The OHSU Foundation and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
Foundation exist to secure private philanthropic support to advance
OHSU's vital missions. The foundations (generally referred to as
the OHSU Foundation) are also responsible for investing and
managing gifts and ensuring that donor wishes are honored. The OHSU
Foundation is one of the largest public university foundations in
the Northwest, and we strive to foster a workplace in which
transparency, respect, diversity & inclusion and collaboration
The Executive Director (ED) of the Doernbecher Children’s
Hospital Foundation (DCHF) serves as senior managing fundraiser for
all OHSU child-health programs and services including Doernbecher
Children’s Hospital, the Department of Pediatrics, and other
child-health programs as designated by the OHSU President. The
position partners with the OHSU Foundation President on behalf of
the DCHF Board and Physician-in-Chief to advance fundraising
efforts. The ED serves as DCHF’s strategic leader, principal
fundraiser, chief spokesperson, and manager of a small team of
fundraising, program and support staff.
- Partners with OHSUF President and DCHF Board to develop
strategic direction for DCHF; implements and influences strategy to
- Personally manages a significant portfolio of principal and
major gift leads/relationships ($1-10M prospects).
- Collaborates across fundraising units to build connectivity to
DCHF programming and fundraising efforts, which could include
campaigns, planned gifts, corporate giving and/or annual and
- Engages OHSU faculty in special events, fundraising activities
and gift visits; serves as primary contact for DCH
Physician-in-Chief to leverage development strength, credibility
- Serves as chief spokesperson on behalf of DCHF with donors,
media and community members.
- Supervises, coaches and mentor departmental staff; plans and
establishes clear performance objectives, sharing strategic
direction and motivating the team toward goals.
- Provides executive-level leadership support to the chair of the
board of trustees and executive committee members.
- Provides DCHF board members the opportunity to engage in
shaping the goals of the foundation, utilizing their varying areas
of expertise, community relationships and commitment to DCH;
fosters board learning and development, and manages a pipeline of
qualified, diverse board candidates.
- Conducts and/or manages special projects as required.
Knowledge, skills and abilities required (unless
preferred is noted):
- Major fundraising experience in an Academic Medical Center
(pediatric fundraising) preferred; ability to cultivate and close
principal gifts of more than $1M.
- Displays inspirational leadership and personal interest in
commitment to the work of DCH and/or the advancement of pediatric
- Compassionate and culturally-responsive; maintains an ability
to work well with diverse internal and external individuals,
families and groups.
- Committed to the diversity of people, process and thought in
the creation and cultivation of an inclusive work environment.
- Networked with major philanthropic leaders and/or prospects in
the Pacific Northwest preferred.
- Possesses strong interpersonal, speaking and writing
- Functions effectively in a large, complex work environment with
many competing demands.
- Strong degree of accountability, decision-making and ownership
of programs, projects, and outcomes.
- Effectively supervises and coaches a team to high
Education and/or Experience:
- A bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and
- Minimum of eight years’ experience in fund development for a
nonprofit organization or transferrable environment, preferably in
a health care setting.
- Demonstrable track record of accomplishment in procuring large
gifts for an organization.
- Prior staff/team supervisory experience.
- Attendance of evening and weekend events.
- Local and regional travel required.
We believe that each employee makes a significant contribution
to our success and that it is not limited to the assigned
responsibilities. This job description is designed to outline
primary duties, qualifications and job scope, but not to limit the
incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is
our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services
wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our
endeavors. The current version of this job description will be
housed on the OHSUF intranet in the HR Job Description library.
Incumbents are responsible for reviewing and performing the key
responsibilities in the most current version of this job
description. Additionally, this job description is not a contract
of employment, and employment is not guaranteed for any particular
length of time and the content of this job description can be
changed by Oregon Health & Science University Foundation at any
time. Employees are also responsible for notifying management or
human resources of any accommodations he/she needs to perform the
duties outlined in this job description.
Location/Region: Portland, OR (US - 97205)