Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Jan 21, 2021
Feb 19, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


Maimonides Medical Center

Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Brooklyn, New York

Maimonides Medical Center is a voluntary, nonprofit, teaching hospital with its main campus in the Borough Park section of southwestern Brooklyn, New York. The Medical Center is one of the largest independent teaching hospitals in the United States with over 6,500 employees and 711 licensed beds.

Maimonides is much more than a single hospital; it is evolving as a healthcare system serving communities across Brooklyn. It operates over 60 physician offices and outpatient locations, including a Cancer Center, Breast Center, and Bone and Joint Center, and is in the process of opening a freestanding Emergency Department. In December 2020, Maimonides signed an affiliation agreement to become the co-operator of New York Community Hospital in the Midwood/Madison section of Brooklyn.

The Medical Center, which is the largest hospital in Brooklyn, provides a comprehensive array of acute care inpatient services to residents of southern Brooklyn and tertiary care inpatient services to the entire Borough of Brooklyn and surrounding metropolitan area. As Brooklyn’s largest and most clinically advanced healthcare institution, with the first dedicated freestanding multidisciplinary cancer center, Maimonides has the Borough’s only (i) cardiac center offering certain innovative cardiac procedures, (ii) accredited breast center, (iii) interdisciplinary comprehensive spine center, (iv) comprehensive children’s hospital, (v) Level II pediatric trauma center, (vi) full-service prostate center and (vii) interdisciplinary pelvic floor center. Maimonides is among the top 10 hospitals in the nation for patient outcomes, is particularly renowned for its cardiac services, and is one of only 22 cancer centers in the country to recently achieve perfect scores in all categories by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The Medical Center also has advanced programs in robotic surgery, bloodless medicine, and a number of other disciplines.

Maimonides Medical Center is at a pivotal stage in its development program. The institution’s senior leadership champions an ambitious vision for the future, reflecting a strong commitment to fundraising and the imperative for philanthropy to finance capital needs. Maimonides has successfully built an initial base of institutional and philanthropic support and has received national attention and accolades as one of the hospitals at the forefront of the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, yielding new cash and in-kind donations from hundreds of donors. And the story of Maimonides’ preparation and response efforts is one that underscores the fundamental case for philanthropy at the institution – that the people of Brooklyn deserve quality healthcare, and Maimonides plays in essential role in delivering it. The Medical Center indeed enjoys fertile ground for its development program to take further root as it aligns appropriate resources and the future leadership thereof.

The Medical Center is determined to capitalize on the philanthropic opportunities at hand by making investments in long-term, sustainable growth for the development program. This growth will coalesce the necessary infrastructure for a full-service, comprehensive development program, establish a systematized approach to donor acquisition and relationship management, and balance Maimonides’ strength in event-based fundraising with its still emerging, highly promising major gifts program. 

Maimonides seeks candidates for Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer (SVP-CDO), a newly designed role that will elevate the prominence of the development function within the institution consistent with the prioritization of philanthropy. The SVP-CDO is responsible for the design and implementation of a comprehensive development program to support the mission and strategic goals of the Medical Center, strengthening the existing development infrastructure in the furtherance of a program fully on par with the Medical Center’s clinical excellence. The SVP-CDO will also lead the establishment of new networks of donors, particularly patients and influential individuals in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Reporting to the President and CEO, the SVP-CDO will supervise a staff currently comprising six positions. The SVP-CDO will be empowered to enhance the organizational design/functional alignment of the development team in consultation with the President and CEO, with the understanding that additional staff capacity and operational infrastructure will be necessary to achieve long-term goals. This individual will also work closely with the Board, executive and clinical leadership, and the marketing and public relations teams, as well as with consultants to the institution, among others, to ensure cohesive, consistent, and effective messaging for philanthropy and to advance a pervasive culture of philanthropy within and external to Maimonides.

The ideal candidate will have the following personal and professional skills, qualities, and competencies:

- Passion for the mission and values of Maimonides Medical Center. Ability to authentically engage and inspire others as a senior representative of the institution.

- Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.

- Seven or more years of experience as a senior fundraising officer with progressive levels of responsibility, including broad knowledge of all functional areas of fundraising (major, planned, and annual giving; corporate and foundation giving; annual giving; stewardship; development operations). Experience building a sustainable, comprehensive development program is strongly preferred. Experience in a complex nonprofit environment required; experience in a healthcare institution is a plus.

- Demonstrated success as manager of a diverse professional staff, including strategic and operational leadership, and creating and managing a budget.

- Successful track record of personally cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts from individual and institutional donors at the level of six to seven-figures or greater. Strength in prospect discovery and in building effective strategies to compel new major donor investment. Experience integrating giving programs at various levels to cultivate greater donor commitments.

- Demonstrated ability in planning and executing integrated, strategic, and innovative communications in support of achieving fundraising goals.

- The ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process, as well as working knowledge of modern data management practices and innovations that can streamline the development process and contribute to the integration of related functions.

- A forward thinker with a track record of utilizing new methods of donor engagement and connectivity, who will be driven by innovation in developing philanthropic best practices in the current and post-COVID-19 world.

- Ability to travel as necessary, consistent with public health guidelines.

Maimonides Medical Center’s commitment to excellence in patient care and respect for cultural diversity forms the foundation for its work environment. Maimonides Medical Center complies with all federal, state, and city laws and orders prohibiting discrimination in employment.

Maimonides Medical Center has retained the Diversified Search Group to assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:

Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.

Managing Director

Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy

Diversified Search Group

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