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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis County
  • Salary: 125,000-140,000
  • Organization Type: Other

Gateway to Hope

Chief of Philanthropy & Strategic Communication

Who We Are:

Gateway to Hope was founded by two physicians who were frustrated and angered by the circumstances in which many of their patients found themselves – delaying life-saving breast healthcare because of inability to pay. We are on a mission to champion change, removing barriers to timely, affordable, quality breast healthcare – empowering people to live full and healthy lives. For the last two decades, we’ve served thousands of women needing access to life-saving healthcare. And, we’re actively leading change efforts across the state, partnering with policy makers and sitting at the right tables where decisions about cancer care happen. We advocate for women and their families in some of the hardest times of their lives, and make sure they can thrive beyond it. Because of our work, thousands of women have better access to prevention and early detection care in Missouri. Thousands of women have reported better ability to cope with the challenges of treatment, better quality of life. And, the women we serve are four times less likely to skip medications and recommended healthcare – because of our services. This is just the beginning of our impact. We envision a world in which nobody has to endure the burden of a treatable disease like breast cancer. We have work to do.

The challenge we are solving:
Today in Missouri, and in much of the United States, a woman’s income, where she lives, and the color of her skin determines whether or not she will survive breast cancer. This is unacceptable, given the medical advancements of the last 30 years. We have curative treatments for 90+% of breast cancers. And yet, in some communities, the death rate is over 70%. Those communities most affected are rural, low-income, and women of color. The real issue at hand is not whether the treatments exist, it’s who has access to them. The mothers, sisters, daughters of our state and nation deserve better. Gateway to Hope is here to solve this issue. With our patient-centered and evidence-based support programs, our research and policy work, we are addressing root causes and creating change for future generations, while helping women access care today. In order to truly reduce the death rate of women most impacted by these issues, we need to deliver our programs at scale. This takes resources and energy that Gateway to Hope needs to build. We have momentum: we’ve doubled the number of patients served in the last 3 years, and will quadruple the number served by the end of 2025. But the work doesn’t end there. Our expansion goals are rooted in one simple principle: no woman should have to choose between life-saving healthcare, and putting food on the table. We are on a mission to make this a reality for ALL women – not just some.

The Role:
The Chief of Philanthropy and Strategic Communication (CPSC) will play a leadership role as Gateway to Hope expands our programs and reaches for our vision. This position leads the overall contributed income and external stakeholder engagement strategies for GTH, supporting GTH’s daily mission impact and vision for expansion.

The Chief of Philanthropy and Strategic Communication is responsible for: the development and execution of philanthropic income strategy, marketing and communication strategies that drive income generation and program participation, and ensuring a sustainable pipeline of supporters for GTH’s mission. Reporting to and partnering with the CEO, the CPSC will be deeply engaged in the solicitation of major and transformational donations including major gifts, planned gifts, event sponsorships and more. The CPSC is both a visionary and a strategist, with the skills to conceptualize and implement a plan to grow GTH’s contributed income.
This person will build productive relationships with board members, donors, community leaders and other external partners to accomplish goals. They will lead and motivate a diverse team of professionals to devise successful contributed-income growth capital, endowment, annual fundraising, planned giving, marketing, communications, and third-party fundraising activities. A highly skilled and effective fundraiser, this individual will be responsible for growing and managing a top-tier fundraising and strategic communication department that can successfully resource GTH’s critical mission needs. The candidate will lead a team of 3+, and will serve on GTH’s Senior Leadership Team. As a key GTH functional leader, this candidate is a seasoned executive with deep experience inspiring and motivating others to work together toward common goals. They will be an individual who can work cross-functionally and collaboratively with others, understands the environment and context of the organization’s work, and can successfully help lead GTH’s positive employee culture.

