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Director of Engagement, Medical Advancement

Washington University in St. Louis
Missouri, United States
$73,700.00 - $90,000.00
Closing date
Apr 27, 2024

Position Summary
As an integral member of the Medical Advancement Strategic Engagement team, the Director of Engagement will work closely with the Strategic Engagement team and gift officers to establish a donor centric program that demonstrates impact and recognizes and celebrates the philanthropic commitments of donors to the School of Medicine and Siteman Cancer Center through printed and digital communications and events.  

The successful applicant for this role will be an exceptional project manager and creative thinker with a passion for providing tailored, first-class experiences for constituents through innovative communications and programming. 

Job Description
Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • In coordination with the Senior Director of Strategic Engagement, Major Gift Officers, faculty and departments, set the overall strategy for donor relations and stewardship for Medical Advancement, including executing recognition and engagement activities to highlight how different levels of donor’s philanthropic support advances the School of Medicine and Siteman Cancer Center.   
  • In partnership and close collaboration with the Vice Chancellor, Associate Vice Chancellor and specific Major Gift Officers in Medical Advancement, staff identified faculty Chairs and respective leadership to develop and execute comprehensive stewardship and donor engagement plans tailored to the needs of those departments. 
  • Working in conjunction with the Strategic Engagement team’s Director of Engagement for Operations, proactively initiate the development of tailored donor impact plans to highlight the impact of donors and consider how to repurpose stewardship pieces for annual fund donors. 
  • Maintain a comprehensive donor recognition matrix, which outlines appropriate recognition across all levels of giving to ensure consistency and ensure lead donors are thanked appropriately for their gifts.  
  • Undertake other projects and duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or terminal degree.
  • Experience including progressive responsibility in stewardship, donor and/or client relations and management.
  • Experience within a complex university, academic research medical center, national non-profit organization, or organization with sub-units and complex reporting relationships.
  • Previous success in fundraising (Annual Giving and/or Major Gifts).
  • Highly successful and experienced professional, skilled at providing an exceptional donor and/or client experience, ideally within institutional advancement and/or medicine.  
  • Ability to understand and articulate how donor relations supports and advances the broader fundraising agenda.
  • Ability to supervise and direct professional and administrative staff members.
  • Skill to oversee the planning and execution of events.
  • Ability to articulate the needs, interests, and accomplishments of the School of Medicine to a wide range of audiences.
  • Keen sense of accountability, sound judgement, and ethical professionalism in a deadline-driven, high-performing environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage workflows and multiple projects effectively, including developing timelines, setting priorities, and coordinating multiple tasks while meeting deadlines.
  • Track record as a creative and innovative thinker, as well as a resourceful problem solver.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and direct advancement programs requiring a high degree of coordination and cooperation with other staff.
  • Outstanding ability to plan, coordinate and manage development projects and campaigns.
  • Demonstrated expertise with personal solicitations, stewardship and gift processes.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituents (board members, chancellor, vice chancellors, deans, school or unit directors, etc.).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional organizational abilities with commitment to meet deadlines.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of five 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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