Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) was founded in 1855 as the nation’s first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals, and pioneering major research initiatives, Children’s Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 546-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. As a charitable, tax-exempt organization, Children’s Hospital relies on donations to advance its mission—making a difference in the lives of children.
CHOP physicians are internationally-recognized experts in every pediatric specialty, including but not limited to cancer, cardiac care, fetal medicine, orthopaedics, neonatology, gastroenterology, and urology. Children’s Hospital is also consistently recognized as a national leader in the advancement of healthcare for children.
U.S. News & World Report named CHOP No. 2 on its 2017-18 Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals in the nation.
The CHOP Foundation raises funds to support the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia enterprise and the revenue it generates accounts for a significant part of the Hospital’s net revenue (in addition to clinical revenue and investment gains). Philanthropic support for CHOP has increased substantially in recent years, fueled by transformational executive leadership, a talented and dedicated development team, highly engaged and influential volunteer leaders, and compelling stories of medical discoveries and innovations that have improved pediatric healthcare and saved countless children’s lives. The CHOP Foundation is in the midst of a 10-year, $1 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign. For Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs: The Campaign for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was launched publicly in October 2017 and is supporting breakthroughs in research and discovery, the patient-family experience, training and education, advocacy, and outreach.
The CHOP Foundation seeks candidates for the newly created role of Associate Vice President for Operations (AVP). The AVP is responsible for managing the Foundation’s operational infrastructure, ensuring that the Foundation operates effectively, efficiently, and smoothly, and provides a supportive environment for fundraising and administration. The AVP reports to and is a senior advisor to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and manages a wide variety of administrative and executive responsibilities, working with both internal and external stakeholders, including Hospital leadership, board members, and other external constituents such as vendors, contractors, and Hospital friends. S/he manages the following direct reports: the Assistant Vice President for Development Services, the Executive Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship, the Director of Prospect Development, the Director of Executive Events and Special Programs, and the Director of Concierge Services. The AVP also collaborates on a regular basis with the Associate Vice President for Individual Giving and the Assistant Vice President for Institutional and Events Fundraising, who provide strategic oversight and direction to the fundraising programs for the Foundation, as well as with the Chief of Staff. The AVP serves as an integral member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team with the CDO and fellow associate and assistant vice presidents, contributing to Foundation-wide strategy.
The AVP serves as one the Foundation’s principal thought leaders, with a focus on enhancing internal systems and processes in ways that support an institution-wide culture of philanthropy and continued evolution of CHOP’s charitable brand. S/he drives the overall maturation and increasing sophistication of the Foundation’s operational infrastructure, including but not limited to establishing a comprehensive set of internal policies, procedures, and protocols; promoting greater collaboration between the Operations and Individual Giving teams regarding salon and other events for high-level donor cultivation; expanding Concierge Services from solely supporting CHOP’s main campus to providing support to CHOP sites on a regional scale; and supporting strategies to successfully close the comprehensive campaign and to foster the ongoing, sustainable expansion and impact of CHOP’s fundraising efforts.
Required qualifications and experience: dedication to the mission and goals of CHOP; bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred; minimum of 10 years of experience as a senior leader in a healthcare, academic, or nonprofit environment of similar complexity, serving in an administrative or development leadership capacity and inclusive of a leadership role in a major fundraising campaign (planning, implementation, management, and successful conclusion); demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction to a large team in a complex healthcare, nonprofit, or development office, with at least five years of significant supervisory experience, including creating and managing a budget; working knowledge of and preferably direct experience with the nature and dimensions of philanthropy (motivations for giving and volunteering, development research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques, and development office functions); skilled at goal setting and measuring success, and agility in addressing alternate program directions to meet goals when necessary; experience in developing, implementing, and monitoring strategic plans to address current and future needs; experience in identifying, nurturing, and motivating volunteers, particularly board members; ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient, and independent decisions about strategy and process; knowledge of modern data management practices and techniques, including database information systems, data modeling, and analysis.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment and need special assistance or an accommodation, please contact the Talent Acquisition Department or call 866.820.9288.
The Hospital is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, disability, victim of domestic or sexual violence status, covered veteran status, or other protected classifications to the extent required by applicable laws. The Hospital will comply with federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing employment practices.
CHOP has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search processes. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Practice Leader – Development and Philanthropy
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