University of Michigan – Associate Director of Development, Children’s & Women’s Health

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Job Summary

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

As a member of the Children’s and Women’s Health Team and with a focus on the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), the Associate Director is responsible for representing and advocating the mission and campaign priorities of the Department of OB/GYN and Michigan Medicine’s Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. The Associate Director will create short and long-term strategies for donors with an interest in supporting women’s health and the Department of OB/GYN, and to a lesser extent initiatives and programs benefitting C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, the Brandon Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (N.I.C.U.) and the Department of Pediatrics. The Associate Director will manage and solicit a portfolio of major gift prospects, and will assist with the development and implementation of key and signature events, stewardship programs, annual giving/direct mail initiatives, as well as communication and marketing initiatives on behalf of the Department priorities. Additionally, the Associate Director will manage the Women’s Health Leadership Board, plan the bi-annual meetings and maintain regular contact with its members


Strategic Planning

  • Create and implement a comprehensive multi-year fundraising plan to increase philanthropic support for women’s health programs and the Brandon N.I.C.U. by working closely in coordination and collaboration with the Director, Department Chair and Senior Administrators.
  • Gather and analyze data, assess donor and volunteer prospects, and develop strategies designed to realize the current and life-time giving potential of individual prospects.
  • Aggressively identify, and formally qualify, new major and planned gift prospects by developing and executing short and long-range strategies to produce a continuous pipeline of donors capable of making significant gifts.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of Obstetrics and Gynecology, N.I.C.U., Pediatric and Michigan Medicine Office of Development priorities and make a persuasive verbal and written case for supporting key programs and projects, effectively matching the interests of prospects to specific Michigan Medicine and University needs.

Donor & Prospect Management

  • Personally maintain a portfolio of major gift and planned giving prospects, maintaining frequent contact with prospects, university leaders, and volunteers.
  • Plan systematic, appropriate and effective solicitation strategies for major and planned gift prospects.
  • Increase philanthropic support for research, translational science, faculty support and patient care for the benefit of women’s health and pediatric healthcare initiatives.
  • Ensure consistent and appropriate donor and prospect contact, faculty outreach and faculty and administrative follow up; and facilitate effective gift proposals and solicitations.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of comprehensive, timely and innovative stewardship and donor relations communications plans for all donors.
  • Provide volunteer/fundraising board staff support and lead both internal and external groups in the identification, qualification, and evaluation of major, principal, and planned gift prospects.
  • Provide guidance for fundraising committees and related events and activities led by volunteers and outside groups whose goal it is to support women’s and children’s health programs.


  • Coordinate and facilitate activities that will directly result in prospect identification, engagement and successful solicitations, including advising chairs, department heads and development colleagues on the culture, expectations and needs of medical development constituents.
  • Maintain strong lines of communication with colleagues in other Michigan Medicine and Medical School units, the Office of University Development, and appropriate schools and colleges across the University to ensure effective collaboration and synergy in achieving fundraising goals and objectives.
  • Through collegial consultation and cooperation, demonstrate and be a model of collaboration in the development community, while representing Health System Development values and its unique role at the University of Michigan.
  • Participate in Michigan Medicine Office of Development events as appropriate.
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Demonstrated passionate for women’s health, women’s health advocacy, women’s highly specialized care and women’s reproductive rights.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of sound judgment and diplomacy, with a commitment to confidentiality and sensitivity to and interest in advancing women’s health issues.
  • Progressively responsible development experience in an academic health system setting with a comprehensive development program.
  • Demonstrated success in raising capital, program support and endowment gifts.
  • Proven success working in a multifaceted development environment.
    Experience working in a complex environment similar to Michigan Medicine with proven experience with securing gifts of $100,000 and more.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an engaging, genuine and mature personal style.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as a proven record of working collaboratively with others is necessary.

Associate Director

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Five to seven years of experience in fund raising, public relations, and/or alumni relations.

Assistant Director

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Three to five years of experience in fund raising, public relations, and/or alumni relations.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree
  • Knowledge of the University of Michigan organization, policies and procedures.

Underfill Statement
This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Background Screening
Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.