Director of Philanthropy

Wichita, KS
May 04, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job location: Wichita, KS

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-04-27
Req: R0005968
Job Description:

The Director of Philanthropy, in partnership with the Vice Presidents of Advancement, will be responsible for cultivating and securing philanthropic gifts to support the mission of the Kansas Health Science Center (KHSC) and the development of the proposed Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (KansasCOM.) The Director of Philanthropy will play a key role in fund development activity to build visibility and financial resources, working closely with President, Dean and faculty. This position helps develop and administer the organization’s short- and long-range development plans and is directly responsible for continuing to refine the development strategy and function of KHSC as we continue to grow.

Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Fund Development

  • Identify potential contributors including individuals, corporations, and foundations; develops strategies to secure major philanthropic support for annual support, as well as special projects or campaigns.
  • Actively manage a portfolio of prospects, working closely with the VP of Advancement, President, and Dean to create compelling strategies for transformational gifts.
  • Participate in the development and execution of the integrated development plan including individual giving, grant development, direct mail, special events, employee giving, planned giving and an endowment strategy for the organization.
  • Ensure the development and execution of comprehensive relationship management strategies and the achievement of assigned growth, retention, participation, and revenue goals for the individuals/groups within assigned portfolio.
  • Manage donor recognition/appreciation activities and events.
  • Research, identify, develop, and facilitate short-term and long-term strategic fundraising plan including strong stewardship activities to ensure relationships are developed for future giving.
  • Additional duties may arise and be assigned as the institution continues to form.

Community Leadership

  • Partner with Board of Trustees, Campaign Leadership Council, Dean, President, and others in solicitation techniques and involve them in major gift activities.
  • Create goals and strategies surrounding resource development, ultimately creating a process for implementing activities relating to all fundraising and major gift campaigns.
  • Generate commitment, inspire loyalty, and a sense of purpose by sharing the organization’s mission within the community.
  • Develop and nurture strategic alliances, partners, and collaborative relationships with community leaders, businesses and others.
  • Attend community events on behalf of KHSC-KansasCOM, as needed.
  • Maintain professional contact with other institutions, associations, and organizations where collaboration and networking are of benefit for current and future support.

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with diverse internal and external constituents.
  • Remains flexible and agile during periods of growth and change.
  • Can effectively communicate/present in small and large settings required.
  • Ability to remain curious, ask questions, and understand programs under development.
  • Articulates, compellingly, the mission and vision of the organization/programs.
  • Adept at engaging, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individuals from all walks of life and varying philanthropic capacity level.
  • Ability to work closely and collaboratively with colleagues.

Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in business, communication, marketing, or public relations; advanced degree a plus.
  • Minimum of 5 years proven experience in fund development; experience in higher education and/or healthcare a plus.
  • Success in solicitation and closing 6+ figure philanthropic gifts.
  • Proven ability to advance the interests of donors or potential donors while honoring and protecting the best interests of the organization. Must honor and uphold ethics in fundraising.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and development databases required, experience with Blackbaud’s Raisers Edge a plus.

Kansas Health Science Center offers a generous compensation and benefits package, as well as the opportunity to work for a leader in the field of education. Some of our key benefits include: generous paid time-off, medical and dental coverage, company-paid life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement, professional development, and regular employee appreciation events.

Kansas Health Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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