Chief Advancement Officer

Pacific Northwest Research Institute
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 28, 2021
Feb 26, 2021
Health, Research
Employment Type
Full Time

The Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI) is an independent, nonprofit, biomedical research institute based in Seattle with a distinguished history of contributing numerous scientific advances to improve human health. Their scientists and staff believe genetic research holds the greatest untapped potential to improve human life and health. Their award-winning scientists use innovative applications of genetics, genomics, mathematical methods, and evolutionary biology, while working together across seven labs and multiple disciplines. They approach complex scientific challenges collaboratively, driving toward real-world solutions to advance human health. Instead of asking what causes disease, PNRI’s genetic researchers ask what keeps us healthy. As an example, PNRI scientist David Galas, who was responsible for overseeing the Human Genome Project, discovered a game-changing technology that was used by Abbott Laboratories last year to develop a rapid test for COVID-19. With a $9.5 million budget and 54 staff, PNRI’s structure is lean, nimble, and flexible by design with strategic partnerships that include Boston University, Harvard University, Scripps Research Institute, University of California, and the University of Washington. PNRI also offers exciting and stimulating scientific lectures, seminar series, and Science Matters events.

The Chief Advancement Officer, an energetic, data-driven fundraising strategist, will have an exciting and rewarding opportunity to build PNRI’s next phase of transformative growth. PNRI has a track record of receiving significant gifts over the past years from their 2,200 donors, including a recent $17.5 million estate gift. Despite its relative success, PNRI seeks a leader to focus on building and strengthening their individual giving programs, particularly in growing their annual, major, and planned gifts. Reporting to the President & CEO, the Chief Advancement Officer will be responsible for planning and leading all aspects of PNRI’s integrated advancement programs and a talented team of advancement professionals, including an Assistant Director of Development and a Donor Relations Officer. The Chief Advancement Officer will be expected to realign the team and hire additional staff as necessary to support PNRI’s future funding growth. This position is based in Seattle with flexibility to work remotely as necessary.

The ideal candidate must bring a passionate, enthusiastic commitment to PNRI’s mission and work; at least seven to ten years of building successful advancement programs with a proven record of soliciting significant annual, major, principal, and planned gifts; and proven achievement in successful solicitation of five- and six-figure major gifts. In addition, the candidate should have a proven ability to recruit, supervise, motivate, and retain a team that strives to achieve and exceed goals, along with a capacity to acquire an understanding of PNRI’s work in science and research and translate this work into attractive reasons to give funding support. To be considered for this opportunity, please send a letter of interest and resume to: