Associate Vice President, Transformative Philanthropy

About City of Hope



City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6,000 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 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary



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.

To this end, we invest in our staff through the Team Activation Program (TAP) initiative. This initiative increases the effectiveness of our team through focused transparency and accountability, building trust within teams; training and development; celebrating innovation and risk taking; enhancing team communications and removing roadblocks to maximize activation. The TAP initiative ensures that the Office of Philanthropy is poised to move quickly, effectively and efficiently to maximize opportunities on behalf of City of Hope.

The Associate Vice President, Transformative Philanthropy and Enterprise Leadership Deployment (AVP) will serve as a member of the Transformative Philanthropy & Campaign Strategies Team. The AVP will report to, and work closely with, the Vice President of Transformative Philanthropy and Volunteer Leadership (VP), as well as with the Senior Vice President, Transformative Philanthropy and Campaign Strategies.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • As an exemplar, bring focus and discipline to Office of Philanthropy's work with prospects rated at $10M+.
  • Be charged with the design, implementation and oversight of fiscal-year and multi-year initiative and campaign strategies and plans related to the Transformative Gifts portfolio.
  • Personally serves as Primary Plan Manager for seven to 12 Strike Teams and/or Transformative Gifts prospects, leading colleagues in the development of a strategy designed to move each prospect to solicitation and closure at the $10M+ level within a 12-18 month period or to determine that the prospect should be moved to a different level of management.
  • Personally serve as portfolio manager for additional, select prospects rated at $10M+ whose initial giving in the near term is more likely to fall in the $1M - $10M range.
  • Work in collaboration with Vice President and other members of the Transformative Gifts Team and with the Senior Steering Leadership Team (SSLT). City of Hope leadership, and faculty to help develop transformative gift concepts and case(s) for support.
  • Participation in the development of thoughtful strategies designed to build and move the prospect pipeline at the $1M+ level and to move prospects, volunteers and donors at this level into sustained philanthropic support of City of Hope.
  • Achieve annual goals as developed in conjunction with the Office of Philanthropy and the Vice President of Transformative Philanthropy and Campaign Strategies.
  • Responsible, in tandem with Transformative Gift team members, for collaborative management and oversight of the CEO's and CPO's portfolios and for developing, in partnership with VP, SSLT and OOP fundraisers, call lists for the CEO's and CPO's national and international/regional travel to ensure that the CEO and CPO maintain active engagement with TG- and PG-level prospects, as well as key volunteers, across the City of Hope's top markets and cohorts.
  • Manage/supervise and develop an exemplary professional and administrative staff: providing effective communication, leadership by example, guidance, and resources. Evaluate staff performance regularly and in concert with the VP for Transformative Philanthropy and Volunteer Leadership, determine merit increases, promotions, and disciplinary actions. Determine staff qualifications and competency: assists with recruitment, and selection of new staff hires.
  • Leadership responsibilities and representation throughout the Office of Philanthropy and City of Hope, including membership on Philanthropy committees and Task Forces
  • Maintain high-quality, long-term relationships with City of Hope executive leaders, faculty, and staff.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • Bachelor's degree, advanced degree preferred or equivalent experience.
  • Significant experience (7+ years) in the management of communications functions with emphasis on capital campaigns
  • Experience in managing a portfolio of prospects and in soliciting and closing gifts at the $1M+ level.
  • Experience in working across a complex organization to achieve shared objectives and to sustaining and maintaining collaborative working relationships; ability to manage by influence.
  • Experience in managing effective teams, engaging constituencies, and working with faculty and institutional leaders.
  • Campaign experience required.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be 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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