Vice President for Development

Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 30, 2020
Education, Health
Employment Type
Full Time

Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine

Vice President for Development


Vice President for Development


Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine


Pasadena, CA

Reporting Relationship

The Vice President for Development reports to the Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance 


The Opportunity

In July 2020, the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine (the school) welcomed its inaugural class of 50 medical students in Pasadena, California. These future physicians will be supported in their training to become collaborative, transformative healthcare providers who will help their communities thrive. As the institution marks this historic milestone, the school seeks to recruit an accomplished, proven, and innovative development leader to serve as its founding Vice President for Development. The Vice President will play a prominent role in ensuring effective support of the institutional mission of providing a world class medical education to new generations of physicians so they, in turn, are well prepared to improve the health and well-being of patients and communities.

The Vice President will be a critical senior team member of founding academic executives joined together to develop an extraordinary new medical school. The school has recruited an outstanding, multidisciplinary, and diverse group of senior leaders and faculty representing decades of academic and health care experience. The school’s approach will prepare these future physicians and health equity advocates to drive transformation in the country’s health care delivery system.

Position Summary 

The Vice President for Development will be charged with:

  • Creating and implementing a comprehensive and strategic fundraising plan
  • Developing a culture of philanthropy and fundraising at the school
  • Building and leading a best-in-class development program aimed at strengthening the school’s foundation for long-term success
  • Actively building financial support for the school, including expanding and diversifying funding resources aligned with its overall mission and strategic goals

Serving as a key member of the Administration and Finance senior leadership team, the Vice President for Development will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. The Vice President is responsible for leading the evolution and growth of the school’s development efforts and will design and implement a comprehensive strategy for fundraising across principal and major gifts, direct marketing/membership, foundation support, and planned giving.

The Vice President for Development will strategically outline the fundraising structure that will support overall institutional funding priorities. Building upon that road map, the Vice President will provide leadership in planning, preparing, and executing the strategic vision for the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine's new development unit. The Vice President will provide innovative leadership and strategic vision for all aspects of development, including the assessment, planning, and oversight of a comprehensive program across capital giving (major gifts, estates, and trusts), alumni and parent engagement, foundation relations, corporate giving, and strategic operations (advancement services and stewardship).

The Vice President will build and mentor a high-performing team; ensure an optimal organizational structure; and engage, educate, mentor, and support staff, faculty, key volunteers and senior leadership in their respective fundraising efforts, ultimately resulting in significant growth of the major donor base and increased, sustainable major gift and overall philanthropic support for the school. Additionally, the Vice President will personally and successfully engage a select portfolio of major gift prospects and donors; will partner with gift officers to determine appropriate strategies and define mutually acceptable annual and multi-year performance goals.

Qualifications, Knowledge & Abilities

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible leadership experience in fundraising and development.
  • Demonstrated success as a fundraising leader in higher education, or translatable leadership in healthcare, arts and culture, or other complex civic institutions.
  • Extensive organizational development, leadership, and strategic planning experience, especially in fast-paced, dynamic, mission-focused organizations.
  • Experience building a development program, including individual and institutional philanthropy, resulting in transformative revenue for the organization with success in increasing the effectiveness of a development program and its staff through established objectives and performance standards.
  • Experience supporting and managing governing boards and their members.
  • Proven management skills and the ability to establish a team- and goal-oriented environment that empowers staff through active communication and delegation and builds confidence, promotes diversity of thought, and celebrates achievement.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills. Clarity, crispness, and persuasiveness in writing and speaking. Superb storytelling skills with the ability to succinctly communicate a vision and process to senior leaders and other key constituents, utilizing data and metrics as appropriate as a foundation for development programs. Ability to read and inspire an audience and adjust content and style instinctively.
  • Self-motivated, results-oriented, a “builder,” and entrepreneurial in approach. An externally oriented individual who is comfortable with networking and building visibility for the school, in the Southern California region and beyond.
  • Excellent motivational and interpersonal skills as well as the gravitas and stature to work effectively with the board, volunteer councils, administration, staff, and donors to take the school to a level of fundraising excellence.
  • A proven track record of success in personally cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts of at least seven figures from individual and institutional donors.
  • Personal commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity.
  • A sharp eye for operational efficiency and the best use of resources, including a demonstrated understanding of budgets and ability to manage them.
  • Experience and depth of knowledge of best practices in all key areas of development, including experience planning, managing, and successfully closing a comprehensive campaign.


An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree in a healthcare- policy- education- or business-related field preferred.

Contact Information

For nominations and/or direct inquiries, please contact:

Chanel Smith

Korn Ferry

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