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Philanthropy Executive Director

Job Description

Job ID: 1196071
Employment Status: Full-Time
More Information:

For more than 130 years, St. Louis Children's Hospital has provided exceptional care for children in all 50 states and 80 countries around the world. With its academic partner, Washington University School of Medicine, Children’s is consistently ranked among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. A member of BJC Healthcare, St. Louis Children’s Hospital follows one simple mission – to do what’s right for kids. That mission comes to life through medical discovery, innovative therapies and compassionate care. In 2018, Children's expanded with a state-of-the-art, 12-story medical tower. To learn more, visit, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Role Purpose

Responsible for executing a strategy for major giving, planned giving, corporate and foundation giving and donor relations. The Executive Director is responsible for leading a team of ten including a director, managers, and a team of professional staff. Additionally, as a senior member of the Foundation team, the Executive Director will work closely with the Foundation Vice President, Hospital President, Vice Presidents and clinical leaders at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) to identify fundraising needs and philanthropic funding priorities for the hospital and pediatric departments throughout WUSM.


  • Establishes strategic direction for the major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation, and donor relations teams. This includes identifying priorities, policies, and tactics to support the overall goals of the Foundation
  • Devises appropriate annual goals, and monitors progress on a regular basis to maximize staff performance in prospect identification, strategy development, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, physician partnerships and volunteer leader engagement.
  • Personally manages and staffs a portfolio of key major and principal gift level donors and prospects.
  • Has ultimate responsibility for major gift, corporation and foundation, planned giving and donor relations budgets.
  • Provides leadership to the Foundation Board of Trustee Gift Planning committee. Works closely with the chair to set priorities and goals for Board Members and track related progress.
  • Manages individual(s) including but not limited to: hires, trains, assigns work, manages & evaluates performance, conducts professional development plans. Ensures that the productivity and actions of that group meet/support the overall operational goals of the department as established by department leadership.
  • Develops and adheres to departmental staffing, revenue and/or expense budgets. Responds to changes in the business which may affect the ability to achieve the budget goals.

  • Minimum Requirements



  • Bachelor's Degree


  • 5-10 years

    Supervisor Experience

  • 2-5 years

  • Benefits Statement

    Note: not all benefits apply to all openings

    -  Comprehensive medical, dental, life insurance, and disability plan options
    -  Pension Plan*/403(b) Plan
    -  401(k) plan
    -  Tuition Assistance
    -  Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
    -  On-Site Fitness Center (depending on location)
    -  Paid Time Off Program for vacation, holiday and sick time

    *Pension does not apply to Memorial Hospital, Memorial Hospital East, Memorial Medical Group, Alton Memorial or Parkland Health Center

    Legal Statement

    The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


    Equal Opportunity Employer