Development Director, Strategic Initiatives, School of Medicine

The director for strategic initiatives develops an effective fundraising program in alignment with the strategic priorities outlined by the dean of the School of Medicine. The director builds and advances relationships with donors including but not limited to alumni, non-alumni, and friends of the school and university, and grateful patients and their families, with an ultimate goal to secure gifts in support strategic initiatives of individual departments as well as to advance the strategic goals of the Yale School of Medicine (YSM). A creative and energetic visionary undaunted by complexity, the director brings a high level of sophistication, development leadership, and professional expertise to the organization. The successful candidate is a skilled relationship builder who inspires trust and collaboration with senior leadership, faculty, and colleagues across the departments and the school.

Principal responsibilities

  1. Works closely with the associate vice president for development and alumni affairs for YSM, and as a member of the senior leadership team, the director develops a comprehensive fundraising strategy with short-term and long-term goals to support the strategic priorities. 
  2. Designs, develops, and implements strategic fundraising plans to meet such fundraising goals. 
  3. Develops broad engagement opportunities for the dean and faculty leaders engaged in leading the strategic initiatives and creates innovative strategies to build and foster relationships with clinical faculty. 
  4. Builds and maintains a significant portfolio of high net-worth and ultra-high net-worth prospects and donors.  
  5. Works regularly and cooperatively with colleagues from YSM development office as well as the overall development operation to implement the fundraising strategies and to ensure overall development priorities, plans, and initiatives are coordinated. 
  6. May perform other duties as necessary.

Required skills and abilities

  1. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of college/university/academic medical fundraising practices. Ability to establish broad coalitions and working relationships with a diverse faculty, staff, and donor population.
  2. Proven leadership skills, including strong inter personal and managerial skills, oral and written communication skills. Ability to understand and synthesize diverse research and outreach initiatives into a cogent whole.
  3. Ability to make informed decisions, together with strong analytic and strategic planning skills. Ability to work well independently as well as demonstrated evidence as a team player.
  4. Proven ability to problem solve, be detail oriented, and well organized.
  5. Proven ability to innovate and bring a level of creativity to work.

Required education and experience

Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of eight years of experience in development and/or alumni relations.

Preferred education, experience, and skills

Successful track record of experience in major gift fundraising, preferably in the healthcare environment. Experience working in college/university/academic medical center setting.