Position Summary:Provides leadership and management of overall Development program, day-to-day departmental operations, including but not limited to clarifying goals, establishing timelines and milestones.
Provides insight for the senior leadership team into improving the effectiveness of fundraising activities.
Advises Ophthalmologist-in-Chief, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Administrative Officer on strategic and administrative matters related to short term and long term initiatives.
Leads campaign and planned giving programs: provides overall campaign planning with feasibility of projected dollars to be raised, budget target, and donor recognition levels.
Designs and implements a moves management process that effectively identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards individual donors, corporate and foundation supporters.
Recruits and mentors a qualified Development team with professionals responsible for corporate and foundation grants, grateful patient program, annual giving, major gifts, special events and annual membership programs such as the 1832 Society.
Maintains relationships with current donors and develops relationships with potential donors to secure immediate and future gifts.
Provides direct supervision of development professionals, including hiring, performance assessments and reviews.
The Chief Development Officer at Wills Eye Hospital, supported by a team of Development Professionals in the Development Department, reports to the Ophthalmologist-in-Chief. The successful candidate will be a proven leader in best practices in fundraising and experienced in translating a fundraising vision and strategies into success across a complex institutional environment.
Ideal Experience: BA/BS required, master’s preferred, 8 to 10 years fundraising experience with management of comprehensive philanthropy programs, at least 5 years in a senior leadership role.
Proven track record in strategic fundraising and the ability to effectively research, identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects and donors capable of major and planned gifts. The highest integrity and personal ethics. Outstanding communication skills. High energy coupled with a strong work ethic and a desire to have impact. Strong organization and process-management skills.
Interested applicants, please provide interest letter and resume to:
Cynthia C. Farano, PHR
Chief Human Resources Officer
Wills Eye Hospital was established in 1832 as a gift from merchant James Wills to the City of Philadelphia. Wills Eye Hospital has grown from the nation’s first hospital specializing in eye care to a global leader in ophthalmology. U.S. News & World Report ranks Wills Eye as #2 in the nation. Wills Eye is a premier training site for all levels of medical education, including resident and fellowship training programs which are among the most competitive in the country. Its clinical expertise, state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, and advanced surgical capabilities make Wills Eye a worldwide referral center where more than 300,000 patients are treated annually. Today, Wills Eye continues to shape the science and medicine of ophthalmology, thanks to its talented physicians, researchers, and staff who are dedicated to improving and preserving sight.