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Director of Major Gifts - University of Vermont Cancer Center
UVM Foundation in Burlington, Vermont
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Date Posted 04/04/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The UVM Foundation invites high performing development professionals to explore an exciting opportunity. The Director of Major Gifts will be the lead major gifts fundraiser and will have a key role in the coordination of the comprehensive fundraising activities of the University of Vermont Cancer Center (“UVMCC”) as a member of the UVM Academic Health Sciences team.  This is a unique opportunity for an experienced professional to lead a program that leverages UVMCC’s national and international reputation and its decades of dedicated service to the community. The Director of Major Gifts reports to the Assistant Vice President for Development, Academic Health Sciences.

The Director will be joining the UVM Academic Health Sciences team which integrates the fundraising operations of the University of Vermont with its primary teaching hospital, the University of Vermont Medical Center.  This collaborative fundraising model supports increased potential for grateful patient fundraising and the ability to leverage the resources of the UVM Cancer Center, the UVM Larner College of Medicine, the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the UVM Foundation, and the UVM Medical Center.  The Director will be part of a highly collaborative, integrated, and successful fundraising team.   We are seeking a team player who has collaborative instincts, and an inclination to strategically integrate efforts, as well as effectively navigate ambiguity and uncertainty in a complex environment. 

For a more detailed description of the position and information on how to apply, please visit our website UVMFoundation.org/Careers


Essential Functions

75%   Proactively identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of primarily individual prospects (including grateful patients and their families, alumni, including former trainees, and community members) in support of the UVM Cancer Center.  The Director will also work closely with the UVM Foundation Corporate and Foundation Relations team on institutional prospects and donors.  Develop and implement strategies for prospective major donors with the AVP for Major Gifts and the Chief Development Officer for Academic Health Sciences in consultation with UVM Cancer Center leadership.

Develop and execute cultivation and solicitation strategies that lead to major gifts ($25,000+).  Build and foster an environment for successful fundraising across the UVM Cancer Center by preparing the UVMCC leadership, the Dean of the Larner College of Medicine, the CEO and/or President of the UVM Medical Center, other academic Deans, Associate Deans, Chairs, Center Directors, UVM Medical Center leaders, to effectively participate in fundraising appointments and other development activities.  

In addition to working closely with UVMCC administrative leadership, the Director will create productive and trusting relationships with clinicians and scientists connected to cancer clinical and research programs as partners in development.  

Actively partner with the College’s development and alumni relations team to build and sustain an engaging donor-centered environment.

Local and some national travel required.

25%  Coordinate with and provide input to appropriate annual giving, communications and event staff from the UVM Cancer Center, the UVM Academic Health Sciences Development & Alumni Relations teams and the UVM Foundation on related development initiatives such as annual giving, communications, and events, including third-party events.

Partner with UVMCC Leadership with the strategic direction and use of the UVM Cancer Center Advisory Board, a current volunteer network of 20+ volunteers who serve as community ambassadors for the UVM Cancer Center.

Work in partnership the UVM Foundation, the Chief Development Officer, Academic Health Sciences, and the AVP for Major Gifts to identify prospective leadership volunteers / Board Members. Utilize the collaborative volunteer opportunities that exist with the College of Medicine Alumni Executive Committee, the UVM Foundation Board of Directors, the Foundation Leadership Council, and the UVMMC Foundation to ensure UVM Cancer Center volunteers and donors have additional opportunities for engagement with organizations connected to the UVM Cancer Center

Work with the UVM Cancer Center, UVM Foundation, and UVM Medical Center leadership to develop a compelling case for engagement and support that will attract major gift donors in a highly competitive philanthropic environment. 

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