Everyone who works at World Food Program USA shares one crucial thing in common: a belief that hunger is the world’s most solvable problem. We believe that the U.S. can play a big part in making the dream of zero hunger a reality. If you share those ideals and want to make a difference, we’re looking for like-minded individuals whose talents can help us reach our goals. We are an organization that values mission-driven and team-oriented colleagues.


POSITION: Director, External Affairs


REPORTS TO: Vice President, Communications

DEPARTMENT: Communications

DATE UPDATED: June 6, 2018

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Director, External Affairs will be responsible for managing WFP USA’s external affairs activities, including public and media relations, communications and third party engagement with the goal of expanding and strengthening the awareness and visibility of WFP in the U.S. She/he sets and guides the organization’s messaging strategy and is responsible for the production, implementation and management of high-quality, multi-platform content in support of WFP USA’s communications and marketing efforts. The Director, External Affairs develops plans for and implements external communications and public relations campaigns, working with department teams, including the corporate fundraising, individual giving and public policy teams, and the UN World Food Programme.

• Works closely with the Vice President of Communications to set the tone and direction for the communications team.
• Create, oversee and execute a public relations/communications strategy to promote a strong public image to external audiences, including seeking opportunities for public speaking engagements and other thought leadership activities.
• Manage activities of internal team and vendors to build awareness and strengthen the identity of the WFP USA and WFP brand in the U.S.
• Oversee and or implement the development of external-facing communications materials and messaging for a variety of audiences and platforms, including concept development, project management, writing, editing and proofing.
• Align the efforts of team members and WFP USA staff to ensure the execution and delivery of superb external content; review consistency of editorial standards on external messaging.
• Oversee and or perform the writing, editing, production, and dissemination of communications including, press releases, op-ed pieces, newsletters, annual reports, and promotional materials.
• In coordination and consultation with the development department, develops and project manages diverse campaigns and messaging projects to meet fundraising and engagement objectives.
• With the Vice President of Communications, manages celebrity outreach and engagement opportunities.
• Occasional overseas travel when necessary to capture visual footage for communications projects.
• Works closely with the Vice President of Communications on media inquiries.
• Other duties as assigned.


• 8-10 years of relevant work experience with demonstrated success in all or most of the functional areas (i.e. external affairs, strategic plan development, communications, marketing)
• Experience developing and implementing thought leadership and brand awareness campaigns; agency experience a plus.
• Ability to work independently without close oversight, while being a strong team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside WFP USA
• A professional and resourceful style; the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time, managing a heavy workload
• Strategic thinker and planner; strong project management skills; highly organized and detail-oriented; flawless writing and proofreading skills.
• Exceptional writing, verbal communication and presentation skill sets
• Impeccable integrity, judgment, and discretion along with a professional demeanor and interpersonal style that elicits trust from leadership, funders, staff, and partners. Must be a proficient and diplomatic communicator.
• Proven success in developing mutually-beneficial relationships with internal and external partners.
• Ability to work as a team member and work effectively with diverse people.
• Interest in humanitarian assistance, international development or global hunger.
• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (i.e. journalism, English, communications, international affairs, or related field)

Does this sound like a fit? Please send resume and cover letter to Debbie Sutton at HR@wfpusa.org


POSITION TITLE:         Vice President, Development


REPORTS TO:                  President & CEO

DEPARTMENT:             Development

DATE UPDATED:         April 25, 2018

POSITION DESCRIPTION: As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Vice President of Development is responsible for leading a Development department that consists of four major teams: development operations, digital outreach, individual giving, and corporate giving. The Vice President ensures that WFP USA is well-positioned in a rapidly evolving and competitive environment, that strategies are clearly understood by all stakeholders, and that the Development office achieves and exceeds its revenue and strategic goals. In coordination with the Development team, the VP plays a direct role in securing significant revenue, actively identifying new business opportunities, and building robust funding pipelines. In addition, the VP evaluates results to ensure that departmental and organizational objectives are met and align with the needs and mission of WFP USA.


Development Department Planning

  • Provide overall direction and management for an integrated development program that includes small-dollar and major individual gifts, planned giving, foundation giving, corporate giving, and special events.
  • Lead the development, implementation, and monitoring of strategic fundraising plans designed to maximize WFP USA’s donor base and increase annual revenue.
  • Work with senior leaders to establish annual revenue targets and generate and monitor the development department budget for progress against goals, providing regular reports to the Board and CEO.
  • Stay abreast of major issues and challenges in the non-profit sector and foster the development of innovative strategies to address them, actively seeking out opportunities for investment, revenue generation, and strategic partnerships.
  • Ensure all development department activities are aligned with WFP USA’s strategic priorities and organizational values.


  • Hire, motivate, manage, and retain a talented development team, fostering a positive and collaborative department culture that inspires staff to meet and exceed targets.
  • Set annual individual and team performance goals, conducting regular reviews to evaluate progress and providing professional development opportunities that continually elevate the department’s effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Model a high standard of organization-wide collaboration (with Communications, Public Policy, and Operations departments) that advances fundraising and programmatic goals.
  • Ensure adherence to department policies and compliance with all conditions, terms, and provisions of gifts and bequests.

Relationship Management and Fundraising

  • Act as one of WFP USA’s primary ambassadors to donors, systematically cultivating long-term collaborative partnerships with local and national stakeholders.
  • Play a lead role in securing significant major gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations.
  • Work in close partnership with the CEO and Board members to sustain, expand, and effectively leverage WFP USA’s highest-level donor relationships.
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Board’s Development Committee, ensuring that Committee and Board members are fully engaged and supported in WFP USA’s fundraising activities.
  • Support the participation of all Directors in donor outreach.


The ideal Vice President of Development will have a strong background as an executive leader who has motivated staff, worked collaboratively across an organization, and maintained strong relationships internally and externally; who is a strategic thinker experienced at developing, implementing, and overseeing successful fundraising efforts; and who is enthusiastic about using his or her talents to advance the mission and values of WFP USA.


  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising or donor-related marketing.
  • Extensive experience in non-profit organizations is preferred; experience in international development-related organizations will be considered.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred. Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Mastery of the principles and practices of fundraising and marketing as applied to the functions of a development office.
  • Experience planning and managing a comprehensive, functionally diverse development department.
  • History of strategic and creative thinking that has demonstrably increased a donor base and revenue.
  • Record of securing large individual, corporate, and/or foundation gifts.
  • Experience effectively engaging and leveraging leaders, Board members, and senior staff in the fundraising process.
  • Knowledge of effective management processes that ensure efficient operation of fundraising programs, including budgeting, data management, personnel, and reporting.
  • Solid and broad understanding of all aspects of fiscal planning and management.

Personal Characteristics and Work Style

  • Ability to lead and motivate groups and individuals; to creatively and strategically mediate and negotiate among individuals and groups both internally and externally; and to overcome obstacles to forge harmonious relationships.
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to balance competing priorities, complex situations, and tight deadlines.
  • Articulate and polished in interactions with high-level individuals and groups.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally to cultivate and solicit donors.
  • Strong affinity for WFP USA’s mission and program priorities.
Does this sound like a fit? Please send resume and cover letter to Debbie Sutton at HR@wfpusa.org

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee(s) assigned to this title. This description should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of incumbents holding the position. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed. Further neither this description, nor completion of tasks associated with this title should be construed as a contract of employment. All employees of WFPUSA, unless otherwise designated by the President, are at-will employees.