Vice President of Development

  • New York, NY
  • This position has been filled

Website Smile Train

Changing the world one smile at a time.

Smile Train is an international not-for-profit organization headquartered in New York, whose vision is to transform the life of every person impacted by cleft lip and palate. Smile Train supports and trains doctors and medical professionals to provide free life-changing comprehensive cleft treatment to children in need. To date, Smile Train’s sustainable model, “teach a man to fish,” has allowed them to support 1.5+ million cleft surgeries in 90+ countries.

As Smile Train embarks on an ambitious multi-year strategic plan, the organization is financially well-positioned and focused on growing philanthropic support, strengthening development infrastructure, and the cultivation and solicitations of key partnerships with individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Smile Train seeks a collaborative, innovative, entrepreneurial professional to fill the newly created role of Vice President of Development (VPD). The successful candidate will be an experienced and creative fundraising leader with proven success of expanding support from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Ideally, s/he will have knowledge of planned giving. The VPD will be capable of thriving in a collaborative environment where passion, dedication, and the ability to consistently innovate are necessary to achieve ambitious goals. The VPD will play an instrumental role in taking the organization forward and will lead a team of highly motivated fundraising professionals.

The VPD will guide the identification and development of strategic partnerships that will align Smile Train’s vision with the desires of prospects. The candidate will have a strong and diverse background in creating opportunities, identifying prospects, and cultivating relationships for potential funding from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

The VPD will report to the Senior Vice President, Development & Marketing. S/he will be based in Smile Train’s New York headquarters and oversee a team of approximately 12 people across the United States.

Smile Train has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to assist on this important recruitment. Please send confidential inquiries and applications directly to Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC via e-mail at

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