Reports To:


  • Department Leadership & Strategy:
    • Recruit, lead, guide, and develop the Philanthropy and External Relations team’s successful achievement of goals with an emphasis on identifying, cultivating, and securing renewed, increased, and new sources of contributed income for GTH’s mission.
    • Oversee and monitor department budgets; use data to inform strategy and to monitor performance regularly; ensure the maintenance and integrity of reporting and records in collaboration with cross-functional teammates; provide regular data-driven input to organization-level decision making at the Senior Leadership Team table.
    • Within the department and across the greater GTH organization, create a supportive, collaborative, productive, and healthy work environment based on respect, teamwork, and clear communication, expectations, and responsibilities.
    • Embrace other team mentorship, administration, and oversight responsibilities, as needed across the organization.
  •  Philanthropy
    • Create, implement, and manage data-driven strategic fundraising, marketing and communications plans designed to significantly increase contributed income, public visibility, and demonstrated mission impact.
    •  Understand and clearly articulate Gateway to Hope’s mission, history, programs, values, and policies to key stakeholders.
    • Mobilize the Board of Directors, CEO, community leaders and volunteers to drive fundraising activity, public visibility for GTH’s programs and mission impact.
    • Build and cultivate authentic relationships with key GTH stakeholders
    • Provide expertise, leadership, and strategic direction in all aspects of development, communications, and marketing and external relations to the Board, the Senior Leadership team, GTH staff and Volunteers.
    • Remain current on and adapt to the cultural, economic, political, and social trends impacting our patients and our mission.
    • Maintain a personal portfolio of major gift donors, cultivating and soliciting major gifts and developing productive corporate and foundation relationships.
    • Work with cross-functional peers to develop strategies to cultivate and solicit donors who can support specific organizational needs.
    • Embrace other strategic leadership and revenue enhancement responsibilities as needed.
  •  Marketing, Communications, And Engagement
    • In partnership with the GTH Senior Leadership Team, develop and execute a comprehensive brand story, with specific marketing and communication strategies aligned with GTH’s Long-Range objectives
    • Serve as a spokesperson – alongside other leadership team members, managing media relationships, creating PR materials, and developing crisis communication strategies. Oversee content strategy and production, ensuring high-quality, engaging content across all platforms, collaborating with internal teams and external agencies.
    • Drive digital marketing strategies, including social media, website optimization, and email marketing, utilizing data analytics to optimize efforts and maximize reach and engagement
    • Conduct market research to gather donor and stakeholder insights, translating data into actionable marketing strategies and campaigns.
    • Fully utilize GTH’s data systems to ensure that fundraising, and external stakeholder engagement efforts are aligned and optimized.

An educational and professional background with fifteen or more years of progressive leadership experience in fundraising, strategic communication and marketing is preferred. This candidate will have a proven track record of securing six and seven-figure gifts as well as leading an integrated multimillion-dollar revenue program and knowledge of all areas of philanthropy, including major gifts, planned giving, annual giving, corporate and foundation giving, capital campaigns, endowments, special events, non-traditional fundraising sources, and marketing and communications. Experience raising funds throughout a large geographic region and/or specific knowledge of the Saint Louis region and Missouri is a plus. This person will have at least 10 years of experience supervising staff at manager and director levels. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are necessary, as are strong computer skills and knowledge of advanced donor research and customer relationship management systems.

Gateway to Hope provides a competitive compensation package, with an estimated salary range between $125,000-$140,000 commensurate with experience, coupled with a robust benefit package including Medical, Dental, Vision, and HSA and FSA benefits offered with applicable plans, and generous Paid Time Off, Sick, Bereavement Leave and paid Holidays. GTH-paid LTD, STD, Life and AD&D insurance are included as well as an Employee Assistance Program and other lifestyle and wellness benefits. Additionally, GTH offers a 401k with Roth options as well as supplemental Life, AD&D, and Critical Illness coverage. GTH matches up to 5% of employee retirement savings contributions. GTH also offers a hybrid work environment, with both remote work and in-office work options.

Annual Salary Range

Supervisory Responsibilities
Supervises the philanthropy and external engagement team, which currently includes: director and manager level staff, Americorps VISTAs, volunteers and contractors.

Work Environment
This position operates in a professional office environment, as well as in a community context. This position also regularly interacts with community members and patients. Most work hours take place in the office and/or out of the office utilizing technology to achieve goals, while interacting regularly with the entire Gateway to Hope staff and community members.

Physical Demand
Some light lifting and filing is required. This role routinely uses standard office equipment and technology.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
This is a nonexempt position averaging 40 hours per week. Hours of work primarily between 9:00AM and 5:00PM, Monday through Friday, with frequent weekend and evening commitments.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume documenting interest and relevant experience to: with Subject Line: Chief of Development and Strategic Communication