Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, the sole fundraising arm of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, provides financial support for the hospital’s patient care, teaching, and research. It raises approximately $25M from over 37,000 donors annually and has assets totaling $275M.
The Foundation seeks a proven leader who has demonstrated an ability to increase and sustain a higher level of philanthropy and an awareness and enthusiasm to make a difference in the human condition. Ideally, this person will have executive fundraising and management experience in an academic/clinical research institution, medical system or hospital/medical center. Leadership experience raising money on behalf of a major nonprofit institution of similar scale and complexity is required.
This person is an innovative leader who seeks out, cultivates and enjoys building and maintaining strong donor relationships, makes people comfortable and is genuine in his or her engagement with high-net-worth donors. The successful candidate must be able to engender trust and empathy and relate to donors in a highly professional, honest and caring manner. Comprehensive campaign management experience, from start to finish, is highly desirable. Knowledge of clinical medicine is supportive but not essential. The ability and capacity to understand the patient’s and professional’s experience of healthcare is essential. Experience with philanthropy at a national and international scope would be a plus.
Working with Foundation board members in creating appropriate avenues for their participation in fundraising is highly desirable. This would include the development of new strategies and tactics for increasing the number of volunteers involved in philanthropic activities. The successful candidate also has strong financial and business acumen. He or she is an exceptional communicator in written and spoken word, externally and internally, whose interpersonal skills demonstrate an ability to work in harmony at all levels, listen to and respect the viewpoints of others and strive to share the credit and recognition of well-done jobs with others. Good facilitation and organizing skills are critical in working effectively with others in administrative, medical and volunteer roles.
An undergraduate degree from a college or university is required; a graduate degree is preferred. Evidence of continuing education through conferences, seminars and workshops in fundraising techniques would be a plus.