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President and Chief Development Officer (Hybrid Location)

Vitalant Foundation
Arizona, United States
$250,000.00 - $290,000.00
Closing date
May 10, 2024

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration
Health, Research
Employment Type
Full Time

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Vitalant Foundation in the search for a President and Chief Development Officer.

Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vitalant, the President and Chief Development Officer will play a pivotal role in shaping the future trajectory of Vitalant's philanthropic endeavors through the Vitalant Foundation. With a focus on strategic leadership, collaboration, and fostering meaningful relationships, the President and Chief Development Officer will spearhead the formulation and execution of philanthropic strategies for the Vitalant Foundation. Collaborating closely with Vitalant's Senior Leadership Team, the President and Chief Development Officer will assess and refine development programs, philanthropic endeavors, and grant solicitations to bolster Vitalant's mission. The President and Chief Development Officer will partner with the Foundation Board of Directors to cultivate sustained funding opportunities, prioritizing Vitalant's critical objectives and enhancing its community presence. Success in this role will be measured by the ability to secure substantial financial support, drive strategic initiatives such as planned giving campaigns, elevate Vitalant's profile in local communities, and cultivate meaningful relationships with potential sponsors and donors.

Vitalant is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit blood and biotherapies healthcare organizations, providing hospitals and patients across the U.S. a safe blood supply. Vitalant has a network of approximately 115 donation centers across the U.S. and hosts approximately 60,000 blood drives annually. Vitalant provides blood and special services to patients in about 900 hospitals across the U.S.—millions of people depend on blood donations from its generous volunteer donors.

The dedicated team at Vitalant makes sure lifesaving blood is available when and wherever it is needed. But Vitalant is more than a blood center. It also provides specialized laboratory services, transfusion medicine expertise, and cutting-edge research. Vitalant Research Institute is world-renowned for scientific studies ranging from blood donor epidemiology to cellular therapy and virus discovery. Vitalant is a partner in the operation of Creative Testing Solutions, the largest independent blood donor testing organization in the U.S., which tests 70% of the nation’s blood supply. Vitalant is also a founding member of AABB (a professional organization that provides standards development and accreditation for blood centers) and was a driving force in the creation of America’s Blood Centers (a consortium of independent community blood centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Vitalant). Both organizations play a major role in communicating advances in transfusion medicine nationwide.

Vitalant is an internationally known and respected leader that continues to push the boundaries to advance the experience, practice, and application of transfusion medicine. Individuals generously donating blood, volunteering, and giving financially are essential to its lifesaving mission of uniting blood and biologic donors, talent, and innovation to save and improve lives.

Vitalant Foundation is changing lives through financial contributions. Financial gifts to Vitalant Foundation help ensure blood is available for patients in need and enhance research opportunities to support blood donors and recipients of the future. Vitalant Foundation is the official fundraising arm of Vitalant. As one of the nation’s largest nonprofit blood and biotherapies healthcare organizations, Vitalant in uniquely positioned to become the nation’s most innovative and inclusive blood and biotherapies partner. Vitalant Foundation secures and stewards charitable gifts to support Vitalant’s mission to unite blood and biologics donors, talent, and innovation to save and improve lives.

The vital work of the Vitalant team is purposeful, meaningful, and worthwhile. Vitalant staff are impact-inspired to provide vital clinical services to communities nationwide, vital products to those in need of a donor's generosity, or vital scientific research that advances blood safety worldwide. As a mission-led company, Vitalant unites donors, talent, and innovation to save and improve lives. Vitalant is business-minded, investing in transformation, modernization, new services, and diversely talented people who care. Its culture is values-driven with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and cultivating a sense of belonging. Vitalant is serious about finding solutions to tough challenges, but it also takes time to help and celebrate one another because teamwork and fun are vital. Vitalant's people-centered leaders support personal well-being and encourage professional development. Its employees are challenge-motivated, results-driven, and customer-focused, helping Vitalant become more vital than it ever imagined. Vitalant offers a career built on purpose, a company created to care, and a team committed to leading together.

A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least ten years of progressively responsible management experience is required for this position, as is five years of foundation management experience. The Vitalant Foundation will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to the Foundation, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the Vitalant Foundation as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $250,000 to $290,000 annually.

The Vitalant Foundation is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Jeanette Rivera-Watts at

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