Director of Development

Remote (United States)

Join our mission to deliver global healing: 


The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana. Research indicates that psychedelics have the potential to be a breakthrough in treating PTSD, depression, addiction, and other conditions.   


MAPS has worked for over 36 years toward paving the way for education and legalization of such breakthrough medicines. MAPS is committed to bringing these healing modalities to the world and providing them in such a way that communities that most need mental health resources have access to them. This shift has the potential to unlock previously unavailable resources for the investigation of psychedelic-assisted treatments applied to our most critical mental health challenges. The Director of Development will be an instrumental player in advancing the research, public education, health equity, and advocacy initiatives of MAPS through philanthropic support. 


How you can help deliver global healing: 


MAPS is looking for an experienced and visionary Director of Development (DoD) to join the leadership team. We are a dispersed workforce of full-time employees in a remote work environment. The Development Team is positioned in areas around the country. 


Collaborating closely with, and reporting to, the Vice President of Finance and Philanthropy (VPFP), the DoD will create and execute a sustainable and comprehensive fundraising strategy, inclusive of diverse funders and new donors. The right candidate will keenly understand the role that public education and policy and advocacy play in fulfilling MAPS’ goal to responsibly “mainstream” psychedelics and “set the setting” for an ethical, safe and robust global psychedelic movement and will be able to effectively communicate this to prospective donors. The DoD will be a thought partner and team player, working alongside other leaders, staff, and the Board to raise and secure revenues to support MAPS mission delivery and mission support.


This work requires someone who shares MAPS’ vision and embraces our mission to develop medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana. The DoD will create and implement activities that engage current and prospective donors; research and cultivate new prospects from a broad range of constituencies; and proactively ensure MAPS has the appropriate infrastructure to support a growing and distinctive philanthropy program.


The DoD will work and maintain a funding pipeline. They will oversee major, institutional, and individual donor fundraising, and cultivate and sustain multi-year partnerships. This is a highly visible and critical role; the ideal candidate must be a skilled and effective communicator and relationship builder capable of integrating smoothly into the management and organizational culture of MAPS.


More about you: 


You feel in the depth of your being that your professional and personal paths have all led to MAPS. In other words, MAPS is one of your dream causes. What is MAPS’ cause? It is rooted in real healing for all despite access to resources. You are a lifelong devotee to social justice causes like, racial equality, health equity, and of course…drug policy reform. You are perpetually fascinated by storytelling and the human experience. You deeply value creative space. It would be one of your life’s most profound privileges to help shape the story of MAPS as it approaches a milestone with a magnitude that has the potential to forever change the way people heal. 


Primary Roles and Responsibilities: 


We are sharing a full list of strategic responsibilities because we aim to give a full picture and scope of the Development Team, not because we expect you to have previous experience in each area. In fact, research shows that men apply for a job or promotion when they meet 60% of the qualifications; whereas women and some marginalized identities only apply if they meet every requirement. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the personal and professional experience to lead a team to success in these areas. We want to hear from you, and therefore implore you to apply even if you don’t check every box:


Revenue Generation:


·       Shape and implement a comprehensive plan for identifying potential funders and securing commitments primarily from national and regional foundations/corporations and individuals of significant capacity to fund general operations as well as priority initiatives to support a growing budget of $10 million

·       Expand and diversify our donor base and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives to support our goal of increasing fundraising by 150%

·       Work closely with marketing and communications team to develop, draft, and execute proposals; oversee all proposal strategies with a long-term relationship-management approach

·       Research funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position MAPS ahead of major funding changes or trends

·       Monitor all donor information; provide and present statistical and data analysis to board and director team members to inform solicitations

·       Engage and support board members in fundraising strategy; has experience leveraging board connections to expand fundraising prospects


Strategic Leadership:


·       Actively work with the VPFP and director team to develop and implement a short- and long-term comprehensive development strategy to fund general operations as well as programmatic initiatives that invest in organizational priority areas, influence policy, and tell compelling stories

·       Collaborate closely with the VPFP and senior leadership team members, and other team members as needed, to set the organization up for success when securing funding

·       Possess the ability to think creatively when making asks and cultivating donors to ensure the best long-term value proposition for the organization

·       Lead the effort to diversify revenue across different funding streams and donors

·       Proactively design and execute new and creative donor engagement strategies; develop and implement the necessary processes and systems to ensure that scheduling, logistics, and execution of development activities and events are seamless within a remote staff structure 

·       Assist as appropriate with strategic planning, organizational planning, and enhancement, including advising senior leadership on a long-term staffing structure for the development team.


Systems Building and Project Management:


·       Develop fundraising frameworks and systems that can be utilized across the organization with an eye towards efficiency, quality, and effectiveness

·       In collaboration with MAPS staff, oversee planning all fundraising events, including those taking place during Psychedelic Science 2023

·       Support in the development of the life cycle of donor management, including leveraging systems and the pipeline renewal process

·       Oversee departmental processes for donor outreach through our CRM, Salesforce

·       Guide the development of tracking systems in the database for solicitation, moves management, and expected revenue; support the development of systems to analyze giving data and trends


How MAPS values diversity in our recruiting process: 


As an organization, we celebrate people of all identities: all genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, educational backgrounds, military and veteran status, religions, abilities, family and relationship structures, and perspectives. We continuously strive to build a supportive, equity and accessible environment and culture. We hope you feel welcome to bring your full self and all of your identities with you in our application process. MAPS believes in second chance hiring. If you have feedback for us, we would love to hear from you.


Why Work For MAPS?  


At MAPS, we value transparency, autonomy, experimentation, and kind, direct feedback. We welcome applicants who thrive in a growing organization that values science and healing.    


MAPS is a dispersed workforce that offers full-time employment in a remote work environment. We are committed to conscious leadership and an inclusive team dynamic. Our culture is one of mutual respect, responsibility, and trust. Our employees’ health and happiness are priorities, and we treat our staff like people, not numbers on a spreadsheet.    


MAPS is at the forefront of changing the way mental health issues are treated and is committed to bringing dignity and access to overcoming mental health challenges through the conscious use of psychedelics. We believe we are changing the world, and we want you to be a part of it.  


Learn more about MAPS: 

·  MAPS website    

·    TED Talk by MAPS Founder Rick Doblin, Ph.D., on the future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy    

·   MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC)   

·    MAPS in the Media

·    Newsletter

Compensation, FLSA Status, Location, and Hours:


·       Full-time, salaried, exempt

·       Starting Salary Range: $140,000 to $160,000. This role is also eligible for variable compensation

·       This is a remote position that will require you to have a suitable workspace with secure internet and reliable phone reception are required. This position requires frequent phone and internet meetings. Certain home office expenses may be reimbursed. A work computer will be provided

·       Applicants are encouraged to be available during standard business hours (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM your local time, Monday through Friday). The exact schedule may be arranged upon hire. Occasional weekend hours may be required with advance arrangement and travel a few times a year may be required 

·       Regular travel may be required (with COVID-19 precautions) 

·       Health insurance/FSA/HRA/Vision/Dental/Life&AD&D for employees/dependents.  

·       Flexible PTO/16 Paid Holidays

·       Dedication to creating a culture with work-life integration

·       Passionate employees and unique org culture rooted in a collective belief of real healing for all 

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