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Senior Director of Medical Advancement, Patient and Friends Programs

Washington University in St. Louis
Missouri, United States
$94,100.00 - $125,000.00
Closing date
Apr 27, 2024

Job Details

Position Summary
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.

Job Description
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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree.
  • Major gift fundraising experience in a medical school or health sciences environment.
  • Grateful patient fundraising experience.
  • Experience in higher education.
  • Ability to meet and exceed fundraising performance benchmarks and goals.
  • 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 situations.
  • Ability to effectively manage ambiguity.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a matrixed environment.

Required Qualifications

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



For frequently asked questions about the application process, please refer to our External Applicant FAQ.

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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