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Director Philanthropy - Northwestern Memorial Foundation, Full-time, Days

Northwestern Medicine
Lake Forest
Employment type: 
Full time
Required degree level: 
Remote Position: 

Northwestern Memorial Foundation
**This position will be shared between Central Region and Lake Forest Hospital**

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS : Ensure understanding of NMHC and NMF strategic objectives as well as external market and impact of all on goal-setting and team strategies for success; Engage in activities and processes necessary to support fundraising activities of NMF which include donor development, stewardship, solicitation and general relationship management of NMF donors; Understand, develop and execute appropriate goal-oriented fundraising and donor cultivation strategies which may include annual giving, planned giving, principal and major giving, and/or events; Qualify funding priorities with clinical leaders, care providers and system functions to ensure need, clinical and system project engagement, and stewardship plan; Develop and sustain relationships with NU and other campus partners to strengthen institutional knowledge and create opportunities for collaboration to philanthropically support patient and program needs at NM; Develop goals and objectives for self and direct reports which are aligned with NMF strategic initiatives and/or organizational goals and institute measures for goal attainment; Identify, support and develop high-functioning team members through accessibility, accountability and communication. Provide clear guidance allowing team members to excel individually as well as together as a cohesive unit with shared goals; Develop individual goals for each direct report and conduct regular progress meetings and formal performance evaluations; prepare and maintain documentation to support any progressive corrective action; Prepare operating and capital budgets designed to meet individual, departmental and organizational strategies and goals; recommend and implement new initiatives and improvements to existing programs; will utilize meaningful metrics to assess outcomes and achieve goals; Monitor financial performance versus operating budget and ensure that payroll and accounts payable invoices are reviewed, approved, coded and processed on a timely basis; Oversee donor restricted funds and serve as a liaison to fund managers, hospital administrators and donors; Support fundraising efforts of affiliated organizations and other volunteer partners where appropriate; Oversee a team focused on sponsorship procurement and logistical production of fundraising, stewardship and cultivation events; Participate in professional development opportunities to continuously strengthen leadership capabilities; Exemplify the NM values of patients first, integrity, excellence and teamwork; Maintain organization-wide and departmental policies and procedures relevant to areas of responsibility; Ensure departmental compliance with regulations, statutes and other applicable laws regarding operations and record retention; Perform other duties as assigned. AA/EOE.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • A minimum of six years in nonprofit fundraising or related field with a proven track record.
  • Prior staff, budget and operational management experience.
  • A high degree of professionalism, sensitivity, and integrity must be combined with an excellent attention to detail and organizational and communication skills (oral and written) to effectively communicate philanthropic opportunities.
  • The ability to earn the confidence of a wide range of internal and external constituents and to network within a professional, corporate environment.
  • Must be able to multi-task, remain organized and demonstrate a high level of initiative and energy both individually and as a team member within a fast-paced and performance-based environment.
  • Must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, strong initiative, the ability to prioritize in order to meet deadlines, the flexibility needed to accomplish multiple objectives and projects, and ability to exercise good judgment.
  • Must be comfortable developing personal relationships with donors and responsibility for keeping team involved at all times.
  • Demonstrated creativity and innovation in fundraising.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Raiser's Edge database.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree.
  • Strong preference for prior healthcare fundraising experience.
  • Experience with Raiser's Edge database.
  • Public speaking and presentation skills.


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