Senior Director of Individual Giving and Stewardship, Fannie & John Hertz Foundation

Job Type

Full Time




United States


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Fannie & John Hertz Foundation in the search for a Senior Director of Individual Giving and Stewardship.

The Senior Director will build and nurture a community of philanthropic leadership to support the work of the Hertz Foundation. In particular, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing strategic direction and management for all aspects of the individual giving program for the Foundation. This includes overseeing the strategy and process for prospect identification, staff and volunteer assignment, engagement, solicitation, and stewardship of all gifts from individuals—from principal gifts through annual giving. The Senior Director will directly manage a portfolio of major and principal gift donors in the western region of the U.S., along with select corporate and foundation prospects. This role is also responsible for the development and oversight of a sophisticated stewardship program for all donors. The Senior Director of Individual Giving and Stewardship will report directly to the Senior Director of Development (located in Boston, MA) and supervise the Director of Annual Giving (located in Livermore, CA). He/she will work closely with other senior leaders at the Hertz Foundation, including the President and members of the Board of Directors, working closely with all, and advising on prospect assignment and strategy.

The Hertz Foundation awards the nation’s most prestigious fellowship in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering today. Through a national competition noted for its rigor and personal approach, the Foundation identifies these top PhD candidates, and then provides significant financial and mentorship support. The Hertz Fellowship remains the only program in the United States that funds the full five years of the PhD; moreover, fellowships are free of most traditional funding restrictions, allowing recipients to change departments and even universities if their research interests change during the course of their studies. To date, the Foundation has invested more than $225 million (present value) in this exemplary Fellowship Program.

Rare individuals have the opportunity in their careers to elevate, inspire, and significantly impact others through their bold innovations and leadership. During the Foundation’s 61 years, Hertz Fellows have achieved that ideal. The Foundation’s track record is one of extraordinary success in identifying and funding these celebrated leaders in science and technology early in their careers, and then nurturing them throughout the years via an international network of Hertz Fellows, known as “the Hertz Community.” Hertz Fellows are regularly heralded by their colleagues and have been chosen to receive some of the most notable awards and distinctions in their fields.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required for this position as at least five years of development (or sales) experience, ideally in a research university or scientific/technical organization. Sales and marketing experience in biotech/tech sectors will also be strongly considered. An advanced degree in engineering, the sciences or business is beneficial. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and a résumé.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree