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Assistant Vice President of Development, Thomas Jefferson University - Center City

Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jun 15, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Education, Health
Employment Type
Full Time
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PRIMARY FUNCTION:  Reporting to the Vice President for Thomas Jefferson University in the Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA), the Assistant Vice President for TJU – Center City (AVP) oversees the fundraising for all colleges on the Center City campus. The AVP will provide the strategic vision and leadership necessary to build on the strengths of the growing program to increase the breadth and scope of support from alumni prospects and donors and parents. The AVP serves as the OIA lead and provides guidance for all TJU-CC fundraising activities including identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and closure and stewardship of alumni, prospects and donors; translates college(s) priorities into appropriate major gift fundraising opportunities, establishes and implements a long term development plan to support TJU-CC’s continued growth. The AVP will serve as the primary liaison for TJU-CC academic leadership including the Dean of College of Population Health and College of Health Professions.  The AVP collaborates and works closely with deans and other college administrators and faculty. 

The AVP will maintain an active portfolio of key major gift prospects. The AVP serves as a member of OIA’s senior management team and supervises a team of fundraisers. 



  • In conjunction with the Vice President, the AVP will be responsible for the creation and leadership of a major gifts plan to support TJU-CC.
  • In consultation with the Deans, establish development program goals and the feasibility, timeline, staffing needs, and volunteer structure to support implementation.
  • In consultation with the VP, establish development program goals and the feasibility, timeline, staffing needs, and volunteer structure to support implementation.
  • Set and achieve goals and program objectives for all fundraising efforts and monitor and maximize performance in prospect identification, strategy development, cultivation, and solicitation activities.
  • Maintain organized and consistent communication with the Deans, departmental leaders, and any other key leaders. Understand and respond to their needs and collaboratively identify potential gift opportunities. Work with the VP to ensure that his/her efforts and those of senior academic leadership are focused on significant major gift prospects; manage the effective deployment of these individuals.
  • Work with communications staff to translate strategic initiatives and programmatic/capital needs into persuasive proposals and compelling major gift opportunities.
  • Work with the Deans and their faculty to assist in successful fundraising endeavors including prospect screening and solicitation.
  • Work with Jefferson’s events staff, alumni relations team and development officers to conceptualize events and other activities to cultivate and steward major gifts prospects and donors.
  • Supervise the TJU-CC fundraising team including gift officers and development associates. Participates in hiring and personnel related processes for positions that may report centrally within advancement but are focused on serving the university. Responsible for achieving team goals.
  • Personally maintain a portfolio of major gift prospects, maintaining frequent and consistent contact with prospects, department leaders, and key members of Jefferson’s academic leadership. Maintain and manage this portfolio in a manner that fosters a relationship that leads to philanthropic commitment.
  • Manage an individual prospect pool of 150
  • Interacts with co-workers, visitors, and other staff consistent with Jefferson values


  • Director of Development (1)
  • Associate Director of Development (1 or 2)
  • Development Associate (1)
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent level of professional experience required, additional degree preferred.


  • 7-10+ years of direct or related fundraising experience, with strong preference for successful experience with fundraising within a university or academic medical center


  • A demonstrated record of successful major gifts fundraising including qualification, cultivation, solicitation and closing of $1M+ individual gifts. Comprehensive campaign experience is highly desirable.
  • Proven experience in cultivating and maintaining relationships with individual major and planned giving prospects.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising professional staff.
  • Experience in successfully leading a multi-constituent program including the development and execution of multiple operating plans in collaboration with a dean or department head. Demonstrates a deep understanding of linking strategic goals to the case for support. Proven experience in strategy development, goal setting and achievement is essential.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and a capacity to engage, inspire, and persuade multiple constituencies, both within the institution and beyond. These skills should be combined with an ability to develop trust and collaborative working relationships with colleagues.
  • Experience with database software systems and Microsoft Office. Excellent oral, written, and communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with both internal and external constituencies.
  • Ability to articulate, both written and orally a compelling case for major philanthropic support for clinical programs, presenting objectives persuasively to potential donors.
  • Ability to develop trust and collaborative working relationships with colleagues and across an organization.
  • Ability and willingness to travel often, regionally and nationally.
Conditions of Employment

Covid Vaccination is a requirement for employment at Jefferson for employees working at Jefferson’s clinical entities or at the University.  If you are not currently vaccinated you will be required to receive the vaccination prior to hire date if you are offered employment, unless you request and receive an approved medical or religious exemption from Jefferson.


Jefferson’s mission, vision and values create an organization that attracts the best and the brightest students, faculty, staff, and healthcare professionals, as well as the most visionary leaders to drive exceptional results.

  • OUR MISSION: We improve lives.
  • OUR VISION: Reimagining health, education and discovery to create unparalleled value
  • OUR VALUES: Put People First, Be Bold & Think Differently and Do the Right Thing

As an employer, Jefferson maintains a commitment to provide equal access to employment. Jefferson values diversity and encourages applications from women, members of minority groups, LGBTQ individuals, disabled individuals, and veterans.


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