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Associate Vice President, Principal Giving

Scripps Research
California, United States
$200,000.00 - $300,000.00
Closing date
Sep 22, 2023

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Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Scripps Research in the search for an Associate Vice President, Principal Giving.

Reporting to the Vice President, Philanthropy, the Associate Vice President, Principal Giving will oversee the identification and assessment of potential donors and the optimization of prospect pools to ensure the maximization of gift officer portfolios, resulting in a strong prospect pipeline. Working closely with the President and Vice President, Philanthropy, the Associate Vice President will expand the Institute's broad reaching fundraising efforts, working with donors and prospects with the capacity to give at the level of $5 million and above. The Associate Vice President will be key fundraising strategist who acts as an influential relationship connector among Office of Philanthropy leaders, senior leadership, faculty leaders, and high-capacity donors and prospects. Scripps Research offers a hybrid schedule of three days per week in the La Jolla office and two days per week remote. Scripps Research will consider candidates for this role that reside in the San Francisco Bay area.

Scripps Research ranks as the most influential scientific organization in the world, unparalleled in propelling innovation in science and medicine. Its unique structure merges foundational studies in biology, chemistry, and computer science with translational science to produce the next generation of drugs and advances in digital and precision medicine. Scientists in the Institute’s five academic research departments work hand-in-hand with researchers of the Scripps Research Translational Institute and Calibr. Together, Scripps Research cultivates the next generation of scientific leaders and expands the frontiers of knowledge to drive innovation that improves lives around the planet.

Scripps Research enjoys a rich history of academic and scientific achievement. Its world-class faculty and visionary leadership have partnered to create a top-ranked nonprofit biomedical research institute that translates discoveries into new medicines while training the next generation of scientists.

The work of researchers and scientists at Scripps Research has led to many breakthroughs in medical treatments. In 1990, work by Theodore Zimmerman, MD, and Carol Fulcher, PhD, resulted in the approval of Monoclate by the FDA. The blood coagulant is used to prevent excessive bleeding in patients with hemophilia. Three years later, Ernest Beutler, MD led the team that tested the new anti-cancer drug, 2CdA (Leustatin) developed at Scripps Research by Dennis Carson, MD. It was characterized as one of the most promising chemotherapeutic agents developed and subsequently produced a large number of complete remissions in patients with hairy cell leukemia, as well as other leukemias and lymphomas.

By searching among billions of antibody variants taken from human blood samples, a technique called “combinational antibody libraries” enabled scientists to identify human antibodies that bind to specific targets involved in disease. This work, stemming from research in the lab of Richard Lerner, MD, led to development of the drug, Humira, which was approved by the FDA to treat rheumatoid arthritis in 2002. Humira was later approved for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, plaque psoriasis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis. Research has led to many other breakthroughs by Scripps, including treatment for lupus; respiratory distress syndrome; gastric cancer and non-small cell lung cancer; high-risk cases of neuroblastoma; relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis; and many more.

Scripps Research continues to expand its fields of research. In 2022, Scripps Research received a $67 million award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, to establish and lead a Center for Antiviral Medicines and Pandemic Preparedness (CAMPP). A U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the center focuses on near-term development of drugs against viruses with high pandemic potential.

Some of the most brilliant minds in the world join forces at Scripps Research. Chemists at Scripps Research have won six Wolf Prizes. Scientists have also won six Nobel Awards. One scientist has received the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences and the faculty currently includes two MacArthur Fellows. Scripps faculty also hold 31 memberships in the prestigious National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering. Scientific teams collaborate across disciplines to improve human health. There are more than 175 faculty members working to advance scientific knowledge and the drug discovery division, Calibr, has more than 50 potential medicines in the pipeline. There are 15 FDA-approved drugs and vaccines that have risen from discoveries at Scripps Research. Scripps Research also educates and trains the scientific leaders of tomorrow. The Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences at Scripps Research in consistently ranked among the ten-best graduate programs of its kind in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Every day, Scripps Research makes an impact nationally with more than 50 active spin-off companies, 1,100 U.S. patents, and $295 million in annual federal and state grant expenditures. That impact spans globally as well with 13 faculty earning spots on the 2022 Highly Cited Researchers list (representing the top one percent in the world). Scientists at Scripps Research address diseases affecting 85% of the world’s population. Scripps Research is science changing life.

Scripps Research will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least five years of experience securing gifts of significant institutional impact or a record of accomplishment that includes the identification, solicitation, and stewardship of multiple, high-capacity donors, preferably in biomedical research, healthcare, or higher education, is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Scripps Research as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $200,000 to $300,000 annually.

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