Program Manager, Major Gifts

California, United States
15 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Medical Center Development (“MCD”), a division within Stanford University’s Office of Development, provides fundraising support for the key institutional priorities of Stanford Medicine. It is comprised of Stanford University Medical School – a premier research-intensive medical school, and Stanford Health Care – nationally recognized for quality patient care and leading-edge technology. MCD seeks an experienced Project Manager for its Major Gifts team. Reporting to the Director of Administrative Services within MCD, you will support and enhance the success of the Major Gift development efforts for key Stanford Medicine priorities and initiatives.


Implement a specific fundraising program. Operate independently in assigned areas and take responsibility for prospect identification and solicitation, proposal development, and coordination of internal support activities. Work with staff, donors, volunteers, and other university staff to assist in establishing and maintaining relationships with all university constituencies. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing strategies for development activities, solicitation assignments, and progress, based on fundraising analysis. Monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on overall results to internal and external constituencies
  • Stewarding and managing established relationships to maximize engagement, renew annual giving, and present new opportunities; cultivating and soliciting gifts to the university
  • Staying informed on current university initiatives and activities
  • Implementing and managing programs to involve targeted populations in fundraising and volunteer activities 
  • Working with a portfolio of assigned prospects to cultivate, solicit, and steward their support
  • Establishing ongoing relationships with individuals through personal visits, phone calls, and meaningful contacts
  • Prioritizing prospects, preparing background information, and making volunteer assignments as appropriate; following up with volunteers to ensure completion of assigned solicitations
  • Working closely with other colleagues in development to align program goals with the overall giving goals of the university's development organization

* - Other duties may also be assigned

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • A Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience
  • The ability to work efficiently, juggle tasks simultaneously, meet deadlines, and achieve goals
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to interact with a wide range of people
  • Outstanding communication skills and exceptional attention to detail and follow-through
  • The ability to effectively communicate with both internal and external constituents
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a California Non-commercial Class driver’s license.

Physical Requirements*:

  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, sit, and use a telephone, stand/walk.
  • Occasionally light/fine grasping, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, writing by hand.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Working Conditions:

  • May require working flexible hours, including nights and weekends. 

Work Standards:

  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Why Stanford is for You
Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy.

Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speaker.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume along with your online application. Your one-page cover letter should briefly describe your background, providing examples of your experience with being proactive, showing attention to detail, and being collaborative.