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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis County
  • This position has been filled
  • Salary: $73,700 - $90,000
  • Organization Type: Education

Washington University in St. Louis

Position Summary
As an integral member of the Medical Advancement Strategic Engagement team, the Director of Engagement, Leadership Gifts will work closely with senior leadership to establish and execute donor centric strategies and initiatives to advance the relationship our highest-level donors and prospects have with the School of Medicine or Siteman Cancer Center. This position will focus on sophisticated strategy development for cultivating, soliciting, stewarding, and recognizing high-level donors and prospects who have the capacity to make transformative gifts as well as support front-line fundraisers and department chairs and mange programs and communication to donors within their portfolio. A successful candidate should lead by example with strategic engagement, collaboration, creativity, and project management.

Job Description
Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • In coordination with the Strategic Engagement team, work with senior leadership, faculty and departments to set the overall strategy for donor relations and stewardship for Medical Advancement to deepen relationships with top-tier donors and prospects through the execution of highly tailored, individualized and innovative events, campus visits and recognition strategies to deepen the relationship with top-tier donors and prospects.
  • Work in conjunction with the Strategic Engagement team’s Director of Engagement for Operations, proactively initiate the development of sophisticated and highly tailored donor impact plans to highlight the donor’s impact.
  • Plan highly tailored events or meetings to strength the donor’s relationship with the School of Medicine or Siteman Cancer Center.
  • Write gift proposals and agreements.
  • Undertake other projects and duties as assigned by the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Medical Advancement.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or terminal degree.
  • Experience including progressive responsibility in stewardship, donor and/or client relations and management.
  • Experience within a complex university, academic research medical center, national non-profit organization, or organization with sub-units and complex reporting relationships.
  • Previous success in fundraising (Annual Giving and/or Major Gifts).
  • Highly successful and experienced professional, skilled at providing an exceptional donor and/or client experience, ideally within institutional advancement and/or medicine.
  • Ability to understand and articulate how donor relations supports and advances the broader fundraising agenda.
  • Ability to supervise and direct professional and administrative staff members.
  • Skill to oversee the planning and execution of events.
  • Ability to articulate the needs, interests, and accomplishments of the School of Medicine to a wide range of audiences.
  • Keen sense of accountability, sound judgement, and ethical professionalism in a deadline-driven, high-performing environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage workflows and multiple projects effectively, including developing timelines, setting priorities, and coordinating multiple tasks while meeting deadlines.
  • Track record as a creative and innovative thinker, as well as a resourceful problem solver.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and direct advancement programs requiring a high degree of coordination and cooperation with other staff.
  • Outstanding ability to plan, coordinate and manage development projects and campaigns.
  • Demonstrated expertise with personal solicitations, stewardship and gift processes.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituents (board members, chancellor, vice chancellors, deans, school or unit directors, etc.).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional organizational abilities with commitment to meet deadlines.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of five years of related experience.

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Salary Range
The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one’s qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.

If you are unable to use our online application system and would like an accommodation, please email or call the dedicated accommodation inquiry number at 314-935-1149 and leave a voicemail with the nature of your request.

Pre-Employment Screening
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement

  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.


  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!


  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We’ve got you covered.
  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

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EEO/AA Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

Please apply via and enter job #JR79892