Executive Director of Development, University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital

University of Iowa Center for Advancement - Iowa City, IA4.3

Full-timeEstimated: $74,000 - $98,000 a year

Advances the University of Iowa (UI) and the initiatives of the Stead Family Children's Hospital by optimizing a portfolio of major gift prospects and skillfully moving those prospects through the steps of an established process of donor engagement, collaborating with other UI Center for Advancement (UICA) fundraisers as needed. Manages fundraising program for assigned unit and partners with campus leaders (deans/directors) to develop a strategic annual and multi-year fundraising plans. Provides input to UICA leadership. Serves as a trusted philanthropic advisor, educating donors about giving opportunities that would enable them to achieve their desired impact on the University of Iowa and beyond.


This position will report to the Assistant Vice President of Development, UI Hospitals & Clinics and will lead the major gifts and corporate and community development teams to increase major gift activity and philanthropic support for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and Stead Family Department of Pediatrics. Efforts will focus primarily on raising support for children’s medicine from community members, grateful families, and alumni. In addition, will organize community-based events to identify major gift prospects. This position will work closely with Physician-in-Chief, UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital; Executive Director, UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital; Chair, UI Stead Family Department of Pediatrics; Vice President for Medical Affairs; Dean, UI Carver College of Medicine (CCOM); and CEO of UIHC, to ensure that fundraising activities are conducted according to the established policies, procedures, and standards of CCOM and UIHC and have the full support, cooperation, and involvement of CCOM and UIHC. The director of major gift development for UISFC (team of three total) , director of corporate and community development for UISFC (team of four total), and an advancement program coordinator reports directly to this position.


  • Advises Prospect Management staff in the identification of prospects (based on capacity, giving history, and affiliation) from among pools that may include alumni, fans, patients, or other supporters of the university
  • Works with Prospect Management staff to develop strategy for managing prospects
  • Provides strategic input into the design and implementation of engagement events and referral programs designed to build long-term relationships and attract major gifts
  • Conducts all activities, particularly those involving patient data, according to established laws, policies, procedures, and standards and with the full support of UICA, UI, and UI Hospitals and Clinics as relevant
  • Optimizes qualification pool of potential major gift prospects with the goal of growing a continuous pipeline of donors capable of making gifts of $50,000+
  • Uses gathered information to independently determine whether prospects should be disqualified or moved into the portfolio
  • Models the role of a trusted philanthropic advisor, using transparent communication and educating donors about the giving process
  • Manages portfolio of active major gift prospects and develops their readiness to advance
  • Develops and implements donor-centric cultivation strategies, collaborating with colleagues as needed
  • Facilitates prospects’ decision-making process; helps them understand next steps and articulate the link between their personal objectives and institutional priorities
  • Maintains expert knowledge needed to ensure donors are fully informed about the full range of planned giving options
  • Meets expectations for solicitations, gifts closed, and average gift size (goals established annually with the supervisor in alignment with organization-wide metrics)
  • Knows where prospects fall in the donor engagement process and plans next steps accordingly
  • Identifies meaningful ways for donor to achieve their desired impact while meeting funding needs
  • Employs and models the use of communication and meeting preparation tools in order to achieve stated objectives for each step of the process
  • Develops, implements, and participates in appropriate stewardship activities (e.g., acknowledgement letters, publicity events) for donors as relevant, working with stewardship staff as needed
  • Maintains integrity of constituent database through timely submittal of stewardship plans and contact reports for all significant interactions
Constituent Management
  • Partners with campus leaders and UICA leadership to develop strategic fundraising priorities and a comprehensive multi-year plan to increase private gift support
  • Manages fundraising program for assigned unit, including any special campaigns for program and capital support, in cooperation with campus partners/leaders
  • Leverages trusted working relationships with campus partners/leaders (deans/directors) as well as external groups with ties to the unit; Communicates frequently regarding progress toward goals
  • Prepares partners/leaders as necessary for donor meetings and guides their critical role in the giving conversation and donor engagement process
  • Collaborates with CFR staff as relevant to identify and cultivate corporate and foundation gift prospects for assigned unit
  • Provides direction on annual giving strategy and the development of fundraising materials for assigned units including mailings, brochures, donor recognition, reports, etc.
UICA Program Leadership
  • Plans and oversees the overall operational, reporting, budgetary, and financial responsibilities of assigned UICA unit
  • Develops and maintains work systems, procedures, and productivity standards that advance the mission and goals of the UICA unit and enable optimum performance of the people and other resources within it
  • Allocates resources to effectively accomplish the work of the UICA unit
  • Monitors, evaluates, and aims to improve effectiveness of unit operations
  • Makes business decisions that are consistent with UICA mission/vision and our organizational culture and values
UICA People Leadership
  • Manages all aspects of the employee lifecycle from recruitment and onboarding through separation
  • Empowers employees to take responsibility for their jobs and prioritizes trust and transparent communication as the basis for a productive relationship
  • Supports employees in developing meaningful goals aligned with those of the UICA unit and UICA and in achieving/surpassing those goals
  • Inspires performance through clear expectations and ongoing feedback
  • Supports employees struggling to meet expectations for productivity, quality, and goal attainment
  • Identifies and anticipates competency gaps within individuals and the UICA unit as a whole
  • Motivates, develops, coaches, and rewards employees for growth in competencies over time, leading to new opportunities for subject matter expertise or leadership
  • Partners with Talent Management to achieve optimum results for employees, self, UICA unit, and UICA
  • Creates a work environment that is consistent with UICA mission/vision and that emphasizes our organizational culture and values