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School of Medicine Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation's top medical schools. Ranked sixth among medical schools in the nation, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe. Composed of more than 2,500 faculty physicians and researchers, more than 1,300 students, and more than 6,000 staff, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) comprise Duke Health. a world-class academic medical center. The Health System encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Occupational Summary:

The Associate Director of Duke Health Annual Giving will be responsible for the management, planning and implementation of annual giving programs for Duke University Health System. The Associate Director will design and manage an extensive integrated marketing program for the health system’s hospitals and multiple outpatient clinics to increase financial support for the Duke Health Fund and other research based initiatives. Reporting to the Director of Digital Engagement, the Associate Director is part of the Duke Health Engagement team, which partners with other units including School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Duke Cancer Institute, Duke Children’s Hospital, Duke Eye Center, and Duke Heart Center.


Develop program strategy and implementation plan to increase the number of donors and financial support from patients across the health system. Plan and manage all aspects of the program to ensure appropriate solicitation and stewardship strategies are implemented and that fundraising goals and revenue targets area achieved. Create and manage a comprehensive and integrated direct marketing calendar for program that includes detailed acquisition strategies via mail, online and through social media.

Direct Marketing (40%)

  • Directly responsible for all logistical components related to annual giving mailings for the health system.
  • Develop creative components for the program including drafting of appeal letters and packaging, and create testing models to increase donors and dollars for program.
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy and cost effectiveness of projects.

Digital Media (40%)

  • Develop and design a comprehensive online giving strategy for diverse patient audiences, which include e-solicitations, and various social media platforms.
  • Accurately measure effectiveness as it relates to overall program goals.

Data Analysis (20%)

  • Build strong working relationship with Research and Constituency Development to manage all data selection, tracking and measurements for program.
  • Develop detailed understanding of current DADD (donor database) and Salesforce (patient database) for enhanced segmentation, testing and analysis.

Other related duties as assigned.


  • Strong data analysis and planning skills with the ability to monitor and translate results into performance targets and objectives.
  • Significant and successful fundraising experience, particularly with direct mail and web-based fundraising products and programs.
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines while managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong computer skills including MS Word, Excel and fund-raising databases.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of internal and external constituents.
  • Possess excellent verbal, written communication abilities and organizational skills.
  • Skilled in communicating persuasively, both orally and in writing, with different external constituencies about fund-raising objectives and organizational mission.
  • Ability to be flexible in working independently as well as collaboratively with team to achieve defined goals.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified

Duke Health Development & Alumni Affairs is building a flexible and hybrid workplace. All team members must have access to, maintain a secure home office environment with high-speed internet service, and work collaboratively with others using a variety of technologies and tools. Depending on the type of position and work performed, or as deemed by manager, positions may be required to work in an office located in Durham, NC or a surrounding local area.

Minimum Qualifications


Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a Bachelor's degree program.


Work generally requires five years of annual giving or a related field providing experience in fund raising strategies and activities. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Read our Diversity Profile History

Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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