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Senior Director of Development, Health Sciences Advancement

Health Sciences Advancement Los Angeles, California

Health Sciences Advancement seeks to recruit a talented and experienced advancement professional for the position of Senior Director of Development Health Sciences Advancement. The Senior Director will create and implement a strong advancement program focused on supporting the Departments of USC Stem Cell, Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, the Zilkha Neurogenetics Institute, and basic science research priorities within the Keck School of Medicine. This position will work closely with the leadership of the USC Stem Cell and The Zilkha Neurogenetics Institute and report to the Senior Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Advancement. The Senior Director will serve as the strategist for individual and major gift development prospects, as well as institutional donors and prospects, including foundations and corporations. This position will play a key role in meeting the goals for the Keck School of Medicine through direct fundraising.

Specifically, the Director will:

  • Successfully grow and manage a major gift portfolio to meet assigned goals and objectives for their respective assigned areas and for the Keck School of Medicine of USC;

  • Lead the qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors and prospects for fundraising priorities to which they are assigned, and to serve the Keck School of Medicine mission of research, education, patient care and community.

  • Work with assigned leadership and colleagues to identify and qualify prospective donors, make discovery visits and build a pipeline of potential support;

  • Develop and implement gift strategies and solicitations, ensure accurate gift processing, create and manage individual stewardship plans and develop appropriate engagement opportunities;

  • In conjunction with the donor relations team, create written reports for donors and updates for faculty, craft acknowledgement letters, and respond to requests from faculty, donors and advancement colleagues;

  • Facilitate faculty referrals and manage progress reports and provide regular updates;

  • As part of engagement efforts, initiate appropriate contact and develop meaningful and effective development events for donors and prospective donors to showcase unique opportunities for support;

  • Track progress and results utilizing Salesforce, the USC Advancement database, and following USC’s prospect management guidelines;

  • Other duties as assigned.

The person holding this position needs to be an excellent verbal and written communicator, an entrepreneurial thinker and a problem solver. He/she must possess strong relationship management skills. Familiarity working with faculty, top executives and community leaders desired. Applicants should be accustomed to and comfortable with receiving and applying feedback and advice to improve performance. Additionally, applicants should be able to demonstrate a history of success in their prior field/position, with special focus on success in designing, implementing, and administering innovative programs that require creative solutions and energized problem-solving approaches within the fundraising arena.

Required Education: Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred or equivalent experience

Preferred Experience: A minimum of 5 -7 years of fundraising experience in higher education with preference given to candidates who possess development experience in basic science research and/or academic medicine experience.


Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 5 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience Minimum Field of Expertise: Major campaign, fundraising, public relations and/or volunteer management experience.


REQ20091493 Posted Date: 11/12/2020

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