About the Foundation

The American Himalayan Foundation was started in 1981 by a small group of climbers who went to Nepal and Tibet for the mountains but who returned over and over for the people. AHF’s first partners were Sir Edmund Hillary and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, working with the Sherpas of Everest and Tibetan refugees. That work continues, but AHF has expanded its reach to touch the lives of over 300,000 Sherpas, Tibetans, and Nepalis throughout the Himalaya each year.

Working to balance both innovation and tradition, AHF partners with visionary local individuals and organizations to bring shelter, safety, education, health, and opportunity to people in need who have no one else – whether girls at risk of being trafficked, children with disabilities, or Tibetans. When the April 2015 earthquake struck Nepal, AHF was on the ground within 48 hours, bringing immediate relief though its network of decades-long local relationships, and then for recovery and rebuilding.

AHF has a small, tight-knit staff, with headquarters in San Francisco and a Kathmandu regional office. For more information about the American Himalayan Foundation, please visit www.himalayan-foundation.org.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a minimum of seven to ten years of professional experience, with three to five years’ relevant experience sourcing and securing foundation and institutional funding. Work experience should demonstrate excellent relationship-building and networking skills and deep knowledge of funding sources within the foundation and government grant landscape. A track record working with a team to develop grant proposals to successfully obtain funding is essential.

Additional qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competence
  • Experience with humanitarian work in Asia a plus, but not required
  • Flexibility for occasional domestic and international travel