships and closing gifts in the six+ figure range.
  • Experience in public health/health care environment or funding for scientific research preferred; experience in non-infectious/non-communical diseases a plus .
  • Excellent communication skills, and the ability to facilitate effective meetings with diverse partners.
  • Strong project management and team building skills. 
  • Ability to work independently and solve complex problems creatively and confidently.
  • Executive presence with the ability to portray confidence and trust along with a professional image and demeanor.
  • Polished written and verbal communication skills; excellent public speaker with ability to facilitate dialogue among various stakeholders in both meeting and conference call settings, imperative.
  • Ability to manage multiple, high-intensity activities simultaneously and effectively.
  • A demonstrated ability to complete assignments in a timely and effective manner and deliver results under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent computer and data management skills/proficiency in Word, Outlook and Excel required; Salesforce software experience preferred. 
  • Adherence to the Code of Ethical Principles of the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitor public notices of funding opportunity and identify, prioritize and lead application development in response to funding opportunities.
  • Cultivate existing and new relationships with partners and CDC Foundation colleagues to secure resources to support public health needs.
  • Create, edit, finalize and send fundraising correspondence, proposals, budgets, agreements and stewardship materials for donors and prospects.
  • Develop and engage in stewardship strategies to build and strengthen relationships.
  • Maintain and document activities and key partner information in Salesforce.
  • Become familiar with and maintain a working knowledge of, the CDC Foundation’s and CDC’s programs to use as a basis for major gift proposals; maintain a high level of knowledge about programs to discuss with and present to donors, prospects and members of the public health community.
  • Represent the Foundation with a wide range of external constituencies, including public health and other organizations and CDC colleagues.
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of CDC Foundation, CDC and public health priorities.
  • Participate in staff activities, projects and assignments.
  • Undertake other responsibilities as assigned.

Physical Demands and Working Environment:

  • Knowledge of effective resource mobilization activities, tools and techniques.
  • Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures and equipment.
  • Knowledge of business English, spelling and business math.
  • Ability to work effectively with executives, staff, partners and the public.
  • Ability to appropriately handle confidential matters and information.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work and with careful attention to detail.
  • Ability to deal with others, using tact and diplomacy. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to supervise, train, direct work and evaluate staff.
  • Ability to work in a changing environment and as part of a team, taking on tasks at all levels.
  • Ability to travel when required.
  • Skill in using software packages, specifically Salesforce, Microsoft Word and Excel.
A cover letter and resume are required for submission for consideration of the position.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disabilities, veteran status, and all other characteristics protected by law.

We comply with all applicable laws including E.O. 11246 and the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 governing employment practices and do not discriminate on the basis of any unlawful criteria in accordance with 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-300.5(a)(12) and 60-741.5(a)(7). As a federal government contractor, we take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.

The CDC Foundation is a smoke-free environment.
Relocation expenses are not included.