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Senior Director, Strategy and Operations, Medical Advancement

Washington University in St. Louis
Missouri, United States
$94,100.00 - $125,000.00
Closing date
Mar 9, 2024

Position Summary
The Senior Director, Strategy and Operations for Medical Advancement is responsible for facilitating the administration of the Vice Chancellor’s duties and executing their strategic priorities. The position will work closely with the Vice Chancellor, members of the VC’s leadership team, and staff throughout Medical Advancement to advance departmental priorities, implement new initiatives, and optimize workflow and efficiency.

Job Description
Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Serve as a thought partner and strategist to the Vice Chancellor and Medical Advancement Senior Leadership Team with regard to the evolution of areas under the Vice Chancellor’s oversight.
  • Work closely with the VC to manage the VC’s personal fundraising responsibilities related to caseload activity, donor strategy and communications.
  • With guidance from the VC, set meeting agendas for Medical Advancement, create and generate weekly, monthly, and annual reports necessary to keep track of progress for Medical Advancement. Serve as a resource related to portfolio management and coordination with Chairs and other key faculty.
  • Provide leadership on strategic priorities and projects for areas under the VC’s purview as assigned and represent the VC in key meetings and oversee the execution of action items.
  • Serve as the liaison between the Vice Chancellor and staff to improve workflow, secure answers and approvals in a timely manner, and ensure fulfillment on projects for which the AVC is integral. Establish and maintain a deep familiarity with core programmatic and operational activities across the department, including regular engagement with UA staff, and other key partners and stakeholders. 
  • Provide leadership in enhancing communication and facilitating resolutions surrounding departmental issues and concerns.
  • Assist VC with management of daily operational functions of Medical Advancement team.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the VC.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree.
  • Experience in major gift fundraising, preferably in academic medicine or healthcare setting.
  • Keen understanding of academic medicine.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement effective cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for individual giving.
  • Honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, and perspective; a very strong work ethic, supported by commitment and follow through.
  • Well-developed project-management skills.  Organizational skills and attention to detail are essential.
  • Superior communication skills, both verbal and business writing skills. 
  • Deep appreciation for and an ability to successfully articulate the mission and aspirations of Washington University and Washington University School of Medicine. 
  • Strong track record in helping plan, coordinate, and manage complex projects and campaigns. 
  • Ability to listen carefully, learn quickly, and work effectively in a complex, matrixed organization. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and desire to work collaboratively; demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders across University Advancement and the School of Medicine.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of six years of related experience.

Salary Range
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 or call the dedicated accommodation inquiry number at 314-935-1149 and leave a voicemail with the nature of your request.

Pre-Employment Screening
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.

Benefits Statement

  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
  • 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 more!


  • 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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EEO/AA Statement
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.

Diversity Statement
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.

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