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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis County
  • Salary: $82,500 - $110,000
  • Organization Type: Education

Washington University in St. Louis

Position Summary
The Director of Advancement, Patient and Friends Programs is responsible for raising private philanthropic funding for Washington University School of Medicine. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts from individual donors, grateful patients/families, and organizations for her/his assigned departments and divisions within Washington University School of Medicine.

The Director will work collaboratively with assigned Department leadership to advance the vision and goals of the department and will serve as the chief fundraising advisor to the Department Chair, Division Chiefs, and key faculty.

Job Description
Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and secure major gift commitments for assigned departments and divisions primarily from individual donors, grateful patients and their family members, organizations and selected faculty.
  • Work with faculty proactively to identify new prospects, coordinate fundraising strategies, complete prospect qualification and cultivation calls, and communicate with and visit prospects and donors who are capable of making gifts of $100,000 or more.
  • Develop and maintain a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors for assigned departments and divisions.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the research, teaching and patient care components of assigned departments and divisions in order to effectively articulate the case for support for funding priorities.
  • Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of HIPAA.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree.
  • Five years of successful fundraising experience.
  • Major gift fundraising experience in a medical school or health sciences environment.
  • Grateful patient fundraising experience.
  • Experience in higher education.
  • Proven ability to meet fundraising performance benchmarks.
  • Proven ability and willingness to seek guidance and implement new knowledge obtained through proactive mentorship.
  • Ability to meet and exceed fundraising performance benchmarks and goals.
  • Ability to analyze opportunities, develop and execute a strategy to secure private support.
  • Ability to articulate the needs, interests, and accomplishments of the School of Medicine to a wide range of audiences.
  • Ability to make sound judgments in complex situations.
  • Ability to effectively manage ambiguity.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a matrixed environment.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 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.

For frequently asked questions about the application process, please refer to our External Applicant FAQ.

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 #JR81160