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Development Manager


Washington, D.C., USA, with regular domestic and international travel


The Mérieux Foundation USA is seeking an experienced, motivated, and innovative Development Manager to support the CEO in identifying and securing funding opportunities from U.S. government agencies and American charitable organizations in support of its global mission to fight infectious diseases. The Development Manager will also collaborate in particular with Penn State University, with which the Mérieux Foundation USA has an existing relationship, to bring joint projects to fruition.


Established in 1967 by Doctor Charles Mérieux, Fondation Mérieux is an independent family foundation and is a recognized state-approved charity. It fights against the infectious diseases that affect developing countries and is currently present in about fifteen countries (mainly in West Africa, South-East Asia, and the Americas). It offers a specific model based on a long history of expertise in clinical pathology and a comprehensive approach to public health issues.

The mission of Fondation Mérieux is to contribute to global health by strengthening the local capacities of developing countries to reduce the impact of infectious diseases on vulnerable populations. Its action is based on three main priorities: improving access to diagnostics, creating and enhancing local applied research capabilities, and encouraging knowledge sharing among health professionals.

In 2012, the Mérieux Foundation USA was founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. By establishing a presence in the nation’s capital, the Mérieux Foundation USA is able to engage American partners in Fondation Mérieux initiatives and open opportunities for new collaborations and technological innovation. The Mérieux Foundation USA also contributes to U.S. government efforts to foster sustainable health systems around the world.

In November of 2018, the Mérieux Foundation USA signed a memorandum of understanding with Penn State’s Applied Biological and Biosecurity Research Laboratory (ABRL). The goal of this collaboration is to advance the ability of the organizations to design and implement integrated and sustainable capacity-building strategies in developing nations. By applying advanced, holistic interdisciplinary models involving epidemiological and laboratory-based infectious disease surveillance, disease dynamic modeling, and social intervention strategies, the partners hope to improve biosecurity while improving health conditions and reducing the economic burden of disease for host countries.


  • Work collaboratively with leadership at both FMx USA and Penn State’s ABRL on joint efforts to network and establish partnerships with U.S. government agencies, public charities, and private foundations
  • Identify potential sources of funding, key partners, and groups
  • Write successful project proposals in coordination with implementing partners
  • Work closely with colleagues in Lyon, France, and in field offices in order to identify funding needs and jointly develop projects
  • Represent the Mérieux Foundation USA and Penn State’s ABRL at domestic and international meetings and conferences, and in discussions with partners
  • Raise awareness among U.S. audiences of Fondation Mérieux and its global mission
  • Report to the CEO of the Mérieux Foundation USA


  • 5+ years’ proven experience in identifying, cultivating, and pursuing funding partnerships for international development efforts
  • Track record of successfully mobilizing resources for research or other projects
  • Strong professional contacts at U.S. government agencies, public charities, private foundations, and corporate donors
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required; advanced degree preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding of global health issues in developing countries
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English
  • Strong analytical, strategic, and organizational skills
  • High ethical standards and transparency, with nonprofit experience a definite plus
  • Capacity to work autonomously
  • Ability to take initiative with funding agencies and implementing partners
  • French language skills are a plus
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States for at least two years

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and résumé to emily [dot] penrose [at] Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No calls, please.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

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