Director of Development, Grants and Major Gifts

Job Description:

What you will do: Direct and oversee the grant program and increase the level of philanthropic revenue by securing major gifts and grants. Develop, implement and assess strategies and plans to maximize grant revenue. Collaborate across teams with colleagues to cultivate, secure and steward grants from organizations. Support the major gifts team by identifying grant making prospects for specific funding needs of Seattle Children's; prepare, submit and monitor grant proposals. Oversee the pre and post grant award process, systems and staffing. Establish, evaluate and monitor annual grant revenue goals. Responsible for managing the grants team, holding a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors and monitoring grant activity across all fundraising teams.

About us: Since its founding in 1907, philanthropy has been critically important in Seattle Children's ability to provide hope, care and cures for the children it serves. Seattle Children's Hospital & Research Foundation and Seattle Children's Guild Association work closely together to raise funds to support Children's current needs and ensure it will continue to grow and thrive in the future. Last year, more than $85 million was contributed by 35,700 donors who made over 100,000 gifts of all sizes ranging from lemonade stand proceeds to large bequests. Children's is regularly included among the Chronicle of Philanthropy's Top 400 U.S. Charities and our innovative fundraising programs are well respected locally and nationally, as are the 60+ talented staff members who comprise the philanthropy team.

Employer Highlights

  • Employee Centric: Rated #10 on Forbes Best Employer list
  • Diversity/Inclusion: We strive to maintain an atmosphere that reflects our values of inclusion by providing effective and respectful care compatible with each patient and family's beliefs, values and heritage


  • Bachelor's Degree, preferably in Journalism, English, Communications, or comparable field. - Minimum five years related experience, including grant writing and/or professional fundraising writing experience. - Minimum three year's experience securing major gifts and grants for a non-profit organization of similar size and scope and/or a health and research related organization. - Minimum three year's experience managing a grant program. - Minimum three year's experience in managing fundraising staff. Required Credentials: n/a Preferred: - Familiarity with local, regional and national grant makers. - Experience in grant proposal preparation for non-federal applications and major gift proposals for individuals and organizations. - Experience with prospect research or other comparable research skills. - Three year's experience securing private sector grants for healthcare and/or research organizations. - Prior experience with Raisers Edge donor data base systems.

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