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Reporting to the associate vice chancellor/vice chancellor for Medical Advancement, the Executive Director leads a team of three fundraisers and has the primary goal of increasing support from local, regional, and national private foundations. Working closely with School of Medicine academic leadership and faculty the Executive Director and CFR team seek to identify new funding opportunities from private grant makers through the expansion of existing relationships and by building new ones. The team surveys the private foundation landscape in search of funders whose goals align with WUSM priorities and helps to catalyze those funding opportunities. The Executive Director will project the confidence and possess the needed set of experiences to be a WUSM thought-partner on private foundation philanthropy. They will bring together campus partners around initiatives to help yield effective ideas and proposals.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Fundraising: In collaboration with School of Medicine leadership and faculty, maintain a dynamic portfolio of key foundation contacts and secure new levels of institutional support through gifts and grants.
Oversee the CFR team consisting of three professional fundraisers, one assistant director (partial reporting) and one administrative assistant (partial reporting).
Serve as the lead for Medical Advancement CFR as a liaison for the School of Medicine leadership and faculty.
Provide strategic direction for the design and management of a comprehensive CFR program in the school of medicine. Build collaborative, positive relationships with University Advancement staff and other university colleagues.
Perform other duties as assigned.
At least eight to ten years of progressively responsible fundraising and management experience in advancement, particularly in corporate and foundation relations.
Significant personal involvement with major proposals to local and national foundations.
Significant experience in working with faculty/physicians in a science related institution or academic medical center.
Highly successful, experienced and sophisticated professional with thorough knowledge of institutional development, and experience in foundation and corporate relations, particularly in higher education.
Ability to work effectively with faculty and academic leadership.
Ability to plan, organize, and direct development programs requiring a high degree of coordination and cooperation with other staff.
Excellent leadership/management skills to select, train, mentor, evaluate and motivate staff.
Proven track record of soliciting and closing foundation grants, gifts, and sponsorships in the six- and seven-figure range.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work effectively with diverse constituents (board members, chancellor, vice chancellors, dean, school or unit directors, and faculty).
Exemplary interpersonal skills, with the ability to successfully interact with sophisticated foundation leaders, volunteers, donors and institutional leadership.
Exceptional organizational abilities with commitment to meet deadlines.
Master’s degree or terminal degree.
Experience within a complex university, national non-profit organization, or organization with sub-units and complex reporting relationships.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, 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.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of University Advancement. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
Washington University in St. Louis, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs. The faculty is composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions. They serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care.