Associate Vice President, Affinity Programs, Third Party and National Events

Research conducted at City of Hope has led to significant advances in modern medicine, and as we look toward the next 100 years, we continue our mission and commitment to transform the future of medicine. Each member of the Office of Philanthropy is a stakeholder in this work, with personal accountability for their role in building a successful future.

As a member of the Philanthropy Leadership Team, the Assistant Vice President, will help ensure the fundraising success of the Office of Philanthropy through a number of executive-level responsibilities. This effort is in keeping with the shared vision of the Preparing Our People initiative to prepare our office for the rigors of a campaign, and to realize our vision of excelling as a highly collaborative, efficient, and creative team.

The AVP- ANE will contribute to this vision by bringing an institution-wide perspective in contributing to the creation of programs and strategies to drive institutional success. In this primarily self-driven role, the AVP—ANE will conceptualize and lead key processes and programs that support an office-wide focus on collaboration, efficiencies, and outcomes. By providing expertise and executive leadership over City of Hope’s Affinity and Legacy groups, 3rd party efforts as well as national and signature events, AVP-ANE will be a partner in creating our vision of being known institutionally and nationally as a model of excellence among elite fundraising programs.

Specifically, this position is responsible for building, leading, growing and stewarding a national donor program consisting of affinity and legacy groups, 3rd party efforts, corporate employee giving, and national and signature events—with the goals being to raise direct revenue and fuel our national individual donor pipeline. This program will build on City of Hope’s rich, 100+ year old history of national outreach to donors. The ANE program will be highly integrated with City of Hope’s individual donor pipeline efforts. These efforts are focused on identifying individuals who are interested in financially contributing to advance COH’s critical work in cancer and diabetes research as well as this a model of compassionate care that can inform institutions world-wide.

The AVP participates as an active member of the Philanthropy Leadership Team (PLT), and contributes to PLT dialogue and projects. Serves as a role model for Office of Philanthropy team members, leading the creation of a forward-thinking culture and its associated change management. Provides strategic insight and guidance regarding Office of Philanthropy fundraising programs/priorities.

Key Responsibilities include:

Lead the unit in reaching and advancing its goals in developing a donor-centric, synergistic, efficient and highly effective national fundraising program includes:

  • Build and advance strategy to advance COH national donor outreach through key channels: Affinity groups and Legacy chapters; 3rd party efforts; National and Signature vents; and Corporate Employee Giving.
  • Analyze and implement integrated programs for each channel that ensure cost effectiveness while maximizing philanthropic returns and individual prospect identification.
  • Working with Marketing and Communications, Legal, and other key COH areas in ensuring legal and brand-compliance. Preserve and advance the brand and reputation of City of Hope.
  • Working with AVP of Annual Giving (Direct Mail), and SDOD, operations and Finance, ensure data integrity and integration into CRM.
  • Work with select volunteers do build a national program identity, including a potential national volunteer council.
  • Working with SEDOD-National Strategy to provide prospects for individual donor prospect pipeline.
  • Meet annual activity and financial performance metrics.

Managing the unit: Lead the ANE team with a focus on accountability, best practices, and collaboration. The incumbent will demonstrate an ability to motivate staff toward adherence to key performance indicators and to maintain a productive, highly collaborative and integrated culture. Includes:

  • Develop and maintain productive relationships with City of Hope faculty and staff to support fundraising initiatives for COH priorities.
  • Oversee management of staff and act as mentor for all content and professional development areas. Includes serving as a resource in developing strategies, conducting ongoing conversations regarding performance in relation to metrics, and articulating opportunities for employees’ growth and professional development in a thoughtful manner.
  • Demonstrate an ability to solve problems, overcome hurdles, and navigate sensitive issues with discretion, tact, and strong communication skills.
  • Provide leadership throughout employees’ tenure, from interviewing and making thoughtful hiring decisions, and providing foundational onboarding to new employees, to ensuring high employee retention within the Office of Philanthropy.
  • Possess thorough knowledge of the key fund-raising priorities for COH.
  • Responsible for fiduciary accounting of the funds raised through these campaigns.
  • Responsible for department oversight and ensuring a positive working relationship between other City of Hope Departments and employees.
  • Position includes direct oversight of employees and the management of a work team that is integrated into the larger fund-raising and pipeline development effort
  • Responsible for meeting established performance goals for ANE.

Serve as a role model for the Office of Philanthropy. Includes:

  • Act as spokesperson for City of Hope activities as requested.
  • Serve as a valued and valuable member of the Philanthropy Leadership Team.
  • Participate in search committees, task forces, and other special projects.

Minimum Education and Skills Required for Consideration:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, philanthropy or related field.

Experience may substitute for minimum education requirements.

  • Must have a minimum of 15 years in fundraising, development, or related field in a non-profit environment.
  • Must have a minimum of 5 years supervisory experience of at least 5 employees.
  • Must have experience in managing volunteer-led fundraising programs, including those in national groups.
  • Proficiency of MS Office
  • This position requires travel, irregular hours and communication with volunteers outside regular business hours.
  • Demonstrated understanding of social media outlets such as Linked In, Twitter and Facebook required

Preferred Education and Skills:

  • Master’s in business, philanthropy or related field.
  • Experience in a complex medical or academic development setting encouraged.
  • CFRE

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 4000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

City of Hope strongly supports and values the uniqueness of all individuals and promotes a work environment where diversity is embraced. City of Hope is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


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