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Director of Philanthropy - Neurosciences Major Gifts, Full-time, Days

Location Chicago, Illinois Business Unit Northwestern Memorial Foundation Job REQID 9273 Job Function Director Shift Day Job (1st) Apply Now

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?


Northwestern Medicine is a growing, nationally recognized health system that provides world-class care across more than 100 locations and eight counties in Northern Illinois, and is strengthened by the contributions of more than 4,500 physicians and approximately 30,000 employees who work together to serve 10 hospitals and more than 600,000 patients annually. Our health system is anchored by the No. 1 hospital in Illinois — Northwestern Memorial Hospital — as ranked by U.S. News and World Report America’s Best Hospitals, 2020-2021. Each Northwestern Medicine hospital has a unique story, but our entire health system shares the same patient-centered mission.

Northwestern Memorial Foundation, the fundraising arm of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, raises funds that support the patient-centered mission and strategic goals of Northwestern Medicine. Through our work, we help Northwestern Medicine to provide the highest-quality health care in our communities, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

Essential Functions:

  • Work with the President of the Foundation and VP of Philanthropy to establish measurable, achievable goals to deliver results in all assigned areas.
  • Devise and implement strategies for specialized campaign plans (e.g., capital campaigns) and directed fundraising projects.
  • Qualify and manage a major gifts portfolio of high-capacity, high-profile donors; Identifies, cultivates and solicits primarily gifts of $50,000 or greater from individuals, foundations and corporations.
  • Communicate directly with donors, prospects, and their advisors.
  • Identify, lead, support and develop high-functioning team members through accessibility, accountability and communication.
  • Ensure understanding of NMHC and NMF strategic objectives as well as external market and impact of all on goal-setting and team strategies for success.
  • Develop goals and objectives for self and direct reports which are aligned with NMF strategic initiatives and/or organizational goals and institutes measures for goal attainment.
  • Engage in activities and processes necessary to support fundraising activities of NMF which include donor development, stewardship, solicitation and general relationship management of NMF donors.
  • Understand, develop and execute appropriate goal-oriented fundraising and donor cultivation strategies which may include annual giving, planned giving, principal and major giving, and/or events.
  • Qualify funding priorities with clinical leaders, care providers and system functions to ensure need, clinical and system project engagement, and stewardship plan.
  • Develop and sustain relationships with NU and other campus partners to strengthen institutional knowledge and create opportunities for collaboration to philanthropically support patient and program needs at NM.
  • Provide clear guidance allowing team members to excel individually as well as together as a cohesive unit with shared goals.
  • Develop individual goals for each direct report and conducts regular progress meetings and formal performance evaluations; prepares and maintains documentation to support any progressive corrective action.
  • Prepare operating and capital budgets designed to meet individual, departmental and organizational strategies and goals.
  • Recommend and implement new initiatives and improvements to existing program.
  • Utilize meaningful metrics to assess outcomes and achieve goals.
  • Monitor financial performance versus operating budget and ensures that payroll and accounts payable invoices are reviewed, approved, coded and processed on a timely basis.
  • Oversee donor restricted funds and serves as a liaison to fund managers, hospital administrators and donors.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to continuously strengthen leadership capabilities.
  • Exemplify the NM values of patients first, integrity, excellence and teamwork.
  • Maintain organization-wide and departmental policies and procedures relevant to areas of responsibility.
  • Ensure departmental compliance with regulations, statutes and other applicable laws regarding operations and record retention.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of six years in nonprofit fundraising or related field with a proven track record
  • Prior staff, budget and operational management experience
  • A high degree of professionalism, sensitivity, and integrity must be combined with an excellent attention to detail and organizational and communication skills (oral and written) to effectively communicate philanthropic opportunities
  • The ability to earn the confidence of a wide range of internal and external constituents and to network within a professional, corporate environment
  • Must be able to multi-task, remain organized and demonstrate a high level of initiative and energy both individually and as a team member within a fast-paced and performance-based environment
  • Must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, strong initiative, the ability to prioritize in order to meet deadlines, the flexibility needed to accomplish multiple objectives and projects, and ability to exercise good judgment
  • Must be comfortable developing personal relationships with donors and responsibility for keeping team involved at all times
  • Demonstrated creativity and innovation in fundraising
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Raisers Edge database


  • Strong preference for prior healthcare fundraising experience
  • Advanced degree
  • Experience with Raisers Edge database.
  • Public speaking and presentation skills.

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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