Director for Philanthropy

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UW Medicine Advancement (The University of Washington)
Washington, United States
Competitive Salary
Aug 27, 2020
Sep 25, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

UW Medicine Advancement has an outstanding opportunity for a Director for Philanthropy.  This position is located in Seattle, WA at UW Medicine (University of Washington).

UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center – Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest. Of the $778 million in gifts and private grants raised in FY20 by the University of Washington, UW Medicine raised $376 million (48 percent of the University’s total) in gifts and private grants from over 19,000 donors. The University of Washington has just completed a multi-billion-dollar campaign, during which UW Medicine raised over $2.5 billion.

The Director for Philanthropy (Director) at UW Medicine Advancement provides strategic leadership for cultivating donors and securing major gifts ($75,000+).  This position has responsibility for oversight and coordination of major gift fundraising programs, with emphasis supporting the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and will be expected to work closely with UW Medicine Leadership, department chairs, academic leaders, clinical faculty, and volunteers.  Fundraising programs may include medical research, clinical care programs and facilities, community outreach and education, support for faculty initiatives, and other priorities.  The Director may have assigned responsibility for staffing one or more volunteer committees.


Frontline Fundraising (70%)

  • Manage the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewarding of prospects and alumni by developing relationships or facilitating relationships with those who have the capacity to make major gifts ($75,000+).
  • Build and sustain long-term partnerships and trust while aligning donor passion and goals with those of UW Medicine.
  • Encourage department chairs and faculty to actively and productively participate in the fundraising process.
  • Manage a portfolio of prospects, with an emphasis on major-level gifts.
  • As needed, coordinate major gift fundraising activities with UW Medicine colleagues, and UW colleagues in Gift Planning, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Principal Gifts, Regional Gifts, etc. We value intra-team collegiality as assignment and donor portfolios frequently overlap.
  • Prepare, review and edit all materials needed to secure and steward gifts.
  • Ensure accurate and complete record-keeping and associated donor acknowledgements.


Strategy and Program Development (20%)

  • Discern and inform strategy development promoting philanthropic priorities.
  • Assist Leadership with establishment of annual goals, objectives and the development of policies and procedures for UW Medicine Advancement.
  • Working collaboratively with diverse constituencies (faculty, staff, patients, community leaders, volunteers) with their own goals and expectations.
  • Participate in devising an annual plan, including goals, objectives and strategies.
  • Provide strategic leadership in designing and implementing advancement programs needed to sustain and increase UW Medicine support.
  • Evaluate programs, assess progress toward goals, and report on results, regularly.
  • Support marketing/communications efforts by developing marketing materials. Edit and proofread information, as needed.


Other duties as assigned (10%)


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • At least six years of progressively responsible experience in institutional advancement, with an emphasis on cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts ($75k+).
  • Experience in recruiting and managing volunteers in the advancement process.
  • Intrinsically motivated and able to create innovative ideas to achieve results. Recognizes and seizes opportunities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service. Ability to communicate in a direct and professional manner that engages dialog in a manner that resolves differences.
  • Demonstrated creativity, organizational ability, and strong attention to detail.  Ability to make decisions in ambiguous situations, exercise good judgment based on information and analysis in a fast pace, dynamic, deadline drive environment in an organized and professional manner. 
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidences and protect confidential information; acts in a selfless manner and models ethical values of the UW.
  • Values the UW’s commitment to inclusiveness.  Demonstrates respect and commitment to diversity.
  • Proficiency with personal computing environment, Microsoft Office Suite (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint), and the Internet. Willingness and ability to learn how to use the ADVANCE database system and other proprietary software products.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.



  • At least 6 years of major and planned gift fundraising.
  • Experience with grateful patient fundraising.
  • Advancement experience in a health care, higher education or research settings.