Associate Vice President, Medical Center Development

California, United States
21 Jun 2019
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22 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford University, founded in 1891, is one of Silicon Valley's largest and most prestigious employers. Stanford is among the top academic institutions in the country, excelling in a wide range of fields from the humanities to information technology to the health sciences and medicine. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. Stanford is an outstanding place to work, with competitive benefits and salaries, access to ongoing training and education, promotion of a healthy lifestyle, and athletic and cultural opportunities.

Stanford Medical Center Development (MCD), a department of the Office of Development (OOD) provides fundraising support for the key institutional priorities of Stanford Medicine, 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. With its donor-centric approach to development, every staff member within the Office of Development plays a role in providing the university’s donors with the service and attention that ensures an exceptionally positive and fulfilling philanthropic experience.

We are seeking an Associate Vice President, Medical Center Development, (“AVP”) who will exercise strategic leadership for fundraising goals and activities that impact Stanford Medicine. The AVP will build upon the incredible fundraising successes of MCD, and collaborating with multiple stakeholders, develop and communicate a compelling vision for medical center fundraising. One of the largest fundraising units in Stanford’s development enterprise, MCD has 140 team members and secures $300M+ annually to support strategic institutional initiatives.

The AVP will report directly to Stanford University’s Vice President for Development, serving as a member of the Vice President’s senior staff in the Office of Development. The AVP will also maintain a significant dotted line reporting relationship to the Dean of the School of Medicine and the Chief Executive Officer of Stanford Health Care. The Vice President, Dean, and CEO will work in close collaboration to support the Associate Vice President and ensure the success of the MCD team.

Stanford University is seeking an enthusiastic, energetic, and optimistic leader who is deeply invested in the university’s mission and Medical Center development initiatives. The successful candidate will be a leader of unquestioned personal and professional integrity, operational excellence, convening power, and practical fundraising experience in the large scale nonprofit sector. S/he will have the capacity to build constructive dialogue and collaboration among people, and across complicated organizational structures, while respecting legacy and promoting a culture of innovation, urgency and empathy.

This position will be based at the Stanford Redwood City campus.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Develop vision and strategy to meet current and future fundraising goals of MCD, in consideration of university-wide goals
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of large scale, multiple MCD fundraising programs in coordination with the Office of Development and the university.
  • Plan, coordinate and assure implementation of strategies to develop donors and contributions to support the university’s and Stanford Medicine’s mission and goals.
  • Inspire, motivate, and mentor senior MCD management team and staff to achieve goals and vision of the organization.
  • Hire and retain staff, provide career coaching, personal development for direct reports and assume accountability for the performance of employees.
  • Foster a culture of collaborative problem-solving, efficient, effective decision-making, and transparency.
  • Establish performance measures, monitor results and assist the Vice President for Office of Development in evaluating the effectiveness of MCD’s fund development program.
  • Assure proper planning including goal-setting, strategy identification, benchmarking and evaluation to support MCD fund development.
  • Assure sound fiscal operation of MCD including timely, accurate and comprehensive development of charitable income and expense budgets, reporting, monitoring and implementation.
  • Collaborate with senior academic leaders, faculty, university officers and staff, volunteers, patients, alumni, friends and foundation representatives, and other constituents to identify, cultivate and solicit charitable gifts.
  • Business orientation and strategic planning ability. Can quantify the investment needs and expected returns of the MCD team to senior leadership and make strategic decisions about programs and teams to achieve the university’s evolving goals.
  • Other duties may also be assigned.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree and ten years of relevant experience and management experience, preferably in an educational or healthcare-related institution or nonprofit, or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Excellent judgment, interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to lead and motivate others and earn the respect of associates at all levels.
  • Strategic skills to craft and help implement organizational strategies and plans for MCD.
  • Demonstrated managerial talent in guiding MCD efforts.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with or leading development partner programs such as prospect management, stewardship, marketing, and donor relations.
  • Customer service expertise serving faculty.
  • Proven ability to meet fundraising goals with a strong track record in managing and balancing donor and faculty relationships.
  • Ability to manage fundraising and fundraising-support programs simultaneously.
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills.
  • Effective management experience and excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated experience recruiting, evaluating, mentoring, and retaining staff.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging and motivating groups of diverse individuals, including strong volunteer management skills.

* Working Conditions:

  • May require working flexible hours, including nights and weekends.
  • Regular travel may be required.

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

*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 his or her job.

Why Stanford for you:

Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. 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 speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide excellent retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, swim in our Olympic-sized pool, or choose from hundreds of health and fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide highly competitive health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commute programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

*How to apply:

We invite you to apply for the position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and a resume with your online application. The cover letter should briefly describe why you believe you are a good fit for this position.

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Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4299
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: O
  • Requisition ID: 83604