The Senior Director of Medical Advancement, Patient and Friends
Programs is responsible for raising private philanthropic support
for Washington University School of Medicine. The Senior Director
will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts from
individual donors, grateful patients/families, organizations and
faculty for her/his assigned departments and divisions within
Washington University School of Medicine.
The Senior Director assigned to the Department of Surgery will work
collaboratively with the Department leadership to advance the
vision and goals of the Department and will serve as the chief
fundraising advisor to the Department Chair and Division Chiefs.
The Department of Surgery at the internationally renowned
Washington University School of Medicine is organized into 6
sections, each of which are comprised of faculty who are world
leaders in their subspecialty.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Identify, cultivate, solicit, and secure major gift commitments
for assigned departments and divisions primarily from individual
donors, grateful patients, and their family members, organizations,
and selected faculty.
- Proactively work with faculty to identify new prospects,
coordinate fundraising strategies, complete prospect qualification
and cultivation calls, and communicate with and visit prospects and
donors who are capable of making gifts of $100,000 or more.
- Develop and maintain a portfolio of major gift prospects and
donors for assigned departments and divisions.
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of the research,
teaching, and patient care components of assigned departments and
divisions in order to effectively articulate the case for support
for funding priorities.
- Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of HIPAA.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Advanced degree.
- Major gift fundraising experience in a medical school or health
- Grateful patient fundraising experience.
- Experience in higher education.
- Ability to meet and exceed fundraising performance benchmarks
- Ability to analyze opportunities, develop and execute a
strategy to secure private support.
- Superior organizational skills.
- Superior verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to articulate the needs, interests, and accomplishments
of the School of Medicine to a wide range of audiences.
- Sophistication and success in navigating a complex academic
medical environment. Ability to make sound judgments in complex
- Ability to effectively manage ambiguity.
- Proven ability to work collaboratively in a matrixed
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Minimum of six years of related experience.
The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a
given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the
range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications
and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates
for positions within the same grade and department budget.
If you are unable to use our online application system and would
like an accommodation, please email CandidateQuestions@wustl.edu or
call the dedicated accommodation inquiry number at 314-935-1149 and
leave a voicemail with the nature of your request.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be
required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position.
The screenings will include criminal background check and, as
applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen,
an employment and education or licensure/certification
verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or
governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon
successful completion of required screening.
- Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick
- Competitive health insurance packages with priority
appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
- Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take
advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees.
We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing
costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
- WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution
(403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee
contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.
- Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health
resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance
program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and
- We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new
child. Family care resources are also available for your continued
childcare needs. Need adult care? We’ve got you covered.
- WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family,
including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100%
at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.
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Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles
and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially
encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It
is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access
to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity,
color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran
status, or genetic information.
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community
of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive
environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals
from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals
with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.