Development Officer


Scope of Work

Fireside Project is hiring its first Development Officer (DO)! This is an amazing opportunity to help lead the next stage of Fireside Project’s growth while developing relationships with leading philanthropists in the fields of psychedelic medicine, wellness, health equity, racial justice, and more. The DM will report to our Executive Director and collaborate closely with our fundraising advisors to develop and execute fundraising strategies in service of Fireside Project’s vision, mission, and programs.

Our ideal candidate is highly energetic, relationship-driven, and a growth-oriented fundraiser with an authentic passion for wanting to create a psychedelic field where everyone has access to free, confidential support as they navigate psychedelic experiences. We are looking for someone who seeks space and opportunities to think big, drive systems change, and co-create meaningful funding partnerships. Fireside Project’s current budget is $1M. Most of our funding is driven by major gifts from philanthropists, with some gifts from foundations.

Terms: Full-time permanent role with 90-day trial period

Compensation: $80,000 to $100,000 annual salary depending on seniority; generous PTO, medical, dental, and vision insurance

Location: As with all roles at Fireside Project, this role will be remote with two or three in-person meetings, which are typically held on the west coast.


● Through prospect research, relationship cultivation, and stewardship of donors, strategically oversee and grow a portfolio of donors;

● Develop a longer-term funding strategy for Fireside Project that includes avenues for public funding;

● Create, track, and execute against annual and quarterly fundraising goals;

● Propose and implement new strategically aligned fundraising programs;

● Deepen relationships with existing supporters through ongoing updates, meetings, acknowledgments, and collaborations;

● Set up and attend donor in person and virtual visits; create contact reports outlining the potential and realized outcomes of each visit;

● Ensure donors feel connected and informed with a clear insight into the impact of their gifts and commitments;

● Prepare case for support documents and campaign plans, as well as written proposals and other solicitation materials, including gift documentation;

● Collaborate on planning and production of special events; and

● Serve as a culture builder and ambassador for the organization, with a passion for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

● Passion for Fireside Project’s mission, vision, and guiding principles;

● 5+ years of professional experience, with at least 2 years in a senior fundraising role, ideally in a mission-aligned or adjacent organization;

● 3-5+ years experience with cultivating and securing major gifts;

● 3-5+ years experience with foundation grants and relationships;

● Experience with donor advisory boards;

● Exceptional relationship building and influencing skills, with the ability to develop trusting relationships internally and externally;

● Ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial and growing environment, with a collaborative spirit and willingness to support colleagues to meet goals;

● Excellent and persuasive written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to articulate a clear and compelling vision and generate buy-in for that vision;

● Proven ability to work with founders as primary fundraisers and relationship holders

● Strong project manager;

● Strong writer of fundraising copy for donor communications, annual reports; and

● Strategic thinker, systems thinker;

● Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

About Fireside Project

Fireside Project is driving systemic change in the field of psychedelics in four key domains: safety, practitioner training, diversity, and equitable access. Through our Psychedelic Peer

Support Line, which provides free, confidential support by phone, text message, and mobile app to people navigating psychedelic experiences, we have created a nationwide safety net for people during and after their psychedelic experiences that has substantially decreased 911 calls and hospitalizations and reduced physical and emotional harms while democratizing access to high-quality care. Through our Equity Initiative, we are creating a pipeline of diverse clinicians and facilitators to redress the lack of diversity and culturally attuned care in the psychedelic field.

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