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Senior Director of Medical Advancement, Patient and Friends Programs

companyWashington University in St. Louis
locationSt. Louis, MO 63105, USA
PublishedPublished: 2/10/2024
Full Time

Position Summary
The Senior Director of Medical Advancement, Patient and FriendsPrograms is responsible for raising private philanthropic supportfor Washington University School of Medicine. The Senior Directorwill identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts fromindividual donors, grateful patients/families, organizations andfaculty for her/his assigned departments and divisions withinWashington University School of Medicine.

The Senior Director assigned to the Department of Surgery will workcollaboratively with the Department leadership to advance thevision and goals of the Department and will serve as the chieffundraising advisor to the Department Chair and Division Chiefs.The Department of Surgery at the internationally renownedWashington University School of Medicine is organized into 6sections, each of which are comprised of faculty who are worldleaders in their subspecialty.

Job Description
Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and secure major gift commitmentsfor assigned departments and divisions primarily from individualdonors, grateful patients, and their family members, organizations,and selected faculty.
  • Proactively work with faculty to identify new prospects,coordinate fundraising strategies, complete prospect qualificationand cultivation calls, and communicate with and visit prospects anddonors who are capable of making gifts of $100,000 or more.
  • Develop and maintain a portfolio of major gift prospects anddonors for assigned departments and divisions.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the research,teaching, and patient care components of assigned departments anddivisions in order to effectively articulate the case for supportfor 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 healthsciences environment.
  • Grateful patient fundraising experience.
  • Experience in higher education.
  • Ability to meet and exceed fundraising performance benchmarksand goals.
  • Ability to analyze opportunities, develop and execute astrategy to secure private support.
  • Superior organizational skills.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to articulate the needs, interests, and accomplishmentsof the School of Medicine to a wide range of audiences.
  • Sophistication and success in navigating a complex academicmedical environment. Ability to make sound judgments in complexsituations.
  • Ability to effectively manage ambiguity.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a matrixedenvironment.

Required Qualifications

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

Salary Range
The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in agiven job grade across the University. Individual rates within therange will be determined by factors including one's qualificationsand performance, equity with others in the department, market ratesfor positions within the same grade and department budget.

If you are unable to use our online application system and wouldlike an accommodation, please email orcall the dedicated accommodation inquiry number at 314-935-1149 andleave a voicemail with the nature of your request.

Pre-Employment Screening
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will berequired to submit to pre-employment screening for this position.The screenings will include criminal background check and, asapplicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen,an employment and education or licensure/certificationverification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/orgovernmental registry checks. All offers are contingent uponsuccessful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement

  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sicktime.
  • Competitive health insurance packages with priorityappointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Takeadvantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees.We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closingcosts and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution(403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employeecontributions and university contributions starting at 7%.


  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental healthresources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistanceprogram (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, andmore!


  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your newchild. Family care resources are also available for your continuedchildcare 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.

For policies, detailed benefits, and eligibility, please visit:

EEO/AA Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principlesand practices of equal employment opportunity and especiallyencourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. Itis the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and accessto persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity,color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation,gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteranstatus, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse communityof individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusiveenvironment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individualsfrom diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individualswith a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

Required skills

  • Fund Raising
  • Budgeting
  • General Patient Care
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