Senior Director of Development

September 2020 | New York, NY

Cohen Veterans Bioscience seeks a Senior Director of Development to lead the growth of a comprehensive development program.


About Cohen Veterans Bioscience

Cohen Veterans Bioscience (CVB) is a nonprofit research organization dedicated to fast-tracking the discovery and development of precision diagnostics and personalized therapeutics for maintenance and restoration of brain health. CVB leads focused programming on veterans and trauma-related disorders, and partners on research in Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Rett’s Syndrome and other brain diseases.

Globally, 2 billion individuals are directly affected by brain disorders with a catastrophic personal and societal cost exceeding $2 trillion USD. These disorders, which number in excess of 600 diagnosable conditions, include neurologic conditions (such as multiple sclerosis and dementia), psychiatric conditions (such as depression and PTS), brain injuries (such as TBI), and pain and substance abuse disorders. We do not know the causes and mechanisms of most brain diseases, and consequently we have inadequate treatments, few definitive diagnostics or cures.

Care-Summit-2017CVB is a pioneer in the development of next-generation diagnostics and treatments for brain disorders harnessing the power of biotechnology (including neuroimaging, ‘omics, and biosensors) in combination with high-performance computing and data analytics, to understand the underlying mechanisms of disease and discover new ways to improve brain health.

CVB operates intramural research programs and Public-Private Partnership cooperative alliances which organize networks of partners who each contribute complementary and synergistic data, capabilities, or expertise to support a common roadmap for identifying diagnostic biomarkers, building predictive brain disease models, digital wellness and precision treatments. CVB’s approach is to build enabling platforms with strategic partners and to adopt a team science approach to fast-track solutions in years, not decades.

Founded in 2014 as Orion Bionetworks, the organization was transformed to Cohen Veterans Bioscience with major seed funding from hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen and has supplemented this support with funding from foundation and government sources, as well as some gifts from individuals. CVB’s essential work in transforming science to advance brain health will require expanded philanthropic support from a broader community of funders.

About the Opportunity

CVB-figure1CVB is in search of an exceptional fundraising professional to lead the development program for the organization. Initially reporting to the Chief Executive Officer & President and serving as an integral member of the team, the Senior Director of Development (SDOD) will be responsible for the systematic growth of CVB’s development program. The SDOD will be an ambassador for the organization, deepening engagement with constituency groups and driving broader awareness and philanthropic support for the organization.

This individual will be responsible for growing CVB’s philanthropic revenue significantly over the next several years. A key initiative will be expanding and diversifying the organization’s funder base. 

The right candidate will have proven success in growing and managing a high-performing development operation. In particular, s/he will have experience in successful major donor engagement and funding strategies and working with partners to support the efforts of a comprehensive development effort.

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Experience and Core Competencies

CVB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are interested in learning more or being considered for this search, please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:

Kieran McTague

Senior Vice President and Director, New York, Principal

Development Guild DDI

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