Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is seeking a Vice President (VP) of Transformational Gifts and Strategic Initiatives to join the Division of Philanthropy. The VP of Transformational Gifts and Strategic Initiatives will be responsible for creating, articulating, and securing support for a broad range of Institute priorities and initiatives. Working with the Senior Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer (SVP & CPO) and other members of the Institute’s leadership team and colleagues in the Division of Philanthropy, the VP of Transformational Gifts and Strategic Initiatives will be expected to secure philanthropic support for Dana-Farber’s lifesaving research and care in partnership with the highest-level donors and potential donors across disease centers and programs.
The Vice President of Transformational Gifts and Strategic Initiatives will have responsibility for the identification, cultivation, engagement, solicitation, and stewardship of prospective donors, with the capacity to make transformational gifts above $25M. Reporting to the Senior Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer for Philanthropy, the VP will be responsible for developing an annual operating plan, setting annual and long-term goals and objectives, and monitoring and reporting progress as part of Division wide planning and accountability activities. Moreover, this position will be responsible for creating appropriate engagement plans of potential supporters and therefore must have expertise in helping leadership and faculty shape and articulate their vision for their respective initiatives and programs. This position requires knowledge of trends in basic and clinical research, clinical trials, community benefit, and national healthcare.
Responsible for assisting the entire Division with reaching annual philanthropy goals and campaign goals. Dana-Farber is currently in the quiet phase of its campaign ‒ the largest and most ambitious fundraising effort in the Institute’s history; one that will serve as a catalyst, enabling the Institute to change the landscape of cancer medicine and, ultimately, eradicate the disease.
Resume and cover letter required with application submission.
Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.
Strategy & Analytics
Reports to Senior Vice President of Philanthropy and has no direct supervisory responsibilities. You will serve as a mentor, resource, role model, and coach to Philanthropy staff on matters of prospect strategy and solicitation; regularly share new approaches and techniques.
MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s degree required with a minimum of 15 years of principal gifts fundraising experience. Preferred background in high performing and complex organizations, academic medical centers, and free-standing research institutes. Experience with comprehensive campaigns and staffing executive leadership is required to be considered for this role.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Successful track record of closing eight-figure and nine-figure gifts. Demonstrated experience with expanding donor participation in giving efforts and expertise working with highest-level giving constituents.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational and leadership capabilities, and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks successfully are necessary skills.
Public speaking experience and effectiveness necessary, in-person and via remote platforms (i.e. Zoom), along with the ability to communicate and work with colleagues and Institute partners with respect and diplomacy. Must exercise significant judgment, discretion and confidentiality in working with patients, prospective donors, volunteers, and Institute faculty and staff. Mastery of virtual video platforms (Zoom) and Microsoft Office, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams, is necessary.
Embody Dana-Farber’s Core Values: Impact; Excellence; Compassion and Respect; and Discovery every day. Add value to the Dana-Farber community by seeking opportunities to collaborate across the Institute. Foster an ethical, positive, results-oriented culture founded on open communication.
This position will evaluate current programs and create and execute approved plans to expand and diversify the donors and participants for the events assigned in order to broaden our donor base and create even more inclusive events. Experience with diverse donors is a plus.
Must understand the national biomedical research and clinical healthcare market and natural curiosity and ability to quickly absorb, comprehend and articulate complex concepts.
Hybrid of onsite and remote office setting conditions may apply. Travel and evening and weekend work may be required.
Division of Philanthropy Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity Commitment Statement:
We’re stronger together.
In the Division of Philanthropy, we believe in the power of different voices. We encourage authenticity and diversity of every individual within our community. Our collective voices – donors, volunteers, staff, and patients alike – allow us to work together towards a world without cancer. Committed to being a place of inclusivity, belonging, and change, these are our core values.
The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.
External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.
DFCI offers a competitive benefits package including generous healthcare and retirement plans, at minimum 3-weeks’ vacation time in addition to 9 paid holidays, a flexible work environment, and work/life balance. We also provide an array of professional development opportunities.*
*All benefits subject to Institute changes
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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.