Associate Vice President, Philanthropy & Campaign Strategies

City of Hope’s mission is to “turn hope into reality.” Focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses, City of Hope has established itself as a world-class leader in transforming the future of health. Raising the philanthropic resources to fuel its leading-edge research, its exquisite and compassionate clinical care, and its advancement of biomedical education and training, is a vital component of the City of Hope model of success. Each member of the Office of Philanthropy is a stakeholder in this work, with personal accountability for his/her role in building a successful future of delivering new cures, treatments and education.

The Office of Philanthropy’s vision is to support this life-saving work by being known institutionally and nationally as a model of excellence among elite fundraising programs. Recent recruitments of nationally and internationally renowned faculty offer advancement leaders new opportunity for partnership among philanthropy, research and patient care.

Under the supervision of the Vice President, Philanthropy and Campaign Strategies, the Associate Vice President will ensure the fundraising success of the philanthropic program by serving as a subject matter expert, a professional role model, and an identified team and program leader. The incumbent, having demonstrated leadership and success in the field, will execute strategies that support the shared vision of the Preparing Our People initiative. This effort includes preparing the Philanthropy team for the rigors of a campaign, to realize our goal of excelling as a highly collaborative, efficient, and creative team. The AVP will help implement a cultural adherence to personal accountability, shared success, and a commitment to professional growth.

He/She is responsible for leading by example and managing the City of Hope’s campaign strategic initiatives function and its staff to increase the level of involvement and financial commitment of donors. The Associate Vice President shares responsibility for cultivating and instilling a culture of excellence, collaboration, accountability, and efficiency throughout the Office of Philanthropy and moving toward the vision of being known as a model of excellence among elite fundraising programs. As an integral member of the Vice President of Philanthropy and Campaign Strategies senior management team, the AVP works closely with the Office of Philanthropy Vice Presidents, (SSLT) and members of the Philanthropy Leadership Team to identify, quantify and understand City of Hope’s philanthropic priorities and to develop strategies necessary to guide clinicians, researchers and staff to enhance philanthropic support for campus-wide initiatives including a multi-billion dollar comprehensive campaign

The AVP will contribute by employing and modeling key processes and programs that support an office-wide focus on collaboration, efficiencies and metrics-based performance outcomes, in addition to primary role responsibilities. Additionally, the AVP will serve as a member of the Philanthropy & Campaign Strategies Team.

The AVP provides leadership and mentoring to City of Hope Campaign Initiatives staff and Beckman Research Institute and Medical Center faculty in developing strategic initiatives and messaging. Establish and refine standards for management and development best practices that encourage the highest levels of quality in all interactions with current and prospective donors.

This position requires:

  • Experience in developing communications strategies for fundraising campaigns for medical research, health sciences or major universities.
  • Exceptional organizational, analytical, writing and editing skills, as well as the ability to work in a collaborative and consultative manner with faculty, administrators, and staff.

Consistent knowledge and familiarity with national trends in philanthropy, biomedical research and healthcare practice and policy.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Execution of strategies related to developing cases for support for a broad range of donors. Ability to work in partnership with research and clinical investigators as well as COH leadership. Expertise in helping faculty drive program development. Requires knowledge of trends in basic and clinical research, clinical trials, community benefit and national healthcare. Ability to work in collaboration with Vice President and other members of the Senior Leadership Team, COH leadership and faculty to help develop case(s) for support. Maintain high-quality, long-term relationships with City of Hope executive leaders, faculty and staff. Achieve annual goals as developed in conjunction with the Office of Philanthropy and the Vice President of Philanthropy and Campaign Strategies. Utilizes data to define strategic plans for campaign communications.
  • Manages/supervises and develops an exemplary professional and administrative staff: providing effective communication, leadership by example, guidance and resources. Evaluates staff performance regularly and in concert with the VP for Philanthropy and Campaign Strategies, determines merit increases, promotions and disciplinary actions. Determines staff qualifications and competency: assists with recruitment, and selection of new staff hires. Is responsible for training, orienting and mentoring new and existing staff. Oversee and manage annual budget for the unit.

Manage an effective fundraising and administrative unit. This responsibility includes:

  • Supervise staff
  • Screen applications, interview candidates and either make selection decision or recommend individuals for hire.
  • Train and assign work to new and continuing staff.
  • Provide guidance on performance standards and organizational procedures.
  • Independently conduct performance evaluations, including communication with subordinates.
  • Make recommendations for employee incentive awards and salary increases including merits and reclassifications.
  • Determine what discipline should be imposed for subordinates, with authority to apply such, and/or submits/ recommends same to higher level management.
  • Work effectively with Human Resources regarding any personnel issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage in a complex, multi-tasked organizations; plan strategically; and interact effectively with high-level faculty, administrators and volunteers. Work collaboratively and efficiently with all members of the Philanthropy staff. Serves as point person for the VP for Philanthropy and Campaign Strategies for strategic institutional priorities.

Demonstrated ability to present persuasive and complex presentations to donors, foundation board of directors, foundation program staff and COH senior leadership as required.

  • Help train and educate physicians, clinical and research leaders on campaign messaging. Strengthen the overall development engagement with leadership, faculty, department heads, and members of the staff, strengthening a culture of philanthropy and building natural partners.
  • Leadership responsibilities and representation throughout the Office of Philanthropy and City of Hope, including membership on Philanthropy Leadership Team committees.

Minimum Education and Skills Required for Consideration:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience.
  • At least 7 years of experience in management of communications functions with emphasis on capital campaigns.
  • Experience in managing effective teams, engaging constituencies, and working with faculty and institutional leaders.
  • Experience in building communications for healthcare programs (research, clinical or community based)
  • Campaign experience required.
  • Demonstrable track record of leading the development of campaigns for high-level gifts and solicitations.
  • Demonstrable ability to set priorities and manage workflow to fulfill objectives and meet goals according to deadlines in a high-paced work environment with the ability to manage and motivate staff to meet evolving departmental goals.
  • Experience in hiring, training, supervising, evaluation and disciplining staff. Demonstrated ability to plan, train, manage and mentor staff, and set priorities to direct others in the maintenance of established high standards of work production and ethics.
  • Excellent written and oral communication ability as reflected in case statements, speeches, white papers, proposals, oral presentations and strategic plans.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with and motivate colleagues and faculty to participate in fundraising activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to use good judgment, discretion, and sensitivity in dealing with confidential information regarding prospects and donors, and fundraising strategies and goals.
  • Confirmed knowledge and experience with philanthropic communities.
  • Expert knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor and public relations, including principles, concepts, techniques and procedures.
  • Ability to travel and work weekends and evenings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or requested.

Preferred Education and Skills:

  • Advanced degree
  • Scientific background, healthcare background or experience preferred.
  • Experience in a health or medical environment.
  • Proven ability to work with boards of directors, nationally renowned scientists or policy leaders.
  • Proven ability to work with investigators and physicians and other healthcare leaders.

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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